caption contest, Batman wanna-be

This week’s caption contest features a Batman wanna-be.  Or, if it actually is Batman, he’s really let himself go.  Either way, it’s up to you to figure out something funny to explain this picture.  Remember that you can create a backstory however you want, to setup any particular jokes or puns (if you must).  You can even tie your explanation in with current events or Batman movies or a previous caption contest (links are allowed).  The only rules are to keep it clean and make it funny.

(To see our other caption contests, click on the “Say What?” category in the sidebar.)

1960s style trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight

You’ve probably seen the recent Batman movie The Dark Knight, featuring the Joker.  (If you haven’t, what’s wrong with you?   It’s only one of the best action movies ever!)  Anyway, someone made a new trailer for that movie but set it in the context of the 1960s Batman TV series (which is good, but cheesy, and takes itself way too seriously).  Prepare to be taken back in time*.

* Not literally.  That technology is still in the research stage.

Now, the video:

Batman

When I was little I wanted to be Batman…

But I wouldn’t want a useless sidekick like Robin, who has only one phrase in his attempts at humor, and it almost always falls flat.  And why doesn’t Robin wear pants?!?  Ugh!  Maybe you have to graduate to another level of superherodom to get pants.  I dunno…

Speaking of useless Superfriends, what was up with Aquaman?  He could talk to fish, but that proved to be hardly useful and always unnecessary.  And his other super “power” was making and throwing water balls at people when in the water.  Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem too dangerous to get people wet when they’re already in the ocean…

famous car chase in shopping mall recreated

If you start with a car chase scene inside a shopping mall (which sounds awesome), and it features the Blues Brothers (which makes it definitely awesome), then recreate the original classic movie clip with stop-motion video using LEGO blocks, you have a YouTube video worth watching.

At the end of the video, they link to a side-by-side comparison of the original scene in the movie, so you can see how close they got to it.

An interesting trivia tidbit about the mall chase scene is that it was actually filmed inside a mall.  There was no CGI trickery going on — it was 1980, after all — and it wasn’t on some fake Hollywood set or made with miniatures.  They found a mall that was scheduled to be demolished, so they helped with the demolition on the inside.  🙂  Also interesting is that the other car chases were actually filmed in and around Chicago, Illinois.  It would’ve been neat to be around for that!

If you haven’t ever seen the Blues Brothers movie, I’m not sure what to say.  Wait, never mind, I know — you need to see it!  The Blues Brothers is one of the best movies of all time.  I’m not kidding.  It has a great story, great acting, awesome music, many car chases (including setting the world record for most car crashes in one scene), and many quotable lines.  It also features many famous actors and musicians: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Carrie Fisher (who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, but wields a flamethrower and rocket launcher here), “the band”, John Candy, Frank Oz, Steven Spielberg, James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and more.  (Let me add that the movie contains some explicit language, but if you can find the TV version it has all that edited out.)

Here’s an idea — someone should make a video game of the movie.  You’ve got music making, car chases, lots of military to evade — there’s potential here.  Sure, the storyline might have to be somewhat linear, but there are retelling games of Star Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Marvel Super Heroes, etc. by LEGO.  It could be a lot of fun.  Someone should make this happen.  LEGO Blues Brothers would rock!  I would buy it.