Legends of the Superheroes - The Roast
Bill Carruthers, Joseph Barbera (executive) for Hanna-Barbera/NBC
directed by Bill Carruthers
starring Jeff Altman, Ruth Buzzi, Charlie Callas, Pat Carroll, Gabriel Dell, June Gable, Howard Morris, Mickey Morton, Brad Sanders, William Schallert, Ed McMahon, Burt Ward, Adam West, Alfie Wise, A'leisha Brevard, Garrett Craig, Howard Murphy, Danuta, Bill Nuckols, Rod Haase, Barbara Joyce (II)
screenplay by Mike Marmer, Peter Gallay, based on comicbook characters created by Bob Kane, C.C. Beck, Gil Kane, Bob Layton, Paul Levitz, Joe Staton, published by DC Comics, music by Fred Werner
Legends of the Superheroes, Justice League, Batman, Batman (Adam West), Robin, Riddler, Captain Marvel, Green Lantern, Black Canary, Hawkman, Flash, Huntress, Atom
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While the first part of Legends of the Superheroes, The
Challenge, presented its audience with a rather traditional
superhero story, if ironically told, The Roast veers off into an
entirely different direction and comes across as a roast, in which earth's
mightiest heroes - Batman (Adam West),
Robin (Burt Ward), Captain Marvel (Garrett Craig), Green Lantern (Howard
Murphy), Black Canary (Danuta), Hawkman (Bill Nuckols), Flash (Rod Haase)
and the Huntress (Barbara Joyce) - are (jokingly) insulted live on stage
by their arch enemies but also some of their loved ones.
So we get to
see the Weather Wizard (Jeff Altman) letting it rain on the Flash,
Hawkman's mother (Pat Carroll complaining about the difficulties of
raising a bird, Ghetto Man (Brad Sanders) complaining about the lack of
black superheroes, Dr Sivana (Howard Morris) performing a medical check on
our heroes, Scarlet CycloneR/etired Man (William Schallert) falling asleep
during his story - repeatedly -, gossip reporter Rhoda Rooter (June Gable)
revealing a relationship between 6 inch-hero Atom Alfie Wise) and
supervillainess Giganta (A'leisha Brevard), Solomon Grundy (Mickey Morton)
and Sinestro (Charlie Callas) just being mean, Aunt Minerva (Ruth Buzzi)
trying to marry Captain Marvel, and Mordru (Gabriel Dell) presenting a
song and dance routine that ends in him destroying the entire studio. But
Batman has the last laugh when he throws a pie in his face ...
Challenge isn't especially liked by superhero comicbook fans, but
the decision to give your typical superhero plot a nonsense spin seems at
least somehow inspired. The Roast on the other hand sounds like a
good idea, but basically it is little more than your typical comedy roast:
It's a bunch of celebrities, several of whom you have never even heard of,
pretending to be spontaneous, pretending to be mean, and pretending to
have a sense of humour, (most of the time clumsily) working themselves
through jokes that could have been a little fresher. That the celebrities
here are made up is really not that much of a difference. Sure, there is
still the occasional funny bit in this one (just like in a real roast),
but don't expect to be even half as amused as this was intended ...
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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