Thursday, July 31, 2008

Captain Stingaree

Karl Courtney ran a pirate-themed restaurant, but at some point flipped out, believing there were three men who shared the role of Batmen, and that they were his three brothers. So he became a full-on pirate-themed villain, determined to get back at his Batmen brothers. Interestingly, in 1976, almost 20 years before Speed, Captain Stingaree's plan began by planting a bomb in Commissioner Gordon's car that would explode if he dropped below 50mph. I think Keanu Reeves owes Captain Stingaree some royalty money. There's a loving tribute to a later issue (which I've never read) in Captain Stingaree's introductory arc over here.

Pros: Did you hear about that new pirate movie? It's rated "Arr!" That's the best joke ever. And with, I think, no more Pirates of the Caribbean movies coming, a Captain Stingaree appearance would give me new opportunities to use that awesome joke.

Cons: Those three movies probably exhausted the public's appetite for pirates for a good while.

How I'd do it: Bruce and Lucius use the high tech boys at Wayne Enterprises to make a seriously high tech 19th century sailing ship, and Batman hits the high seas on the Bat-Clipper, headed to the Barbary coast. Does that still exist?

Casting Guesses: Bald eyepatch guy? How about Battlestar Galactica's Saul Tigh, Michael Hogan?

Verdict: Unless the writers and producers break open a barrel of rum or grog or whatever, we won't be seeing Captain Stingaree. Sorry, pirate fans.

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