What truly kicks this over the cliff is the color commentary by the announcer–so delightfully channeling the earnest, melodramatic style of the 60s Batman TV show’s narrator. Indeed, not since Bane interrupted a Gotham Rogues game to make a few announcements in the Dark Knight Rises has a football field been the setting of such super-powered spectacle.
During half-time on November 5th, Ohio State’s marching band performed a new routine, “Super Heroes,” to rally Buckeyes fans–framing the game against Nebraska’s Cornhuskers as a battle against the forces of evil. The drill team arranges into the familiar symbols of Superman and Batman while accompanying their routines with renditions of the orchestral themes from Man of Steel, Age of Ultron, and the First Avenger. Even more impressively, they form moving arrangements that depict action scenes of Spider-Man swinging between buildings, Iron Man suiting up, and Thor swinging Mjolnir down from aloft. Oh, and we should mention that the Joker makes an appearance, too. This might be more lavish cape pageantry than Turn Off the Dark and Batman Live put together.
Of course, maybe it’s worth noting that, despite the moment where the thunder god swing his hammer down into Michigan’s logo as a dig against the Wolverines, Weapon X himself never actually makes an appearance.
This drill was designed by Dr. Christopher Hoch, and the music was arranged by John Brennan and Mark Reynolds. BuckeyeTV doesn’t provide any writing credits for the announcer’s copy, but whoever did it must have been having a big ol’ gas of a good time. Though, the concluding remark about the thwarted super villains being sent to Homeland Security (as opposed to Arkham Asylum, perhaps?) is a little befuddling.
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