How to Make the Perfect Superhero
Creating the Perfect Superhero From Scratch
Creating an original superhero from scratch is a daunting task. Particularly in today’s time where it seems like every original idea is taken. Each superpower, modern costume look, and movie idea seems unoriginal. However, the recipe for producing a good hero prevails.
First, the character needs a big personality. Whether that implies extreme confidence or cowardice is up to the creator. As long as they have a foil. Every hero requires a villain to humble them.
Heroes also should fail. At some point, the villain has to gain an advantage or put the hero in a place of discomfort. After all, a hero can’t save the day from a world without a threat.
Stan Lee Weigh’s In on Creating a Hero
As far as abilities and uniforms go, why not take advice from Stan Lee himself. Lee spoke with IGN and revealed the key components to creating an amazing hero from scratch. He listed superpowers, costumes, and of course, a great name as the main factors.
“That is one of the most difficult things to come up with when doing a story because it’s as though they’ve all been done,” Lee said. “Super strength, the ability to fly, invisibility — on and on. (via IGN)
Honestly, what is left? Super strength, speed, and elemental mastery have been ingested time and time again. Perhaps the adoption of a single power isn’t the key, but the right blend of them will make a character unique.
“But I don’t know what makes a good costume. Frankly, I used to leave most of that to the artist. I’d tell him the character I wanted, and the artist would design a costume. Usually, I’d like it. Once in a while, I’d say, ‘That’s too corny. Make it a little simpler,’ or something,” said Lee. (via IGN)
This means that the opportunities to create a unique look are unlimited. There are several color palettes that will eternally resonate with specific heroes. For example, an artist might want to stay away from bright red and gold, as it will mirror Iron-Man. Create a different palette and have a standout characteristic that will make the character unforgettable.
“It’s very difficult. I’ve come up with so many good names, and then I Google the name, and I find out that some rock band took that name, or somebody who wrote a short story 50 years ago used that name. And you can’t call everything ‘Something-Man.’ You just have to sit and work on it until you get it. Like with Spider-Man, I thought first of ‘Insect-Man,’ ‘Mosquito-Man,’ ‘Bug-Man,’ and then I got to ‘Spider-Man.’ It sounded dramatic, so I used that,” Lee said. (via IGN)
The name is possibly the most essential factor of all. Think about the most iconic heroes of all time. Their names are almost as important as their capabilities and look. And, if the name is good enough, sometimes the character’s importance could increase. The average comic fan doesn’t know who Booster Gold is, but the name is cool… and so is the costume.
Time to Create
Now that you’re equipped with all the information to need to create a superhero, it’s time to begin the creations. Don’t be shy to share what you’ve made with us on our various social media outlets.