The question was put to me recently, one which is guaranteed to spark spirited debate among a particular subset of society. (Read: Geeky types.)
Batman? Or Superman?
There’s no doubt that Batman is cooler. His character is the result of being able to throw vast amounts of cash and dedicated physical training and a keen intellect at any given problem. His operating mode is to gather evidence, plan carefully, and prepare for contingencies. Then, to go forth and kick copious amounts of ass.
So, yes, he’s cooler.
I still have a soft spot for ol’ Supes. Growing up, I dreamed of being that kind of superhero, the invincible Boy Scout. For all that I engage in the flagrant disregard for certain societal norms, I have a deeply ingrained belief that there’s a Certain Way Things Should Be. (And I try not to let that get away from me too often, because it can be a tedious thing to be around… nobody’s perfect, wot?) Not that my Way Things Should Be necessarily matches most other folks, I suppose, but hey. And Superman is the truth-and-justice guy. (Batman lives in much more of a grey area.)
Of course, then there’s the feeling like you’re not quite like everyone else around you. You look like them, but you’re just a bit “off.” Not better, just… different. So I identify with that a bit, too.
I guess it boils down to, I think Batman’s cooler but I like Superman more.
Let the flamewar commence, I suppose…