Batman ought to think about adding a bit of colour to his costume, since it’s the men in red that seem to score with kids. Read on to find out why children prefer the skills of superheroes such as Spiderman and Superman, and why Percy Jackson and Ben 10 are a big hit with them too.
JAYANT SENGUPTA, New Delhi
The making of a Percy Jackson fan:
Since Jayant was three years old and could draw, he started sketching Batman on every bit of flat surface he could find, mostly the walls of his house. His first favourite superhero was Batman, then he moved on to Spiderman and finally to the superheroes he saw on Cartoon Network. Today, the 13-year-old draws superheroes and creates his own characters in his sketches.
He got interested in Greek mythology when he was 10, and spotted the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan. Initially, he thought they were very flashy, but once he started reading the books he couldn’t stop. “I like Percy Jackson because he is the son of Poseidon and he saves the world. This is a mix of both the Greek and modern worlds.”
He has every Percy Jackson book in the series other than the second book
AMARTYA ADUKOORIE, Bangalore
The making of a Superman fan:
Amartya discovered Superman at 2, when he saw Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh. “I think Superman is super cool. He can fly, and is powerful enough to rescue people in danger,” says the five-year-old. For about two months after watching the movie, he would pretend that he was flying from one sofa to the other in his Superman costume. In fact, he even asked for spectacles because Routh wore them in the movie.
He owns a lot of Superman stickers, stationery and a few picture books. He also owns a Superman costume, which he insisted on wearing every evening for an entire month to the park and play dates.
AKASH KUMAR, Mumbai
The making of a Spiderman fan:
Akash doesn’t remember the first time he watched a Spidey flick, but he liked the superhero from the start. The 11-year-old has seen Spiderman 1 and Spiderman 2 twice and Spiderman 3 once. Now, he dreams of possessing the powers Spiderman has, such as shooting webs. “I like the way Spiderman fights villains. I also like the way he can crawl up buildings and shoot his web.”
He has the DVD of Spiderman 2.
PRITHVI RAHUL PADATHARA, Bangalore
The making of a Spiderman fan:
Prithvi watched his first Spiderman movie at two-and-a-half years on HBO and was fascinated by the swinging Spidey. His mother, Sahina, recalls that he was in tears when Spiderman got hurt towards the end of the film but jumped with joy when he swung back into action. “I love Spiderman because he shoots webs and swings around from building to building,” says the five-and-a-half-year-old. Family and friends know he is a Spiderman fan and most of his gifts end up being Spiderman merchandise. Recently, his mother bought a new frame for a family portrait, but Prithvi insisted that his stencilled drawing of Spiderman should be framed.
Four Spidey figures, a stuffed toy that travels with him (it even went on a holiday to London with Prithvi), a web shooter that squirts water, a Spiderman costume which he loves to wear and a stencil with which he can draw Spidey.
SHREYA THOMAS, Chennai
The making of a Ben 10 fan:
Shreya, 7, got hooked when she started watching the show on Cartoon Network with her three-year-old brother, who is a fan too. She “really, really” wants to meet Ben 10 because “he is there for the girls and for the boys. He has 10 alien superheroes in his watch—my favourite is Four Arms. Ben 10 uses these aliens to fight bad people”. She thinks he is interesting, clever and very funny.
She has a Ben 10 school bag, which she shares with her brother.