Famous comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis took over the Superman and Action Comics titles at DC this year, but what you might not know is that he almost became a real-world Clark Kent when he was younger.
During a conversation with /Film, Bendis talked about his previous job as a newsroom cartoonist at The Cleveland Plain Dealer, which definitely came in handy when writing stories about Superman's alter ego, Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent. However, he would have stayed in news, had his comic book career not been meteoric.
"I do think that if this had not worked out for me, I’d probably be working in a newsroom. I’d probably be a political cartoonist trying to become an investigative reporter," he said.
One of the things he loves most about the character is that sometimes, Clark, as a journalist, is more powerful than Superman.
"With the concept of truth, justice, and the American way, truth is what Clark can do as a journalist that sometimes Superman can’t. And even if Superman can find the truth, it’s Clark who can reveal the truth,” Bendis said, something he's touched upon in the past.
And even though he's a DC boy now, Bendis still uses a piece of advice from his last gig:
“It feels like – to steal a line from my Marvel days – a huge responsibility. ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ does fit this. It’s Superman, you’re in charge of it, don’t mess it up. All I can do with that is write as honestly as I can, which is kind of my goal anyhow. So it’s nice that my job and my life goal are in sync.”
Bendis is just beginning to hit his stride with Action Comics #1001 arriving tomorrow and Superman #2 on shelves August 8 .