Bird-Themed Superheroes

Heroes inspired by the feathered members of the animal kingdom.

By Jack Bottomley. 

Michael Keaton as BIRDMAN

As Michael Keaton (a former Batman himself) returns to the lead of a big screen picture in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel) acclaimed new Comedy/Drama Birdman. We all started thinking of how many other superheroes were centred on our feathered friends. So while Birdman satirises the entertainment industry, the arts and the genre, here are 5 big screen heroes that take their names from birds of prey like Hawks and Falcons to chirpy fellas like Robins (hardly a push to guess who that one is). So swoop down into this feature, as we go all bird brained for a bit. By the way, please excuse the lack of bird-themed super heroines (like Black Canary) on this list, as many of the ladies seem to have been more at home, kicking tail feathers on TV shows (like Arrow), than the big screen…

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