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Touching Base

Today's comic had me thinking about the awesome and sometimes odd bases that superheroes have.
Superman, for example, has the Fortress of Solitude. His ultra-protected crystalline home away from home at the North Pole. But before that(in the old days before the Crisis On Infinite Earths re-wrote DC Comics history) he had a mountain fortress north of Metropolis. It was a mansion built into the side of a mountain with a big Superman logo on the outside. Not exactly hidden. Here are some other weird ones.
– The Arrowcave- A rip-off of the Batcave that belonged to Green Arrow. He had an Arrowplane and an Arrowmobile. Before he went his own way and became a character that wasn't just a ripoff of Batman.
– The X-Factor Townhouse- In the days when X-Factor was a government sponsored mutant superteam, they operated out of a townhouse belonging to team member Strong Guy (yeah, Strong Guy). See? Not even superheroes with the full weight of the US Government behind them can afford more than a townhouse in Washington DC.
– The Infinite Avengers Mansion- The Avengers have spent the majority of their career operating out of the Avengers Mansion, a mansion formerly belonging to Iron Man that he donated for the team's use. But when they weren't briefly operating out of a tower or an artificial island, they operated out of the Infinite Avengers Mansion, a sub-dimension of near infinite size that not only contained all the stuff a modern superteam needs, but endless giant photos of the team for when they are feeling vain.

Worst Comic Book Movies

Today my mind wandered to the proposed sequel to 'Batman and Robin' that was in the works until 'B&R' tanked and killed the Bat-franchise for eight years. It was to be called 'Batman Triumphant' and feature Harley Quinn (the Joker's daughter in this one) and The Scarecrow. Madonna was actually rumored to be up for the part of Harley, a fact that on it's own makes me glad this movie was never made.
It also got me thinking about the worst comic movies ever. Which are:
– Batman and Robin- The tag team of Joel Schumacher and George Clooney destroyed the franchise with this steaming pile of Bat-turd. The only thing I liked was that Uma Thurman was kind of hot as Poison Ivy.
– Superman IV: The Quest For Peace- The end of the Christopher Reeve films. It was essentially Superman vs. nuclear weapons (and a generic villain named Nuclear Man). It was just awful.
– Captain America- A bad made-for-DVD movie featuring an Italian Red Skull and a Captain America with rubber ears.
– Nick Fury: Agent of Shield- That's right. The most badass super-spy of all time as played by David Hasslehoff!
– Generation X- A made for TV adaptation of the Marvel comic. It took two of my favorite characters (Jubilee and Emma Frost) and made them extremely uninteresting. Not even the presence of the usually great Matt Frewer could save this one.

Batman's Best

In honor of today's comic, I thought I would list the 5 best members of the best rogue's gallery in comics. Batman's. Now, Spider-man and The Flash both also have very cool and very unique villains but nobody tops the lunatics that make up the evildoers of Gotham City.
5. Mister Freeze- Originally a pretty standard character but he was made infinitely better by his appearance on the Batman cartoon and the comics' subsequent adoption of the cooler Freeze.
4. Harley Quinn- Another character made awesome (and introduced) in the Batman cartoon. Cute as a button and psycho to boot.
3. Poison Ivy- Pamela Isley, the ultimate hippie. A chemically enhanced hottie whose control over plant life allows her to take her war against man's devastation to a deadly level.
2. Two-Face- A scarred fallen hero type who makes all his decision by flipping a coin.
1. The Joker- The greatest villain of any kind, ever. Period.


I am tired as all hell, from working and moving furniture and driving around. So sleep early for me. No blog.
Just happy to be on track to move into my new place.

The Video Shelf

As a child, my life was shaped by the movies on my movie shelf. The movies I saw the most were the ones we owned (generally recorded off of free HBO weekends). And while I would usually get to see the good new releases in the theater, we didn't really own them. So here are the movies we did have and that influenced my movie taste.
Pete's Dragon- Probably my favorite 'kid's movie'. I loved the music in this movie as a kid. I still love this movie, even though a good friend of mine doesn't like it because everybody in the movie is dirty.
Raiders of the Lost Ark- I loved this movie and lived for the snake pit scene and the face melting scene.
Superman- The original was the only one we owned. Which is fine because I think it's the best, even though Superman II ranks a close second. To this day I still get that special feeling when I hear the theme song.
Star Wars Trilogy- We had all of them but the tape containing the first two had a band-aid on it. I don't know why.
Goonies- I can quote nearly this whole movie thanks to the fact that we owned it. And I can do the Truffle Shuffle.
Grease- Another one I know all the words to. And I love to sing it when nobody is watching.
Mary Poppins- A great kids movie that I loved and that always made me want to live in London.