Videos for the Lacking Fan

Superhero fan videos
Superhero fans make their own

Fans are rabid for superheroes. They froth at the mouth for them. Recently we’ve been buried under superhero movies, but for some it does not move quickly enough. They have taken to creating – forging – their own shareable videos to help themselves through the lean months. There are far too many here to count, but we present for you a select few.

Be Kind, Rewind, an indie movie released in 2006, gives us the term “sweded.” The straight-up site for the term (SwededMovies.org) defines it as “the summarized recreation of popular pop-culture films using limited budgets and a camcorder.” This term is well-liked for fans of superhero movies, which traditionally have high budgets and incredible CGI. Taking the spectacle and reducing it to cardboard and flashlights is enjoyed by many. For example, the videos on this page (which include a number of non-superhero trailers for extra flavor).

Lego fans have their very own term, Brickfilms, for movies made in stop-motion brickery. It was no doubt a certainty superhero movies (or more accurately, their trailers) and Legos would meet, with trailers like the following:

This page has a bevy of other videos, but be warned — this rabbit hole goes deep. Where will you be when you climb out again?

It’s nearly set in stone that a DC vs. Marvel film will never occur. There is too much politics, too many issues about creative rights and such forth. But still, doesn’t the following video just rock the house?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KxIHVGch8I

It does. It makes one sad to think, for reasons this simple blog could never comprehend, we will never be able to have a full movie with such grandeur. But how could it possibly live up to our expectations? The build-up would be too great, the team assembled would have names vying for top billing – how could any movie made by mortal hands assuage us after being assured of its holiness for so long?

Or maybe it would rock!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this short list of videos, for the fans and by the fans. Tell us your favorite fan-made superhero creations, and come back here for more cool stuff!

July Fourth Superheroes

July Fourth Captain America
You’re welcome

Two of the most well-known superheroes, Captain America and Superman, are both patriotically-minded. Captain America’s red, white, and blue fandom is well-known, and Superman (who, some would say, is the Ur-example of a superhero) was raised on all-American values straight from the vein of the land, by Mr. and Mrs. Kent. So, what adventures do they, and other classic capes, do during this summer holiday, July Fourth?

First off, there’s a likely supervillain attack during these dates. There’s actually a Batman villain named Calendar Man, who pulls heists based on holidays. There are so many villains, in both universes, that the idea these characters have a day off – especially during July Fourth – is almost unthinkable. But not completely.

DC:

As Superman is the star-spangled boy scout, he likely enjoys July Fourth a trifle more than the others (even though Wonder Woman’s outfit is red, white, and blue from beginning all the way until nowish), and so it’s up to him to make it fun. Sometimes he has it at the JLA watchtower, address: the moon. There, it’s a tasteful cocktail party, during which they view the simultaneous firework shows all across the U.S. in a glorious panorama of flashing colors that only the super-privileged few can witness.

He also might invite the other superheroes down to the farm. John and Martha Kent know a thing or two about feeding superheroes a healthy home-cooked meal. As long as he can handle a healthy dose of Diana-is-so-nice-you-two-should-get-together, Superman no doubt enjoys having his brightly-dressed and patriotic friends over for dinner.

Marvel:

Depending on what version of Captain America we’re wrestling with (either the movie version, recently awoken and still with one foot in the forties, or the comic book version, which was thawed from the ice in the sixties and is now a little more caught-up). Given the first version, Cap will probably love the classic arrangements of July Fourth, the bbqs and the fireworks and Off, a spray which usually fails to fulfill its promise in relation to bugs and their distance from you.

If we have the comic version of Cap to manipulate, he’ll see the normal trappings and want to kick it up a notch. He’ll set up the fireworks himself, plan the buffet in immaculate detail, and have the SHIELD lab boys develop a powerful new anti-insect toxin which is safe for humans. Since comic books must have a conflict, this will result in a powerful, dangerous new villain that arises, somehow, from the chaos of the event, and must be put in his place by the assembled Marvel cast, be they Avengers or otherwise.

Of course it’s hard to tell what any given character would do for July Fourth, but we can at least be certain we’ll be enjoying ourselves as well. So go on, have a great weekend.

New Superhero Movie Information

Superhero movies are becoming bigger and better with each passing year, and we eagerly collect new information like a chipmunk searching for nuts. We’re here to let you know some of the amazing new rumors that are flying around about upcoming DC and Marvel movies!

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron

Ultron Actors

Most of the big names related to the upcoming Avengers movie have been known for months, but there are a few hidden ones that have yet to see light!

For instance, did you know that famous British comedic actor Rowan Atkinson will be in costume as Ultron robot #4? He was apparently very excited about the role, stating it gave him a chance to “expand his dramatic muscles.” Multi-academy award winning Meryl Streep has been tagged to be the voice of one of Tony Stark’s new suits under the name “Jarvina.” We’re excited to hear that these veteran actors will be joining the already-talented cast of the new movie.

Howard the Duck?!

Seen briefly in the final stinger at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, Howard the Duck is a classic P.I. character from Marvel’s archives. Director Paulina Pulmonary has been tagged to bring the flatfoot back to the big screen, set for a 2017 release. Seth Green will remain to provide the voice of Howard, Arianna Grande is one of the frontrunners for his young assistant, and Rowan Atkinson has signed on to villain of the piece, “Nazi von Killyou.” Mrs. Pulmonary has said that the name is likely to change.

