Foreshadow wrote:Making the characters does involve a set of choices. If you make Superman, and most of the PL 15 characters into something like a PL 17 (or perhaps 16 for some of them) then you end up with other choices. Superman at PL 17 can have a 23 Strength, no need for powerlifting and he has the same +11 attack. So if you want to raise his attack 4 points, and leave it at 19 strength, you can do that. Using PL 15 limits the build more than opening it up.
What is a PL 17 Superman supposed to fight? DCA is, IMHO, already somewhat broken as most villains are barely equal, and quite often lower, PL than the heroes they hunt. What are the challenges for a PL 17 Superman? And how are you going to balance a PL 17 Superman in the same group of players which include a PL 12 Batman, PL 10 Green Arrow, PL 10 Black Canary, PL 12 Aquaman, and so on?
It is easy to sit around and want to make your dream-come-true build - we have all been there and done that. It is another thing entirely to have to use said build in an actual mixed PL game. In the comics Superman can be a god, far above his other heroes. In a role-playing game, not so much. DCA is not about being a perfect comic book emulator. It is about being a game you can actually play - the builds need to be playable with each other. If they are not then DCA has failed as a game.
For example, Batman is hand waved into just having 4 ranks of Defensive Roll, no custom protection even though clearly even in Brave and the Bold series where is a clearly a more iconic type batman, he does in fact gain protection from the costume, especially the cape.
While that is the more common modern concept for 60, or so, years, Batman did not wear an armored costume. This all comes down to what you really are calling Iconic - and what source material you are referencing while doing so.
In the grand scheme of things I do not not really care if Batman buys extra Protection called Combat Durability or buys some Protection and calls it Costume, or simply buys Defensive Roll, because no matter what the build is I am going to end up changing it to fit my vision of the character, anyway.
And that is the thing with these characters: we all remember them differently and all remember them from different eras. When you say the word Batman or Superman we all conjure issues and episodes from entirely different points in the characters' 8 decade history. There is no way to reconcile that.
As I have said elsewhere, I personally wish that Green Ronin had gotten the Animated Universe license. Then we could have seen a JL/JLU sourcebook where all the characters are relatively consistent within that limited continuity. Then they could have done the same thing with a Young Justice sourcebook, and so on.