HE SAID WHAT? THE 20 TOP SUPERHERO CATCHPHRASES

Behind every great superhero is a great catchphrase. By definition, a catchphrase is a well-known sentence or phrase that is associated with a particular famous person or character. Catchphrases are used in advertising such as Tony the Tiger proclaiming about Frosted Flakes “they’re great!”. Catchphrases are used by celebrities or notable figures such as The Rock claiming “Can you smell what the Rock is cookin’?”. So, it would stand to reason that catchphrases are used in comic books. Superhero characters are often given catchphrases for marketing and to make them more memorable.

The following is our top 20 superhero catchphrases

20. Phrase: Here I come to save the day

Said by: Mighty Mouse

The mouse with a might would sing this little diddy out as he would come to the rescue. This one sticks in your mind so much that I dare anyone to say that they have never uttered this when coming to the aid of their kid or friend.

19. Phrase: Titans Together

Said by: Titans / Teen Titans

The battle cry of both the Teen Titans and the older Titans. Usually said by their leader, Nightwing, but anyone can do the cry. It’s a good indication that a full-on ass whooping is about to begin.

18. Phrase: Avengers Assemble

Said by: Captain America – any Avengers leader

Another super team battle cry and probably the most famous comic book battle cry there is for a super team. Captain America is the known character for yelling the battle cry but if he’s not there someone else can say it. And yes, again it means someone is in for an ass whooping.

17. Phrase: Cowabunga

Said by: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

These fun-loving, skateboarding, ninja fighting sewer turtles had a weird personality trait that made them act like east coast New Yorkers yet talk like west coast surfers. In the first live-action movie this was even said by Master Splinter as the final line.

16. Phrase: It’s Morphing Time

Said by: Power Rangers

The battle cry that means it’s time to suit up. Followed by a big display that still confuses me on how the change really looks if you’re actually looking at the Power Rangers. Through the many various teams of Rangers, this is the one constant.

15. Phrase: Oh, my stars and garters

Said by: Beast

The bouncing Beast of the X-Men is known for this quip. The Beast was not only the brawn of the original team but the brains.

14. Phrase: Mein Gott

Said by: Nightcrawler

The demon looking teleporter of the original All New X-Men is known for using his native German tongue in battle.

13. Phrase: Imperius Rex

Said by: Namor the Submariner

Coming out of the ocean screaming Imperius Rex is the trademark cry of Namor the Submariner, whether he was mad at the surface world and out for vengeance or fighting to save the world.

12. Phrase: Shazam

Said by: Captain Marvel/Shazam

The magic words that change Billy Batson from a kid to the mightiest mortal on Earth. Just speak the name of the old wizard and inherit great power.

11. Phrase: Sweet Christmas

Said by: Luke Cage/Power Man

When Luke Cage is surprised, shocked or pissed off you can bet this is the first thing that comes out of his mouth. This happens at least once every issue of any book he is in.

10. Phrase: Merciful Minerva

Said by: Wonder Woman

The exclamation made by Wonder Woman whenever something major happens.

9. Phrase: Holy _______ Batman

Said by: Robin

The blank can be filled with almost anything that the cape crusaders are dealing with. Robin is famous for blurting out these Holy phrases on any occasion which translated to good TV for the 1960’s show.

8. Phrase: Flame On

Said by: Human Torch

This is Johnny Storm’s battle cry mixed in with his uniform change. Bursting into flames as he goes into battle with his Fantastic Four family.

7. Phrase: It’s Clobberin’ Time

Said by: The Thing

Another member of the Fantastic Four, Ben Grimm the Thing, yells this out to lets you know he’s about to hit you. Surprisingly this usually works for him because for some reason villains stay still to get hit.

6. Phrase: Up, up and away

Said by: Superman

This particular catchphrase ranks so high on our list because it may be the first catchphrase to become a household catchphrase. What kid did not wrap a blanket or sheet around his shoulders and jump off a bed to fly like Superman?

5. Phrase: In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my power – Green Lantern’s light

Said by: Green Lantern

As he charges his ring, Hal Jordon chants this oath as an affirmation of his duties as a member of the Green Lantern Corps. Not sure if the ring charges if he doesn’t do the oath, though.

4. Phrase: I’m the best there is at what I do

Said by: Wolverine

The toughest mutant in comics is good at one thing and that’s popping his claws and fighting to the death. Wolverine is the best at getting his hands dirty when no one else can.

3. Phrase: Hulk Smash

Said by: Hulk

There have been different versions of the Hulk but the most known Hulk is the one that speaks in broken sentences and talks in first person. “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry” almost made the list but this one is more classic.

2. Phrase: Wonder Twins powers activate

Said by: The Wonder Twins

This catchphrase ranked so high on the list out of nostalgia. Originating on the Saturday morning cartoon, the Wonder Twins would bump fist to turn one into an animal and the other into a form of water. They knew exactly what to turn into to complement each other’s transformation to get the job done.

1. Phrase: With great power comes great responsibility

Said by: Spiderman and Uncle Ben

With great power comes great responsibility tops the list as number one because this is what makes Spiderman the hero he is. This is his mantra. The wise words of his Uncle Ben resonated with young Peter, especially after his uncle’s brutal death at the hands of a robber that Peter could have stopped with his powers but let go. This is the phrase that drives Peter to be Spiderman and use his powers to help others and fight for justice. This is what makes Peter put on a costume and put his life in danger to help total strangers. This is the ultimate catchphrase.

That’s our list. Leave a comment and let us know if you agree with our list. Let us know what you would add or take out. With that, we will sign out with a catchphrase from the legendary Stan Lee: Excelsior!

Kenny Walker Jr

Top 5 Greatest Limited Series

Often in the comic book world, creators and writers want to tell a story outside of the normal books that are published every month. Depending on how these stories are marketed they can be called limited series, mini-series or maxi-series. Most often these stories are big events or a special story that the creative team feel cannot be told in the regular book that character appears in. These stories are mostly in regular continuity but sometimes they are not, telling a tale of a different version of a character. If a character is part of a team and the publisher wants to see how that character would sell on his own than they might try out a mini-series to test that characters popularity without the group.

Right now, we’re going to give you what we think are the top 5 of these stories. You will notice that our top 5 include some older stories. There is a reason for that. The stories picked are stories that made sense as a mini-series. These are stories where the publisher still managed to stay within continuity with the regularly published books. They were books that were well planned out.

