Friday, July 10, 2009
I like the way that Paul Dini, in his new series Gotham City Sirens, clearly expresses a profound knowledge of the characters by depicting precisely what they would do if they suddenly came upon some wealth. Poison Ivy gave away her $30 million all to charitable donations promoting the preservation of plants and wildlife. Harley almost immediately splurged her share of Hush's money on frivolous toys, clothes and internet schemes. And you would expect both of those characters to do exactly those things.
What about other characters in the comic book universes? Sure, for some $30 million would only make a marginal difference, but for others it would be a life-changing acquisition. Some villains might use the money to get out of the villain business altogether. Others might spend it on new technology with which they could finally thwart their respective superheroes. And others still might use it entirely for luxury.
So my question to the readers is: What would the following comic book villains do if they suddenly received $30 million? What should they do if their intent was to capture a superhero?
1) The Joker
7) Any other villain you can think of.