Monthly Archives: December 2014

Top Five Superhero Movies

Superhero movies have been rising in popularity for over ten years, beginning with “Spider-Man” in 2002, and continuing this year with Batman vs. Superman, Avengers 2, Ant-Man, and more. We’re counting the top five superhero movies; films no fan can miss.

#5: X-Men

X-men movie
X-Men (2000)

Before the series became mind-bendingly difficult to follow (much like the comics!) this movie busted down the doors on Superhero movies that could be both serious and goofy. It earned almost three hundred million dollars worldwide, and started a film series that has yet to reach its end.

#4: Superman: The Movie

Perhaps the most famous superhero movies, and one of the first. Out in 1978, this movie showed us the classic Kal-El origin: a doomed Krypton, a rocket for a child, and a kind Kansas family. Clark Kent has to find his destiny, find Lex Luthor, and save the world. It was an instant hit when it came out, and has become a classic superman movie.

#3: Batman (1989)

At a time when “reboot” meant nothing outside of computers, the 1989 Batman was one of the first times a character had been re-imagined. Featuring the dynamite performances of Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michael Keaton as Batman/Bruce Wayne, as well as the classic Tim Burton gothic architecture of Gotham, this movie told people that superhero movies didn’t have to be unrealistic.

#2: The Avengers

Marvel’s The Avengers take beloved characters, previously established, and threw them into a movie together, creating one of the most action-packed and hilarious movies in recent years. Marvel’s big names come together to fight Loki, and succeed due to tight writing, great acting, and spot-on directing.

#1: The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight movie
The Dark Knight (2008)

Released in 2008, The Dark Knight immediately shot to the top of the box office. It became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, and featured perhaps one of the most shocking villains to ever hit the screen, Heath Ledger as the Joker. Showing us a Gotham free of hammy villains telling us to chill out, or smoke-and-mirrors storytelling that kept us from believing the action, this movie is frequently haired as the best superhero movie ever.

(Note: We haven’t included Guardians of the Galaxy in this list, even though we recognize its greatness, because one: We aren’t sure whether or not it counts as a superhero movie and two: Nobody has yet decided where it falls against these movies)

Did we miss any movies? Do you disagree? Let us know!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

The Official Superhero Costumes blog will be taking a short break for Christmas. For your enjoyment, here is the classic poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” revamped for DC and Marvel. We’ll be back on January 2nd:

‘Twas the night before Christmas; all through Stark Tower
Not a creature was stirring under Hulk’s glower;
The jumpsuits were hung by the wet bar with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The heroes were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of cross-overs danced in their heads;
And Batman in his outfit, and I with my cape,
Had just settled our heads for a quick winter scrape,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
We sprang from Wayne manor to see to the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a luster of midday to objects below,
when what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his courses they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Lockjaw! Now, Zabu! Now Lockheed and Krypto!
On, Redwing! On, Jumpa! On, Streaky and Beppo!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As leaves that before the wild super breath fly,
When they meet up with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the mansion the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of gadgets; St. Nicholas too-
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in spandex, from top down to toes,
And ashes and soot now covered all of his clothes.
A bundle of gifts he had flung on his back,
And he looked an inventer, opening his pack.
His eyes – how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the emblem on his chest was as white as snow;
The stump of his pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and white hair on his chin
His belly was as big as the evil Kingpin.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me less reason I had before to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went back to his work,
And piled all the presents, then turned with a jerk,
And giving the JLA hero salute,
Then adding a nod, he rose back up the chute;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Merry Christmas

If you liked this, also check out the Star Wars version on our sister blog.

 

Holiday Superhero Costumes

It’s December; the glorious Holiday season is upon us. Maybe your shopping is almost done and you’re looking for that last perfect item, or you need a fun present quick for your household superhero fan. We can help you with both, and we present the five most popular kids costumes this Holiday season:

#5: Complete Classic Amazing Spider-Man 2 Kids Costume

Holiday superhero costumes
Complete Classic Amazing Spider-Man 2 Costume

One of Marvel’s most famous superheroes is also one of our most popular costumes year-in and year-out! This outfit, based on the 2014 movie, also comes with a pair of gloves, boot covers, and an Amazing Spider-Man 2 treat bag, to make sure everything is perfect for this great gift!

#4: Complete Deluxe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Kids Costume

Make him the leader of the TMNT squad with this colorful and fun outfit! With additional plastic katana and Ninja Turtles trick-or-treat pail accessories; your sewer-dweller will have everything he needs to become his favorite movie hero!

#3: Complete Deluxe Muscle Chest Batman Dark Knight Rises Kids Costume with Accessories

Gotham’s hero is a fantastic Holiday present for a comic book or movie fan in your home! Comes with plenty of items to get him ready to battle Joker, such as a grappling hook, gloves, and a trick-or-treat pail. Your young hero will love keeping the night safe from villains with this fun outfit!

