10 Superheroes That Were Based on Real People

By Casey Chan on at

Superheroes have superpowers, existing in worlds where reality doesn’t exactly exist, where people have weird names, and are totally not completely human. A lot of them are actually based on real people, though, which makes sense given that real people that invented our favourite characters - taking inspiration from the world around them.

Here are 10 superheroes based off of people from real life, from Screen Rant.

  • Tony Stark/Iron Man - Howard Hughes
  • Batman - Robert the Bruce and Mad Anthony Wayne
  • Wonder Woman - Creator’s William Moulton Marston’s wife and his research assistant
  • Constantine - Sting
  • Bucky Barnes - Bucky Pearson, star player on co-creater Joe Simon’s basketball team
  • The Flash/Barry Allen - Barry Gray and Steve Allen
  • J. Jonah Jameson - Stan Lee
  • Professor X - Martin Luther King Jr. and Yul Brynner
  • Superman - Douglas Fairbanks and others
  • The Joker - Conrad Veit’s character in The Man Who Laughs