Poll Position: Juicing

Our "thought-provoking" Poll Position question this week is:


And by relevant, I mean related to their character concept. So I don't think "laser eyes" for Batman makes much sense, but we'll get into that in the Super Dupe Patented Random Rambling Thoughts After The Jump.

  • Batman: I have probably said this before, but it bears repeating -- giving Batman actual super powers would destroy the character. Being the best homo sapiens on the planet is his whole shtick. Give him sonar or actual flight or any other bat-related power you can imagine, and you take away his core identity.
  • Batroc the Leaper: He's French and his whole power is leaping about like a ballerina. Clearly, this guy needs some mojo. Given his name, you could certainly see him having some sort of Super-Leap ability like the Hulk, or at least a nuclear kick. But I like to imagine a razor-sharp halo of bladed ruffles -- in pink, of course -- springing out from around his waist.
  • Daredevil: You could argue that his radar sense is a super power, and you'd probably be right. But I always preferred to think of it as his other senses hyper-compensating for the lack of sight rather than some supernatural thing. Which, I know, is wrong. But mostly he's just a normal guy, because the senses don't make him strong or faster or smarter, they just let him notice things other people don't. Mostly. Anyway, I could see some kind of super berserker state, or the ability to live through any hazard, or something else that was an innate thing instead of more obvious like super-strength or whatnot.
  • Green Arrow: I know a lot of people love the guy but seriously -- bow and arrows? And that beard? Ollie needs something new to spice him up a little, maybe a chameleon-like camouflage power, or even the ability to literally see the winds. Which, given the after-lunch locker room at JLA HQ, might actually be really disgusting.
  • Hawkeye: Pretty much the same thing as Green Arrow, only in purple.
  • John Constantine: On one hand it's unfair that Constantine has to deal with all manner of supernatural baddies as just a normal guy. On the other hand, that's part of what makes him interesting, just a street-wise cynic trying to make his way among the high muckety-mucks. I think giving him abilities beyond hard-earned ones like his magic spells would make the character too generic.
  • Kraven the Hunter: I always thought Kraven needed abilities to go along with that ridiculous outfit. The field's wide open on this one, he could have any animal-related power and it would fit. Personally, I think it would be cool if he could, once "locked onto" a target, track it literally anywhere, no matter what.
  • Punisher: I think Punisher should be given the body of Frankenstein and ... oh, wait.
  • Robin/Nightwing: I'd like for Nightwing to get a little something, maybe even just night-vision or flight. He's not Batman, let the kid be meta-human.

So off of that list, I'd probably give my vote to Kraven. Because daring fashion sense like that deserves to be rewarded. I mean, who else can carry off a giant lion-mane vest with leopard-print Capri pants?

What about you, who would you pick?

13 Responses to Poll Position: Juicing

  1. The Imp says:

    I’ve got vote Hawkeye, with equal helpings for Green Arrow. They’re interesting characters, with good back-stories, but I think they’re overshadowed by their respective teams nine times out of ten. They need more respect! 😀

  2. The Imp says:

    I’ve got to vote Hawkeye, with equal helpings for Green Arrow. They’re interesting characters, with good back-stories, but I think they’re overshadowed by their respective teams nine times out of ten. They need more respect! 😀

  3. EnderX says:

    Didn’t the Ultimate version of Kraven have some sort of superpowers? I can’t recall all that well, but I’m fairly sure he did.

    Which Robin? Nightwing, sure, let him have something useful – but Damian(sp?) Wayne causes enough trouble without having them.

  4. Worf says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with you on the Batman thing, and as I like Green Arrow he gets my vote.

  5. Danny Beaty says:

    I vote for Batman. I don’t see how giving super powers to Batman would change the core of his character. What, his technology is perfect? Batman should always be looking for new ways to fight crime. If he doesn’t, then the criminals that do keep pace with technology will leave Batman in the dust. By now, Batman should have realized that the ability to fly is quicker and more convenient than fueling-up a jet, doing a pre-flight check, and hoping no one sees (or hears) the Batjet leaving Wayne manor. Some scientists believe that bats and dolphins use their respective radar and sonar to stun their prey as well as locate prey. Radar could possibly give Batman yet another weapon with which to fight criminals.After 70 years, Batman ought to be able to fly and use radar.

  6. TopHat says:

    I thought Kraven gained some sort of power from a potion or something?

    Bah, nevermind. I’m voting Kraven anyway, mainly because him being at Spidermans level of physique would make for some truely epic punch-ups (Much like the last fight the two had during Spider Man: Reign).

  7. Tristan says:

    TopHat is right about Kraven I think for mainstream Spiderman but in ultimate spiderman he turns into a were wolf like creature and has a better costume

  8. William A. Peterson says:

    I reluctantly chose DareDevil, since Matt keeps going up against some pretty heavy firepower…
    But, I really would have preferred giving them to Oracle.Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)

  9. CPrime says:

    Daredevil???? The heightened senses and perfect balance not good enough for you?

  10. William A. Peterson says:

    Against most of the people DD goes up against?
    No, not really…

  11. HalLoweEn JacK says:

    I vote nightwing – to be honest, he’s just a little too much like ‘Batman light’ otherwise. and the whole ‘branching out on my own’ storyline was a little week. If Robin had somehow gained superpowers it would have created a more credible reason for the split.

    Otherwise, batman’s constantly rotationg roster of ‘Robins’ comes off as a little pervy.

    “Hi Robin, happy 18th birthday. Oh, meet robin, your fourteen year old replacement”.

  12. Ribbet says:

    DUDE… kraven the hunter HAS super powers.

  13. knight1192a says:

    Shouldn’t Daredevil be removed as an option? I mean aren’t his other senses so heightened that it’s as if he’s got his sight back. Their heightened to super human levels, meaning he’s essentially got super powers. Sure when you’re blind your other senses become heightened to make up for the loss of your sight, but with Matt Murdock their ridiculously heightened.