More food for thought: the concept of redemption.
Okay, the Joker is never going to be redeemed. He will never be folded back into society. But what about the others? Lex Luthor, for all his evil deeds and villainy, has actually saved the world himself a few times. If not for his ego and his hatred, Lex would be the greatest hero the world has ever known. Should Clark kill him for the countless crimes he has committed? Or is there still hope that Lex will, at some point, turn himself around or at the least serve the greater good? And even if there isnt any hope of that, the man's genius has still saved the planet, and could again. Is he a potential resource that should be thrown out? And is Clark, for all his power and nobility and good instinct, the person who should make that call?
Ah, that does make pretty good sense. I'm a new reader, so haven't really seen what the villains do in the lnog run yet.
Originally Posted by ascended
I guess the question all comes down to context, If say superman was battling Lex in the streets of Metropolis and Lex killed a good friend or comrade right infront of him, the passion and heat of battle could cause him to strike Lex down.
That makes sense, but I'm sure Superman wouldn't be just sitting at home on day and think, "hrm, Lex is jsut so evil and dangerous and I hate him, I think I'll go find him and kill him, things will be better that way."
It is kinda fun, going over different scenarios and "what ifs", I guess that is a big part of enjoying comics hehe.