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Weep at This Superhero TV Show From a Video Game Where Nazis Won World War II

Image: Bethesda Softworks
Image: Bethesda Softworks

He’s not Superman or Batman, that’s for sure.

Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is the sequel to 2014's excellent Wolfenstein: The New Order, a first-person shooter set in an alternate reality where Nazi Germany emerged victorious from World War II. A new teaser video shows what the pop-culture entertainment looks like in the totalitarian gameworld, in the form of a hilarious and cringe-inducing homage to the 1966 Batman TV show.

What I like most about this Blitzmensch intro is that it invokes the fact that Golden and Silver Age superhero comics often served as propaganda. In this case, Blitzmench has the opposite effect of getting folks hyped up to destroy a Nazi regime. Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is due out in October.

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It reminds me of a great short story, Ubermensch!, by Kim Newman. It was an alternate reality in which Kal-El had landed in Bavaria instead of Kansas and served as Superman in a Fritz Lang-version of Metropolis under Hitler, fighting villains like M, the Nosferatu, and the Golem. He refused to fight in WWII, though, surrendered to the Allied Forces, and has been kept in Spandau Prison behind a kryptonite force-field ever since.