The Flash vs Weather Wizard





The Flash vs Weather Wizard

The Flash vs Weather Wizard

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!


Wolverine vs. The Hulk





Wolverine vs. The Hulk

Wolverine vs. The Hulk

Did you hear they’re killing Wolverine this week? Since we’re all justified in being cynical about another super hero death, 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!


Christian Bale Batman vs. Michael Keaton Batman





Christian Bale Batman vs. Michael Keaton Batman

Christian Bale Batman vs. Michael Keaton Batman

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


Sin City vs. Sin City





Sin City vs. Sin City

Sin City vs. Sin City

Sin City. The story of just a really, really, really bad town, inhabited almost entirely by rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists. It’s a city that chews up and spits out its best and worst (mostly worst). It’s a city whose primary exports are broken bones and the corpses of its own residents. It’s a city that, quite frankly, is in a constant state of war with itself. With that in mind, Contest of Champions kicks off its new Current Contest with a look at Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.


Shredder vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles





Shredder vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Shredder vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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!


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Independence Day


Dorothy vs. Alice





Dorothy vs. Alice

Dorothy vs. Alice

Ah, dreams. In all your dreams, it’s never quite as it seems, but they’re made of this. Whether you’re dreaming of California, or dreaming a little dream of me, don’t forget: it was all a dream.

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!

Dorothy

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.

Alice

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.

Voting ended on: Friday July 13th, 2012, 5:00pm

Miles/Dorothy beat Timmy/Alice


Independence Day





Independence Day


Batman vs. The Penguin





Batman vs. The Penguin

Batman vs. The Penguin

It’s an almost immutable law of comic books and movies that the sequel is better than the original. Face facts: The Dark Knight was better than Batman Begins, Iron Man 2 was better than Iron Man, Spider-Man 2 was the best superhero movie ever made and hence logically better than Spider-Man, and The Avengers was better than the dozen movies that came before it. It makes a lot of sense! Folks like you and me KNOW all of these characters’ origin stories, but Joey Haircut down the street doesn’t, and he’s the one they’re making superhero movies for. The sequel, though, now that’s where we get into CoC territory: a slightly more obscure villain, more action, less boring exposition. This week, Contest of Champions explores whether the Iron Law of Comic Book Movie Sequels applies to a flick celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this month: Batman Returns. It’s Batman versus the Penguin!


Deadpool vs. Deathstroke





Deadpool vs. Deathstroke

Deadpool vs. Deathstroke

If comic books are to be believed, the world is just chock full of folks who need to be taken out with extreme prejudice. There’s the League of Assassins, the Assassins Guild, Bullseye, Elektra, Black Widow, Talia al Ghul, Hitman, the angel of vengeance Azrael. Hell, even Bucky was an assassin for a while! But when it comes to mercenary killers, two names stand head (shots) and shoulder (holsters) above the rest. This week, it’s Deadpool versus Deathstroke the Terminator!

Deadpool

Like many assassins, Wade Wilson’s early life is shrouded in mystery. After an impressive start to his contract killing, Deadpool was brought into Canada’s Department K, a covert weapons-development division. He was implanted with the mutant healing factor of former Department K agent, Wolverine. Consequently, Deadpool possesses accelerate healing that allows him to recover from injuries faster than ordinary humans, to the point of being able to regenerate lost limbs or organs. His healing powers give him a virtual immunity to most diseases and poisons, and superhuman stamina. As a highly trained assassin, Deadpool is proficient in the use of many weapons, is an Olympic-class athlete, and a master hand-to-hand combatant. Deadpool suffers from psychosis and dissociative personality disorder.

Deathstroke the Terminator

Lying about his age to serve in the U.S. Army, a 16-year-old Slade Wilson served in Korea and rose through the ranks, while gaining mastery of hand-to-hand and guerrilla fighting skills. After volunteering for an experiment to enhance his adrenal gland in order to resist torture behind enemy lines, Wilson fell into a coma and awoke to find that his durability, strength, and agility increased to near-superhuman levels. He also gained the ability to utilize 90 percent of his brain, making him a master tactician. Deathstroke also has an enhanced healing factor, although he cannot regenerate lost limbs or organs like his lost eye, which was shot out early in his military career. Deathstroke also has superhuman reflexes, enabling him to effectively neutralize targets with superhuman speed.

Voting ended on: Friday June 22nd, 2012, 5:00pm

Timmy/Deathstroke beat Miles/Deadpool