The Captain Underpants books are among the most banned reading material in the world. They're brilliantly subversive and weird, and a refreshingly dotty spin on superhero lore. And now, they're becoming an animated movie, with Ed Helms as Captain Underpants himself.
Yep. Self-appointed guardians of morality aren't trying to protect our kids from To Kill a Mockingbird nearly as often as the Captain Underpants books, which to be fair have "underpants" in their title. That's the shocking revelation from this year's Banned Books Week.
Time travel is one of the funnest concepts in science fiction — you can meet yourself, you can have Joan of Arc wreak havoc in a shopping mall, you can shred on the guitar in the 1950s. But all too often, people get hung up on trying to be clever, or fancy, or deep.
We all act like being mind-wiped and reprogrammed is such a bad thing — but is it always? Sometimes having your personality or identity scrubbed away like so much grout scum is just a great way to make room for new stuff. Like killer ninja skills. Or superpowers.