The aspirational hero is in increasingly short supply in the year of our Lord 2022, replaced by deconstruction from those who have no aspirations to be better. Superman is my favorite superhero not because of his powers alone but what he does with them and how he wants to make the world a better place for everyone but has the morals not to force it on them. We shouldn’t aspire to match his powers but match his heart and my favorite heroes are the ones that do. This moment with Captain America, a former aspirational hero himself, is a good example of that. It’s why I continue to write about Clark Kent and will probably do so for as long as I post reviews and commentaries.
Author Caroline Furlong goes into some other aspirational heroes, including a couple I never really thought about, and how to write an interesting one. It doesn’t mean they lack faults, just that their moral compass is intact and occasionally challenged.