With the help of my seven-year-old and four-year-old superheroes in training, here are the results all the way up to the Sweet 16.
The big upsets: It seems the big, strong, dim-witted heroes and villains were no match for quicker, smarter, and more sadistic opponents.
Dark Phoenix over Superman – The Man of Steel is arguably the most powerful of all the participants, this is probably the most shocking of the upsets. But Dark Phoenix consumed a star. Maybe she destroyed Krypton. I know, I know. You wanted a Batman/Superman championship. But we know how that would have played out.
Flash over Hulk – Strategy wins over brawn every time. Flash was able to run circles around the Hulk, ultimately tiring the poor brute out.
Joker over Supergirl – While physically outmatched, we shouldn’t be surprised that the Clown Prince of Crime outwitted Supergirl. Look how many times he’s played the blue boyscout for a sap.
Storm over Spider-man – ultimately, this one came down to the fact that Spidey has recently lost his most valuable superpower, his spider-sense.
Catwoman over Juggernaut – She stole his helmet.
Green Lantern over Bullseye – Impeccable aim is no match for a power ring.
Batman over Captain Cold – After routinely taking care of Mr. Freeze, was Captain Cold really going to be any different?
Captain Marvel over Thing – Shazam! Um, who left this pile of rocks here?
Lex Luthor over Cheetah – If there are plenty of ways to skin a cat, then expect Luthor to find them all.
Wolverine over Batgirl – Did she really ever have a chance?
Best brawls and closest calls:
Joker over Loki – While these two are two of a kind, the original master of mischief had to be the victor.
Wonder Woman over Starfire – This would make for excellent television. But as my four-year-old daughter pointed out, Wonder Woman wins because she is a princess.
Silver Surfer over Magneto – Is the surfer made of metal? I’m not positive, but I’m going to say that even if he is, the power cosmic would somehow counter Magneto’s ability to control him or his surfboard.
Green Lantern over Thor – Wow! This would be an epic battle! Ultimately, I chose the character whose movie will be better.
Darkseid over Galactus – How would they even battle? Well, Darkseid has a whole army plus he keeps trying to solve that really hard math problem that will destroy the universe. Galactus just has a severe case of the munchies. Math over munchies. Plus Galactus’s huge helmet would get in his way.
Deadpool over Black Manta – While one of the coolest looking villains, one must be reminded that he usually goes up against a superhero who talks to fish. The Merc with a Mouth would find a way to use a can opener on that stylish helmet.
So here’s out is played out in the brackets:
Sweet 16 Matchups:
Dark Phoenix vs. The Atom – How did The Atom get past Venom and Rogue you ask? They couldn’t see him I guess.
Flash vs. Dr. Doom – Does Doom have a device to slow the Scarlet Speedster?
Wolverine vs. Deadpool – Is there a time limit on this one?
Wonder Woman vs. The Joker – Joker has taken out a Norse god and Superman’s cousin. Will he have the last laugh over the Amazon Warrior?
Lex Luthor vs. Green Goblin – Who looks better in green and purple?
Green Lantern vs. Silver Surfer – the two most powerful weapons in their respective universes
Batman vs. Darkseid – We know who won this match last time! Oh, wait. Who did win last time? Darkseid was killed…wait, no! Batman was killed…wait, no! Shenanigans! I call a do-over!
Storm vs. Sinestro – Can Sinester weather…ok that’s enough!
Well, there you have it. I think this Sweet 16 has some pretty exciting match-ups. Take a look for yourself and let us know what do you think?
Green Lantern over Thor because GL will be a better movie?! I don’t know about that…
Yeah, that was definitely my own personal opinion. I like GL a lot more than Thor (mostly because of Thor’s ridiculous Asgardian English which thankfully seems to be absent in the film). I couldn’t think of a good reason to declare one the winner over the other besides my hope for GL to be a good film.
Don’t get me wrong, I hope GL will be a good movie, but I have my suspicions with Reynolds helming anything.
You mean you didn’t like Reynold’s take on Deadpool? Yeah, he’s my biggest worry too. That and the costume. But the effects and the space scenes should be awesome! It has such great potential.