5 Must See DC Animated Movie Fights Part 2
Check out Part One if you missed it!
5.Batman vs Owlman
This battle takes place in the Justice League : Crisis On Two Earths movie and it was memorable. Voiced by veteran actor James Woods, Owlman is what Batman will become in his old age. A hyper intelligent master of technology that wont hesitate to kill. Unfortunately his ego leads to his downfall in a battle that Owlman should have won if he avoided what many super intelligent beings suffer from: talking too damn much. He just had to tell Batman how and why he was going to beat him instead of just doing it, giving Bats an opportunity to outsmart him in the end.
4.Superman vs Doomsday
The Concept of Superman losing a battle to anyone, let along dying ,was just so unthinkable, that when you watch this legendary beat down, it really is unforgettable. After watching foe after foe go down to the do-gooder in blue, I was so delighted to finally see him get his a$$ kicked. I would have preferred a villain or hero more well known than the character Doomsday who was created just for the job. In the end, Doomsday is just menacing enough to make the battle in Superman/Doomsday a guaranteed must see.
3.Batman & Green Lantern vs Superman
In Justice League:War these well known heroes face off in unique circumstances. All the members of the Justice meet for the first time to face an alien invasion that cause them to join forces. The interaction and dialogue between Green Lantern and Batman is classic, watching them try to battle a angered Superman causes a clash of titans that result in a damn good fight. The newly designed look of each league member really gives you a unique looking battle that would be great if recreated for the upcoming Justice League movie.
2.Superman & Shazam vs Black Adam
In this 2010 animated short film Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam we get a delicious taste of what could truly be a cinematic event in the near future. With the already announced casting of Duane “The Rock” Johnson as Black Adam we can don’t have to just imagine how epic this battle would be. Rumors of possibly casting True Blood actor Joe Manganiello as Shazam gives you a idea (and hopefully studio heads) of where they need to take this in the live action movie that is no doubt on the way.
1.Batman vs Superman – The Dark Knight Returns
I’ll be the first to admit that almost anything Frank Miller has written or drawn I am and always will be a huge fan of. As I aged and really understood what it meant that a billionaire with access to the best technology the world has to offer would actually be like, I was hungry for a more realistic depiction of the vigilante/heroes I grew up with. The Dark Knight Returns was the peak of that concept realized by a master in storytelling and art work.Watching Batman power up his enhanced armor and beat superman bloody while talking trash is a DC universe changing experience. This effected not only me but the people at Warner Bros. to the point where we will see this mind blowing battle in gorgeous detail in the upcoming Batman v Superman movie. Watch what inspired this hopefully ground breaking battle that might change the DC cinematic universe forever.
Review: Godzilla vs. Kong
Godzilla vs. Kong reminds me that I was an idiot as a child. I allowed the 4:30 Movie too significant a piece of my brain pie. I existed in a headspace where The Planet of the Apes and Gamera were more science than fiction. I was certain skyscraper-sized monsters lived in the woods a few blocks away, and that ghosts were under my bed. Somewhere in possibility-land, a black and white Lon Chaney slowly becomes a werewolf in a handful of dissolving frames.
Cut to my final form, and I can’t help but think these movies are just a total waste of time and resources. Sure, the effects can be impressive but often they have as much weight as a video game. Buildings smash into dust, an actor says a line against a green screen, then Kong sits on a throne like a stereotypical king. Ah doi!
Sure, the hollow Earth with upside-down mountains in the sky is cool – but where’s that sun coming from? The MechaGodzilla fight has some great effects, but you can watch those on Youtube without having to sit through a bunch of lines like “Kong bows to no one.”
Maybe I just can’t enjoy normal human things anymore.
Now that Captain America is Black…
Now that Captain America is Black
- Bucky Barnes will change his name to Summer Soldier Buckquan because “Nah son! we ain’t doing sh*t in the winter!”
- Fearing for their lives, Police officers will fire 751 shots at Cap in the 4th of many incidents to come.
- In a new altered timeline, Thanos will win due to Cap being detained by a routine traffic stop. “How can you afford Vibraniun on a government salary? Please step out of the vehicle sir.”
- Captain America will form a Rap group with Black Panther called “Black-America.” The group will not be received well but will eventually have all their intellectual property stolen for decades to come without any due repar… I mean royalties. #MESSAGE
- Racists will be utterly confused when they tell Captain America to “Go back to where you came from.” Equally confused, Cap will pack up all his belongings and stay put.
- Cap will be accused of stealing Thor’s hammer the next time he picks it up.
- Cap’s shield will be replaced with a Vibraniun PlayStation Controller since black men are more comfortable throwing that.
- The battle decree will officially be changed from “Avengers Assemble” to “Yerrrrr! It’s on sight!”
- After 40 years of service, Cap will travel back in time to 1998 to finally get that last dance with his true love, Laura Winslow. They will Cha Cha Slide to “Before I let Go” as the credits role.
- Upon retirement, those jaded with having an Af-Am do such an amazing job will appoint a failed real estate charlatan to take up the mantle. The New Cap will immediately try and grab Scarlet by her “Johansson” and declare himself the best Captain America that ever did it during his inauguration.
Chadwick Boseman Forever!!
It is clear that Chadwick Boseman chose iconic roles like Thurgood Marshall, James Brown, Jackie Robinson and Black Panther with deliberate intent and for a specific purpose. In an age where positive roles for Black actors is often sparse, Chadwick managed to land and portray historical figures that made most respect his talents if not revel in his ability to transition effortlessly for one character to another. Even I had to give his African accent a solid B+ (It’s the highest grade the Nigerian Standards Bureau can give for an African accent to a non African FYI.)
Holding out and preparing for these dynamic roles came with both great frustration and incredible resolve I’m certain. Not to mention the taxing ordeal of battling Colon Cancer as the grueling scheduling of filming and increasing responsibility for positive representation loomed. Even under extreme duress, Chadwick’s commitment to others appeared to outweigh his own tribulations, unbeknownst to us all.
Black Panther may have been just a movie to some and that may be because some can easily rattle off 10 movies with a king of non Af-Am origin. It represented a lot more to others. Albeit imagined, imagery on cinema often accomplishes more to augment the social narrative and society itself than actual reality. If negative stereotypes influence perception then positive ones absolutely have the same converse effect.
Even in jest, the cultural misappropriation of raisins in potato salad on SNL skits directly spoke to the tampering of black culture to which T’challa championed, represented and aptly responded “Oh hell Nah Karen!”
If you don’t understand the relevance of representation, it’s probably because you are thoroughly represented. After all, no one is ever grateful for every breath they take until they are gasping for air.
R.I.P Chadwick Boseman. Thank you for breathing life into the possibility of Black excellence.