It seems that within the last 10 years, publishers put out limited series and special stories way too often. These stories seldom fit in with the continuity of the regular monthly books. Sometimes you have more than one event going on with some of the same heroes thrown in which makes even for a more confusing read. Sometimes you will get caught up in a maxi-series and then they will publish a spin-off mini-series to go with that. This is all while the monthly book is going on and crossing over with both those stories. You don’t know what to read first or which book is necessary to keep up with the whole story. Frustrating and confusing. We are going to take you back to a simpler time when it wasn’t that hard to follow an event and they were much loved.

5. Watchmen – DC Comics

Watchmen is a series that ran from September 1986 through October 1987 published by DC Comics. Written by Alan Moore and with art by Dave Gibbons, this book was described by the BBC as “The moment comic books grew up”. Originally, this was supposed to be a story about the Charlatan characters that were recently purchased at that time by DC Comics. However, DC thought the story left these new characters too damaged to use in the mainstream DC universe and had the characters changed to totally new characters.

The story

On this alternate Earth, the story takes place in 1985 where heroes emerged in the 1940’s and 1950’s and many were retired at the time of the story. When one of the heroes get murdered in his civilian identity it launches an investigation with the other heroes.

Why is it on this list?

This story showed realism and successfully took mainstream comic publishers to levels that they were seldom able to be comfortable with. Watchmen showed real heroes with real-life problems. Moore and Gibbons wanted to display the real flaws of the heroes; they wanted to show the best and worst of human beings. The realism and twists in Watchman have made it legendary to comic readers. So much so that a movie was made from the book which did an excellent job of taking the comic out of the book and putting it on the silver screen.

4 Wolverine – 1st limited series – Marvel comics

You would be hard-pressed to say that there is a character more popular in the Marvel Universe than Wolverine. Created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein and John Romita Jr in 1974 and first appearing in an epic battle with the Incredible Hulk, Wolverine later joined the All New X-men and has been a break out character ever since. Needless to say, comic book audiences were more than primed when Chris Claremont and Frank Miller came out with his first limited series in 1982.

The Story

Wolverines first limited series told the story of his engagement to Mariko Yashido.

Why is it on this list?

This story takes place in the X-Men continuity meaning that his character took a leave of absence from the X-men to go abroad to Japan and ask his lady love to marry him. There was no Wolverine in 5 other books at the time. The fight sequences in this book solidified Wolverine as one of the fiercest fighters in the Marvel Universe. Finally, this book is where we get Wolverines famous catchphrase “I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice.”

3. The Dark Knight Returns

This 1986 Frank Miller classic was on our list Top 10 Reasons Batman Is the Most Feared Character in Comics. This book was a defining moment for the Batman character. Even though the story took place in an alternate future, this book helped create the myth of the dark knight detective being a mysterious force of the night.

The story

An aged Batman returns to crimefighting after a long retirement. He first takes down a gang that has terrorized Gotham City. He then must defeat two of his arch enemies Two-Face and Joker. The story’s climax is Batman taking on his once best friend, Superman, who is now a government stooge.

Why is it on this list?

As stated, this version of Batman defines the Dark Knight from this point moving forward. Even for an alternate future, this is a Batman that could actually come to pass. Yes, we know Jason Todd didn’t stay dead which was a catalyst for Batman’s retirement, but Dark Knight attitude set in Miller’s story set a tone for Batman that is still relevant today. A young girl named, Carrie Kelly, marked a landmark for the character of Robin. This was the first time Robin was a female. Even though this was thought to be a one-shot deal that was at first short-lived, Carrie Kelly became a very popular Robin. So much so that the character was also introduced as Robin’s babysitter in the current canon.

2. Secret War – Marvel

The first Secret War by Marvel was a 12-issue maxi-series written by Jim Shooter with art from Mike Zeck and Bob Layton. The series ran from May 1984 until April 1985 and brought a collection of heroes and villains together in one book. Outside of an Avengers event, this was the first major gathering of both heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe in one title.

The Story

A cosmic entity named The Beyonder kidnaps major heroes and villains and puts them on a world made up of many different planets called Battleworld. The Beyonder tells them that they must slay their enemies to get all they desire. With members of the Avengers, Fantastic Four, the X-Men along with other solo heroes fighting to stay alive against a host of Marvel’s biggest and baldest villains made for some of the best fight sequences in comics.

Why is it on this list?

Secret Wars did something that comic events rarely do today: it stayed in continuity and it came out on schedule. While the Avengers, X-men, Fantastic Four, Spiderman and Hulk were in space their books carried on without them successfully. The heroes did come back before the end of the event; however, nothing was revealed to give away the story. Then there is Spiderman’s symbiote costume which is the beginning of another popular character Venom. The introduction of the second Spider Woman is another reason this book is a landmark. Classic fight scenes include Spiderman single-handedly taking on the X-men, a powerless Ben Grim and arrowless Hawkeye surrounded by a slew of villains and the Wasp’s fake romance with Magneto then striking when the time is right.

1 Crisis on Infinite Earths

Crisis on Infinite Earths is the ultimate limited series. Written by Marv Wolfman and art by George Perez, Crisis ran from April 1985 to March 1986. Talking about Crisis is an article all by itself, but this was an attempt by DC Comics to simplify the DCU. Ever since DC published “The Flash of Two Worlds” in The Flash 123 (1961), teaming Jay Garrick Flash from Earth 2 with Barry Allen Flash of Earth 1, DC had set up a multiverse. DC ran with this idea and the multiverse expanded to an infinite amount of Earths. With the multiverse, you had imaginary stories and stories that could be explained as not being in regular canon but an alternate Earth. This made DC seem a little less grounded than their major competition Marvel Comics. So, they created Crisis on Infinite Earths to fix their universe.

The Story

This is a story of two entities the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor. The Anti-Monitor wants to destroy the multiverse one universe and he was doing a damn good job at it. The Monitor wants to save the everyone and he tries to band heroes together from different universes to do it. Many worlds and characters die but eventually, all creation is down to existing on one Earth.

Why is it number one on this list?

Crisis was able to tell a story in 12 issues and cross over in almost every major title and totally stay in continuity. If Robin from Earth 2 died in Crisis he didn’t show up in another book that month to fight and if he did he died by the end of that book to show continuity. At one point in the main Crisis book there were red skies everywhere, so in every book that month there were red skies. The character deaths were many and often memorable. Barry Allen Flash died alone saving the multiverse just a little longer. Supergirl sacrificed herself taking on the Anti-Monitor single-handedly giving a wounded Superman and the other heroes a chance to escape.

She did hurt him and made him retreat. DC was cleaning house and getting rid of duplicate characters and characters that had no real story or purpose. Just as a character died there was also rebirth. There came a new Dr Light and a new Wildcat. Crisis on Infinite Earths also featured every character in the DC multiverse in 12 issues. Whether it be small cameos to watch them die or if they had more of a major role, every character in the DC arsenal made a panel. The only character that did not make an appearance was Hal Jordan Green Lantern because during that time he had given his role of Earths Green Lantern to John Stewart. Ultimately, Crisis did what it was intended to do: simplify the DC universe.

