Kate Kane Is In The Building
Last night, the second episode of the CW’s annual “Arrowverse” Crossover, “Elseworlds” aired and brought with it the highly anticipated introduction of Ruby Rose’s Batwoman. “Elseworlds” began December 9th with “The Flash” and will conclude tonight on “Supergirl”, but it was “Arrow’s” episode last night that has everyone talking. According to Variety, although Batwoman was not as present as we had expected, this was with good reason for as Caroline Dries, who is developing a “Batwoman” series for the network shared, “We realized the best way to do that would be if our guys just went to Gotham, she helped out with their story, and she shooed them away.”
In case you missed the episode last night, The Hollywood Reporter shared some plot details surrounding Ruby Rose’s Batwoman debut, outlining the meeting point between the four superheroes. After a mysterious book causes “The Flash” (Barry) and “Arrow” (Oliver) to swap powers in Part 1, Part 2 finds “Supergirl” (Kara) joining them on a journey to Gotham in attempt to decipher their misfortunes. Unfortunately, a dangerous mugging encounter landed the heroes in jail, where Kate Kane i.e. Batwoman saves the day and bails them out. The episode continues on to reveal some interesting Batwoman details with which the network will ideally build upon in the character’s future solo series debut. “Elseworlds” concludes tonight but in the meantime, let’s take a look at three of the interesting, thought-provoking and downright insane stories from DC Comics’ Elseworlds imprint!
#3: “Superman: Red Son” (2003)
What would the world be like if baby Kal-El landed in Soviet-controlled Ukraine instead of Kansas? Mark Millar’s “Red Son” answers that question. A deeply philosophical examination of the Cold War, “Red Son” tells the story of a Superman who fights for Stalin, socialism and the expansion of the Warsaw Pact. Opposing him is Dr. Lex Luthor, America’s champion who spends decades creating machines and monsters to overthrow Superman’s ever-expanding control of Earth. With a supporting cast of darker, Cold War versions of Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, “Red Son” blurs the lines between heroes and villains in murky shades of gray.
#2: “Kingdom Come” (1996)
Another story which distorts the division between good and evil, Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s “Kingdom Come” offers a grim view of a potential future for the DC universe. After the American public embraces the more violent methods of new heroes like Magog, Superman and many of his contemporaries retire from crime-fighting. But after a Magog-led attack on the Parasite devastates the Midwest, the Man of Steel and his old allies reunite to reign in the young antiheroes. The subsequent conflict creates three factions which engage in a battle of truly Biblical proportions with Earth’s future at stake. A powerful story about the limits and responsibilities of superheroes, “Kingdom Come” is a quintessential Elseworlds tale.
#1: “Superman & Batman: World’s Funnest” (2000)
When we said “craziest” we weren’t kidding. While “Kingdom Come” and “Red Son” are often cited as the best stories to come out of the Elseworld imprint, “World’s Funniest” is, by far, the most bizarre. After a heated argument between Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk, Batman and Superman are accidentally killed by their biggest fans. What ensues is an interdimensional battle of disastrous and hilarious proportions as Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk destroy entire eras of DC Comics history. As the Fifth Dimensional imps’ conflict rages across the Multiverse, each and every incarnation of DC’s Earths and its heroes are ridiculed in suitably comedic fashion. Bolstered by the contributions of Brian Bolland, Frank Miller, Alex Ross and many more, “World’s Funnest” displays the worst excesses of fandom for all to see.
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