This song was written about bedtime stories that Rod Stewart would tell his youngest son, Aiden, based around the three fictional superheroes. He told Uncut: "That's for my three - year - old. He goes to bed and I'll say, 'What do you want? A story? Who shall I make it up about? ' He goes, 'Oh, Batman, Superman or Spider-Man.'"
Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played the slide guitar on "Sixth Avenue Heartache." There is a connection here - Wallflowers lead singer Jakob's dad, Bob Dylan, played with Tom Petty in The Traveling Wilburys.