So what’s the weirdest superpower you can think of?
I can’t help but ask, because -- speaking personally -- the vast majority of my characters are created based on what sort of powers I can give them. Jury’s out on whether or not that’s a good idea, but recently, I’ve been challenging myself to come up with more powers from left field. The end goal is to take a page from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (sans Stands): take powers that would be seemingly useless and have the characters apply them in ways that turn the “useless” into “incredible”. Right now I’m focusing on a guy who can always be there to stop a timer -- on a watch, on a clock, on a microwave -- before it goes off…which gives him the power to effectively teleport.
I’d say more, but chances are high that you’re here for more thoughts on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. (Plus that idea’s super rough around the edges.) But since we’re dealing with superheroes, it’s important to think at least a little bit about their powers/skill set/equipment. What do they mean for the character, especially in terms of personality? How do they impact the world around the hero or heroine? What do they bring to the table?
I have to ask, because in terms of this movie, the answer is a resounding nothing.
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a SPOILER! It’s a SPOILER! No, it’s blatant and overwrought symbolism that has no reason being used by a team that’s demonstrated its sheer ability to fail on even basic levels of storytelling and film-making principles!
…I mean SPOILERS.
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