PUTTING THE 'L.A.' in 'JLA': How might DC superheroes fare in their new California digs?
On Monday, anticipating DC's announcement this week of at least a partial relocation to Hollywood, Comic Riffs asked several creators about the move. Specifically, we wanted to know: What impact would the migration have not on the cartoonists or executives or other real-universe employees, but rather on the superheroes themselves?
DC Comics's decision to move its multimedia and digital content operations to Burbank -- and to end its WildStorm and Zuda imprints amid wider layoffs -- is very real and serious in human terms, of course. But on the lighter side, we paused to pose the question: What about in superhuman terms?
In other words: How would DC's own superheroes adapt to their comic-book environs shifting from Gotham to the City of Angels?
For instance: If Superman is famously rendered powerless under a red sun, might a smoggy day in L.A. act like atmospheric Kryptonite? (And yes, Comic Riffs acknowledges that the likes of Hal Jordan and all occupants of Titans Tower might have an edge up on many of their NYC-based brethren.)
Former DC Comics editor Cliff Chiang told Comic Riffs: "If he moves to LA, Batman will be spending a lot more time in the Batmobile."
"Which DC character will adapt to the Los Angeles surroundings?..." replied Frank Cho. "If I had to pick, I'll say 'Power Girl.' This is how I see Power Girl. Like most women in LA, she's beautiful and attention-starved. She's a natural sun-bleached blond goddess who's insecure, always living in the shadow of her cousin, Superman."
And it's no surprise that Dean Trippe -- with his deft knack for mashups -- offered an inspired variety of SoCal scenarios. They include:
1. SUPERMAN -- "Superman loves sunny California. He's already out in L.A. twice a month to keep it from falling into the ocean."
2. BATMAN -- "Batman wasn't too excited about the move until he bought the Hollywood -- I mean, the WayneWood -- sign. 'It's not just a new business venture...ladies.' "
3. WONDER WOMAN -- "Wonder Woman will have a longer commute from Paradise Island. Fortunately, her famous jet's carbon footprint is also invisible."
4. THE FLASH -- "The Flash should have no trouble zipping clear of the paparazzi, using the Speed Force. The Flash versus the flashes? No contest."
5. GREEN LANTERN -- "Green Lantern has already reworked his oath in anticipation of his upcoming feature film: 'On silver screens, with CGI, no viewers shall escape my light. For all the heroes resurrected, I'll drive my box office, better than expected!' "
6. AQUAMAN -- "Aquaman was already planning to take on those roving death camps Los Angelenos know as [mobile] taco trucks. Expect a side order of trident with your next fish taco, hipsters."
7. MARTIAN MANHUNTER -- "Lesser-known Justice League member Martian Manhunter can finally get the recognition he deserves, sort of, thanks to his shapeshifting abilities. He's already been spotted posing as Spider-Man and the Hulk on Hollywood Boulevard. I think the cops are just looking the other way on this one, given how many times he's helped save Earth. Still, kinda sad."
If you've got your own DC-superhero-in-L.A. scenario, feel free to e-mail it or comment below.
| September 23, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
Categories: Geek Buzz, Superheroes, The Comic Book, The Holly Word | Tags: Cliff Chiang, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Dean Trippe, Frank Cho
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