We like to think that everything in our favorite movies and TV shows was the product of pure creative vision. And maybe some drugs. But mostly the creative vision part. Well, folks, that's not how it works. Movies are complicated beasts with a lot of moving parts, and the demands of the marketing department, practical concerns around actors' schedules, and much, much stupider issues can all radically change what you end up seeing on the screen. And sometimes that leads to iconic characters, like ...
The Last Jedi's Porgs Were Invented To Cover Up Real Birds On Luke's Island
The Last Jedi has somehow managed to produce more embittered opinions than the Treaty of Versailles, but everyone who isn't a total monster can agree that porgs are cute. They'd probably be delicious if they were real, but they're cute.
LucasfilmAccording to Wookiepedia, the consistency of the eyeballs is exactly like that of an avocado.
But while they 100 percent look like cuddly little critters invented solely to build hype and sell plush toys, porgs were thrust into this cruel world to cover up the very real puffins that live all over Skellig Michael, the island that served as Luke Skywalker's pouty hermitage. Since the animals couldn't be physically relocated, and murdering hundreds of puffins would maybe shave one percent off of the box office results, they simply filmed the suckers and then digitally altered them to porgs after the fact.
LucasfilmThis is like that time a guy in a gimp suit wandered into a shot, so George Lucas created Darth Vader.
"But wait," you say, "wouldn't it have been even easier to just edit the puffins out, rather than invent a whole new species to replace them with?" Well, according to one of the movie's designers, "digitally removing them is an issue." The issue presumably being that there then would have been no porg memes and toys to sell.
Batgirl Was Created So Batman And Robin Wouldn't Seem Gay
Some Batman characters seem so simple that it's almost impossible not to create them. Batman adopts a cat? Batcat! Batman's dentist helps him fight crime for a bit? Batdentist! Batman, but a girl? Batgirl! A Batman writer could never run out of stories!
But while today's Batgirl is a complex fan-favorite character, the original 1961 Batgirl, along with 1956's Batwoman, were only introduced to deflect accusations that Batman and Robin were corrupting innocent children with their gay lifestyle. It ... was a different time. Nobody is quite sure how they got that impression about the Dynamic Duo in the first place.
DC ComicsYeah, that'll help.