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 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!
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!
Voting ended on: Saturday September 27th, 2014, 11:59pm
Miles/Michael Keaton Batman beat Timmy/Christian Bale Batman
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.
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!
Voting ended on: Friday July 13th, 2012, 5:00pm
Miles/Dorothy beat Timmy/Alice
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!
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!
Voting ended on: Friday June 22nd, 2012, 5:00pm
Timmy/Deathstroke beat Miles/Deadpool