Daddy Make Me a Superhero

Various attempts to entertain my superhero-obsessed five-year-old son.
Having a leg up means less work on utility belts.

Having a leg up means less work on utility belts.

Justice League - DCAU
How is it a company is capable of creating a Justice League experience this great in one medium, yet I have zero faith in them doing so in another medium?

Justice League - DCAU

How is it a company is capable of creating a Justice League experience this great in one medium, yet I have zero faith in them doing so in another medium?

You know, a leather jacket may be more fashionable and practical, but it sure is more difficult to cut out of paper than spandex.

You know, a leather jacket may be more fashionable and practical, but it sure is more difficult to cut out of paper than spandex.

Progress

Progress

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Happy Thorsday Everyone!

Here’s the latest video from my son, finishing off our collection of Lil’ Avengers (you know, until we track down a Falcon or Hawkeye costume, I suppose). You’ll note that Mjolnir has probably seen better days, which is what happens when you give a foam toy to a three-year-old for his birthday (as his uncle did two years ago). But when Santa gave him a new helmet and Thor PJs last week, we weren’t going to let a little thing like a chewed up hammer stop us from channeling Valhalla.

Since my boy has never heard of the Submariner, this will probably be the last video using the classic theme songs from the 1966 animated Marvel Superheroes series, which is too bad, since these songs are awesome. In 1967, DC went a different route, using a dramatic narrator over sci-fi music (as heard in our Green Lantern video), which we can’t sing along to. Oh well, at least there’s still the greatest superhero theme song still to go.

Until then, true believers.

I suppose it’s cool that Thor is going to be a woman. This is still my favourite version.

It’s happening. Get your reblog fingers ready.

It’s happening. Get your reblog fingers ready.

The Bat Family

And here’s the reason why I recently made the entire Batman Family as presented in season four of Batman: The Animated Series. After making my brother-in-law a couple of framed cut-outs (Spider-Man and World’s Finest), my boy wanted one of his own. He also wanted his own DCAU-style Batman. Two birds. One frame.

As for the multiple signals; yes, that may not be canon, but you can imagine how it went over with five year old. (Like a Bat plane. Soaring high above Gotham City).

Batman - Batman: The Animated Series Style
Of the animated Batmans, my favourite design is the early seasons of Batman: TAS, then Batman: the Brave and the Bold, then JLU, then this one from the fourth season of TAS. But the fourth season is the one my son actually watched, so that’s the one I’ve been doing.
I love the early seasons of TAS, believing, like all right-headed people, it to be the best comic book animated series of all-time. But it’s a little too dark for a preschooler. Literally. The black backgrounds and heavy score were barriers for entry for my son, who skipped around the series episodes (mostly to watch ones featuring Robin) but never devoured them like he did other series.
But we did watch all of the fourth season, which lightened up the tone a touch alongside streamlining the designs. It probably didn’t hurt that it was the season that heavily featured Robin, Nightwing, and Batgirl. Batman may be the draw for everyone else, but my kid has always preferred his sidekicks.

Batman - Batman: The Animated Series Style

Of the animated Batmans, my favourite design is the early seasons of Batman: TAS, then Batman: the Brave and the Bold, then JLU, then this one from the fourth season of TAS. But the fourth season is the one my son actually watched, so that’s the one I’ve been doing.

I love the early seasons of TAS, believing, like all right-headed people, it to be the best comic book animated series of all-time. But it’s a little too dark for a preschooler. Literally. The black backgrounds and heavy score were barriers for entry for my son, who skipped around the series episodes (mostly to watch ones featuring Robin) but never devoured them like he did other series.

But we did watch all of the fourth season, which lightened up the tone a touch alongside streamlining the designs. It probably didn’t hurt that it was the season that heavily featured Robin, Nightwing, and Batgirl. Batman may be the draw for everyone else, but my kid has always preferred his sidekicks.

Robin (Tim Drake) - Batman: The Animated Series Style
This is the fifth time I’ve cut a Robin out of paper. The first was pretty horrible (as the third cut out I’ve ever done), then a Young Justice Dick Grayson, a Teen Titans version, and a Stephanie Brown. And now we have a Tim Drake. Finally!
Since Robin is hands down my son’s favourite character, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is not the last, although we are running out of versions he’s familiar with. I’d still like to do a Young Justice Tim Drake, which he almost picked once before changing his mind to Hawk and Dove, so that’s the best bet. I suppose if we ever go back and watch the first three season of BTAS, there’s the Dick Grayson version from then or if we go back to reading Lil’ Gotham, we could move on to Damien Wayne. So it’s possible, but I may be near the end of making Robins. It had to happen some time.

Robin (Tim Drake) - Batman: The Animated Series Style

This is the fifth time I’ve cut a Robin out of paper. The first was pretty horrible (as the third cut out I’ve ever done), then a Young Justice Dick Grayson, a Teen Titans version, and a Stephanie Brown. And now we have a Tim Drake. Finally!

Since Robin is hands down my son’s favourite character, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is not the last, although we are running out of versions he’s familiar with. I’d still like to do a Young Justice Tim Drake, which he almost picked once before changing his mind to Hawk and Dove, so that’s the best bet. I suppose if we ever go back and watch the first three season of BTAS, there’s the Dick Grayson version from then or if we go back to reading Lil’ Gotham, we could move on to Damien Wayne. So it’s possible, but I may be near the end of making Robins. It had to happen some time.

So… how do I get my son to let me make another Batgirl cutout so I can be a part of the new costume zeitgeist?

PS- Love the new costume. Love it.