Future DC projects

DC is preparing for Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad, but what’s next for them? Sources say a six-movie series about Crises on Infinite Earths, followed by The Death of Superman – with Rowan Atkinson as the deadly Doomsday – and then a movie for each of the four Superman replacements.

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We’re very excited about all the movies that are planned for the future, and we can’t wait to see the sweet, sweet silver screen goodness that will be coming soon.

 

Top Superhero Video Games

Superhero video games
Which Superhero game is the best?

Comic books and video games go hand-in-hand. Both existed in our culture together as prime engagements for kids, and it was inevitable that they would eventually meet. Today, we’re going to list five of the best superhero video games. To make things easier for us, we’ve narrowed the selection down to comic book characters, not just characters in video games that could be described as superheroes.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

While not traditional heroes, these masked creatures were originally comic book characters, and fit the superhero bill otherwise. With up to four players and an insanely fun combat system that was all the rage the time it was released, this simple arcade game provided an unlimited supply of fun.

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom (2/3)

Fans are split on which game is better, but both the second and third game is this 2D fighting series hit sweet spots. Roster depth on both sides, each character with a unique style and move set, a difficult system to master, and great graphical details.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

Using the same idea as such classics like Gauntlet, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance adds Marvel characters (Over 140!) to the mix, and the end result is an engaging brawler with a bevy of unlockable items and secrets to find.

X-Men Arcade

Get five friends together and pick your mutant, things are about to get wild. Simple controls (attack, jump, and mutant ability) plus a huge range of characters to both play as and battle help this old title stack up. Plus, how many other games let six people play at once?

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum

Arkham City, and its similar predecessor Arkham Asylum, did something no other video had yet accomplished: Make a Batman game where you are as stealthy, strong, and smart as the dark knight himself. Plenty of video games made him strong, others made him smart or stealthy, but all three was an unheard-of event. Rocksteady studios changed all that, and also gave us the greatest superhero video game of all time.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list. Did we leave any off? Which one was your favorite?

Fan Creations that Astound

A fan’s creativity knows no bounds! From amazing artwork to real-life recreations of classic set pieces, we’ve collected a few of the greatest fan-created works from DC, Marvel, and everything else.

The Tumbler:

Somehow, without blueprints, Bob Dullam remade The Christopher Nolan-era Batmobile. He didn’t put this on an already-existing car, but instead made almost every part from scratch, excluding “tires, rims, brakes, engine…” and other necessary car parts.

DIY Batmobile
Batmobile, real style

Art, All of It:

There’s no end to superhero art, so we’ll highlight one stand-out. This design, by John Gallagher, shows off the hectic nature of crime-fighting and an incredible eye to detail.

Captain America artwork
Captain America artwork

The Costumes:

As with art, there are thousands upon thousands of superhero cosplays to show, so we’ll just drop one: Iron Man’s comrade-in-armor, Warmachine. It appears, from my untrained eyes, to have remade the look of Colonel Rhodes’ alter ego with stunning success. See more.

War Machine costume
War Machine

Bringing the Big Screen to Life:

The science of the Helicarrier from the Avengers is unsound (that is, in real life it would literally destroy cities it hovered over), but smaller versions are perfectly viable. So, of course, a fan posted a video of a small-version helicarrer that can hover with the best of RC helicopters. Take a look at the video here.

A Match Made in Hero Heaven:

There are some things that, sadly, we simply won’t have the opportunity to see. Batman squaring off against Captain America, for instance, or Thor going toe-to-toe with Superman. However, thanks to Youtuber Alex Luthor, we can at least bathe in the greatest of an all-out battle movie’s trailer. You may have seen this before, but we think you should watch it again:

We hope enjoyed this short presentation. Post links or picture of some of your favorite fan creations!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

The Official Superhero Costumes blog will be taking a short break for Christmas. For your enjoyment, here is the classic poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” revamped for DC and Marvel. We’ll be back on January 2nd:

‘Twas the night before Christmas; all through Stark Tower
Not a creature was stirring under Hulk’s glower;
The jumpsuits were hung by the wet bar with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The heroes were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of cross-overs danced in their heads;
And Batman in his outfit, and I with my cape,
Had just settled our heads for a quick winter scrape,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
We sprang from Wayne manor to see to the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a luster of midday to objects below,
when what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his courses they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Lockjaw! Now, Zabu! Now Lockheed and Krypto!
On, Redwing! On, Jumpa! On, Streaky and Beppo!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As leaves that before the wild super breath fly,
When they meet up with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the mansion the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of gadgets; St. Nicholas too-
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in spandex, from top down to toes,
And ashes and soot now covered all of his clothes.
A bundle of gifts he had flung on his back,
And he looked an inventer, opening his pack.
His eyes – how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the emblem on his chest was as white as snow;
The stump of his pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and white hair on his chin
His belly was as big as the evil Kingpin.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me less reason I had before to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went back to his work,
And piled all the presents, then turned with a jerk,
And giving the JLA hero salute,
Then adding a nod, he rose back up the chute;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Merry Christmas

If you liked this, also check out the Star Wars version on our sister blog.