With both Superman and Batman having sons now I’ve been thinking about this. Many comic book fans want progression in superhero comics. They years to pass, they want characters to grow, they want past stories being significative and informing the future. DC had turned back the clock only to realize it didn’t work with their fanbase and now they’ve taken the complete opposite direction, bringing back Post-Crisis Superman, the one that was married to Lois, and not only that but giving him a son. Fans seem to be happy with the current direction. But Batman and Superman must be in their thirties forever, as they are icons. In the long run this will become a problem.
The illussion of the passing of time in superhero comics is a bubble that eventually bursts. DC gave up this time. But for how long until the next reboot? Is progression really worth it when it’s bound to collapse under its own weight?
Marvel also turned the clock back by not allowing Spider-Man to have a family in the main continuity.
What do you think?