Did you hear that Big Hero 6, the latest universally beloved Disney animated feature, won the box office on its opening weekend? (It beat out Interstellar, the latest universally beloved epic by Christopher Nolan!) Since you’re all up to speed on Contest of Champions’ all-new, all-different biweekly schedule, you know that we’re not here to talk about the movie, but rather its relatively obscure comic book source material. That’s right, we’re taking the Classic Contest time machine way back to 1998 to meet Japan’s premier super team. It’s Big Hero 6 versus Everwraith!
The books we’re talking about this week are Sunfire & Big Hero 6 #1-3
The present is a bleak place. The only place that might be bleaker, though, is the future. Just think about it: there are piles and piles of futuristic dystopian fiction. How much futuristic utopian fiction is there? But take comfort in one fact: as bad as the future might be, our favorite superheroes will still be there to protect us. This week, we’ve got a matchup of two super-popular future renditions of two super-popular superheroes. It’s Spider-Man 2099 versus Batman Beyond!
The year is 2099. An admittedly convoluted plot involving rogue genetic experiments, illicit drugs, and threats of blackmail lead Miguel O’Hara, a scientist for the Alchemex corporation, develops incredible spider-like powers: strength, agility, enhanced vision and hearing, talons that allow him to grip onto surfaces, and spinnerets that shoot an organic adhesive (you know, webs). With these amazing abilities, O’Hara defends the common people against the powerful megacorporations that have come to dominate society.
The year is 2039. Young scofflaw Terry McGinnis, in order to avenge the murder of his father at the hands of an evil billionaire industrialist (or more precisely, the personal bodyguard of an evil billionaire industrialist), takes up the mantle of the Batman. Armed with a high-tech Batsuit developed by Bruce Wayne years earlier, and the mentorship of Wayne himself, the 17-year-old McGinnis protects Neo-Gotham from a host of futuristic bad guys. And also Ra’s al Ghul, who’s still kicking around.
Voting ended on: Saturday November 8th, 2014, 11:59pm
Can you believe it’s been almost 25 years since the last time we had a Flash television series? You know what, that’s actually pretty believable. But anyway, the Scarlet Speedster is back on TV! While Marvel churns out big budget blockbusters, DC is busy planting the seeds of a tiny little shared TV universe: young forensic police scientist Barry Allen debuted on Arrow last season, and this season he got his own show. This week, Contest of Champions takes a look at the triumphant TV return of the Fastest Man Alive and his first big battle with a classic rogue. It’s the Flash versus Weather Wizard!
Did you hear they’re killing Wolverine this week? Since we’re all justified in being cynical about another super herodeath, let’s take a look back at Logan’s life instead. The very start of his life, actually. That’s right, precious reader: we’re taking it way back to 1974 and the first of many battles between two of the Marvel universe’s most lonesome loners. It’s the best there is at what he does versus the strongest one there is. The ol’ canucklehead versus ol’ jade jaws. It’s Wolverine versus the Hulk!
One man reintroduced the Batman to a new generation of moviegoers. The other, well, he also reintroduced the Batman to a new generation of moviegoers. This week on Contest of Champions, we’ve got two actors who have given us the most iconic portrayals of the Caped Crusader. It’s “You wanna get nuts? C’mon, let’s get nuts!” versus “Why so Serious?” It’s the classic yellow versus the classic black. It’s Christian Bale Batman versus Michael Keaton Batman!
Christian Bale Batman
Christian Bale, star of such films as American Psycho, The Fighter, and American Hustle, played Batman in the Christopher Nolan trilogy of movies: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Describing his approach to the role, Bale has said “Batman is [Bruce Wayne's] hidden, demonic rage-filled side. The creature Batman creates is an absolutely sincere creature and one that he has to control but does so in a very haphazard way.”
Michael Keaton Batman
Michael Keaton, star of such films as Johnny Dangerously, Mr. Mom, and Beetlejuice, played Batman in the Tim Burton diad of movies: Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). Describing taking on such an iconic role in such a big budget project, Keaton has said “There was no guarantee that any of this was going to play correctly when it was all said and done. There had never been a movie like it before. There was a lot of risk, too, with Jack looking the way he did and me stepping out in this new way. The pressure was on everybody. You could feel it.”
Voting ended on: Saturday September 27th, 2014, 11:59pm
Miles/Michael Keaton Batman beat Timmy/Christian Bale Batman
The year was 2012. The world was changing. The first successful bionic eye implantation took place. Austrian adventurer Felix Baumgartner skydived from space. And your beloved bastion of banter, Contest of Champions, began an indefinite hiatus that would span more than two years. But guess what? We’re coming home.
We’re coming out swinging with a look at the debut of the heroes in a half-shell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. Join us as we go back to a time before the turtles were baby-faced Golums, before they were cartoon goofballs, and before they were grim and brooding puppets. It’s Shredder vs. the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
This week on Contest of Champions, we’ve got two of the most prodigious, prolific dreamers in all of literature. It’s Dorothy versus Alice!
A Kansas farm girl, Dorothy Gale’s house is lifted off its foundation by a tornado and lands atop the Wicked Witch of the East, in the land of Oz. Equipped with the Wicked Witch’s ruby slippers, Dorothy embarks on a quest to the Emerald City to petition the Wizard of Oz to return her back to Kansas. With the aid of her new friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy successfully defeats the Wicked Witch of the West, only to learn that the Wizard of Oz cannot help her. Fortunately, her ticket home was with her the whole time, and she awakes to realize that her whole adventure was a dream.
In Alice in Wonderland, young Alice follows a white rabbit down a hole and finds herself in a topsy-turvy world of shape-changing food and potions, mad tea parties, and talking caterpillars. After crossing the malevolent Queen of Hearts and being set upon by her playing-card minions, Alice is awoken by her sister. In Through the Looking-Glass, Alice enters a mirror world and encounters Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Humpty Dumpty, and a host of other strange characters.