The United States celebrates 243 years of independence on Thursday July 4th. In honor of the 4th of July, we are looking back at some of the most notable presidents in our country’s history, and comparing them to some modern day superheroes and villains.
George Washington – Captain America
We could have picked Captain America for a handful of the presidents, but George Washington 1st President of the United States of America seemed most fitting. Noble, tactically astute in battle, and an inspiring leader, George Washington and Captain America share many of the same great qualities. While Captain America’s storyline originates in the World War Era of the early to mid 1900’s, who better president to be thought of as Captain America than our first ever American Captain?
Thomas Jefferson – Aquaman
Thomas Jefferson led many of the first environmental initiatives in our country’s history, that were the building blocks for many of the programs we have today. Aquaman, clearly a man of nature, and also a man of great hair, pairs nicely with our 3rd President of the United States.
Abraham Lincoln – Superman
Honest Abe couldn’t fly like Superman, he couldn’t see through objects like Superman, and he didn’t have Cyclops-esque laser beam powers like Superman either. What Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America did do however was; end a Civil War in which one of the leading causes was the rights of slavery. To fight for a cause that none of his predecessors truly fought for is a selfless act that aligns with Superman’s moral compass as well.
Franklin D. Roosevelt – Professor X
Professor X, the wise leader of X-Men, had the uncanny ability to come up with uncommon solutions for problems, and see into the minds of his allies and enemies. Additionally he maneuvered through his adult life in a wheelchair. Franklin D. Roosevelt, aka FDR, was the only U.S. President to serve more than 2 terms (served from 1933 through his death in 1945). FDR managed to help pull the U.S. out of a financial depression with government funded programs (The New Deal), and outsmarted some of the most evil forces of modern history in Nazi Germany and the Japanese Empire. Our 32nd President of the United States also spent most of his adult life in a wheelchair. Problem solving, strategy, wheelchairs, it’s a no brainer here!
John F. Kennedy – Ironman
Tony Stark aka Ironman was a smooth and cunning businessman who was incredibly ahead of his time. He had a ton of interest in outer space, and was a good looking gentleman to boot. He just so happened to become Ironman through an invention of his own. 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy, aka JFK, was a smooth and cunning politician, a visionary who challenged the status quo, inspired a mission to the moon, and attracted the likes of Marilyn Monroe. Tony Stark and JFK probably would have gotten along quite well had they known each other.
Richard Nixon – The Penguin
If there was a president to villain-ize, Richard Nixon was probably the easiest target. C’mon … he was about to be impeached before he resigned! In fairness Nixon actually did some good things before the corruption waves crashed, but it won’t save him in his counterpart pairing. The Penguin, not necessarily a glorified villain, made a ton of sense for Nixon. He was a businessman, and fancied himself as the “Gentleman of Crime”. Both had big noses, sorry but true, as well as being incredibly sneaky and corrupt. The role of Batman in Nixon’s story was the U.S. House of Representatives who put enough pressure on 37th President of the United States to resign, before an inevitable impeachment process could have occurred. They both probably had a similar laugh as well.
Ronald Regan – Batman
Ronald Regan, the 40th President of the United States of America, was a famous actor and earned much of his notoriety prior to serving as the Commander in Chief. Bruce Wayne, rich famous before he became Batman, also had earned much of his reputation prior to serving his greatest purpose in life. Go take a look at a young Regan and compare it to a photo of our generations Batman Christian Bale too … it’s there.
Barack Obama – The Black Panther
A pairing for some obvious reasons, both The Black Panther and Barack Obama were pioneering leaders with African roots. Young, smooth, well spoken, and motivating, both managed to accomplish revolutionary feats for their culture, while contributing to the greater good. In Barack’s case, it was becoming the first African American President in U.S. History. Meanwhile Black Panther was the first superhero of African descent in mainstream American comics. It’s a match made in heaven between 44th President of the United States Barack Obama, and the King of Wakanda.
Share with us your thoughts on the president & superhero pairings and any you would have added or done differently!