"Superheroes live best in their own world – a preadolescent world. While an interesting experiment, it's probably not a good idea to shoehorn too much 'reality' into the fantasy realm of the superhero. Ever since Stan Lee introduced anxiety into superheroes – no, earlier, since Harvey Kurtzman first trained a satiric eye on them in Mad – the question, 'What would superheroes be like in the real world?' has bedeviled succeeding generations of comics creators . . . Once a depiction veers toward realism, each new detail releases a torrent of questions that exposes the absurdity at the heart of genre. The more 'realistic' superheroes become, the less believable they are.
~ David Mazzucchelli, comic book artist and illustrator of Batman: Year One