Superheroes have superpowers and exist in worlds where reality doesn’t exactly exist and have weird names and are totally not all the way human. But! A lot of them are actually based on real people. Which makes a lot of sense, since it was real people that invented our favorite characters and they took inspiration from the world around them.

Here’s 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


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