Fun facts you (probably) didn’t know about DC Comics characters

Fun, strange, cool facts related to some of the most famous comic book characters created and published by DC.

Bill Murray and Charlie Sheen as Batman

When Burton’s iconic Batman was in development, some of Hollywood’s top stars at the time were considered for playing the Dark Knight.

Bill Murray and Charlie Sheen (both comedians) were going to be cast if the film was a comedy, in the same line as the 60’s TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. However, when they went for a “darker” Batman, they considered lots of actors such as Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, Tom Selleck, Harrison Ford, and Dennis Quaid before choosing Michael Keaton, who had already worked with Burton on “Beetlejuice”.

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Batman’s IQ is higher than Einstein’s

Actually, it’s Bruce Wayne’s IQ -which is frequently cited at 192– that’s higher than that of the German genius. Batman’s IQ would be 32 points higher than Albert Einstein’s IQ of 160.

But Einstein hasn’t only been surpassed by a comic book character: in real life -at least according to Mensa tests- an 11-year-old girl got a perfect score of 162 out of 162.

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Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, in love?

Two of DC’s most beloved characters, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, were supposed to be an item. However, the idea was dropped in the 70’s when DC received fan mail suggesting the same idea, and due to legal reasons, were banned from moving forward with it.

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Nicolas Cage named his son Kal-El

Eccentric actor Nicolas Cage and his third wife Alice Kim named their son Kal-El after Superman’s famous birth name.

Not because he’s a huge fan of the Man of Steel but because his wife wanted a unique name, “unusual but beautiful”. He remembered the name from the comics and liked its sound and what it stood for.

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Superman’s villain inspired the term “brainiac”

We all know what a “brainiac” is, and if you’re a comic book fan, you also know who Brainiac is.

The supervillain’s name is a blend of brain and maniac (since he’s both a genius and a madman); it was also inspired by an early computer named ENIAC.

When he first appeared in 1958’s Action Comics #242, it also inspired the term “brainiac” we use today in the English language, common slang (often derogatory) for a very smart person.

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Watchmen and Batman inspired Comic Sans

Dave Gibbons –Watchmen‘s letterer- has described it as “dreadful” but his work on Alan Moore’s graphic novel, as well as John Costanza’s on Frank Miller’s iconic The Dark Knight Returns both inspired the Comic Sans font.

Gibbons isn’t the only one who hates it; Comic Sans is of the most infamous fonts. It was designed in 1994 by Vincent Connare for some Microsoft apps, getting inspiration from comic books lettering.

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George Clooney: “Batman is gay”

Well, he didn’t actually say that but almost:

Think about it; I was in a rubber suit. I had rubber nipples. I could have played him straight but I didn’t. I made him gay.

That was Clooney’s answer in an interview with Barbara Walters where she asked him if he would ever play a gay role.

He’s also apologized for “destroying” the Batman franchise on Graham Norton’s show.

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