If you look at both characters, you can see that not only is there nothing great about them, but they have no personality, no lasting impression. Nothing that remains with us. Who's alter ego does you ask? I'm glad you asked. Lets look at the people you DO care about.
There is no mistaking who this lonely tormented man is and what drives him day by day. All we can do is look upon him with pity and then smile with glee when he turns green.
Before you begin to get angry with me, please take into consideration that I am not talking about Batman or any of his accomplishments.
What do I mean about us not caring about Bruce Wayne? What I mean is that, based the examples that were given above (Tony Stark, Bruce Banner) Bruce Wayne is nothing more to us than a cover up. We know that what we really care for is Batman. I will eve go as far to say that Bruce Wayne isn't even a real person (in theory) and that Batman is the real person. Let's think about it.
Is Bruce Wayne really a playboy or just pretending for appearances?
Has the man ever had a really hard day at work?
Is there anything that drives the man other than giving off the false impression?
What does he do for fun or to relax? Music? Movies? Art?
Being an available bachelor, does he ever actually engage with females intimately, or just acquires them to yet again fool people into thinking he is a ladies man? (Not counting other hero/villain characters)
Has Bruce Wayne showed us that there is anything about him that isn't fake or just a set up for Batman?
Bruce Wayne is nothing more than a puppet that dances around to make Batman's life easier. Everything Bruce Wayne does is to ensure Batman can continue on. The only thing we do know about Bruce Wayne is that he has a very soft spot in his heart for his parents. But that leads me to ask, Has there been any inclination that Bruce actually loves or cares for Alfred?
Wouldn't you expect Bruce to in the least say to Alfred that he loves him? Doesn't Alfred deserve such words considering that he has been the only family Bruce has ever had?
Yes I understand that Batman is an emotionless black void of justice, but my point is exactly that. We have accepted that Batman is the one who killed Bruce Wayne. Depriving him of love, and Joy. Ensuring that his only function is life is enforcing Justice.
Bruce Wayne is nobody. Bruce Wayne died a long time ago. And we the fans know it. We accepted it. But that's OK, because Batman is awesome and gives us everything we need.
Unlike Bruce Wayne, what is it exactly that is memorable about Clark Kent? What is it exactly that sets him apart from Superman? What does Clark like to do on his spare time? What is it that really bothers him when he goes about his day as a reporter? Do we know?
Is he even a good reporter? When investigating a story and he gets a whiff of something serious, does he act like a real reporter and investigate with the intention of reporting? Or does he learn as much as he can, and then goes and fixes the problem as Superman? That right there is an interesting conflict. If he fixes the problem, then he won't have much to report on, other than the fact that Superman was recently involved in uncovering whatever situation that arose. Is he ever conflicted by interfering with a problem and reporting it?
nlike Batman, I believe that Clark Kent is the driving force of who Superman really is. Having two sets of loving parents and a good upbringing sets the pace of how Superman should go about his daily activities. The problem that I am seeing is that, Clark like everyone else had his insecurities, his likes and dislikes. The little things he hates and the things he can't get enough of. Those also shape a person's decisions in life and also shows us what are pet peeves are.
But Clark is none of these things. He is a hulking goofball of nice guy reporter who goes about his day, worry and stress free long enough to fool everyone into thinking he is nothing special. But here is the problem, he not only fooled the characters in the comics. He fooled us as well. Clark Kent IS nothing special. He is so much nothing special that every time we see him, it is as if his only function is to foreshadow something tragic that would require him to duck out and expect Superman to handle.
Could you imagine hanging out with Clark Kent for an hour? I couldn't help but feel that it wouldn't be as exciting as speaking with Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Oliver Queen or Barry Allen. If I only knew a little more about this character, just a hint of what makes him annoyed, frustrated or anything he is passionate about, I might then appreciate Superman a little more.
Or maybe you think that there is something I am missing? Let's talk about it.