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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
And more DCEU
I'm home with a sore throat and bored, so I clicked around on articles about Henry Cavill leaving the Supes role, and...

Oh, DC. Just stop it. This is another thing: they think they can save the franchise with re-casting. Nope... Re-casting signals re-boot. You lose the audience you did have.

As to Michael P. Jordan in the role? Hmm. I don't know. He's such a good actor, I'd love to see them come up with a brand new superhero for him, and just for him.

In fact, why re-cast at all when you can just make a new hero if this Supes isn't working?

So, let's see, superheroes. Probably every power has been used in at least one obscure comic title, but what the heck?

How about a hero who can navigate the land of the dead and use it to travel and solve crimes? (No, wait, I'm going to do that, I think. No offer to Marvel or DC. ;p And if I get cleared from work to have a Patreon, maybe that's even the story I'll start with.)

Okay, um...

Possible powers (all obviously combined with some kind of super fighting ability, because we need action sequences):
Stopping time, or going outside time (I guess Dr. Strange has that covered, but it doesn't play like I'm thinking there)
Being able to travel through time, and see but not change (Eg, if he wants to escape, he can sideslip into a different time, but he can't touch anything there?)
Can understand all languages
Can travel magically through maps
Can immediately see all possible paths someone might take
Can make people see the world from another perspective (and can see all perspectives, because that wouldn't make a person crazy)
Can summon an army from the memories of people who've inhabited a place
Can summon powers as needed from his ancestors

I don't know. What would be a cool superhero power?
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From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2018 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Along the same lines, but not exactly the same question, I've often tried to play with how various superpowers/psychic abilities could be used in ordinary ways in our world (Anne McCaffrey's Pegasus/Tower and Hive series do a good job with this theme).

I did my PhD in a synthetic chemistry lab where many of our reactions were extremely sensitive to air/temperature/water etc. and my colleagues and I would joke about how we could use superpowers to improve our chemistry.

For example, instead of doing inert-atmosphere reactions using fancy, fiddly glassware, vacuum pumps and gas cylinders, you could just telekinetically suspend the material in a ball of argon gas in air. A thermokinetic could provide temperature control, hell, you could maybe even force atoms/particles to interact and make all sorts of new materials (which could then have interesting, possibly supernatural powers).

I think that's in part why your first (copyrighted :p) idea is the most interesting to me. Because it's not necessarily about the power, but about how it's used.
Not great for a blockbuster movie, but far more interesting from a world-building perspective, at least to me.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2018 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I like thermokinesis! Cool!

I'm giving thought to what kind of story I want to tell with this character right now.
beceh From: beceh Date: September 13th, 2018 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Patreon would be a great idea! You've given me hundreds of hours of quality entertainment over the years, I'd definitely sign on.
beceh From: beceh Date: September 13th, 2018 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
More like thousands probably.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2018 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to wait until I get clearance to do some moonlighting before I make a patreon, but it's in the works. It would be original fiction, essays on writing, and some film analysis.
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