On Saturday, Jan. 25 (starting at 8/7c), we’re airing a double dose of Batman Begins – one of the greatest origin stories ever put to screen. While a rich man donning a bat costume is bit far-fetched, most superheroes got their start in much nuttier ways. Here are ten examples.
10. Captain Marvel
Radio reporter Billy Batson was lured into a magical cave behind a subway tunnel by an aged wizard, who taught him a magic word that would change him into the super-powerful Captain Marvel.
Radioactive animals cause all kinds of trouble in the superhero world, but Malaysian film Geckoman pushes the absurdity envelope when a loser drinks coffee contaminated by a contagious gecko and gets lizard powers.
8. Flaming Carrot
They say comic books will rot your brain, and they’re right. Underground superhero the Flaming Carrot was dared to read 5,000 comics in a single sitting, and the experience deranged him so badly that he put on a giant vegetable mask and set out to fight crime.