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December 8, 2014
 

Are Most Crossovers Cop Outs?

As fun as crossovers are, they do tend to never really deliver on what they promise. On the hugely entertaining Flash vs. Arrow episodes we get to see these two future Justice League members face off against each other but as always we never really get a finite answer on who is better.

Obviously The Flash is the one with the super powers so he would probably have won but then The Arrow had more tricks up his sleeve like using the environment as a weapon. The show ends with the two heroes competing again and it ends without us getting a winner. Sure, it was a lot of fun but why is it with crossovers, there is never a sure-fire winner?

 

They always have to try and please everyone and not piss off fans, but surely it would be far more interesting if one of the characters really got their ass kicked? They don’t need to die or anything so dramatic but always having it end up as a draw feels like such a cop out and it tends to be the same way with every crossover.

You just know Batman v. Superman will have the two of them battle each other but in the end neither of them will win and they’ll team up to bring down a bigger bad guy. Yes, that’s what happens in the comics most of the time but how about we actually take a risk and do something different?

The only “Versus” movie I can really think of which had a satisfying conclusion was Freddy vs. Jason. Jason won, Freddy got decapitated and we all lived happily ever after.

Alien vs. Predator had the Predator and the Alien Queen both die at the end so therefore it’s another draw.

One of the best crossovers in terms of comics was Batman and Judge Dredd; they both beat the living shit out of each other and really Dredd won by sheer brute force. Once again though it wasn’t really concrete and they end up teaming up again…

In terms of the best crossover battles, I really like Bat in the Sun productions where they have the likes of Darth Vader kill Batman, Wolverine destroying the Predator and many more. They are so popular because fans get to vote on who wins and only 1 person can actually win: no lame draws.

I would love to see more action movie crossovers; imagine a movie with John Rambo fighting John Matrix. Matrix gets killed we all shout and cry and yet it’s satisfying because we know who is the true winner. What about Die Hard 24/7 where John McClane faces off against Jack Bauer and so on…

So come on kids, give us a real crossover where someone gets their teeth kicked in and we actually get 1 true victor.



About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



 
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