#2: Complete Deluxe Indiana Jones Kids Costume with Accessories

The greatest adventurer of all time is here for the Holidays when you get this complete item! From ancient temples to dangerous rides in desert canyons, the included gun belt, toy whip, and satchel bag will help your young pulp hero feel like the best treasure hunter of them all.

#1: Complete deluxe Joker Dark Knight Kids Costume with Accessories

Batman’s greatest nemesis is here for the Holiday season with our most popular kid’s complete costume! Taken from the 2008 Dark Knight movie, this purple-and-green outfit, complete with gloves and a Joker walking stick, is the ultimate gift for a superhero movie fan this year!

Don’t miss out on grabbing these fun items for a last-minute gift; you’re sure to enjoy the Holidays with these items!

Wonder Woman Character Corner

Every few weeks, we here at Official Superhero Costumes like to highlight a character to explain in greater detail. This week, we focus on one of the main DC heroes: Wonder Woman!

Woman Woman
Woman Woman

Origin Story:

Diana, also known as Diana Prince and, of course, Wonder Woman, is the daughter of Queen Hippolyta, the first child born on Paradise Island in three thousand years. Each of the Amazons – the population of the island – were reincarnated souls of women murdered by men, and in the 20th Century, Hippolyta was bidden to create the form of a baby girl out of clay at the shore. This clay became Diana, and was granted powers beyond mortal might by six members of the Greek pantheon.

Later in her life, it was decided that the Amazons send an emissary into “Man’s World,” as the world at large was referred to. Hippolyta ordered a contest and forbade Diana from participating, sometime Diana certain obeyed. Just kidding: she disguised herself and won easily, winning the right to travel abroad and begin her life as the powerful Wonder Woman!

Her first battle came when a minion of Ares, Decay, attacked the home she was staying at in Boston with Julia Kapatelis and her daughter Vanessa. The battle, which would lead to her discovering a plan of Ares to destroy the world, spilled into the streets of Boston and led to her being given the Wonder Woman name.

Powers:

Wonder Woman’s received divine empowerment from several Gods of Greek myth, which include:

  • Superhuman strength, gifted by Demeter. It is said that Wonder Woman is just as strong as Superman
  • Superhuman Durability, also granted by Demeter. She has considerable resistance to normal weaponry, though can still be damaged. Bullets cause moderate damage, but are never life threatening.
  • Flight, granted by Hermes.
  • Superhuman speed, granted by Hermes. According to The Flash, she can keep up with him at what he calls “normal cruising speed,” though his top speed is greater than hers.
  • Superhuman reflexes, granted by Hermes.
  • Superhuman agility.
  • Superhuman stamina. Her body apparently creates no lactic acid.
  • Enhanced healing factor, granted by Demeter
  • Oneness with Fire, granted by Hestia. This makes her a focus of truth. No, I can’t figure out why.
  • Empathy, granted by Athena. Wonder Woman is able to detect others’ emotions.
  • Animal empathy, granted by Artemis. She can communicate with all forms of animals. Haha, suck it Aquaman.
  • Enhanced senses, granted by Artemis, include: Enhanced vision, enhanced sense of smell, and enhanced hearing.
  • Dimensional teleportation

In addition to these, Wonder Woman has additional, less supernatural abilities such as advanced hand-to-hand combat training, great wisdom and intelligence (which leads to multilingualism, strategy, and diplomacy), skill at aviation, and combat training with every weapon known.

Wonder Woman is vulnerable to piercing weapons such as swords or arrows, though their effectiveness against her is much less than a normal human.

Wonder Woman holds several pieces of equipment when she goes into battle: Bracelets of Submission, which can deflect nearly anything, gold armor for larger and more dangerous battles, the Lasso of Truth, an indestructible cord that forces those trapped inside to be truthful, an invisible jet, and her razor-sharp tiara, which doubles as a throwing weapon.

Publication History:

Wonder Woman was first seen in All Star Comics #8, published in December 1941, written and created by American psychologist William Moulton Marston (who also developed the first polygraph). She was originally known as “Suprema” but the name was dropped. During her early era, Wonder Woman fought worldly dangers such as the Nazis.

In the silver and bronze age of comics, Wonder Woman’s origin story was revised to emphasize her mythological roots. At the end of the sixties, Diana loses her powers to stay in “Man’s World” rather than travel to a different dimension with the other Amazons, learning martial arts and staying as a crime-fighter, though she would, of course, regain her powers in time.

After the 1985 cross-over story Crises on Infinite Earths, Wonder Woman was relaunched, and was charged with bringing peace to the world outside Themyscira, as her island is known. In 2011, another relaunched publication retconned her origin story, making her instead the natural-born daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus.

Wonder Woman will appear in the 2015 live-action Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice movie, portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Gadot.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

We hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the Superhero Character Corner; be sure to visit often for more fun fan information!