March may be over, but Movie Madness is still going strong. For some reason, I thought the matchups on Wednesday would be closer. However, Tony Stark easily defeated Dr. Horrible. (I think we can all agree that if it came down to a singing contest, it would’ve been no contest at all.) In the other duel, Wolverine easily skewered the young Nazi Amon Goeth and moved on to the next round. Today, we’ll take a look at Christian Bale’s Batman versus Buzz Lightyear, and Ellen Ripley versus Jason Bourne.
This matchup is pretty important, given that Batman’s opponent in the next round will be Heath Ledger’s Joker if he’s able to get past Buzz Lightyear here. I’m guessing most people want a Batman versus Joker second round matchup, so I think Lightyear doesn’t stand much of a chance.
Strengths: We covered his strengths in the playoff round, but I’d say the biggest thing going for him right now is who he’ll be facing in the next round.
Weaknesses: If he’s not careful, he may gruff-talk himself right out of the first round.
Buzz Lightyear – He’s the definition of “good guy.” He’ll always help out his friends when they’re in need. Sure, he’s just a toy, but in other universes (and in Buzz’s own mind), he’s a Space Ranger with a jetpack and a deadly accurate laser beam.
Strengths: Has a laser attached to his wrist and awesome karate chop action.
Weaknesses: People may think of him as just a toy, much like they did with Zurg, and throw him out based solely on that decision.
Buzz Lightyear vs. Batman
- Batman (85%, 90 Votes)
- Buzz Lightyear (15%, 16 Votes)
Total Voters: 106
Now here’s an interesting battle. Both of these characters have lived through numerous sequels. Both of them are tough-as-nails, and have taken more beatings than we can count. One of them fights alien scum in space, while the other fights spy scum on Earth. As far as I’m concerned, this one’s a toss up.
Jason Bourne – One day he woke up and forgot who he was, but he never forgot how to kick ass. He’s spent the last three movies taking on the entire CIA and their foreign assets – taking everyone out one by one, in quickly cut action scenes and blurry car chases.
Strengths: He’s quick. I mean really quick. He’ll have you down on the table with your arm twisted behind your back ready to break it before you can yell “Uncle!”
Weaknesses: Like many great heroes, he has let love cloud his judgment from time to time.
Ellen Ripley – She has a long list of accomplishments. Not many movie characters can claim to be in the top ten on the “100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains” list put together by AFI. She was also one of the first badass female characters who kicked some serious tail and made us think twice about women as viable action stars.
Strengths: She’s taken on giant ugly aliens from other worlds, and have you seen that flame thrower?
Weaknesses: Has a bad habit of walking down darkened corridors alone.
Jason Bourne vs. Ellen Ripley
- Jason Bourne (55%, 59 Votes)
- Ellen Ripley (45%, 48 Votes)
Total Voters: 107