That’s our top 5 greatest limited series. Leave a comment and let us know if you agree or had a series to add.

Kenny Walker Jr

TOP 10 REASONS BATMAN IS THE MOST FEARED CHARACTER IN COMICS

Batman is one of the most feared characters in the DC Universe. No, I’m sorry, I meant Batman is one of the most feared characters in comics. Period. How did Batman get this reputation you ask? It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t always so.

When Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, in 1939 he was a dark vigilante that preyed on Gotham’s worst criminals. He was a serious no-nonsense character who carried a gun and he killed his adversaries if needed. In the 1950’s comic sales started to slip, and many comics characters suffered, however, Batman still remained. He became more of a sci-fi character with wacky sci-fi adventures. Which started to veer away from the seriousness of the original idea of the Batman character. In the 1960’s with the campiness of the Batman T.V. show increased sales of the comic book. In turn, the comic became campy which steered even more away from the original concept. After the show was canceled, DC comics decided to try to take Batman back to his roots and make him the Dark Knight once again.

Since then Batman became the coolest, badass, most kick-ass character in comics. A man both respected and feared by all. The following are the top 10 reasons in comics that have made that possible.

Dennis O’Neil and Neil Adams took over as writer and artist.

In 1969, O’Neil and Adams took over as the writer and artist of Batman their main objective was to move the character past the campy stereotype. Back to the basis that was created by Kane and Finger. Even though this did not boost sales the way that was expected what did happen was the true legend of the Dark Knight started to build.

Defeating Bane

In 1993 Bane had a plan to defeat The Bat. The storyline was called Knightfall. Bane’s plan was kind of practical. To throw every villain he could at Batman and wear him down. Then when he was worn out and at his lowest trying to figure out what was really going on Bane came through and beat the crap out of him and broke his back. This was classic. Batman briefly retired. But when his ill picked replacement went batshit crazy (pun included), Batman came back from a broken back and not only put Azrael Batman in check but also defeated Bane. Proving you can’t keep a good Bat down.

The Dark Knight Return

Frank Miller’s classic. Basically, this is one of the greatest mini-series. This is a Batman in the future who is old, and battle worn. He is back, and he is still the wrong man to piss off. He lays a final defeat on his greatest foe, The Joker, and proves that he can still go one on one with the man of steel, Superman.

Batman defeats a Green Lantern with one punch

So, after the mini-series Legends which tries to establish heroes after Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC decided to start another Justice League in 1986. This version of Justice League added humor to the superhero comic with Batman often playing the serious father figure straight man. He had instant respect from everyone on the team because of his legend and them knowing what he could do. Everyone except Green Lantern Guy Gardner who would disrespect and taunt Batman for the first few issues of the series. When he would confront the Batman the rest of the team kept telling Guy Gardener to watch himself, but he wouldn’t listen. This resulted in Batman laying him out with one punch after Gardener challenged him to one on one after taking off his ring. Blue Beatle couldn’t stop laughing and Black Canary was very upset she missed it by a second.

Superman calls Batman the most dangerous man in the world

In 1997 there was yet another reboot of the Justice League called JLA. The first story arch was called New World Order and the team consisted of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, and Green Lantern. An alien super team called the Hyperclan came to Earth and posed as heroes but as predicted they weren’t. They came to dominate. So, the Justice League decided to stop them and lost. They defeated the entire League except for Martian Manhunter who disguised himself and infiltrated the group and Batman who they thought they blew up in the Batplane. So, the not dead Batman sneaks in the lower levels of the Hyperclans base and starts to take them down one by one. He knew their secret. They were really White Martians. They gave themselves away because none of them came near the Batplane that was on fire to check for a dead body. As he takes the first set of Martians down with gasoline and a match he leaves a note behind telling them he knows who they really are. The leader of the Hyperclan is confused and baffled to learn that Batman lived through the Batplane explosion and is taking down these powerful beings because he is just a normal human with no powers and that’s when Superman chained down and weakened with Kryptonite reminds him that “he is the most dangerous man in the world”.

Batman defeats the Justice League

Batman likes to be prepared for every situation. Although he didn’t really execute the way the entire Justice League was defeated he did plan it in JLA: Tower of Babel. Batman had a manifest on how to defeat every member of the Justice League which was stolen by his arch nemesis Ra’s al Ghul. Ra’s used this information to defeat the Justice League and as you know they did overcome. Batman’s reason for having such a manifest was just in case any one of them went bad, including himself. The real outcome was the other heroes looking at Batman and thinking “Wait, this guy actually thought of ways to defeat every one of us and who knows who else he’s got files on …. this cat is seriously dangerous”

Batman’s resurrection

So Darkseid is again causing static. Batman decides to end this once and for all and creates a gun to kill a god. So Batman does what only he can do. Darkseid is not surprised or holds quarter as he respects Batman as being that one hero that would do what needs to be done with stakes this high. He does shoot Darkseid but not before Darkseid shoots his Omega beams and seemingly kills the Dark Knight. Apparently, what the beam did was banish Batman in time. Though several reincarnations and a little help from Tim Drake Robin the Dark Knight beat time and death and make his way back to the present. Who does that?

No Man’s Land

This story is actually very basic. This 1999 storyline has Gotham separated from the rest of the world by an earthquake. Bruce Wayne leaves Gotham to use his influence to get help from the government to save Gotham. Meanwhile, the villains and the few heroes left have divided up the land. Bruce Wayne comes back to Gotham and Batman emerges a few months later to rally the good guys and save Gotham.

Forms The Outsiders

In 1983 Batman decides to quit the satellite-based Justice League because he’s a mysterious detective that lives in the shadows. Plus, to him, the League wasn’t worried about the little guys anymore but big global threats. That was not what Batman wanted to be a part of so in 1985 debuted Batman and the Outsiders. This team consisted of more down to earth heroes such as Black Lightning, Katana, Metamorpho, Geo-Force, Halo, and Looker. Yup, Batman is badass enough to quit the team with the most powerful heroes in the world to form his own kickass team that works as a well-tuned unit. It was kind of like when David Ruffin left the Temptations in the 60’s except this move worked out for Batman.

