Gotham is this year’s Most Likely To Succeed show because there are fervent, built-in fans who will immediately flock toward any and all Batman stories. Gotham is also this year’s Most Likely To Disappoint show because it happens to exist in a pop culture world that is overpopulated with Batman stories. It’s a strange conundrum: How do you take one of media’s most popular characters (from books, television, and movies), create him anew and force him to stand out, especially amidst the lingering success of The Dark Knight trilogy and the upcoming, questionable Zack Snyder movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Fox does so by taking a unique approach: focusing less on Batman and more on his hometown of Gotham. What results is a great pilot about the crooked core of a rotten city.
With X-Men: Days of Future Past hitting theaters this weekend and showing the world how super-cool superpowers can save the world (and also save a motley crew of friendships), now seemed like the perfect time to take a look at some lesser superhero powers. As the co-author of a book about teens with lame superpowers — The Misshapes, available in October — I wanted to see what the geniuses of Marvel, DC, and beyond came up with when they were bored and punchy. With 80-plus years of the American comic book industry available, there’s a terrible superpower for nearly every day of the week.