There’ve been so many iterations of the Dark Knight detective we aren’t sure who the guy under the hood is at his core. But the best way to know for sure is to do a little sleuthing ourselves, and trace back his mysterious roots!
Are you the next contestant on Jeopardy? Do you want to impress your friends at your next dinner party? This list of random facts will educate you on the bizarre and wonderful things you probably didn't know about the world.
"Ever since I was a child growing up in Lower Manhattan, I was drawn to the stories of old New York. Each day, as I explored the neighborhood streets, I slowly uncovered clues to an extraordinary but relatively unknown period in the City's and our country's history. The early 1860s seemed to overflow with unbelievable stories of the working classes, of the waves of immigrants of all nationalities who crowded the streets and alleyways; stories of the corrupt politicians; and of the legends of the underworld who fought to control it all. Over the years, these stories stayed with me and I dreamt about bringing them to the screen. They were the stories of the testing of America and what the young country stood for. They were the stories of our roots.”
Like many celebrities, Soundwave's origins are humble. Japanese toy company Takara had a line of robots called Diaclone, picked up and reimagined by Hasbro in the mid-80's. Capitalists to the bone, Hasbro teamed with Marvel Comics to launch a comic book series around the toy line, to help muster sales.
When Jewish immigrants Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster originally created Superman, his origin story was their own modern reinvention of the classic Moses story. Moses was sent away by his parents in an arc where he was eventually picked up and raised by an adopted family. The only difference was that Siegel and Schuster updated the iconography with sci-fi spin. Now, instead of fleeing from the wrath of tyrannical pharaoh demanding all male Hebrew children be drowned, Superman is the child of a scientist couple sent off in a spaceship ark as the last son of the dying world of krypton. He, too, becomes the adopted loving son, only Superman learns his innate values of truth and justice from them instead of growing up and using his super powers to wreak havoc on Smallville like Moses did to the Egyptian royal family who made the mistake of taking him in.
The city may fear him, but Rorschach is a bigoted virgin who never bathes and eats cold beans from the can.
Paranormal investigation shows have been around for a while now. Initially presumed to be something of a fad and heavily expected to quickly drop in popularity, that hasn’t proven to be the case. With fan favorite programs like SyFy’s Ghost Hunters, Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and several YouTube channels run by investigation groups, the options for the paranormal enthusiast are almost limitless.
The novelty of a self-driving car has worn off in an era where reality exceeds vintage sci-fi shows like Knight Rider. The David Hasselhoff-driven action series was a seminal hit in the 1980s. Like many shows from that decade, it enlightened a generation of dreamers to turn fantasy into reality. From Tesla to Google, the new era of the automotive industry promises to make Knight Rider’s K.I.T.T. proud to be the original high-tech car.
An eighteen-year-old honors student was getting some refreshments during an intermission to Paramount's The Warriors at an Oxnard, California, movie theater when another youth demanded a quarter from him. He refused, and was stabbed to death. The Warriors, the first gang movie, had dropped into the the theater that night. It dropped out the very next day. It was winter 1979, and there were still intermissions during movies.
With all the sex and drinking on Black Sails, it's a wonder pirates got anything accomplished. Historical dramas seem to be the thing, with shows like Marco Polo and Vikings achieving great popularity, but just how historically accurate are they? It's been a long stretch waiting for Black Sails to return, and all this idle time has led to a few intense sessions of over analyzing on this.
Spartacus was an American television series produced in New Zealand, which premiered on Starz on January 22, 2010 and ended on April 12, 2013 after the third season. The show was inspired by the figure of Spartacus, an enslaved Thracian who became a gladiator in the city of Capua, and went down in history for having led a slave rebellion against the Roman Republic between 73 and 71 B.C. Starz focused the structure of the show on the dark events that took place during Spartacus' early life.