Holds his own and even defeats Marvel characters

Everyone always talks about who would bin in a Marvel vs DC fight. Well, there was a few times that happened. In DC Special #27 Batman battles the Hulk. In what some comic book fans call BS, Batman uses gas and a gut kick to defeat the Incredible Hulk. Yes, simply breathing in gas felled the Hulk. Then there was the time in another Marvel DC collaboration Batman uses a nerve punch in the right place to knock out The Scorpion. Another outing of Marvel vs DC where fans voted for the outcome of the battles found Batman defeating Captain America in a sewer. Fans wherein an uproar because Batman is just a human while Captain America has the super soldier serum and I need to remind you that Batman is a man who trains himself to fight people with powers and figures out their weakness. The second time they met in the 2003 JLA/ Avengers team up. This time they square off to a tie but still – normal human vs super soldier serum because that’s how badass Batman is.

Please feel free to comment on our list and tell us what you think. Is Batman the most feared character in comics or is he just hype? Do you know more stories to support this theory? Let us know.

Kenny Walker Jr

ARE WE STILL FANS OR DO WE JUST WANT TO SEE THE CAPES?

There was a time when comic book shows in multimedia were far and in between. Comic nerds and superhero fans were starving for entertainment other than what was on the pages at their local comic store. There might be one TV show with a guy in a mask one season and another with a lady with a lasso a few years later but that’s all you got. Then you may get one major motion picture with a guy in a cape and two decades later get another movie about a superhero vampire but that was your limit. Yup the pickings were slim.

When comic book heroes started showing up in serials in the 1930s. Flash Gordon, Shazam, Batman and Superman all came to life for about 15 minutes leaving you with a cliffhanger until the next episode. Another popular medium, radio, where every week you can hear the adventures of Buck Rogers and Dick Tracey. With a TV in the 1950s, your home was visited by The Lone Ranger and Superman. As decades past you had a very campy Batman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and yes, we had a Hulk. To satisfy our lack of live action we had some of the best classic cartoons. From Marvel superheroes in the 1960s to the Superfriends of the 1970s to G.I. Joe in the 1980s to the X-Men of the 1990s our Saturday mornings and after school schedules was set.

Then something happened. The late 1990s Sony Spiderman movies became a hit. Over in TV land, Smallville, a show about Superman’s beginnings ran for 10 seasons. Then Batman Begins and so starts the Christopher Nolan trilogy. Marvel launches the MCU with Iron Man and from there the industry blew up. Superheroes are everywhere.

There are currently about 16 comic books inspired live-action shows on TV with four more starting next month in June. There are at least 8 comic book inspired movies due out in 2018. These numbers do not include the countless cartoons and kid shows based on comic books and superheroes in general.

The question we now need to ask ourselves is: Has the industry oversaturated the fanboys and girls with the comic book world?

The recent cancellation of Marvel TV’s Inhumans it may signal that this superhero boom may be over. Although Marvel put a decent push for Inhumans by releasing the pilot in IMAX it did not go over well with the fans. It was perceived as too campy compared to the MCU that fans have been used to getting. On top of that, the fate of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D seems to be a little uncertain. Yes, the CW seems to be going strong with their line up of superhero and comic book shows every night which all have basically been renewed for next year but of all the shows Arrow which was the flagship show that started it all is at the bottom of the ratings. Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War have topped the box office this year with millions but our payoff for Infinity War is a year away. Will the fans wait that long, or will the attention move elsewhere?

In some respect, you can say that it feels like the industry makers are taking our love for superheroes too far and not giving us the quality that we are used to. Just stick a cape on it and the people will buy it. There’s no need for quality, compelling storyline or character development when you know there will be ticket sales and viewers based on the superhero content. Netflix’s Jessica Jones might have been that show to display this. Overall this Marvel Netflix outing was not up to par with previous shows almost like it was rushed to get the product out to the fans. DC is coming out with its own streaming service called DC Universe in 2018. Set previews of its upcoming show, Titans, has not been sitting well with fans. Already there’s debate about whether this first live action Titans will live up to its comic book predecessor.

The remainder of 2018 promises some awesome things in movie, TV, and streaming. It’s up to us the audience to determine if we are still fans. It’s up to us to determine if we just want to see our favorite characters on the screen regardless of the content. The superhero genre is still booming but whether it’s waning a bit remains to be seen. There are some great plans for comic book superheroes on the big and small screens even past 2020 but the question is will this genre stand the test of time.

Kenny Walker Jr

Chasing Dion: Families Sacrifice for SuperHeroes

Chasing Dion follows the superhero cinematic trend, with its own twist. This new Netflix series focuses on the family dynamic in a superhero universe. In this Universe, an asteroid is responsible for the characters superhuman abilities. Any individuals, in Iceland, observing the Aurora light that night, had their DNA altered and developed superhuman abilities.

But it was not just the humans, animals and the ground itself were poisoned by this same phenomenon. All these individuals returned to their regular lives, which would become anything but regular. These genetics are also passed down through genetics, the viewer discovers while watching the journey of the main character, Dion.

Dion just arrived at a new school, but the new changes to his body compound the typical stressors of being the new kid at a public school. Dion is having breakfast with his mother, Nicole, as is their morning tradition. Running late, as usual, Nicole rushes Dion, leading to him tripping and spilling his bowl of cereal, only the cereal does not hit the ground as physics would predict.

At this moment, Dion realizes there is something different about him. He stares at the milk, and pieces of cereal suspended in the air, which only drops as his mom scares him as she calls his name. After a few more small incidents, Dion decided to show his mom. In a scene akin to exorcism and haunting films, Dion creates a cyclone of toys, with enough power, one Lego cuts his mother’s shoulder.

Being a single mom is hard enough, add a superpowered child, and the level of stress reaches epic proportions. Sacrifice was a major theme within Chasing Dion. This series showcased the effect a superhuman child would have on a single mother. Due to the discovery of Dion’s superpowers, his mother, lost one job, left an interview early, and risked her new job at the dance studio due to Dion’s newly developed abilities.

But she was not the only one to sacrifice for Dion’s benefit. Pat, Dion’s godfather, also risked his position at Biona. Dion tried to help cure Pat’s headaches, which caused him to become extremely ill. Dion’s aunt, Cat, brought him to the ER, where she was a resident doctor. Nicole tried a few times to inform Cat of Dion’s newfound superhuman abilities, but as a woman of science, Cat was ready to have Nicole committed.

Following protocol for severely ill patients, she drew Dion’s blood for testing. Nicole was desperate for her to stop the testing, as she warned Dion, using his powers in public would lead to a black van abducting him. Exactly how the scene ends, Cat get caught erasing Dion’s medical records after witnessing him levitate firsthand, but her now ex-girlfriend called the CDC when Dion’s temperature rose to one hundred and fifteen degrees.

