Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Underdog vs. The Flash

Did anyone notice that in the recent Underdog movie, Underdog gets his powers in exactly the same way The Flash does in classic DC comics? OK, in The Flash, lightning strikes Barry Allen's CSI laboratory, knocking a shelf-full of chemicals over on to him, resulting in him having super-speed.

In the movie, Shoeshine knocks over a shelf of Simon bar Sinister's chemicals resulting in him becoming Underdog.

Of course, nobody saw the movie, and only a few people remember The Flash, so...

Hmmm, Googling "the Flash" and "Underdog" isn't helpful at all. I'll take credit for noting this bit of plagiarism.

Despite the presence of Jason Lee, Peter Dinklage and Patrick Warburton, Underdog falls short of captivating. And what's with using Jim Belushi? Didn't already do his time with K-9 back in the '80s?

Footnote: Wow, Jim Belushi was in two direct-to-video sequels to K-9 in the late '90s and early 2000s. Guy's a working actor.

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