Soapbox: 15 Times Superman Had To Team Up With His Villains

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Some clubs, you don’t really wanna be part of…

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend” – at least, that’s the prevailing wisdom. If that’s the case, then it must count double for superheroes and their opponents, at least if Superman is anything to go by! Over the course of a nearly 80-year career fighting on the side of justice, the Man of Steel has set aside his differences with several members of his rogues gallery in service of the greater good.

Yes, occasionally situations arise where even Superman’s nigh-unbeatable abilities and powerful allies prove ill-equipped for the task at hand. It’s at moments like these that the Last Son of Krypton has to appeal to the angels of his enemies’ better natures – or more often than not, convince them that aiding him will also help them.

More often than not, Superman’s pitch to his enemies amounts to the threat of mutually assured destruction. If his antagonists won’t pitch in to take care of whatever menace has reared its head, the Man of Steel makes it very clear that nobody (including them) will live to see another sunrise.

As such, these alliances tend to be rather short-term arrangements, although that doesn’t make them any less notable. Indeed, as this list of 15 Times Superman Had To Team Up With His Villains makes clear, when the Big Blue Boy Scout joins forces with his enemies, fireworks are never far behind!

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Soapbox: 15 Times Superman Had To Team Up With His Villains

Soapbox: 15 Supervillain Plots That Make Absolutely No Sense

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Bond DEFINITELY questioned the logic of Goldfinger’s latest plan…

Everyone loves a larger-than-life supervillain plot. With good reason, too – after all, our favourite action-adventure franchises couldn’t function without the outlandish schemes of a bad guy trying to take over (or destroy!) the world. Think about it: where would James Bond be without the wicked designs of a cackling mastermind to foil? And yet, for every fiendishly ingenious plan that makes you marvel at the brilliance of the mind behind it, there’s at least as many out there that make no sense whatsoever.

There’s several reasons why a supervillain’s plot can fail to add-up. Maybe it’s the case that the plot in question is poorly thought out and won’t achieve the villain’s stated goals. Perhaps it’s a scenario where that old killjoy, real-world science, makes the successful execution of a plot impossible, at least as stated. Or it could be that the plan isn’t laid-out very clearly, making it hard to follow how and why it will work.

Whatever the reason may be, the end result is a nefarious scheme that leaves fans scratching their heads and asking, “Wait, what’s going on here?” In recognition of moments such as these, here’s a rundown of 15 Supervillain Plots That Make Absolutely No Sense.

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Soapbox: 15 Supervillain Plots That Make Absolutely No Sense

Soapbox: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Batman Returns

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Hey kids! Remember when Batman couldn’t turn his head?

Believe it or not, Batman Returns has been out for 25 years. Tim Burton’s follow-up to his original Batman film pitted Michael Keaton’s Dark Knight against the dastardly schemes of the Penguin (Danny DeVito) and Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), and was the third highest grossing film of 1992.

Whereas Burton toned down his distinctive style somewhat the first time around, Batman Returns represents the director well and truly cutting loose. The end result is a movie that’s even more visually impressive than its predecessor, and a story that’s darker and quirkier than any Batman adventure to date. It received mostly positive reviews from critics, however Burton’s approach to the source material divided fans (a debate which still rages even now on online message boards!).

Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, Batman Returns is an undeniably iconic piece of cinema, and its journey to the big screen (and what followed after) is a fascinating one.

Indeed, there’s plenty of interesting factoids surrounding the film’s production – ranging from outlandish early scripts through to crazy planned spin-offs. Of these, we’ve boiled it down to only the very best trivia, and present for your enjoyment 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Batman Returns.

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Soapbox: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Batman Returns

Soapbox: 15 Comic Book Superweapons Never Used To Their Full Potential

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You’re using it as a noose, Diana? REALLY?

In the world of comic books, sometimes having superpowers just isn’t enough. At times like these, superheroes and villains alike have to turn to superweapons to get the job done.

Interestingly, many of these superweapons are rarely (if ever) used to their true capacity. Sure, these crazy-powerful pieces of hardware have been responsible for saving the day or wreaking untold havoc cross the multiverses, but those pulling the trigger could have achieved so much more if they’d really let loose properly.

With that in mind, here’s a round-up of the 15 Comic Book Superweapons Never Used To Their Full Potential.

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Soapbox: 15 Comic Book Superweapons Never Used To Their Full Potential

Soapbox: Logan reminds us that great stories are more important than continuity

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Logan doesn’t care about much, and that includes continuity

By now, we’ve all had a chance to see Logan, and it’s safe to say that for most fans and critics, the film serves as a great send-off for Hugh Jackman as he hangs up his claws after over decade and a half in the role.

There are several reasons for Logan’s success – including its smaller, more relatable scale and tighter focus on a small cast of characters – but without doubt a key reason why this Wolverine swansong soars is because it stands largely apart from the wider X-Men franchise.

Sure, it has links to earlier films in the series, but it also tends to gloss over (or even flat-out ignore) any aspects of the established canon that don’t fit with the story director James Mangold wants to tell, and in doing so, it reminds us that when it comes to storytelling versus continuity, the former is always more important than the latter.

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Soapbox: Suicide Squad – How not every movie is for you and why critics aren’t the bad guys

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This is pretty much what defensive fans looked like when the reviews rolled in…

We recently crossed the halfway mark for September, which means that for many people, Suicide Squad is well and truly old news.

However, thanks to the IT issues that brought The Pop Culture Studio shuddering to halt for most of last month, I still haven’t had my say on that movie and the furore that surrounded it – and believe me, I have PLENTY to share.

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Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

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Don’t let this promo poster fool you: this isn’t another grim ‘n’ gritty superhero flick

Regardless of whether you’re a proud American or enthusiastic outsider (like me), it’s hard not to get excited by the patriotic spirit of Independence Day brought to life so vividly in films like The Patriot and, well… Independence Day.

Whilst both of those films – and many others – would make more than suitable subjects for review on this special occasion, I’d like to celebrate the 4 of July this year by taking a look back at a movie that practically oozes red, white and blue: Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger, released in cinemas five years ago this month.

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Review: Captain America: The First Avenger