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The comparisons are already being drawn.
From Mark Hamill reading Donald Trump’s tweets in the voice of the Joker to the new president actually using a line from The Dark Knight Rises‘ Bane during his inaugural address, connections between the commander in chief and fictitious villains are being made.
It’s not surprising, as people often compare public figures they don’t particularly care for to the guys in comics and movies. (The co-creator of Bane, a Republican, recently told Heat Vision that President Barack Obama reminded him of a Bond villain.) But by virtue of Trump’s wealth, larger-than-life personality and way with words, it’s perhaps easier for people see the similarities between the new president and billionaire villains of comic book fame.
In the days since Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the jabs over the internet are now leaking into late-night talks shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Daily Show.
Below are a few supervillains we at Heat Vision have noticed Trump has been compared to in the past few weeks.
This has been a popular character to point to for some time. Those who have made the comparison note numerous commonalities, including both men being billionaires and power-hungry. Luthor, created in 1940 (Trump was born in ’46) is Superman’s archenemy and is hell-bent on ridding the world of the the Kryptonian alien who represents “truth, justice and the American way.” Then, of course, there is the hair, especially Gene Hackman’s big-screen incarnation of Luthor trying to hide his baldness with a wig. In the comics, Luthor even became the president and leads humanity against an alien invasion.
This one took off when Trump used a line similar to one Bane delivered in The Dark Knight Rises after the villain took control of Gotham. (Check out the video below for the comparison.) Otherwise, the comparison to this Batman villain, created in 1993, is pretty thin. Still, it should be noted that Batman, “the world’s greatest detective” (or fact finder), had his back broken by Bane. Trump’s team has espoused the idea of “alternative facts” a being a thing.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 20, 2017
This one was pretty obvious when we noticed it on social media. The fictitious Bond villain loves gold and owns numerous properties around the globe. Sound familiar? The character, created by Ian Fleming in 1959, is also an avid golfer, like Trump. In the 1964 film Goldfinger, the villain attempts to make Fort Knox’s gold supply radioactive, thereby increasing the worth of his personal supply because the rest would be useless for decades.
Mark Hamill has had some fun with the Trumpster, a supervillain alter ego in which he records Trump tweets in the voice of the Joker. Hamill, who has voiced the Joker in the DC animated universe since 1992, recently told Heat Vision, “As a voiceover actor, you recognize good dialogue — and I haven’t had dialogue this good since [Batman: The Animated Series writer] Paul Dini.”
The leader of Latveria became a tyrant ruler of humanity in Marvel’s 2015 Secret Wars storyline. Among his big achievements: a giant wall that protects his kingdom from outsiders (in his defense, he was keeping zombies out). Unlike President Trump, Victor Von Doom didn’t float the idea of a 20 percent tax on products imported for the outsiders to pay for it.
The Green Goblin’s alter ego is a billionaire businessman. He also rose to even greater power and influence thanks to an incident televised across the world, which saw him heroically ending an alien invasion of Skrulls in the 2008 Secret Invasion storyline. (We’re guessing those ratings topped anything The Apprentice ever saw.)
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