The superheroes that endure, like Batman and Superman, are modern stand-ins for the old gods. Every culture has its own skyfather like Zeus, so we get Superman. And there’s always a god of the underworld like Hades or Pluto or the characters you get in Celtic culture or voodoo: Batman takes that role. Aquaman is the old Neptune and Flash is Mercury, the messenger of the gods. Those that persist are the ones who are simply those ideas in new clothes. They still mean so much to people and exist in symbolic dramas that teach us how to live.
There really is little as inspiring about the superhero genre these days as listening to Grant Morrison describe them, is there? The above is from an interview promoting Supergods, his upcoming prose book about superheroes and their importance in the world we live in, due out next month. I really can’t wait.