Five favorite heroes? Well let's get cracking!
For this I'm gonna have to go with Superboy. Though I love both versions, I'd have to say New 52 Superboy holds a special place in my heart. (For New 52) Originally a clone created by the organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Superboy was a clone of Superman who was rescued by Red Robin and the Teen Titans. Afterwards, he helped the Titans escape the clutches of the psychopath known as Harvest and his "Hunger Games"-esque tournament that claimed the lives of dozens upon dozens of metahumans. Afterwards, he earned himself a permanent place among the Titans. Why do I love him so much? Well, what's not to love about Connor? Other than having the ability to kick major ass, he also possesses abilities Superman barely has control over, like his tactile telekinesis. I've always been a fan of sidekicks and the idea of teen heroes being badass, and Superboy is definitely high on the list of ones that do.
I'm gonna be honest, Aquaman hasn't always been a favorite of mine. Back in my younger days, I gave into the comments shows like Family Guy and The Big Bang Theory said. About how Aquaman is useless and how he sucks. I mean it's on T.V. so it must be correct, right? Right? WRONG! It wasn't until I picked up Justice League: Origin, written by Geoff Johns and the other JL comics did I find out the true power of Aquaman. Let me break it down for you. Arthur Curry is not just your average king. He is the king of kings. He rules the seas, which is over 2/3 of the planet. So basically, if Aquaman wanted to wipe us out, he could. That is the type of power he possesses. On top of that, Aquaman has proven to be a master strategist. I mean he is a king, he kinda needs to be. The man possesses strength that can rival Wonder Woman's. His agility and martial arts mastery gives him an edge in a fight, even when his trident or water isn't present. With all of these things together, and assuming water is present, Aquaman has the potential to defeat the great Superman himself. I mean, he did punch the hell out of him.
3. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
There are many Green Lantern in the Corp. And I know I seem like a basic b*tch for liking Hal the most, but I can't help it. The man is truly the greatest Lantern of them all. Stopping Atrocitus and Sinestro. Resisting the power of the Orange ring. Fighting through Blackest Night, stopping the Black Hand. The man is truly a legend, not only in the world, but the universe. We can all admit, in Justice League: War, or even in The New 52 in general, Hal's attitude is quite questionable initially. They made him a little bit of a tool. But we all know the Hal who constantly breaks Corp protocol and occasionally goes against the will of the all knowing Guardians to do what he thinks is right. That is what is amazing about Hal. He's a hero who teaches us to follow our own morals and our own heart, no matter what others tell you. No matter what your superiors tell you, you should always do what you think is right. And in the end, that is what makes up Hal Jordan. The will to not only confront your enemies, but when you must, the will to confront your allies.
Of course this article would not be complete without the one, the only, the World's Greatest Detective himself...Batman! Why do I love Batman? That is probably a question I cannot answer easily in this small article. I'd have to say, everything about him. Batman has always been my favorite hero second only to one other, but we'll get to that later. The man is the definition of everything a hero stands for. In my opinion, he is the ultimate hero. Why? Well, let's start simple. Batman is, in the end, just a man. Flesh and blood. He can be broken and destroyed easily by the foes he faces. But he never breaks easily. Even when he has been, he always stood up and took another swing. This is because he has the will to not ever fail and the intelligence to always come out on top. He is a man who thinks of every outcome and every contingency. As Superman put it in the Batman Beyond television show, he's "too stubborn to die." Batman is a man who stands up against gods. And when gods fail, he doesn't . Using his intelligence and will alone, Batman has defeated foes that challenge even the strongest of heroes in all of comic history. But most importantly, Batman is a symbol. And not a symbol to Gotham, but a symbol to us as readers and people. A symbol that you do not need inherited alien powers, or a magic ring, or a Lasso of Truth to be the best. You do not need any special abilities to make a name for yourself. That all you need to become a legend is the ability to believe in yourself, and that your willpower will always carry you through anything you face, no matter how hopeless or dark it may seem.
1. Red Robin
Many of you maybe asking why Red Robin is my favorite? Throughout my life, I've always loved Batman, but specifically I loved the Robins so much. And my favorite out of all of them was Timothy Jackson Drake. Against popular belief, Tim Drake was the ideal Robin; Batman said so himself in Teen Titans: Death of the Family, written by Scott Lobdell. Out of every single one of them, Tim's mind set was the closest to that of Batman himself. At the mere age of nine, Tim discovered what many of the greatest detectives on the planet never did: The identity of the Batman. Then at the age of 13, with his first appearance in A Lonely Place of Dying, written by Jim Starlin, Tim understood the affect the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin, had on Batman. He took initiative and declared himself as the third Robin, claiming The Batman needs a Robin. As he grew, Tim's skills improved. The most that improved however was his intellect. By the time he became his own hero, known as Red Robin, Tim had developed an intellect and mastery in the art of deduction and strategy so great it rivaled Bruce Wayne's. Tim is essentially a younger form of Bruce in a way, which is what makes him the best hero of all. Batman, a hero based on pure will power and intellect needed years of training and strategy to develop his skills. Even though Tim had tragedy and training as well, his intellect developed to the point where at his age, Batman's could not have compared. In many ways, Tim Drake is the Batman. More than any of the others, like Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, or even Damian Wayne, Bruce's own son, Tim shows the most similar characteristics of the legend known as The Batman, and contains the potential to even surpass him in the future. As said by Batman himself in Batman: Hush, written by Jeph Loeb, "[Tim] wants to be the World's Greatest Detective. And from what I've seen so far...he will someday."