Brian Michael Bendis' had a very specific inspiration for leaving Marvel Comics behind to sign an exclusive with DC - and he's got a big "S" on his chest. According to Bendis, it was a visit to Cleveland's Superman Museum that finally encouraged him to take the leap.
"I was in town for my brother's wedding and I went to the library, which was so important to me growing up, and I saw the Superman display," Bendis told Cleveland.com. "It was a flood of impressions and Cleveland connections. While looking at the Superman artifacts, I realized that I had not climbed the DC mountain and I needed to."
Bendis also clarified that his decision was entirely personal, and wasn't based on his relationship with Marvel Comics.