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Sucker Punch Productions: Our Favorite Superheroes

Ken Schramm's Avatar + Posted by Ken Schramm on Dec 27, 2010 // Sucker Punch Productions

The inFAMOUS storyline tells of a classic superhero origin: Boy meets explosion, boy gains superhuman powers, boy must choose between hero or villain. As we’re readying Cole MacGrath for his big encore this year, a collection of us here at Sucker Punch wanted to share with you who our favorite superhero is and why. Feel free to share your favorite superhero below in the comments. Enjoy!

Sucker Punch Productions: The Flash Rebirth

Chris Zimmerman – Director of Development, Co-Founder
When I was growing up, my favorite superhero was the Flash. I was a DC kid, and all the other DC superheroes were pretty boring as far as my ten-year-old self was concerned. Superman? Boring. Batman? This was the 70s, which was about ten years before Frank Miller made Batman cool. For me, Batman was Adam West, and even at ten, I didn’t think Adam West was cool. And don’t even get me started on Aquaman.

The Flash, on the other hand, I loved. I think I loved him because he had to be clever to win. It wasn’t just a matter of using his super breath, or firing up a magic ring that could do just about anything. He actually needed to think his way through things, to figure out ways to use his super-speed to get things done. I liked being surprised by what he came up with.

Sucker Punch Productions: Magneto

Bob Mowery – QA Lead
Magneto. I realize that choosing a villainous character may somewhat violate the spirit of the question, but let me explain. As a child, my favorite superheroes were solely based on a suite of powers. Green Lantern would probably top my childhood list as he could do just about anything with that ring. The older I get, the more interested I become in the fallibility of heroes and their more “human” characteristics. Magneto’s history is quite profound, being a holocaust survivor. This tortured past guides his character to great lengths. Magneto constantly wrestles with the question “what does it mean to be a member of a hated minority?” His past informs him that this means captivity, torture, and death. As a powerful member of the mutant minority, Magneto takes it upon himself to use his powers to fight for that minority. Magneto is a heroic character, but not to the greater power-lacking populace. Magneto fights for mutant-kind much like the United States fights for democracy around the world. His assistance and methods are often not welcome, but he fights passionately for his mutant brethren in the way he sees fit. I must also shamefully admit that the influence of my childhood is not completely absent from this equation. I still think it would be awesome to rip a building from its foundations, use its girders to tie up someone, and send bullets back to their source with an unnecessary wave of my hand. Parting the Red Sea that is Seattle gridlock would just be an added bonus.

Sucker Punch Productions: Amazing Spiderman

Billy Harper – Animation Director
Any one that knows me, and probably those who’ve seen me talk about inFAMOUS 2 on the internet, know that I think Spider-Man is the best superhero ever. I’ve felt that way since I was a little kid and would try to get spiders to bite me so I could climb walls. However, it didn’t stop there. As I grew up, I continued to find reasons that I liked him that fit with my age and life.

Originally, I liked him because he had the coolest toys and was on one of my favorite shows, The Electric Company. As I got older, I liked him because his powers somehow seemed “accessible” and had inherit weaknesses that sometimes tested his REAL courage because he had to deal with things that his powers couldn’t really help with. I also liked the fact that he still remained true to himself after becoming a hero. He was still a geek. He still used his brain to solve problems. Plus, at the end of the day, he had to figure out how to live a real life. He had to make rent. He had to go to class. Now, as an animator he’s great because his motions are so interesting and difficult to flesh out in my head. It really challenges me to think about how he moves through the world and what exactly he would do and how he’d do it.

Plus, he always has the coolest theme songs!

Sucker Punch Productions: Daredevil

Darren Bridges – Game Designer
Daredevil. If you asked me five years ago, it probably would have been Spider-Man or Batman or Green Lantern or someone cool. Acrobatics, radar-vision, and “willingness to deal with lots of pain” are definitely not the coolest super-powers in the world. So why the ‘Devil? I read a lot of graphic novels, and a few years ago I got hooked on a Daredevil storyline by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. Like lots of Marvel heroes, Daredevil gets dragged through a horrible mess… his identity is exposed, his life starts to crumble, and he and his friends all suffer. He’s pushed so far that he starts to skim the edge of what is acceptable for a hero, defeating the crime lord of his district and declaring himself the “New Kingpin.” Daredevil encompasses my favorite aspect of superheroes – that they are human people with super powers. They are powerful but still vulnerable; they are aspirational but still relatable.

Sucker Punch Productions: Batman Poster

Rebecca Mayfield – QA Lead
Batman will always be my favorite. He is a complex character that I can identify with in some way or another… minus the super-awesome gadgets, of course. The closest I can get to a utility belt packed with Batarangs and Thermite Grenades is my cell phone. But that’s beside the point. Batman is the whole superhero package.

He is human through and through. He bleeds and feels pain. He can experience great happiness one day, and feel the sink hole of loss the next. Yet he is super human, possessing things that allow him to surpass the restraints that we are bound to. This was something I always admired as a kid. Batman is such a powerful figure because of what he has enabled himself to do, but he is also like me in the sense that he can be hurt by a car accident, or a scraped knee. He gave me hope that I could achieve more than I thought was possible by just trying my best. He shows us that even someone who is ordinary can be extraordinary.

