Posts tagged Batman
Villain Spotlight: The Signalman
As a supervillain the first thing you must do is choose a theme. If you have superpowers this is easy enough as you can build your new persona around that, but what happens to the intrepid young villian who has no powers? If you are lucky your parents had the good sense to name you something that can easily be turned into a theme. Perhaps your name means something in latin or is an anagram. Phil Cobb had neither of those(though the Cobb, using corn based weapons may have worked if he tried) and so he had to find inspiration somewhere else and he chose the bat signal becoming Signalman. Expanding on his newly discovered theme Signal man created one of the most memorable costumes in comic book history and then began to commit crimes using this new motif by including symbols such as Morris Code or other symbols in every crime. Eventually he captured Batman in the Bat Signal but that was the high point of his career. A lack of follow through ultimately led Phil Cobb down the wrong path and he gave up on Signalman becoming for a short time the Blue Bowman, but without follow through his following was lost and he became little more than another in the crowd joining the Secrets Society of Super Villains and even attempting once more to become Signaman, but his credibility had been lost. There are those who still defend Signalman saying that he chose the persona of the Blue Bowman because superheros had become symbols themselves but Cobb has made no such argument himself refusing to comment when asked about the change of costue.
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Worst Plan Ever: Batman the Bold and the Brave
I've been watching Batman the Bold and the Brave and as a kids show I give it a fair amount of slack, but after the last episode I watched I had to comment on what it quite likely the worst plan ever. the story starts with Adam Strange asking Batman to come and help him protect another plannet. Batman stops by to see Aquaman on the way and see that he is depressed so he convinces him to come along. They are hit with a Zeta Ray and brought to the world where they discover that the lizard aliens are trying to find a doomsday weapon. This weapon of course just happns to be underwater so suddenly Aquaman has sometihng to do, but when they get there he refuses to call for help and they get the weapon. Most of this makes sense and Adam Strange is even kinda interesting in a 1960's pulp sort of way. This is when things start to fall appart though. The weapon is a flying saucer with a laser that shoots out of the bottom and is solar powered. This means that as long as it stays in the sun it will run forever. In order to stop it they decided they need an eclipse, but this world has no moon and so they decide... To Bring Earths moon there to create an eclipse. In order to power it Aquaman swims to the ocean floor where he attaches a cable to a convenient tube that emites power and they use the Zeta ray to bring the entire moon into orbit around the world causing an eclipse. Going ot of their way to explain that if this isn't perfect the moon won't end up where it is supposed to be. Meanwhile Adam Strange blows a hole in the top of the ship and goes in to slow down the enemy while Batman brings the earths moon. I see a few holes in this plan. 1> Adam Strange can get in the ship, so why not just invade the ship? 2>Why earth's moon? They have the technology to target anything why not a moon that isn't orbiting a plannet. 3> Batman runs the alien piece of equipment to bring the moon here rather than one of the scientists who has been running it for years. 4> So, what happens to the earth's climate, oceans, weather, ect... with the moon gone, even if it's only for a few minutes. Here are a few plans I came up with off the top of my head that make more sense than bringnig the entire earths moon to another world with zeta rays. bring a giant tarp from another world drap it over the ship. Bring superman from earth to the planet. Use the Zeta Ray on the ship to send it to the center of the sun. Have Adam Strange and a few others dump buckets of paint over the top of the alien ship so the solar pannels no longer work. This wouldn't be so bad if the people comming up with the plan were kids, but we are supposed to have the King of Atlantis, the protector of a world and the world's greatest detective. And worst of all, it dosn't even look all that cool when they do it.
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Batman: The Brave and the Bold
I've always liked the idea of Batman as a human who is able to keep up with the other heroes of the D.C. Universe. Put him at a table with the original members of the Justice League and it becomes fascinating to me. You have Superman, Wonderwoman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Flash, even Aquaman and then you have Batman who is seen by every one of them as at least an equal. It's a great story of how you can be a hero simply through the force of willpower, how being smart and willing to do what is right is all that it takes even in a world that is full of people who's power rival that of the Greek Gods.(A few truckloads of money doesn't hurt though). Batman the Brave and the Bold suffers a little from being a show for kids about a character that is not really for kids. As a cartoon made for kids it's hard to get the feeling of danger that I would like to feel across. In addition to this there is an assumption that kids won't want to sit through a mystery story, so most half hour episodes have at least two fight scenes. I would still recommend Batman: The Brave and the Bold to anyone who likes the D.C. Universe. it's a well written kids show. Each episode it brings in a different hero such as the new Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Plastic Man, and even had an appearance of The Red Hood. It is clear from the beginning of each episode that the primary motivation of this show is to have fun. Most of the time there aren't great philosophical messages or moral truths on display. There is a villian and two people who have to team up to stop them. So, if you don't mind that Batman can dodge bullets and punch through robots then you'll enjoy Batman: The Brave and the Bold and even if that bothers you you'll still love the comments Batman makes about the situations.
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