I don't know. Maybe I'm old-fashioned. But the thing about heroes is that they're supposed to be heroic. Not perfect, that's not what I'm asking for; but they should do the right things for the right reasons, at least some of the time. I want that classic, Christopher-Reeves-era Superman, with the happy little smirk that says "I love you for who you are, even when you're bad". Superman is exactly that: he's the very best of our secret hearts: no one can stop him, no one can control him, but no one has to, because he believes with all his heart that he was given these special powers for a reason. You don't challenge Superman by giving him something big to punch; you challenge him by giving him dilemmas that can't be solved with punching, and then you let his innate goodness come out. Superman doesn't choose to let people die, and he doesn't level cities (even by mistake), because it's his JOB to think about collateral damage -- it's his own personal always-in-the-back-of-his-head fear, that he will hurt someone by accident -- and he always, always does his best. THAT is the Superman that I want to see. The ultimate pacifist, the ultimate Liberal.
Or Steve Rogers: my Steve Rogers is that sickly, downtrodden kid who grew up scared and tired but never cowardly. He's a Red Diaper kid who went to art school at CUNY, so OF COURSE he's at least a little Communist, and probably more than a little Liberal-Arts-Liberal. He knew gay men and lesbians and knew how dangerous it was for them, and when he saw things going wrong he fought like hell to try and right them. He saw the value in working together and in diversity of action and people, and he knew what he needed to do and he did it, no matter what. And then he was given this gift of powers: stronger, faster, harder, better, and yet at heart he's still that sickly little kid that just wants to make the world better, fairer, more idealistic than it is. "Compromise when you can. Don't when you can't." That's my Captain America.
Or even Batman: driven by anger and rage and sadness, a young man transforms himself into the ultimate weapon against crime. And because he knows, absolutely, that there is a thin hair's worth of difference between himself and the people he despises and pursues, he has a rock-hard, rock-solid line: he doesn't kill. He goes out of his way to make sure he doesn't kill, because that, at least, means he's not as bad as the criminals he hunts. If Superman is the mask that Clark Kent pulls on to be superhuman, then Bruce Wayne is the mask that Batman pulls on to be human. It is this ironic juxtaposition that makes their relationship so interesting.
So when I see superhero movies that talk about "gritty", where Superman and Batman rain down destruction and death willy-nilly without thought or regard for others; when I see comics where Steve Rogers is really (but not really) and Agent of Hydra, I can't help but think that there are some fundamental misunderstandings of what our modern myths should and can be doing. The Greek and Roman Gods were warnings against power and hubris, but we already have those. What we need now is inspiration. And maybe some laughs along the way.
Anyway, that's my current take on the comics entertainment industry.