I am creating a scenario for a superhero comic, and need help with an idea. I'd like the solution to be based in scientific theory, or at least scientific fantasy, as opposed to resorting to simply saying "it's magic."
I need to have a character be wearing special gloves that are extremely heavy to him, yet do not add to his weight or his downward force onto the ground. Assume this character is ridiculously strong, similar to Superman, so these gloves must exert an enormously huge force on him (if you're curious, their purpose is to restrict his movements and keep him from fighting back--they're functioning similar to handcuffs).
I don't want the pull of the gloves to add to his weight, because it'd be such a great force that he'd sink into the ground, and I couldn't, for example, have him walk across any wooden bridges... or anything that's not 10ft deep solid steel.
My only idea so far has been to use magnets, but after giving it some thought, I don't think that would work. For example, say Superman is holding a fantastically strong, yet lightweight, positive magnet above his head, which is attracted to a negative magnet under the Earth's crust. The attractive force is enough to crush a skyscraper, but Superman is so strong that he can keep the magnets separated without too much strain. However, even though he's matching the positive magnet's push with his arms/legs, the force of the magnet's push is still reaching the ground beneath his feet, correct? In other words, he couldn't do this while standing on a rickety old bridge, regardless of his physical strength, right? Please tell me if I'm mistaken.
Again, the more realistic the explanation, the better. But as long as it sounds plausible, I'm interested in hearing any idea. I realize this question is much different than 99% of the questions on this site, so I hope you all don't mind too much, and maybe that you'll have some fun melding physics with fantasy. Thank you!