Every geek has done it, at one point in their lives or another, posit hypothetical battles and try to decide who’d win. Would Superman beat the Hulk? Darth Vader vs. Gandalf? The U.S.S. Enterpise vs. the Battlestar Galactica?
Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia is looking to dramatize these “eternal” battles for a Web series called Ultradome, which would use THE AWESOME POWER OF SPECIAL EFFECTS (sorry, caps are really the only way to convey BOOMING VOICE) to pit fictional figures against one another in an arena environment. As Ventimiglia told the Hollywood Reporter: “My whole life has been spent engaged with friends in intellectualdebate…like whether Captain Kirk is tougher than Spock or ifMiddle Earth is a more difficult place to live than Tatooine. With Ultradome, we can bring these debates tothe public and settle them in the most logical way possible:through armed combat.”
Cool, right? But here’s the catch: You won’t see, say, CG versions of Star Wars‘ Han Solo facing off against Firefly‘s Malcolm Reynolds. You’ll see two two fans dressed up as the character they’re championing doing battle. And suddenly I’m way less interested. Why? Because I don’t necessarily want to watch anything that reminds me of this. I mean, I get it: The rights/licensing issues alone would make it prohibitively expensive for a TV series, let alone a series of webisodes. It just feels like something you’d see in a recessed corner of Comic-Con, with a gaggle of slave Leias cheering the combatants on.
But, hey, props to Milo for letting his geek flag fly. He walks it like he talks it.
(And, for the record, Superman would defeat the Hulk. As my friend John correctly reasoned, while the Hulk’s strength is, theoretically, limitless — given that it’s based entirely on his level of rage — Superman’s power is will-based. He flies because he wants to fly. And will doesn’t require leverage. Do not ask me when we had this conversation. All I will say is, it happened after we were both married.)
addCredit(“Star Trek: Everett Collection; Ventimiglia: Chris Haston/NBC”)