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The folks behind the crowd-pleasing “How It Should Have Ended” have teamed with Klomp! Animation to launch “Hero Swap,” a new series that takes a popular film and replaces the hero with another character. First up: Gladiator, starring … Iron Man.
Tony Stark could totally blast his way through those other gladiators, right? Where would be the fun in that? In kinda-sorta second-century Rome, the billionaire playboy has to contend with a dwindling power source, and a Captain America who’s not so quick to send aid.
While most will agree that Revenge of the Sith is the best of the Star Wars prequels, if perhaps only by default, it still had plenty of problems. There’s the rapid escalation of Anakin Skywalker from petulant Jedi to youngling-killing madman, his limb-severing showdown with Obi-Wan and, worst of all, the Jedi Order’s utter blindness to Palpatine’s true identity. (Seriously, the guy did everything short of wearing a “Sith Lord” T-shirt.)
Disney’s animated Big Hero 6 was a box-office hit, grossing more than $657 million and transforming the lovable Baymax into an international superstar (and a merchandising goldmine). That’s not to say the 2014 film was without its faults, mind you.
Luckily the folks at How It Should Have Ended have stepped in to shore up a couple of those shortcomings in their latest “Shortcut” video. In a sendup of the police-station scene, they plug a couple of plot holes, instantly making the animated feature a lot shorter. Like, half-hour-TV-comedy short.
To thank fans for 10 years of animated movie parodies and alternate endings, the folks at How It Should Have Ended went all out, producing a star-studded sendup of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video.
Called — what else? — “Bat Blood,” it lays the groundwork for the face-off between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, along the way dropping perfect lines like “Band-Aids don’t fix building holes.”
Say what you will about classic villains, but most of them are traditionalists: They find a look that works, and they stick with it. But not The Joker, who (for good or bad) embraces change, leading to his multiple body tattoos and lack of eyebrows in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Suicide Squad. That new look may suit the Clown Prince of Crime, but it kind of rubs the other villains the wrong way.
“I mean, it’s not killing me,” Lord Voldemort says in the latest episode of How It Should Have Ended’s “Villain Pub,” “it’s just hurting me, really, really bad.”
For a film whose plot relies so heavily on time travel and Quicksilver’s super-speed, the 2014 blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past may not have exploited either element to its full (or wholly logical) potential, as the folks at How It Should Have Ended note in their latest video.
And while Superman enthusiastically endorses moving really fast and reversing time — “Sounds groovy! I’m going to have to try that some day!” — a coffee-swilling Batman is all too happy to point out the inherent flaws in the mutants’ approach.
After tarnishing our memories Disney classics with their sendup of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, the folks at How It Should Have Ended have turned to Guardians of the Galaxy, offering some alternative takes that probably would’ve complicated Marvel’s plans for a 2017 sequel.
In the process, however, the video also addresses the blockbuster’s burning question: What’s with Thanos and that chair? As a bonus, there’s also a war of words between Baby Groot and Batman that goes … well, pretty much as you’d expect.
The treatment even gets a thumbs up from Guardians director James Gunn, who writes, “I love these. Having a How It Should Have Ended is better than winning an Oscar.”
As great as all of that crime-fighting and Batmobile-driving is going for the Dark Knight, it can be difficult to compete with someone who has his own spaceship.
It’s something that quickly dons on LEGO Batman when he drops in on Wyldstyle in this new video from How It Should Have Ended and Brotherhood Workshop, only to discover that Emmet, the Chris Pratt-voiced Everyman of The LEGO Movie, has changed into the buff, exciting Star-Lord of Guardians of the Galaxy.
“Oh, yeah, I’ve been hitting the gym lately,” Emmet explains. “I’ve come a long way from the days when I hung out at the park for recreation.
If James Spader’s unsettling recitation of “I’ve Got No Strings” in the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser left you reexamining your feelings about Disney’s Pinocchio, you’re definitely not alone.
However, the homicidal robot’s path of destruction doesn’t stop there: In the new animated parody from How It Should Have Ended, Ultron proceeds to stomp out any warm memories you may have of Cinderella, Aladdin, The Lion King and even Frozen. Clearly, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are powerless in the face of this threat.
The folks at How It Should Have Ended produce a lot of videos suggesting “fixes” for blockbusters ranging from Iron Man 3 to Frozen to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But all of the scenes don’t necessarily make it into the final product, which brings us to this newly released “Bonus Bundle.”
“Often we write too many sketches when creating a HISHE and some scenes get left out,” they explain. “Sometimes they are cut because it didn’t fit the flow of the main video. Sometimes they are cut because they aren’t finished in time. Well rather than let them collect dust we bundled them all together in one collection so you can see those extra scenes that might have been.”
If you didn’t care for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, you definitely weren’t alone. But while star Andrew Garfield places the blame for the film’s shortcomings on the studio, the folks at How It Should Have Ended aren’t interested in pointing fingers. Instead, they aim to “fix” the problems, with some suggestions from fans … and maybe a little coercion on Spider-Man’s part.
There’s a pretty good dubstep gag in there, too, and you don’t even have to wait for the drop.
If you made it through all of the Comic-Con International coverage without reading a description of the footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shown during the Warner Bros. presentation, or seeing blurry photos and shaky video surreptitiously captured by cellphone, then you’ve been spectacularly diligent and restrained. Not wanting to ruin that impressive streak, I’ll toss out a halfhearted spoiler warning for this clip, but I think you’re fairly safe to watch it ….
It’s of course from the gang at How It Should Have Ended, who undercut the gritted teeth and steely glares most of us expect from Zack Snyder’s film with a bit of humor and, naturally, coffee. Watch the short video below.
The folks at How It Should Have Ended have turned their attention to Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, pointing out a couple of plot holes — or at least plot oversights — while delivering its good-natured tweaks. Y’know, their usual shtick. So if you haven’t seen the film, you may want to avoid the video.
With a $1.1 billion global box office and a certified-platinum soundtrack, Disney‘s Frozen is more that a blockbuster — it’s a pop-culture phenomenon. However, the folks at How It Should Have Ended found the animated film lacked a certain … something. Namely, an appearance by X-Men.
After all, where better than Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters for Elsa to learn more about her powers — and, of course, organize the joint faculty-student chorus?
In the latest installment of How It Should Have Ended’s “Super Cafe,” coffee-drinking chums Superman and Batman turn their attention to Warner Bros.’ recently announced Man of Steel sequel, which will probably be called either Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman.
Of course, Man of Steel: The Punch From Space That Exploded Batman’s Internal Organs would work just fine, too.