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This weekend, Doctor Who starts up again with an episode called “Let’s Kill Hitler.”
The trailer below shows highlights from the six episodes that conclude the season, starting Saturday. About the 37-second mark, the Doctor’s pal Rory, the most patient Roman centurion ever, punches Hitler. Which gives me kind of a thrill because I like Rory getting all Captain America.
There’s a grand fantasy tradition of punching or taking out Hitler, most notably with Captain America. There was a great homage to this notion in this summer’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” movie where Steve Rogers, performing for the United Service Organizations, punches (an actor portraying) Hitler repeatedly.
It all harkens back to Captain America Comics No. 1 in March 1941, where Cap was depicted on the cover as punching out Hitler, even though the United States wouldn’t enter World War II until 9 months later.
By now, lots of people have punched Hitler.
For example, here’s Chewbacca punching Hitler.
Of course, there’s also the brilliant scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” that turns this on its face. Indy comes face-to-face with Hitler and accidentally gets his autograph.
How much longer will Hitler be a popular bad guy? He’s a convenient foil. Horrible acts were committed in his name, but his mustache and intensity make him, let’s be honest, a little bit funny.
But he’s a little long in the tooth, isn’t he? Did Napoleon have such staying power?
Will society ever get to the point where Osama bin Laden is a favorite pop culture bad guy?
In case you’re unfamiliar, Darkseid = Hitler.
Actually, he’s a great, big rocky-faced guy with glowing red eyes. He’s the ruler of a really awful, lava-flowing planet called Apocalypse. And he works to possess the ultimate power of the Anti Life Equation, which is, like, a mathematical formula for death and destruction. Darkseid has been considered one of the most powerful villains in the DC universe for many years, even though he debuted in an issue of “Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen.”
Most recently, Darkseid appeared on television’s “Smallville” in its final season, mainly as a smoke monster.
I’ve never been too excited by Darkseid, although I have been wanting to read the Legion of Superheroes classic, “The Great Darkness Saga.” He’s one of those guys who is depicted as being so powerful, he’s unrelatable. Also, for a guy so powerful, he never seems to win.
I’ll leave you with one final question, though:
Who would win a fight between Hitler and Darkseid?