//Add Your Own

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+ digitalman123 on December 27th, 2010 at 1:44 pm said:

Spiderman and Batman for sure! Deadpool’s cool too…
I loved Spiderman when I was little, and I still like him! Batman is also epic!


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+ marsd95 on December 27th, 2010 at 1:49 pm said:

Daredevil is also my favorite, He uses his disability to help save people


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+ Goolianos on December 27th, 2010 at 2:08 pm said:

Sentinel of the Spaceways, The Silver Surfer
I love the Silver Surfer not because of his powers, which are awesome by the way but because of how he spends time looking inwards and exploring space. He like myself has a great wonder lust.
Second would be Thor and third daredevil.


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+ cell989 on December 27th, 2010 at 2:42 pm said:

Spider-Man has always been my fav, but a close second is Thanos. Two very different characters.


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+ Dosx001 on December 27th, 2010 at 3:10 pm said:

Spider-pig Spider-pig does what ever a Spider-pig does can he swing from a web no he can he a pig look out he is a Spider-pig


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+ Thomo87 on December 27th, 2010 at 3:57 pm said:

The Phantom, he’s a normal human who relies on no special technology or anything and has an iron will. He could beat the hell out of most other heroes without relying on super powers.


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+ IceCreamBandit on December 27th, 2010 at 4:23 pm said:

LOLOLOLOL @ everyone saying Deadpool xD

Deadpool isn’t a superhero…he’s a mercenary…do you READ comics? oh…no you just played Ultimate Alliance 2. >:D

Spider-Man is the greatest character in comics history. If you disagree, you haven’t read enough. Get to work…

P.S….Superman is a fascist.


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+ crowsticky1234 on December 27th, 2010 at 5:12 pm said:

My favorite superhero is Iron Man. He’s been my favorite for 2 years, my favorite was Spider Man. But after reading a few comics like Luke Cage, Civil War and my personal favorite, Secret Invasion. Not only did he make his own suit but he been upgrading people’s ability including before Luke Cage was superhuman. Tony Stark used his own talent to develop something that can form him into a superhero. That made me so interested to Tony Stark. The more suits he made, the more experience he have with technology.


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+ ChickXRepellent on December 27th, 2010 at 5:28 pm said:

Machine-Man all the way!!


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+ kichiku-gunso on December 27th, 2010 at 6:31 pm said:

Yo yo yo… Spawn! Nuff said.


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+ monpek on December 27th, 2010 at 11:59 pm said:

Like any smart person such as a Rebecca Mayfield mine is the very human yet inhumanly amazing Batman


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+ TheSil on December 28th, 2010 at 6:04 am said:

I was into Howard the Duck for a while, I just loved the whacky surreal stories and team-ups with the regular Marvel Heroes.


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+ Ztnepres on December 28th, 2010 at 8:27 am said:

this was a great read thanks sucker punch and ps blog.
My favorite part was reading:
“He is human through and through. He bleeds and feels pain. He can experience great happiness one day, and feel the sink hole of loss the next. Yet he is super human, possessing things that allow him to surpass the restraints that we are bound to… He shows us that even someone who is ordinary can be extraordinary.” -Rebecca

Just today, my brother quit playing Batman AA Goty with the 3d glasses. He kept saying giving that gun and complained about the amount of damage for each punch he sustained. I told him 1) its on hard.. 2) hes batman, he human!

O, I can’t wait until Infamous 2!


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+ Ztnepres on December 28th, 2010 at 8:29 am said:

sry for 2nd post. ***edit on my post above***

give me* that gun


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+ TheSecondA on December 28th, 2010 at 11:05 am said:

I have a lot of favorites like Kid Flash (Bart), Nightwing, Connor Kent, Sodom Yat (Ion), Booster Gold, and a ton more. But, if I had to pick someone, I’d say Batman. Ok, I know, a lot of people like Batman but, that’s cuz he’s just so badass. I mean, he had a Green Lantern ring for a few moments there and it was nutz. It showed how broken he’d be if he had one permanently. So, he gave it up and continued to be Batman, the guy who can destroy the JLA if he wanted to, all by his human self.


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+ mjcoutch on December 28th, 2010 at 11:43 am said:

Hulk and Spiderman. Tv superhero would be Jim on “No Ordinary Family”. lol


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+ spunnups on December 28th, 2010 at 12:16 pm said:

For me it’s Batman, then the entire X-Men squad.


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+ JoshyBoy98311 on December 28th, 2010 at 3:13 pm said:

Both Ghost Riders and Spider-man!


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+ therob21 on December 28th, 2010 at 3:23 pm said:

Mega Man and the Ninja Turtles for me.


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+ MadMeat001 on December 28th, 2010 at 4:07 pm said:

Thanks sucker punch for making article like that! i enjoy reading it


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+ Owendershot on December 28th, 2010 at 4:17 pm said:

Batman and Ironman. Superheroes without superpowers


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+ KILLA_KING_007 on December 29th, 2010 at 6:50 am said:

Wolverine,Gambit, and Vegeta! oh yea and super man the real one christopher reeves.


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