My son, Ben doesn't really relate to Superman. He is just too perfect. Even his dog is super. His weakness to Kryptonite seems a convenient obstacle. He does however relate to the characters created by Stan Lee of Marvel Comics. They are like him, full of doubts, anxieties and personal lives that are full of the problems of living in this world. Ben even wrote a school paper on how these characters changed our culture's view of the hero. I think what touches my son is that given all their personal tribulations and doubts they can still be superheroes.