I don’t know if you’ve noticed but superheroes are having a resurgence in movies and on television. With all the advances in technology, superheroes are more fun to watch than ever. While looking online, I found a list of all the superheroes from comics and that list is really lengthy – wow. Still, it was not too difficult for me to pick my top five. I’m very patriotic so the superheroes wearing red, white, and blue are the ones that I’m drawn to first!
I so loved Wonder Woman as a kid! Beauty, brains, and super strength! I sure wanted to have that golden lasso that made people tell the truth. I recently received a DVD set of all the Wonder Woman TV episodes starring Lynda Carter. It’s been a hoot to watch them again. Yes, they are rather cheesy but Lynda Carter “fighting for the old Red, White, and Blue” with that megawatt smile was/is a superhero in my book! When they started making new movies with Batman, Spiderman, and Superman, I eagerly awaited a Wonder Woman movie. It’s been a long wait… Maybe Hollywood felt as I did and that no one could be a better Wonder Woman than Carter. When they finally got going and cast Gal Gadot, I was skeptical to say the least. But after seeing her first appearance in “Batman Vs. Superman,” I was won over a bit; so I’m really looking forward to the new Wonder Woman movie coming out June 2nd!
Superman – the quintessential superhero. There have been quite a few actors to play Superman. I think it can be a tricky role. He has to be strong and fierce but also compassionate with a certain vulnerability. And don’t forget that fun, quirky side that is Clark Kent. And it’s important that those glasses make him look entirely different. Haha! For me, Christopher Reeve had all of these things and more. To this day, the musical score for those movies can still make me emotional, especially when he flies by flashing those baby blues – oh my! When they rebooted the franchise with Brandon Routh, I thought he made a decent Superman and I wanted to see more. But then they started over yet again and cast Henry Cavill. I was annoyed but I have to admit they were right. Henry is a super Superman. May he stay in the role a long time. Side note: he was also great in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” – wish they would make a sequel to that movie!
All I knew about Thor was that he was some hammer-wielding god that made thunder and lightning. When I heard that Chris Hemsworth was cast as Thor in the Avengers movies, I was happy because I had noticed him in his small role as James Kirk’s father in the 2009 Star Trek reboot. At the time, I thought Hemsworth should have been cast as Kirk. As it turns out, I’m glad he went on to Thor fame instead. Okay, I admit I mostly watch the Avengers for Thor. I am sure I’m not the only one. Hah. What I’m not sure about is the new look with shorter hair for the newest film coming out in November. I’m all for short hair on guys but Thor? We shall see…
Once again, it’s all about the red, white, and blue for me with this hero. He’s Captain America after all!
This pick might be a bit obscure but I still remember watching the show “Isis” when I was a kid. She was usually on every other Saturday alternating with “Shazam.” I wasn’t as fond of “Shazam” so it was always a great Saturday when “Isis” was on! She could harness the power of the elements allowing her to fly and do all kinds of neat stuff. She was similar to Wonder Woman in that she transformed whenever she needed to fight evil. Her power came from an amulet. I thought she was pretty cool but I doubt she will ever get a reboot because the name, Isis, unfortunately has a different connotation these days.
Honorable mentions: Wolverine and Black Panther