I never looked carefully at the statted totals starting on page 212 of the handbook heavily until today. The Power Points vs PL ratio varies wildly (from 10.7 Lex Luthor to 23.5 Batman). It lead me to believe that I missed something about PL. Yet the rules have PL*15
I did see the page 209 sidebar which does mention that PL caps combat abilities. I also see page 3 of the heroes and villains volumes. But whats the point of having starting point point totals if you can stay at a low PL and just have however many PP worth of abilities that you want? I registered here to ask what the heck is going on. An internal and external search on power point totals revealed nothing useful.
PS does Lex Luthor really need to be PL14 rather than PL13?