There seems to be almost no limit to Dion’s power. Other superheroes in the movie seem to have limited powers. The farmer could grow plants with his hands, his son is telepathic. Dion’s father, and Charlotte, could turn invisible and teleport. Like his father, Dion can utilize invisibility and teleportation, with the additional abilities of healing, telekinesis, and the ability to manipulate on a molecular level.

As comic book fans would say, Dion is lining up to be OP, overpowered. Next season will see if he gets the Superman treatment with developing more powers as his heroic tale continues. In a series full of parallels to the unjust reality of our world, the most poignant scene occurred after Dion experienced racism for the first time at this new school. Dion was using his father’s watch as a mental block to prevent him from using his powers in public.

One of the school bullies, a white kid, took Dion’s watch. Dion lost control and used telekinesis to propel the bully into the wall. When it came time for the white principal to wield punishments, he was gun-ho about suspending Dion, with no repercussions for the bully who attempted to steal Dion’s watch.

Nicole is hesitant to explain this racist mentality, and the lifetime battle dealing with racists, but after a conversation with her sister, she sat down with Dion and explained there will always be people like the principal, judging Dion for his skin color. Chasing Dion utilized misdirection to further the storyline without revealing twists until the time was right.

From the first few episodes, it seems Biona is just another evil scientific empire, putting their experiments ahead of humanity. It is revealed one of their employees is responsible for the “Storm Deaths.” This big twist was hinted at with mentions of this character having been in Iceland, and headaches he has been struggling with as the other characters develop superhuman abilities.

Dion’s own Godfather, Pat, is the Crooked Man, or the Man in the Storm. Pat’s exposure to the asteroid in Iceland leads to a degenerative disease which could be stalled by the absorption of the other superhumans. Chasing Dion is a unique superhuman perspective, while borrowing typical Superhero tropes.

Like many superhero origin tales, Dion lost his father at a young age, and his powers were passed down genetically. He has trouble controlling his emotion-based powers, but they kick in when he or someone he loves is in danger, and the villain was right under the heroes nose the entire time.

These superheroes’ power is based on the ability to manipulate ions, more of a Matrix style explanation of superpowers opposed to the genetics. Dion is the one to save this world, and after watching season one, viewers will make sure to save the date season two premieres.

Mike Hoff

Joker: The Review

Make no mistake, this is not your daddy’s Joker. If you walk in the theater looking for a Batman based action movie you will be a victim of disappointment. If you think you’re going to see a movie where the bad guy is looking to kill everyone and rule the world, you came to the wrong show. If you expect big CGI scenes, henchmen and a lot of action fight scenes then you wasted your money on a ticket.

This is the movie about the psychological spiral downfall of a single man. The Joker. This is a psychotic thriller.

Let me start by saying that Joaquin Phoenix was awesome as Arthur Fleck who would eventually become The Joker. He should definitely get an Oscar nod for his performance. Just when we all thought no one could play the Joker after Heath Ledger, Joaquin Phoenix proves us wrong. As Arthur Fleck, Phoenix plays a man who works as a clown and lives with his mother.

Arthur also suffers from a disorder that makes him laugh uncontrollably at the most awkward times. Phoenix takes you on a journey as the title character whose life slowly falls apart taking a man who is already on the brink completely over the edge. Phoenix develops this eerie pain-stricken laugh for the character’s condition that will make you sympathize with his plight because he honestly makes it look like it hurts.

And yes, I said sympathize. His downward spiral has you rooting for him and then you realize that you are routing for the killer. That is why Joaquin Phoenix deserves an award for this performance. Going in the first thing you need to do is take past interpretations of the character out of you head. You’re going to get a better Joker than Jared Leto without a doubt but a different Joker than Jack Nicholson.

You’re going to see a hint of Heath Ledger and not a bit of Cesar Romero. My indifference with this movie is in the script. When we meet Arthur Fleck, he is already seeing a therapist and on meds for his condition. We meet a socially inept loser who is down on his luck and gradually getting worse. My problem with that is that when he finally did snap and go full on Joker it wasn’t a big leap. I barely saw the snap.

I think the story would have had more impact if Arthur Fleck had been more of a normal guy. Imagine life taking a man with no pre-existing conditions and turning him into a psychotic killer. Even though Joaquin Phoenix stood out in the title role and dominated the film, his supporting cast did well in holding their own.

Robert De Niro as the talk show host Murray Franklin and Zazie Beetz as the neighbor/imaginary girlfriend Sophie Dumond were outstanding support. However, another stand out was Frances Conroy as Penny Fleck, Arthur’s mother. Her character is one of the main reasons that snaps Arthur into the Joker because of her own mental illness and the lies that she had her son believe all his life.

But how do you make a movie about a famous fictional villain and his road to villainy without putting worse characters in the film that make him go bad. Brett Cullen’s Thomas Wayne was that character for this movie. Sorry folks but this movie makes Batman’s dad out to be the biggest dick there is. And spoiler alert, the fateful moment that makes Bruce Wayne an orphan you have a hard time feeling sorry for the Wayne’s fate.

Yeah, the Joker was a psychotic killer, but this guy was a genuine everyday ass that you had no problem seeing getting shot at the end. I guess that’s what happens when you tell the story from the other side. As the reviews come in some people loved this movie and others hated it. I’m indifferent because although I didn’t like the script and the way it moved, I thought the acting was superb. So, I guess this is less of a review and more telling you what to expect going in.

This isn’t your typical comic book movie. And I’m curious as to what you think about it.

Kenny Walker Jr

Hobbs and Shaw: A Long Way From Street Racing

At some point since the Fast and Furious franchise began, it went from being about fast cars and racing to a superhero/James Bond theme. In 8 movies, street racers went from the hood to saving the world from terrorist.

And that’s what got us to The Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw.

I approached this movie the wrong way. I wasn’t ready to accept it. There was no Dom, Lettie or any of the usual suspects to be seen in any part of this so how did they make this become part of the franchise. This movie starred two late comers to the franchise that weren’t even street racers.

I was annoyed. I wanted the old formula on which the franchise was built on without realizing that formula had long gone out the window. In a conversation with my son, who was 9 when the franchise started and has seen all the movies, I was told the harsh reality. “Dad” he said, “these movies haven’t been about street racing and cars since the 3rd installment.”

I had to pause for a minute then I thought to myself “dam-it he’s right”. See, I was fooling myself. Even thought the movies had a lot of racing up until the 5th installment they were still about a bigger picture. They were righting wrongs and taking down drug lords with there own form of street justice.

Then in the 6th installment they were hired by the government to take down a terrorist group that used fast cars because of course you get racers to catch racers. Which had the team fighting villains in British subways and taking down massive airplanes…… with cars. I missed the farfetched in that I suppose.

