Thursday, May 20, 2021

2021 Summer Movie Preview

After taking a break last year, it looks like it is time once again for the Ward Cartoonist Summer Movie Preview (where I don't actually preview any summer movies and instead talk about some random nerdy subject).

Can we talk superhero costumes for a second? Looking at the Flash in today's gag, I'm struck by the ridiculousness of the lightning antennas covering his ears. I wonder, do they really help him hear? Are they Bluetooth enabled? And yet, despite their silliness, they aren't even in the top five weird superhero costume accessories. (Actually, the Flash has one of the best looking costumes in all of superherodom.)

What are the five weirdest superhero costume accessories? I'm so glad you asked:

  1. Daredevil's eye slits. He's blind, he "sees" things through his heightened senses like radar. What does he even need eye slits for?
  2. Superman's underwear. Look, there was a time I wore underoos in public too, but then I turned five.
  3. Shazam's cape. If you prescribe to Edna Mode's line of thinking then all capes are weird. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but I definitely have questions about Shazam's cape.
  4. Everything about Martian Manhunter. Um, really? Don't they know how to dress on Mars?
  5. Captain America's head feathers. I love Jack Kirby. He is the greatest comic book artist ever, but what on earth was he thinking when he added little feathered wings to the sides of Captain America's head? Are they supposed to strike fear in the hearts of Nazis? Do fascists struggle with ornithophobia?

In conclusion, I'm excited to see Black Widow, Luca, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife this summer.

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