One of the awesome pluses of having a Digital Video Recorder is that ability to save certain shows in an easily accessible format indefinitely.  My DVR contains a number of gems, including the Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Mayhem of The Music Meister,” a true classic of both the superhero and musical genres.  Naysayers would bray that Batman could NEVER work in the format of a musical, but naysayers are, by and large, full of beans.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) gives you a C, a bouncy C, asking: What character or property would make for the most awesome full-on musical?

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  1. Atomic Robo!

    It would be awesome to see Robo dance the “dance of the time” as we follow him throu modern history.

  2. Secret Six.
    One, I want to hear the songs Bane would sing. Two… Ragdoll is MEANT for flamboyant musical stuff! And one thing I’ve always loved about musicals is the way they express really strong and/or complicated emotions through the music, and the Secret Six has always had complications.
    There’ll be duets and trios and… quadrets(?) galore!
    And gore galore, too.

    And we get to hear the music for King Shark’s “I’m a shark! I’m a shark! I’m a shaaaaaaark! I’m a %#$& SHARK!” song!

  3. X-men, but every single song would be to the tune of the 90’s cartoon theme.
    wait that’s a terrible idea.

  4. In terms of what Broadway can do well (Spider-Man is the experiment not yet the rule) you need to look at something with a 4-5 person central cast (Soprano, Akto Tenor, Bass, Baritone) and a location to throw in plenty of extras for dance numbers.
    To this end I suggest the following.
    Superman – I know they tried it in the 70’s but that was before the rise of the geeks.
    Preacher- Dark and gritty (think a Sondheim Sweeney Todd sensibility)
    Fantastic Four
    Batman- Use the Music Meister and Blow it up Big Time. I am certain that Neil Patrick Harris will reprise his role as the villain.

  5. Jem and the Holograms. It combines the trend of remakes, nostalgia and music (since they and their enemies, the Misfits, are bands).

    The Tick. If the episode “Once More With Feeling” of Buffy taught me anything, it is that silly musicals can work. I could see one of The Tick’s enemies accidently creating something like a musical machine that shifts reality to be more like musicals.

    Metalocalypse. Just because I find the idea hilariously stupid, but it could work. There are “rock musicals”, why not “metal musicals”? And we’ll definitely get a great Toki solo ballad out of it. It could even work within the setting of the series, since they seem to lend their name/licensing out to a lot of strange things (such as the really awful cellphones they had). Heck, it could even be titled as a throwback to the “movie” they made in the series, Blood Ocean.

  6. Metal Gear Solid is so insane and convoluted, maybe the answer is to render all the plot twists in musical form. Have an entire musical number based around the La Le Lu Le Lo.

    Although it would undermine the whole ‘stealth’ angle. Hmm.

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