In the 7th installment the black ops brother of the previous installment’s villain was after the team for revenge, so they had to take him down before he killed the whole group. This had the team using cars to jump from an airplane, from building to building in Abu Dhabi and fighting a militant assassin group.

A long way from fellow street racers and drug lords. In the 8th installment, the team are using cars on ice to match a submarine and teaming up with the villains from 6 and 7 to help take down a world terrorist. So yeah, the franchise has steered a long way from its roots into a different entity and I was still believing this was about cars and street racing. Fooling myself.

With Hobbs and Shaw focusing on two late comers to the franchise that have nothing to do with street racing, I was unaccepting. When Hobbs and Shaw took on a literally super powered cyborg attached to a world domination organization, I was still looking for street racing instead of what I should have been in the theatre for: having fun.

Once I took my son’s advice and looked at the movie from that perspective, my world changed along with my review of this movie. As per title, this franchise spin off was focused on the characters Hobbs and Shaw. Luke Hobbs, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, was brought to the franchise in Fast and Furious 5 as a law man sent to bring in Vin Diesel’s Dom and Paul Walker’s O’Connor.

By the end of the movie, they team up to fight a common enemy and Hobbs gives Dom and O’Connor’s team a head start before he tries to capture them again. In the 6th installment, Hobbs does come to them but not to arrest them but to ask for help tracking an international terrorist that uses fast cars in their crimes. The payment was pardons.

Of course, they take the deal and win their freedom. This leads to installments 7th bad guy Deckard Shaw, Jason Statham, coming after the team for revenge of his brother’s capture. In the 8th installment the Shaw brothers are both used to help the team defeat a common villain in a sense becoming good guys. This spin off has Hobbs and Deckard Shaw forced to team up by their governments to defeat another common villain.

Hobbs and Shaw is an action adventure comedy that uses the much-used plot device of a buddy movie where the “buddies” don’t get along. Johnson and Statham spend most of the movie arguing and fighting each other before coming together to defeat villain Brixton Lore played by Idris Elba. The undeniable chemistry between these two leading men made the movie work.

Of course, they can pull off the action scenes, but the comedic parts were pulled off just as well. The two were also joined by Vanessa Kirby who played Shaw’s sister, Hattie. The typical corny bravado lines that action stars do worked well in this movie once you consider the source and take the movie for what it is. You’re not coming to this movie for great acting, great mystery or an intricate plot.

You walk in this movie to have fun and see off the wall action stunts and that’s what you get. Rounded off with cameos by Kevin Hart and Ryan Reynolds, you get a starstudded actionpacked fun movie. Idris Elba’s turn as a villain was worth it. His introducing line was a very cheesy “I’m the bad guy” which set you up from the start at the dialogue you can expect.

Nothing to deep or tense really but for this movie it worked. As I said before, I took this movie too seriously and focused on the let downs which I still must mention. One of them being the full disconnect from the main franchise. I thought that Johnson and Statham could make any action movie that had nothing to do with Fast and Furious.

The only connection besides the characters being the same from the franchise is that they briefly mention they have a past from the franchise at the beginning of the movie. I was expecting a cameo from Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Tyrese, or Michelle Rodriguez. However, with the beef between the stars from working together on the previous movies that was not going to happen. To me it is spoiled rich stars being spoiled rich stars on both sides of the beef.

Other let downs were the chemistry that wasn’t there in the forced romance between Hobbs and Hattie Shaw. Johnson and Kirby had zero scene love chemistry. But for as big a movie draw as he is when have we known Johnson to have good romantic chemistry in any film. Let down and big fail was the time change in the ending battle scene. Without giving too much away for those who haven’t seen it, you time how long dawn turns to day.

It’s actually a good laugh that I’m sure wasn’t meant to be. Yes, the spin off is a long way from Dom and O’Connor solving their problems with fast cars. Yes, this movie is more like an action adventure comedy James Bond film rolled into one. And yes, you should go see it. Don’t think too hard about the plot and go to have fun and you will.

Kenny Walker Jr

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance The Essence of Revolt

Almost forty years after the original, Netflix revives a cult classic. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a prequel series to the 1982 Jim Henson film, The Dark Crystal. In the film, and now prequel series, the Dark Crystal, which was known as the Crystal of Truth before it became corrupted, is the core of this world, Thra.

This show is visually stunning from the Dreamfast between Gelflings, to the Gelfling’s and other creatures, as well as the diverse landscapes of Thra. The captivating storytelling leads to enamoring characters eliciting empathy from the viewer for their plight.

The creatures of Thra have been subjected by the Skeksis’, and this series, if you have not seen the original film, gives fans hope the subjugated species would find a way to win. Those who have seen the 1982 masterpiece, still want to see the Skeksis pay for their crimes, even though they know the bad guys will win this revolutionary war.

There are three main Gelfling heroes in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Rian, a member of the Stonewood clan. This is the warrior clan of Thra. Rian’s father is the Captain, charged with protecting the Skeksis and the Dark Crystal. Rian is the first to witness the Skeksis’ atrocities. Rian saw the Skeksis’ steal the essence of Mira, his girlfriend.

After his escape, The Chamberlain of the Skeksis’ planted the seeds of lies that would convince Rian’s clan he not only killed Mira but carries a sickness that would spread if another Gelfing chose to Dreamfast with him. Dreamfasting is a moment of shared consciousness between Gelflings.

This plan would ensure the Gelfling would not discover the truth about the Skeksis’ draining the essence of the Gelfling’s. Rian eventually comes to bear the Dual Glaive, which contains the missing crystal shard from the Dark Crystal.

While Rian is unable to unite the Crystal and the shard, it was his bravery and Dreamfasting that would play a major role in uniting the Gelfling clans to finally revolt against their oppressors. Deet, and the rest of the Grottan tribe live underground in perfect harmony with their surroundings and fellow creatures.

Until the Darkening spreads, corrupting the Nurloc. A few of these infected creatures attack Deet, forcing her above ground. This is when she encounters the Sanctuary Tree. This sentient tree chooses who can hear them speak, so Deet was chosen for the quest to end the Darkening.

Unfortunately, this hopeful, joyous, and loving character will be transformed into the literal personification of the Darkening. The Emperor, the leader of the Skekzi’s, has channeled the Darkening through his staff, and uses it to attack the Gelfling rebellion. Deet, with the power of the Sanctuary Tree, absorbs all this energy and becomes infected.

Thus, at the end of Age of Resistance, she banishes herself for fear of the harm she could do all those she loves. Sacrifice for the greater good was a common theme throughout Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Bold Juergen, Rian’s friend, suffers the torture of having his essence drained as the Skeksis’ question him about his friend’s whereabouts, yet he does not yield.

