The Death of Superman was one of the biggest events in comic book history; back in the 90s DC Comics had this crazy idea of making Supes relevant again — by killing him! Making stories and characters finite worked well for DC and the industry in general; it was a great way to make stories suspenseful knowing that no character safe from making the “ultimate sacrifice”.
That was until, as it turns out, Superman was alive all along. Yeahbuhwhat?
What is it about a mystery that makes it so exciting to read or watch? Is it the threat of a character’s death? Knowing that something bad might happen? Discovering the mystery’s source?
According to J.J. Abrams, it’s keeping the mystery a mystery.
For writers (or artists, musicians, etc.) creativity can be a mysterious and at times elusive entity.
It can be a wonderful thing; but if not captured immediately, can also torture us until the end of time.