As a kid, it's impossible not to idolize the guy who can beat the crap out of everyone. But as I got older & read about the man & his life, I have to say his film career is the least interesting thing about him. For me, Lee is one of the few figures in pop culture who exemplifies the ideal of being a complete & "total" person.
"Superheroes fill a gap in the pop culture psyche, similar to the role of Greek mythology. There isn't really anything else that does the job in modern terms. For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously." - Christopher Nolan