Regarding characters, in the DC universe a superpower was never seen as anything but a gift. Superman was an escapist fantasy for boys about attaining ultimate power. He was the strongest being on the earth! He could fly! He only had one weakness and it was a substance that couldn't even be found on the earth!
For DC characters attaining a superpower was always a gift. It made you a better person and it didn't just give you more power it let you reach the zenith of that power. No one was stronger than Superman. No one was faster than the Flash. Superpowers made you unstoppable!