Sunday, March 25, 2018

Man-Bat and The Invaders


One scene I really liked in Justice League was Batman's battle with a Parademon at the beginning.  So far Batman has been facing off against his human, non-powered adversaries in the movies, and it was definitely time to see him fighting super powered characters on screen.  Now that the door has been opened I'd love to see Man-Bat show up in the next solo Batman flick.  They could have Kirk Langstrom working with Professor Hugo Strange.  Strange's genetic experiments created his Monster Men in the comics and could be a way to bring about characters like Man-Bat, Killer Croc and even Clayface.

17 comments:

AirDave said...

I always saw Kirk Langstrom as a tragic figure. Like Bruce Banner. I never saw him as a rogue. Batman: TAS and The Batman cartoon seemed to shift things where he was actually a villain. But then, I saw him as part of The Batman Family in the Batman Family comic. I remember he even had another mutation into a wer-jaguar...

Anonymous said...

Skree that's how I think of man-bat, too. But I think there was a period when he was written as a villain. Can't see him with Hugo Strange, though. Spider-woman and Hugo, that's another story.

Anonymous said...

maybe doctor strange and hugo strange could meet.

Anonymous said...

Not the only strange thing happening on earth stf: https://braveandboldlost.blogspot.com/2018/02/doctor-strange-and-adam-strange-in.html

Mike Shirley said...

I tend to prefer Batman's human rogues like Penguin and Joker and save the metahumans for the metaheroes.

Love the Invaders though. How about they recruit Indiana Jones (I know he's met Cap and Torch separately here) or The Rocketeer?

Scott Cummins said...

Interesting the Man-Bat shows up the day after he is announced as one of the new members of the new Justice League teams

Glenn said...

The Axis has several vampire based team members and I could see Dr. Langstrom being recruited because one of their members was bit or to help defeat Axis vampire.

Sonofjack said...

I'm not sure that I could come up with a more incongruous team-up if i tried (I mean that as a compliment), but I will try anyway.

Underdog Meets The Watchmen....

Cary Comic said...

DC came out with a comic book spin-off of the 1990's Bat-cartoon. And one of the best one-shot issues featured a story called "The House of Dorian." A thinly-disguised pastiche of the post-WWII monster mashes from Universal Studios, it guest-starred Tygrus (from "Tiger, Tiger"); the Man-Bat (from "On Leathern Wings"); and Anthony Romulus (from "Moon of the Wolf"). All going at each other in a climactic three-for-all!

As for this cover? Very, very intriguing! I will wildly guess that the impostor is...Namor. Think about it! Marvel published THE INVADERS around the same time the 1970's Sub-mariner wore that funky sleeveless black unitard (invented by Reed Richards to compensate for some kind of radical genetic shift in Namor's ability to survive out of water) in Subby's solo mag. While Man-Bat was given an ultimately short-lived series of back-up stories in Detective Comics.

Ergo: Langstrom knows the bare-chested dude with the Mr. Spock ears ain't the real deal.

jackel said...

...that would be Batman Adventures #21 from June 1994...
...this great cover by Ross reminds us of a great pastiche comic from the past...

Anonymous said...

Batman and Betty Boop?
Felix the Cat vs. predator?
Frank Castle vs. Dagwood Bumstead?

I don't want to see any of those, but they're definitively incongruous.

Simreeve said...

Anonymous said...
"Batman and Betty Boop?
Felix the Cat vs. predator?
Frank Castle vs. Dagwood Bumstead?"

Well, Frank Castle has met Archie...

Sonofjack said...

And The Punisher Meets Archie is one of my all-time favorite crossovers. Not only was it unusual, but they managed to pull it off with flying colors....

Cary Comic said...

Yeah! The only combo nobody's yet done (not even Ross) is Punisher vs. Predator!

Glenn said...

Subby and Mr. Spock. We find out that Atlantis was a lost Vulcan colony.

Batman of Earth 13 said...


Glenn,

Atlantis was a lost Vulcan colony? That's a very creative idea. My only question is, where does Black Adam fit in?

Anonymous said...

@Earthling-13: maybe Teth-Adam could be written up as half-Atlantean on his mother's side? Hence, Shazam picking him to be the first Champion of Order for ancient Egypt (alias "Land of Khem").

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