For the 1st problem, I'll use BATMAN as an example. His mask is shaped like a bat's head and his suit has a bat symbol. However, nothing about his abilities are related to bats (as opposed to... say... SPIDER-MAN). BRUCE WAYNE could've chosen any nocturnal animal and he would be the same character. Does it even have to be nocturnal? In a bunch of comics and screen adaptations, we see him fighting crime during the day. Why even choose an animal? Why not be like SUPERMAN? His name works because it's generic, so he can have any super-power. Or maybe something in the lines of THE LONE RANGER? Now, I just started watching INHUMANS. BLACK BOLT's voice creates a shockwave, but he doesn't shoot thunders or lightnings. Maybe in the comics he has more abilities (that we'll see in other episodes), but my point is that his name (while cool) isn't linked to the character. It just makes him feel less unique.
On to the 2nd problem. Many writers focus all their attention of coming up with a unique suit and unique super-powers... and then don't know what to do with the characters. They can't come up with a good backstory/motivation nor a conflict for present day beyond "save the day." Sometimes they can't even decide what the personality should be like.
Do you agree with me? What should the solutions be?
I have mentioned this before and it is quite interesting to see why it is not a "thing"...
The lack of black and Hispanic superheroes. I took a seminar a couple of years ago and it was about minorities and comics and why there aren't many. Turns out this guy (a professor at some college) conducted a study and asked minority children. They said they don't want to see a Hispanic Spider-Man or a black Batman. That still shouldn't close the door on making a superhero also a minority.
let it go let it go let your love open da door...
as my 3 1/2 year old niece sings it. much better message.
Wait... What was the context? Did they mean that they don't want to see new superheroes who are minorities? That they don't want new characters who are minorities to replace existing superheroes? That they don't want existing superheroes to be re-written as minorities?