Hall of Heroes – Batman

Hall of Heroes – Batman

Hall of Heroes - Batman

Brian Peterson
Name –

Bruce Wayne

Alias –
  • The Caped Crusader
  • The DarkKnight
Powers
  • Genius level intelligence
  • Master detective
  • Peak of physical condition
  • Peak of mental condition
  • Unlimited funds
  • Martial Arts Master
  • High-tech equipment and weapons
Arch Enemy –

The Joker

Bio –

Bruce Wayne, son of the wealthy Thomas and Martha Wayne, grew up in Wayne Manor in Gotham City. At the age of eight Bruce and his family encountered tragedy were leaving the theater one night.  An armed assailant came out of the shadows demanding Thomas’ wallet and in particular Martha’s pearl necklace. With tension high the assailant shot Thomas and Martha brutally as Bruce stood by helpless. Bruce was raised by the family butler Alfred Pennyworth.

Bruce swore vengeance for the murder of his parents and began to train himself both mentally and physically to not let this happen to others. Wanting to strike fear into his enemies, much like he was fear-stricken the night his parents died, he adapted his costume to resemble his greatest fear. Bruce spent many years learning as many forms of martial arts as he could. At the present time it’s said he is a master of all known martial arts. With arguably the highest IQ in the DC universe Bruce has earned the title of “the world’s greatest detective.”

Bruce naturally has a hard time letting people in and even those closest to him say they don’t know everything about him or understand his motives all the time. While Bruce has never come out and said it, he thinks of Alfred as family and on multiple occasions when asked why he lets his servant talk to him like that he has said,” He isn’t a servant, he is a friend.” This personality trait along with his unique night life has made it almost impossible for him to maintain a serious romantic relationship with anyone.

Further Reading/Viewing –
  • Death in the Family
  • The Killing Joke
  • The Dark Knight Returns
  • Batman: Year One
  • Batman: The long Halloween
  • Death of The Family
Villains Vault – The Joker

Villains Vault – The Joker

Villains Vault - The Joker

Brian Peterson
Name –

The Joker

Alias –
  • Clown Prince of Crime
  • Jester of Genocide
  • Harlequin of HAte
  • Ace of Knives
 Powers –
  • Genius level intelligence
  • Master Chemist
  • Criminal Mastermind
Arch Enemy –
Bio –

While the true origin of The Joker is shrouded in mystery even to himself, there are a few things that we do know concerning the clown prince of crime. His first name (Jack) is all that is mentioned in the comics. It’s revealed he had a wife who was pregnant who unfortunately passed away in an accident.

The Joker started off his criminal life as a petty criminal called the Red Hood wearing a tuxedo, bright red cape and the iconic full red hood. After robbing his employer of over one million dollars the red hood is persuaded by Batman to a chemical facility where in an attempt to escape from Batman falls into a vat of chemicals transforming his appearance into what we recognize the joker today.

A true agent of chaos the Joker is a twisted example of how far a person can go. He is feared in the DC universe for his brutality and unpredictability. Possessing no superhuman abilities, he is a master chemist capable of creating lethal toxins and concealing them in average household products. The Joker is the perfect opposite to Batman, being the unstoppable force to his immovable object. The Joker believes he makes Batman into a better Batman, and doesn’t care who Batman is behind his cowl stating, Batman is Batman even when is isn’t wearing his mask just like I am who I am with or without his face.

