Episode - 39 Deadpool VS Deathstroke
Death Battle episode number 39 was originally planned to be Ditto VS Kirby and air in mid-November, but there were quite a few setbacks that pushed that one back. I’ll get into those on the next blog. However, we never changed the airdate for what was supposed to be the last episode of 2014; Deadpool VS Deathstroke!
I’m a big proponent for challenging one’s self, and I try to apply that idea to every episode of Death Battle. I love it when we push the boundaries and the rules we’ve established to try new things, like the battle royale or gag battle episodes. But this episode would introduce an all new take on the show. For the first time ever, one of the combatants would interact with Wiz and Boomstick.
There was a side of me that wasn’t sure if this was such a good idea. For most of seasons 1 and 2, I didn’t really treat Wiz and Boomstick as characters. Their original intention was to merely portray hosts of information. That’s why there was no on-screen presence, and very little character development outside of a few jokes here and there. Death Battles were supposed to be pretty short early on, so I figured it'd be better to dedicate our limited time to the characters in the episode titles. Having a character throw themselves into the mix and completely tear apart Wiz and Boomstick’s dynamic meant we had to look at them in a way we never had before. How would they react to this? What would they do? How would it affect their analysis and presentation? So many questions!
Because of the schedule changes with the Kirby fight, this was also a Nick episode. While I spent a lot of time on the planning side of this one, he did the majority of the actual writing. Including most of the fight script. You can absolutely tell because there are way more references to Deadpool’s appearance in Marvel vs Capcom then I would’ve included in my script!
This was also our third time working with Torrian, which meant another 3D battle! These were quickly becoming major events for our audience, and I'm pleased to say this one just blew everyone away. If you squint your eyes and look reeeeeeal close, you may notice this battle takes place in the exact same city set as Godzilla VS Gamera and Terminator VS RoboCop. This would be the last one, fulfilling the deal I’d made when purchasing the set piece.
I think we did a pretty good job at keeping the environment fresh between all three episodes. When purchasing the set, I already knew we’d use it for these three match-ups. In fact, it played a large part in deciding these match-ups, as I didn’t want to force a fight into a city environment that really wouldn’t belong there. While investigating the city, I deliberately decided that specific parts of the set would be exclusively used in individual episodes. A certain set of blocks was set aside for Terminator VS RoboCop, the lake and beachfront was assigned to Godzilla VS Gamera, and the bridge was held for Deadpool VS Deathstroke. Yep, that’s how far in advance I was thinking about these fights. While writing Terminator VS RoboCop, I already knew the centerpiece of the Deadpool VS Deathstroke battle would be a highway chase scene that would go over a bridge.
But let’s talk about something that wasn’t planned. Well, sort of. At one point in the battle, Deadpool busts out a boombox and starts to break-dance. While this segment was part of the script, as Deadpool's unpredictable fighting style was one of the key arguments for his victory, Torrian added a lot of fun elements on his own accord. Like a new outfit and random crowd cheering. We would later discover that he made this scene while inebriated. When he woke up the next day, he didn’t remember actually animating it and almost deleted the whole sequence for fear that it wasn’t what we wanted. I’m very glad he didn’t! (PSA: Always stay safe when drinking and animating.)
After this episode aired, we knew we needed to get Torrian down to Texas to work for us full time. I’ve already talked about the Boba Fett VS Samus Aran remaster in my very first Road To 100 blog, but he joined us in the office while working on that episode. When we get to Torrian’s next episode, Iron Man VS Lex Luthor, I’ll cover how he revolutionized our animation department and helped set on on the path we’re on today!
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. What’s your favorite line from this episode?