The Captain, Rian’s father sacrificed his life to save Rian from the Hunter, as did The Archer, the Mystic half to the Skeksis half, The Hunter, sacrificed himself twice to save Rian and ensure their quest to save Thra would continue. First, he shot the Hunter with arrows which would have led to his death if not for another sacrifice from Mother Aughra.

Mother Aughra sacrifice her life to save the Vapra princesses and Maudra Fara, the leader of the Stonewood clan. Maudra Fara in turn sacrificed herself to save Seladon, so she could continue her quest for redemption. Princess Brea is royalty amongst the Vapra clan, represent the aristocracy. Thra is run by a Matriarchy, in every clan, a woman rules over the land.

Brea’s mother, their leader, the All Maudra, rules over all Gelfing tribes, as they do the bidding for the Skeksis’. Princess Brea has an insatiable thirst for knowledge, which leads her to question the Skekzi’s rule. In her quest for knowledge and to save Thra, she found a secret room with symbols of all seven tribes engraved in stone.

At first, she attempts to solve this puzzle by the order of the class system. Eventually she realizes class does not mean best, and all clans are equal. Once solving its mystery, she stumbles upon Lore, a rock “monster.” The Heretic, a shunned Skekzi, and his mystic were the ones to create Lore, the Protector, to escort her to the Circle of the Suns to meet Lore’s creators and find the key to defeating the Skekzi’s.

Lore saves Brea on a few occasions. One of which occurred after Seladon sold out her family to the Skeksis’, leading to their mother, the All Maudra’s death during the battle of the Gelfing’s and Skekzi’s. After she, and her essence, were saved by Mother Aughra, she joined the fight to restore the harmony in Thra.

Mother Aughra may not have been one of the main Gelfing’s but she is a hero throughout the adventure. Thra created Mother Aughra to communicate with the sentient beings to help create the Age of Harmony. After the urSkeks, the beings when Skeksis’ and Mystics combine, built Aughra an Observatory and Orrery in exchange for her knowledge of Thra.

While Aughra sent her consciousness into the stars, the Skeksis’ were created, ultimately leading to their proclamation of power and subsequent reign of terror. Mother Aughra took blame for the damage done to Thra. Just like most of the Gelfling’s ready to revolt, she would do everything in her power to help save Thra.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has as many engaging “secondary characters,’ as main characters. Deet’s escort, was a Podling with dreams of being a Paladin warrior. The Pod people domesticated the Fizzgig’s, another species of entertaining creatures.

The Chamberlain of the Skeksis was like the Littlefinger of Game of Thrones, always scheming and looking for an angle. The Heretic and his mystic counterpart, the Wanderer mystic, shined in spectacular fashion. This series was jampacked with heroes to cheer for, villains to root against, and “side” characters you want to see survive the impending war.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance could be a surreal allegory to the oppression of the masses today. Just as geography, class systems, and propaganda create dissension amongst humanity so did the Skeksis utilize these tools to gain control and give them absolute power over the Gelflings and Thra itself.

The Dark Crystal symbolizes fossil fuels. As the Skeksis corrupted the Dark Crystal, Thra began to suffer. The Skeksis would stop at nothing for immortality, even if it meant the destruction of the planet itself. Just as the Corporatocracy will destroy every resource for the almighty dollar.

Unfortunately, the Gelfling’s may win the battle, but ultimately are doomed to lose the war. Much like in our profit driven world, the world continues to crumble under the hands of corruption, despite millions and millions looking through the crystal of truth. Hopefully, we won’t lose the essence of humanity

Mike Hoff

Brightburn: Evil Shines

Brightburn made no secret about being Superman plus the Omen, and still managed to throw twists to the audience. Brightburn paid homage to Superman throughout the film. After his ship crashes at a Farmhouse, the alien baby, named Brandon Breyer is raised by loving parents who were battling infertility.

Fitting the theme of evil Superman, Brightburn warps a few recurring Superman themes, while adding the thrills of horror and slasher films. In Brightburn, Brandon Breyer’s lifts a truck like the iconic Action Comics, except he drops the truck on the street as a murderous act. He toys with his Uncle as the uncle flashes the lights, Brandon is on the ground, flashes again, this time he is levitating, then gone.

He picks up the truck and drops it, his jaw breaks off against steering wheel. This gruesome scene was the first instance of Brandon cutting his family ties. Throughout the film the audience learns more about Brandon Breyer’s “gifts.” He proves to be exceptionally smart while discussing the difference between wasps and bees in the classroom.

This class discussion foreshadows much of the film to come. Brandon describes the wasps as aggressive predators, which he soon becomes. The hive mind also hints at the power of the spaceship and it’s ability to control Brandon Breyer. It is also disclosed that Brandon has never been sick, never bruised or bled.

As he reaches puberty, his 12th birthday, the spaceship begins pulsating and communicating causing him a seizure. After the seizure, he wakes up and jumps out his window, hitting the ground. In the next scene, he moves at superspeed, showing no signs of damage as he heads toward the barn. His mother finds him yanking at the trap door storing his spaceship.

Brandon has seemingly blacked out. The next day he throws the lawnmower like a football. As he investigates the mower, he slides his hand between the rotating blade, breaking the blade. By this point it has been revealed that Brandon Breyer is smarter than most, apparently invincible with superhuman speed and strength.

So, it comes as no surprise later in the film when Brandon announces his superiority to the guidance counselor, his aunt. Brandon Breyer’s perversion leads him to become a superhuman stalker and serial killer. After an anticlimactic birds and bees talk, Brandon takes his father’s advice about giving into his urges.

So that night he flies into his crush’s bedroom, starts playing a song on his crush’s laptop, then using his superspeed to appear ghostly as he opens the laptop and starts the music again after she closes it. She saw him in the blinds, but as she called for her mom, he flew out the window. The next day she calls him a pervert in gym class, so he grotesquely breaks her hand and arm.

After this incident, his mom, Tori, admits the truth about his origin to Brandon. He does not handle this well and is now one step closer to becoming Brightburn. He arrives at his crush’s house and delivers a chilling message then proceeds to attack her mother at the restaurant. In true horror fashion, he leaves the Brightburn symbol all over the glass.

Then breaks glass lighting above her head so glass shard gets in her eye. With one eye seeing completely red, the scene has a horror feel as he uses super speed to scare his prey. Finally, she locks herself in fridge, prompting him to use laser vision then super strength to rip open the door. The police declare her missing, as Brightburn has relocated her and performed a dissection.