Further Reading/Viewing –
  • The Killing Joke
  • Death in The Family
  • Death of The Family
  • Joker One
  • The Joker
Villains Vault – Lex Luthor

Villains Vault – Lex Luthor

Villains Vault - Lex Luthor

Brian Peterson
Name –

Alexander Luthor

Alias –
  • Lex Luthor
 Powers –
  • Genius Level Intelligence
  • Extremely Skilled in Hand-To-Hand Combat
  • Unlimited Funds
  • Warsuit
Arch Enemy –
Bio –

Lex Luthor spent most of his early childhood in Smallville with his abusive father Lionel Luthor and sister Lena.  This consistent beating Lex suffers from his father traumatizes him and helped to shape him into the person he is today. Lex befriends a young Clark Kent while he is in Smallville. They both grew close and in an attempt to contact Krypton there is a violent explosion that causes Lex to lose all his hair. Lionel suffers a heart attack and Lex and his sister are raised by his aunt. It is explained that Lex was behind the heart attack his father suffered as a way to get back at him for what he did to them for all those years and to cash in on the substantial life insurance policy Lionel had.

Lex uses the money from his father’s life insurance to pay for his tuition to MIT and to help start LexCorp. He is so successful that he controls all media outlets other that the Daily Planet. With Clark Kent’s arrival to the Planet and Superman starting to appear the Daily Planet has incredible increases in circulation.  Lex holds superman responsible for losing his grip on the people of Metropolis. Lex’s ego leads him to believe that the only reason Superman commits good deeds is to somehow strike at him and prove who is better, arguing that it is impossible for Superman to be as good as he appears to be.

Further Reading/Viewing –
  • President Luthor: Secret Files & Origins
  • Superman: The Man of Tomorrow
  • Blackest Nights
  • Forever Evil
  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
  • Lex Luthor: Man of Steel
Hall of Heroes – Superman

Hall of Heroes – Superman

Hall of Heroes - Superman

Brian Peterson
Name
  • Clark Kent
  • Kal-El
Alias
  • Man of Steel
  • Last Son of Krypton
  • Man of Tomorrow
  • Big Blue Boy Scout
Powers
  • Flight
  • Superhuman Strength
  • Superhuman Speed
  • Superhuman Durability
  • Heat Vision/Solar Flare
  • X-ray Vision
  • Frost Breath
Arch Enemy

Lex Luthor

Bio

Kal-El is the last son of the planet Krypton, where as an infant his parents Lara and Jor-El knowing the planet was doomed to destruction loaded their son into a rocket and shot him into space as the planet was destroyed. Baby Kal-El ended up landing in the town of Smallville, Kansas where he crashed into the cornfield of Jonathan and Martha Kent.

The Kent’s were shocked to find out the meteor they thought had decimated their field was actually a rocket and to their greater astonishment had a baby boy inside. With no children of their own and a deep desire to raise a family Jon and Martha decide to raise the boy as their own. Giving him the name Clark the Kent’s raised him with a strict moral upbringing and strong work ethic.

While struggling to learn how to deal with his powers and how to fit in with society Clark had a strong desire to help the needy and moved to Metropolis so he could be where the action was. Taking a job at the daily planet as a reporter and wearing his signature black framed glasses he kept himself close to the action and whenever He was needed Superman was there. Superman developed a close relationship with Lois Lane a fellow reporter at the daily planet who for a large part of their relationship didn’t know that Clark and Superman were one and the same person. Later on they would end up falling in love and get married.

Superman’s powers come from the solar radiation he absorbs from the sun. His body metabolizes the radiation and fuels his many abilities. His heat vision is said to reach temperatures of the sun but this drains his power faster than any of his other abilities. He also can release all the stored up solar radiation he has in his body as a solar flare which renders him powerless for a full day after use. Superman’s strength is limitless, with one example being he pulled a planet around or he held a black hole in the palm of his hands. He is also able to fly faster than the speed of light and almost rival the Flash in speed. His heightened senses also allow him to hear in the vacuum of space and to see of incredible distances. His physical durability can withstand supernovas and in his greatest feat of durability he withstood a supernova of a red sun.

Further Reading/Viewing
  • All-Star Superman
  • The Death of Superman
  • Superman: Red Sun
  • DC One Million
  • Kingdom Come
Superman is Coming!

Superman is Coming!

Superman is Coming!

