Superheroes certainly seem to have a thing for buildings. They like to climb up them, leap over them, swing from them, fight villains on top of them and then — after a few harrowing, heart-racing moments — toss the villains off of them.
Obviously, that's why so many superheroes live/work/play in New York City, though some have had to move to Jersey because of rising real estate prices.
But has San Diego's skyline grown to the point where a superhero could find a suitable perch? Would the Incredible Hulk have any fun here? Or would he go to the beach and be bummed about the 30-foot height limit along the coast? And if he gets angry, look out.
Name an iconic building where a villain could whisk a superhero's love interest and have her hang perilously from the top, as people below look up in horror? We have no Empire State Building, Willis (Sears) Tower, Transamerica Pyramid Center.
Would the Hotel del Coronado work?
Actually, someone has taken the time to consider much of this. JLL San Diego, a real estate services company, in anticipation of the mega Comic-Con International convention starting on July 24, did some deep thinking on its blog:
“What would happen if the heroes from these comics descended upon San Diego’s downtown? Can these superheroes be contained in the convention center? What other downtown buildings would they gravitate to? Is downtown San Diego, in fact, superhero-friendly?”
The company's answer: yes. (At least to the last question.)
It notes that San Diego has 20 office buildings that make the city's skyline today, providing ample choices:
"Surely The Flash would want to hang out at 600 B Street because of its great access to two major, fast traveling corridors – Interstate 5 and State Route 163. And wouldn’t Superman rejoice in leaping One America Plaza, the city’s tallest building?”
New York's tallest building is the One World Trade Center, at 1,776 feet. The One American Plaza? That's 500 feet.
In short, leaping that would be a walk in the park for Superman. (Then again, he is on vacation.)
JLL did a comic book drawing of downtown and where different superheros might have a blast. To see a larger image of it, click here to go to the firm's blog.
For instance, it thinks that Spiderman would have feel right at home at the DiamondView, saying its “abundance of glass & balconies is perfect for Spiderman to scale, climb and stick to!”
And DiamondView looks right into Petco Park, so Spiderman, during Padres games, would get a chance to see … well, not much, actually.
For Wonder Woman, JLL notes: “With an airport minutes away and several high-rise rooftop helipads, Wonder Woman will have no problem landing her invisible jet.”
And that's a good thing. JLL figures having all these superheros in town will attract serious villains — it did not mention Bob Filner — and a clash could take place:
“With such a large concentration of superheroes descending upon one location, villains may feel compelled to attack and therefore threaten the fate of San Diegans…and even the world!”
JLL calculated the cost if San Diego became the site of a major battle and chunks of downtown buildings went flying. Apparently, we would need every superhero available:
“Given that replacement costs range from $375 to $425 per square foot in San Diego’s downtown, a battle of this nature could result in $2.8 billion to $3.2 billion in damages,” it wrote.
Maybe it would be best if Comic Con moves to L.A.