So...In the 2014 movie, we saw the downfall of Birdman and the actor who portrayed him...But we know so little about the character of Birdman himself. Who is he? Where did he come from? Why is he so much like Batman it seems hilarious?
Well...Since Moviepilot is running a contest to create an origin story, I thought I might throw my hat into the ring and think of an origin story for the superhero known as: Birdman.
"Who am I? I'm Birdman."
Craig Dalton always loved mythology. From a young age, he found himself enraptured in the tales of old. He loved thinking about how the people in the past made sense of the world's mysteries by creating the deities -- these omnipotent forces -- and attributing things to them.
His favorite kind of mythology came from the Greeks, and he especially loved tales where humans would challenge the Gods and defy their own mortality. It usually ended terribly, with the human being punished for their hubris, but he still loved seeing someone with the courage to tackle something greater than they were.
By far, his favorite story was that of Icarus, son of the master craftsman Daedalus. The story went that Icarus had constructed a pair of wax wings with which he planned to use to escape the island of Crete by flying. His father warned him to not fly to close to the sea or his sea's dampness would clog his wings, and to not fly so high that the sun's heat would melt the wax and send him plunging into the watery depths below. Despite his father's warnings, Icarus flew too high and...Well...You can imagine how the story ends.
Craig was a smart kid, and he enjoyed the story mainly because it showed that humans, while capable of amazing things, were not above pride. Even so, he saw the story not as a cautionary but as a challenge. A means to prove himself better than Icarus, and to do what he was unable to.
Craig spent his life learning about flight. From the first take off in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to the jumbo jets of today, he spent all of his time trying to unlock the secrets of flight.
And then one night, after a particularly grueling day at college, he finally made a breakthrough. He'd created a pair of synthetic wings capable of sustaining flight. He strapped them to his back and leapt from his dorm window. And the rest, as they say...is history.