The beginning of the end of Brandon Breyer occurs in a scene that eerily felt like the pivotal scene in the Walking Dead when Rick Grimes kills his best friend Shane. Kyle, Brandon’s father, accepted their son’s evil ways before his wife, so he decided it was his responsibility to end Brandon’s reign of terror.

As Brandon looks at deer tracks, Kyle cocks back the hunting rifle and fires it directly into the back of Brandon’s head, the impact does no damage. Brightburn is truly born in this moment, he flies around, taunting his dad then knocks him over, and proceeds to shoot eye beams through Kyle’s head and skull.

Brightburn starts with Tori, Brandon’s mom, playing hide and seek by whistling before school, and he pops out in the barn behind a barrel of hay, setting up the ending of the movie. The last time Tori can reach her son, Brandon occurs when he is again drawn to his spaceship, repeating a phrase, “Take the world.”

The birth of Brightburn culminates as Tori calls Kyle to warn him about the pictures she saw, but Brandon answers while levitating above the house. Brightburn starts ramming the house while she calls 911. As they arrive Birghtburn flies through the sheriff, very similar to a scene in the Boys. Then violently flies up and down slamming other cops head into the ceiling then throws her into room where mom is hiding.

Whistling as he looks for Tori, Brandon Breyer has fully transformed to Brightburn, and his mother finally realizes she must try to end his reign of terror. She sneaks outside the window, then runs to the spaceship. She grabs a piece of the ship and starts whistling. She coaxes him into a hug and goes to stab him, but he catches her arm. Flies her through the roof into the stratosphere then drops her.

Killing his connection to humanity, and thus his humanity. Instead of saving a plane about to crash like Superman, Brightburn forces a plane to crash into his childhood home to cover up the deaths at his superhuman hands. Brightburn does a great job of interweaving the horror, slasher, and superhuman genres.

Brightburn was full of amazing visuals, from the ominous scenes of him floating in the window of his aunts house to the talented artwork he drew documenting his crimes, and his future goals; such as him floating about Earth and his eye beams to blow it up, and another with skeletons in a burning Earth underneath him.

This film becomes even more tantalizing at the end. The end credits display a few news reports with Brightburn destroying an office building, floating above a forest fire, then his Brightburn symbol as a crop circle. Then, a conspiracy theorist by the name of Big T screams about the government hiding the truth about Brightburn.

Then drops the bombshell of other super villains. As he mentions a half man, half sea creature destroying ships, a creature with glowing green eyes is shown. The conspiracy theorist also mentions a being that chokes men with ropes and chords, perhaps this universe’s evil versions of Aquaman and Wonder Woman.

On the screen behind Big T, there is a red costume with yellow emblem, presenting a twist to build fans excitement. That suit belongs to the Crimson Avenger, the main character from ‘Super.” Also, the name of the restaurant Brightburn attacked was named, Darbo’s.

The main character from Super’s name, Frank Darbo, a vigilante with the aggression and penchant for violence of Batman, without the brains and fortune. Brightburn’s ending opened the door for the first Super Villain focused cinematic universe, posing the question, “Will evil aliens Take the World?”

Mike Hoff

Hush: Don’t Mention This Movie Exists

The DC universe has done it again. If their goal is to let down their fanbase, they have been on fire. More realistically, they are playing cash grab, trying to catch up to the MCU. Hush is one of the most revered Batman story arcs, just like the Killing Joke, and just as they did with the Killing Joke, they ruined a fan favorite.

If they keep this up, the LEGO comic book universe will be the MCU’s closest competitor. Hush, the animated movie, followed some of the story. Batman tries to catch Batwoman in the opening scene, but his Batarang line is cut, causing him to free fall and resulting in a brain injury. In the opening scene in the comics, Killer Croc is the villain Batman and Catwoman converge upon, whereas the movie chose to use Bane.

The casual DC fans would be more familiar with Bane than Killer Croc, so there is a certain profit-based logic, but it does not add to the story. But at least that only didn’t add to the story, compared to other alterations which ruined this animated adaptation. The animated movie again stuck to the source material in the Batman versus Superman fight.

Poison Ivy was able to put Superman under her spell with Kryptonite lipstick, then used him as a weapon against Batman and Catwoman. This scene was a rare bright spot. Batman using the Kryptonite gloves and running in lead lined tunnels to counteract Superman’s superhuman strength advantage always appeases Batman fans.

The Batman and Catwoman love storylines intrigued readers since its inception, Hush the movie capitalized on this to the “Umph” degree. The audience went “Umph” when this story about the manipulation and betrayal at the hands of childhood best friend became that love story. Fans probably would have been happier if it ended in the wedding of Batman and Catwoman than they were with this movie’s twist(ed) ending.

Introduce Dr. Thomas Elliot, like the comic, the fans are introduced to Thomas Elliot as Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend to operate on Bruce Wayne. The scenes between Bruce and Thomas were supposed to set up an emotionally driven reveal, instead, they turned it into another tragedy caused by Bruce Wayne being Batman.

In the comic, Joker looks guilty of killing Thomas Elliot, and Batman almost breaks his code as he brutally beats the Joker then almost stabs him to death. The animated movie closely followed this scene, then turned the entire story on its head. The animated movie decided to kill off Thomas Elliot, it was not another of Hush’s ploys.

In the comics, this scene was staged, as it is finally revealed, Hush was Thomas Elliot. This emotional impact of this personal betrayal is one of the main reasons Hush goes down as one of Batman’s best stories. Another missing emotional piece to this puzzling movie, was the absence of the Clayface as Jason Todd scene.

This scene was absent due to continuity issues, as Jason Todd is not a part of their DC animated universe. But the scene in the comics where Batman confronts Jason Todd was one of the most pivotal scenes of this story arc. Instead of drawing the fans in with this scene, they foreshadow a decision that would make Batman fans squirm and dissociate from this animated film.

Hush, the animated movie decided to put their own twist on the surprise ending, and The Riddler revealed as Hush. Their apparent logic comes from the very end of the comic when Batman visits The Riddler at Arkham Asylum. While their reasoning makes sense, it completely ruins the impact of the reveal, and thus the movie in its entirety.

Hush, the animated movie, another DC movie let down. DC animated movies, such as Under the Red Hood stuck to the source material and was a hit amongst DC fans and blew Marvel animated movies out of the water. DC comic fans want their favorite comics to come to life whether live-action or animated, however, they will stop spending their hard-earned dollars if DC continues to butcher some of its best storylines.

Hush is a movie no Dc fan will recommend to another, diehard or casual. With movies like the Killing Joke and Hush, it is getting harder to be excited for any future DC animated projects. Here’s to hoping there is a major twist in the DC production team so Dc fans will once again be proud to discuss their favorites story arcs come to life on the big or silver screen.

Mike Hoff