Superman is horrible with power EFFICIENCY
Written by Lawrence Mayfield
We all know Superman to have several characteristics. Possessing tremendous strength, flight, speed, incredible hearing, heat vision and on and on. With all of these incredible abilities, it would seem outrageous to make the claim that Superman is horrible at managing them all.
But if you take closer look into who Superman is and what he can do, you might find yourself agreeing with this claim.
With confidence I can say that most of us would agree that Superman is no doubt a real Hero. He has no problem standing up for what is right, putting himself in harms way and giving everyone the benefit of the doubt. he isn't too good to spend his time apprehending a group of bank robbers, when he is literally built to take on world destroyers.
With such a wide range of obstacles, is it possible he isn't using his power correctly? Is he properly utilizing his power in the most efficient way? Keyword efficient.
It is commonly said that when Superman goes up against a Super Villain he is generally holding back for fear that because he is so powerful, the consequences of going all out could be fatal. Though we can respect the fact that the man has every intention of preserving life, one must ask if he is going about it in the best manner?
Before we look at the problem with his power management, let's in the least take into consideration the ways he does properly control his power.
I'm sure the list can go on and on, but I hope you get the idea. Superman in the aspect of preservation of others directly related to his power has proven that, YES, he has magnificent control.
Then what is the problem?
The problem with Superman is that he leans too far on the softer side, which in many ways might have caused more misery than good. Look at how Superman took on Doomsday. Superman decided to allow Doomsday to eventually convince him to take Doomsday serious. Standing there, thinking that he mere existence itself is enough to survive this creature.
And where did that get him?
But who are the real victims here? Look at the city? Superman got to come back. He got to live on another day and enjoy another sunset. How many people died in this catastrophe? Clearly by the fact that Doomsday also died, shows that Superman man had the power withing him from the beginning. Had he gone all out on Doomsday at the beginning, he might not have killed, and innocent people might not have had to pay the price as well.
You are thinking that I am making Superman out to be the back guy right? No on is the bad guy here, it is Superman's poor power management that is causing lives.
SUPERMAN IS ALWAYS FIGHTING AROUND INNOCENT PEOPLE
Is it Superman's fault that bad guys come to the city? Is Superman to blame for a destroyed city even if a villain started the problem? I'm going to say YES.
When he fights in the city, people die. People get hurt. Though he is coming to the rescue, his battle causes potential destruction.
Why is it that Superman is not physically moving his opponents to a less populated place? Do you think he doesn't have the strength or power?
Am I somehow to be convinced that Superman doesn't have the strength, speed or power to take the majority of his opponents to an isolated place? If the man can pull planets, the man can move people.
Superman is not only using his powers wisely, but also exerting more energy needed. He would generally dance around, taking hits and giving gentle, well balanced hits, in hopes of eventually subduing his opponent. This is not power efficient and has dire consequences.
Though I do understand that these are more of just poor choices, you have to realize that being wasteful and inefficient is in itself a result of poor decisions. There is just no reason to sit there and allow a villain to beat on you and at the same time restrain your punches to a point where they aren't as efficient as needed. This does not mean I think he should hit the enemy as hard as he can, but hit them as hard as it takes to not kill them and render them incapacitated.
In Superman vs the Elite, he allowed his enemies to beat on him. As a result, many people were potentially hurt, he in turn was severely damaged. When you get to the end, he had always had the power to stop them.
When Superman took on Darkseid in Justice League Unlimited, he once again stood his ground in the city. And for the majority of that fight, we can only assume he was as usual, holding back. We know this because of the following quote Superman made towards the end of the fight after most of the city and the Justice League has had their fill of beatings.
"Me? I've got a different problem. I feel like I live in a world made of cardboard, always taking constant care not to break something, to break someone. Never allowing myself to lose control even for a moment, or someone could die. But you can take it, can't you, big man? What we have here is a rare opportunity for me to cut loose and show you just how powerful I really am."
And not seconds after Superman gives Darkseid the unleashed punch. Darkseid flies through several buildings, and eventually ends up being pounded into the city streets destroying even more of the landscape.
In the end, Superman's poor power efficiency potentially causes more harm than good. Does Metropolis need a hero? Yes. Does it need a hero who is much more efficient with their power? Most definitely. If he is ever going to allow an enemy to beat on him, have the decency to take the fight elsewhere.
Is it possible for Superman to be more efficient with his power?
Bills (Beerus) from Dragonball Z Battle of Gods is a prime example of it is possible to be a world destroying super power and be efficient. When he came to earth and engaged in combat with the Z fighters he did the following:
Bills is a perfect example of how best to utilize your power, not be wasteful and get the job done quickly.
If superman were to ever discipline himself on this level, he would save more lives and cause less damage, not to mention take less beatings.
Or maybe you think that there is something I am missing? Let's talk about it.