It’s very hard for me to be silly about Superman, because I’ve seen firsthand how he actually transforms people’s lives. I have seen children dying of brain tumors who wanted as their last request to talk to me, and have gone to their graves with a peace brought on by knowing that their belief in this kind of character really matters. It’s not Superman the tongue-in-cheek cartoon character they’re connecting with; they’re connecting with something very basic: the ability to overcome obstacles, the ability to persevere, the ability to understand difficulty and to turn your back on it. [Christopher Reeve] – Time, (March 14, 1988)
Batman gets a lot of attention nowadays, and while that slightly annoys me, I think it’s a reflection of at least some part of our culture, in that we’ve given up trying to be the very best we can be, and settled for what’s pragmatic.
Batman is the pragmatist. Superman is the idealist.