"Because I'm Batman"
The DC Extended Universe started production in 2011 and has been delivering reimagined blockbuster films about some of our favorite superheroes ever since. With the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Justice League, and more, it’s hard to believe these films wouldn’t be huge hits.
But we all know how finicky fans can be.
Since fan reactions to DCEU movies have been mixed, the How It Should Have Ended YouTube series from the eponymous channel had some ideas of their own. It’s hard to believe that HISHE began back in 2005 with the talented team of Daniel Baxter, Tommy Watson, and Christina Alexander and has been pumping out quality videos ever since. With over 7.5 million subscribers, HISHE has been around long enough to parody multiple iterations of DC films.
From classic movies to recent blockbusters, no movie is safe from How It Should Have Ended‘s creative renderings. Today, however, we’re bringing you the best of movies based off DC Comics. Which one is your favorite?
5. “Suicide Squad”
While this Suicide Squad parody has plenty of good moments, it mostly calls out the movie’s inadequacies without bringing much more to the table.
Some of the best running jokes include the Joker continuously commenting on how little screen time he got in the movie, and the fact that Waller just won’t die. It also calls out the pointlessness of a few the of the villains’ deaths, and makes fun of the fact that Katana is just along for the ride and we barely get to see her or her sword’s powers at work.
HIghlights: The Squad agreeing they’re not family (and barely acquaintances); all of the villains in the evil bar; Deadshot’s collar referencing Will Smith’s music career.
4. “Wonder Woman”
One of the things that this Wonder Woman parody gets right is calling out the ridiculousness of most of the ultimatums characters face in virtually all superhero movies. It also pokes fun at all the mansplaining that takes place given that our protagonist is female. Long story short: Diana is capable enough to do any task required of her.
Highlights: Wolverine cameo; throwback to OG Wonder Woman with the Invisible Plane; pointing out that Steve maybe kinda sorta didn’t have to sacrifice himself.
3. “Batman Begins”
The only throwback to an earlier installment of DC films on this list, I had to include the HISHE parody of Batman Begins because of how to the point it is.
If you’re not familiar with How It Should Have Ended‘s take on Batman, he’s a slightly dimwitted, egotistical version of the character who sounds like he’s “gargling marbles”—and he very well might be more ridiculous each time he’s featured. You’ll never meet another superhero so eager to declare his true identity or simply announce “[Because] I’m Batman!”
Highlights: This episode breaks down the movie to one basic reality: Wayne Enterprises owns everything in Gotham. Hilarity ensues.