'Batlexander Manilton' Is the Superhero Crossover Mashup We Deserve
If you were a human who saw the pointless misogyny and boredom turdfest that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this weekend, odds are good that you left having landed somewhere on the spectrum of disappointed to blood-boiled. If you were left after that movie knowing that you demanded better, deserved better, in the realm of crossovers, know that Batlexander Manilton is a thing that exists. (Yes, fine, it’s more mashup than crossover, whatevs.) And while that name is so silly I’ve been singing it to myself all morning and giggling nonstop, this is one of those things that is too genuinely good to make any sense at all. The team behind this video managed to balance some great humor (again, that name; plus, one great old school theme song reference) with perfect, thoughtful execution. Just check out these opening lyrics:
How does a bat-scared, orphan, one with a fortune and options Who watched as the barrel of a revolver shot right in the abdomen his mother and his father near an opera Grow up to battle villains, rogues and robbers?
The night stalker, Gotham guarder covered in armor saw it got darker
So he fought a lot harder
To become a lot larger
A persona non grata
To take fear, and turn it around on the darkest-hearted.
Plus, the cast here, pretty much across the board, should all be auditioning for the actual Hamilton. The Eliza stand-in (Amanda Spinella), especially, ought to be looking at those recently announced open call auditions.
And while we’re on the subject of Hamilton greatness, the show just got a new King George. Now we can be equally upset with the knowledge that we almost definitely won’t see Rory O’Malley in the role, just like most of us never got to see Jonathan Groff. O’Malley originated the role of Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon, he’s the co-founder of Broadway Impact (the gay rights activism group), and he’s going to fucking KILL this role.