Jason Vanover

Since the pilot was leaked “accidently” by CBS almost a year before the show took off (pun intended) we haven’t seen Superman as a real casted character. In the past he was always too far away to really be seen or only seen through his text messages with Supergirl. He is even backlit during the opening sequences. Through the entire first season we never get a good look at who he is until now.

According to Supergirl’s Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg “Greg, Ali and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of ‘Supergirl.’ Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!”

I think this is great news! The big question is who are they going to cast as superman? I think Tom Welling would be perfect for the role and he already has a relationship with the CW with the Smallville series. Unfortunately, according to an interview Tom had with Jarret Wieselman of Buzzfeed Tom stated “There’s people who would like it. There’s people who don’t like it, but I will tell you that no one has ever asked me to do it. So, I don’t know. It would be kind of odd. I don’t know who he is at that point. He would obviously be Superman…” so it sounds like a no go.

Brandon Routh from 2006’s Superman Returns would also make a great superman. I’m not sure if Henry Cavill can fill the shoes as he is a darker version then I think CW is going for. Either way we’ll find out when season two of Supergirl starts this fall on the CW.

What I Want From Trinity

What I Want From Trinity

What I Want from Trinity

Brian Peterson

With the announcement of the Rebirth of the DC comic universe one of the upcoming titles is Trinity featuring Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. I am absolutely stoked to get my hands on this. While I am already a huge fan of the caped crusader and the man of steel, Wonder Woman is a hero I have only really appreciated in the last few years. DC could have comic gold on their hands if they handle this correctly, since the dynamic between these three super heroes is vastly different and unique. From god to demi-god to man they all have their own personalities and struggles that make the reader gravitate towards one of them.

I want to see Superman be the moral backbone of the team. As the strongest member of the trinity it would be a shame to me if DC doesn’t use Superman’s moral compass as a pillar of strength and guidance for the others. Seeing a harsher Batman and a war-forged Wonder Woman having to learn how to not only deal with but live by Superman’s lofty beliefs will create some fascinating interpersonal dialogue that will be delightful to see come to page. Clark also needs to have his own struggles with his beliefs and determining whether or not they are correct for the given situation. I do not want him to throw what makes him who he is away but he should have to make really tough decisions regarding his beliefs and he should have to stick up for them as well.

Batman needs to show us that he truly is the “World’s Greatest Detective.” This aspect of Batman’s mythos I feel has been lacking as of late, While Batman is still Batman it would be delightful to see him pull some Sherlock Holmes level of super sleuthing. He needs to be the team’s go to for direction. With Clark being a reporter and Diana being a warrior princess they both are not as well equipped to determine what may be going on. Bruce shouldn’t spend all his time in the bat cave either, he needs to be in the forefront lurking in the shadows as the stealth element of the trio. A new mech-suit like the Hell Bat suit he used to pummel Darkseid with would be comic candy for Batman fans. This would be a cool tool to have in the arsenal to pull out in time of great need.

Wonder Woman has to be a commanding presence that keeps the boys in check. In the day and age where comics are having to be more PC it is easy to think Wonder Woman is just the token plug in so there is a female character in the comic. Let me make this clear, Wonder Woman is a wonderfully designed hero who can go toe to toe with anyone in the DC or Marvel universe. I want to see DC portray her as both the beautiful kind princess and the battle hardened warrior who commands the respect of other due to this status. Her character needs to be powerful but not overbearing. With Batman and Superman being opposite sides of the same coin she will have to keep the both of them in check, depending on what point of Bruce and Clark’s relationship we will be seeing they are could still be closer to enemies than allies.

I am expecting to see some new villains for the three to overcome as well as some familiar faces from each of their respective universes. Don’t find yourself too surprised if they have to fend off Darkseid or stop the might of Aries. With a release date set for this fall and as a monthly release you will have plenty of time to go update your subscription at your local shop. DC is also lowering their comic prices to $2.99 an issue. With DC promising that the biggest secret on the DC universe being shared with Rebirth I for one can’t wait to be pulled in.

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