Last journal, when disparaging the whole "anyone can be Batman" argument, I mentioned that old chestnut about Superman being an aspirational ideal. It occurred to me later I was a little unfair in one respect, something that I failed to acknowledge.
Batman is also meant to be an aspirational ideal, just as much as the Man of Steel. On some level, all superheroes---save the most severe of deconstructed nutcases---are supposed to be role models; they're knights in shining armour, they're white-hat cowboys, they're paragons of virtue, but the more famous heroes have unique hooks and angles and points in what _precisely_ they're supposed to represent.
Spider-Man gets the crap kicked out of him by the universe, but that he still manages to get up in the morning, don the red and blue tights and quip his way through another rough Monday is what we're supposed to love about the guy.
In Superman's case, he's "The Immigrant." When he was first written back way when, Supe