I think the roaring success of movies like The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers proves that the world loves a good Superhero today as much as it ever has. Superheroes are an ideal; our best qualities boiled down into a single metaphorical being so that we can strive towards it, even though it might be unattainable.
Personally, I’ve been living off a steady diet of superheroes my entire life, and look where it got me! Yep, they’re the best, but more often than not a comic book reader has to … accept certain things, if he or she is to enjoy the medium. We have to accept implausibility as possible, or at least in some way credible.
There are many, many superheroes kicking around by now; it’s probably around 5% of them that get their own movie. DC and Marvel alone are responsible for god knows how many in total – I’m betting it’s into the thousands. And when you factor in your indie labels, you could be talking into 5 figures.
Some of these Superheroes have almost plausible origins; Batman for example. Rich kid sees his parents murdered, grows up pissed off, gets revenge times a million – I’m not saying every Batman moment from then on is entirely plausible, but this origin could pretty much happen.
But most of the time, Superhero origins are way outside the realms of possibility. And it takes a conscious effort on the behalf of the reader to suspend disbelief, something which has to happen if we’re to get behind what we’re reading.
Here are 8 such origins, ones that left me scratching my head in puzzlement thinking; ‘Hang on…’.