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What If Superheroes Had Average Bodies?

posted Jun 17, 2017, 6:20 AM by Vu Nguyen

Reverse Photoshopping: Superheroes
June 15, 2017, 7:12:17 PM

Superheroes are everywhere these days. With seven new movies slated for 2017 – and a couple that have already been released – superhero movies don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

While the silver screen is filled with more and more live-action comic book legends who appear to have the perfect body type, the average American is gaining weight. From adults to children, the average body type in the U.S. is changing, and in some states, nearly 1 in 5 high school students are obese.

We looked at 10 of the biggest names in the superhero universe and reimagined what they’d look like if their bodies matched the body of the average viewer headed out to see their latest flick. Curious as to how much they would change? Keep reading to find out.


Man or Machine?

DC Comics’ Cyborg character has a distinct characteristic over many of the other leading superheroes on our list – he wasn’t born with the abilities that make him relevant in a world of gods and billionaire crime fighters. While Victor Stone was born with a naturally high intelligence, the armor and cybernetic powers that make him a valuable member of the Justice League are all modifications to what would otherwise be a completely normal person.

In fact, Cyborg’s body modifications have made the character self-conscious about his physical appearance over the years. In reality, many men have turned to steroid use to try and achieve the extremely muscular body compositions they see in major media. Up to 4 million Americans, nearly all of whom are men, have tried steroids at some point in their life. Most young men who use these drugs do so in an attempt to improve their appearance.