Greetings from the Odinson,
Last week the Odinson took a look back at a forgotten hero from the Bronze Age of comics – The Human Fly. A mycomicshop.com customer sent me a link to an incredible video featuring the real life Human Fly, stuntman Rick Rojatt, in action. Here it is: THE REAL HUMAN FLY. Note: Scroll to the bottom of the article to see the video.
Now on to this week’s topic…
One is the galaxy’s ultimate survivor. One is an unstoppable killing machine. One is the galaxy’s deadliest hunter. And all three are sci-fi/horror legends. I am, of course, talking about Aliens, The Terminator, and Predator. They are the ultimate movie villains. Their wicked exploits on the Big Screen have spawned many sequels, countless comics, hundreds of toys, dozens of novels, and a never-ending debate – who is the ultimate sci-fi movie villain?
Aliens – Xenomorphs are a lot like giant ants with workers, soldiers, and a queen, but they are far deadlier than any mere insect. They impregnate their victims with an alien embryo which upon maturation bursts from the host’s chest and rapidly grows into adulthood. Their claws can rip a man limb-from-limb, their razor-tipped tail can strike with lightning fast accuracy, and within their elongated skulls, behind jagged saliva-soaked jaws, resides a second mandible that can extend and strike at prey from a distance. The deadliest thing about this alien creature is its blood. It’s concentrated acid, so that even if it is killed, it can still take those around it down with it. Even highly skilled Space Marines are no match for the galaxy’s ultimate survivor. DANGER RATING: 4 out of 5 Hammers.
The Terminator – The sentient A.I. known as Skynet has many ways of exterminating those pesky humans. From the ground assault units (T-1’s to T-70s) to the airborne Hunters to the ultimate killing machine, the T-1000. But for this discussion, the Odinson is talking about the most notorious of the Terminators – the T-800 (or what I like to call The Arnold). These Terminators are designed to look and act like humans right up to the moment when they reveal themselves. The Terminator’s body is comprised of a hyperalloy combat chassis with a microprocessor, and is fully armored. It’s very tough to hurt and even tougher to bring down. The Terminator has complete files on anatomy and an adaptable AI that makes it more efficient at its job. They have super human strength. They are able to crush human bones with ease and they possess self repair capabilities. DANGER RATING: 5 out of 5 Hammers.
Predator – The alien Predator is the galaxy’s greatest hunter. The Predator scours the universe looking for the most dangerous game to pit its strength and skills against. The Predator is a seven-foot bipedal beast with super human agility and strength. It is armed with an array of high tech weapons. Blades, spears, and swords of unknown metal are also favorites of this creature. Its helmet allows it to see in any spectrum and its laser-guided shoulder-cannon can cut most foes right in half. But one of the Predator’s most useful assets is its personal cloaking device which allows this universal hunter to blend in with almost any surroundings. Predators are a warrior race and highly skilled in the arts of war. DANGER RATING: 3 ½ out of 5 Hammers.
THE WINNER: The Terminator.
One last thought from the Odinson.
Here’s my two cents on the whole Ben Affleck as Batman issue. It is fantastic casting. I don’t know what happened that made so many people turn on this guy so much. Was it because he made a bad movie with his pop singer girlfriend? Hey, De Niro has made bad movies too. Get over it. And by the way, Daredevil is NOT that bad, especially when compared to garbage like Batman and Robin and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
All you have to do is watch Good Will Hunting, Jersey Girl, or The Town to know that Ben Affleck has the acting chops. Here’s the thing, a monkey can play Batman. Batman is the cape and the cowl and a symbol. What is being cast is Bruce Wayne, and if Ben Affleck isn’t Bruce Wayne then nobody is.
Here’s one final thought on the subject. Back in the 80s when it was announced that Michael Keaton, the GREAT Michael Keaton, was cast for Batman there was great outrage heard throughout the land, and that was pre-internet days. Plus, a few years ago there was a huge uproar when it was announced that Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker for The Dark Knight. Now in hindsight, Michael Keaton is, hands down, the best Batman ever, and many people can’t imagine anyone ever doing a better job as the Clown Prince of Crime than Heath Ledger did.
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell