Many times, when discussing superheroes, I have people trying to make the argument that Batman isn’t a superhero at all.  This is obviously wrong, but it does bring up a good point about what is considered “super” for the purposes of fiction.  The question of whether someone is super powered or insanely rich is a blurry line in some cases, as seen with Iron Man, whose powers are always sort of scientifically-based and self-purchased.  Being able to afford Batmobiles, endless armored capes and rebuilding Wayne Manor every sixth months does seem nice, though, especially given how much it costs to get food delivered these days, leading to today’s probably obvious query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would choose super-speed or Wolverine-style increased healing over all the money in the world, but wouldn’t mind having Bruce Wayne’s fortune instead of Hal Jordan’s ring, asking: Would you rather be super powered or insanely rich?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    If the super power doesn’t come with some obvious physical oddity like wings or gills or blue fur, etc. then I’d take the super power so that I can still be ‘me.’ Money has a way of changing people, and often not for the better.

  2. superpower. depending on the power, you’d probably be able to take care of the money situation more easily anyway. and by “take care of the money situation” i mean rob a bunch of banks whenever you ran out of cash, because what would you puny mortals do to me?

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