My husband has been playing that MMO of DC Universe, where you make a superhero and fight bad guys alongside Superman, Batman and those other guys.
As I was watching him plug his fantasy universe characters into spandex suits and give them capes and masks, I remarked that there’s very little difference between superheroes and fantasy heroes. My husband replied that sure, they’re all the same thing.
Upon thinking about this a little harder, and comparing, say, Gandalf to Pyro of X-men, there’s little difference except methods and costumes. If Pyro wore a cloak and conjured his fire, he’d be just another fire wizard.
Can you imagine Lord of the Rings recast into a superhero story? Gandalf the pyro, Aragorn the President in Disguise with a Magic Sword, Boromir the Hulk, Legolas of the plant powers (and probably be able to fly), and Gimli would be like The Thing.
The Hobbits would be the only humans with no powers, but the Ring would be the Almighty Tech Gadget with the power to enslave minds. It was made by the Dark Eye, an evil technomancer (is that word kosher in the superhero realm?) in a dark techno tower. The Hobbits would have to sneak the Ring Device into the Dark Eye’s mighty lair and destroy it using the Dark Eye’s own machines.
That actually sounds like a whole lotta fun. 😀