Arnold Schwarzenegger as ‘The Governator’ — Real or April Fools’ Joke?

Bending reality and superhero fantasy, Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee and none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger are teaming up to create a comic book and an animated series around a new superhero: The Governator. Real or April Fools’ joke?

The premise is that after Schwarzenegger ended his term as governor of California, he decided to become a crime fighting superhero, a sort of combination Bruce Wayne/Batman and just about every action hero Schwarzenegger has ever played in the movies. For instance, like the Bat Cave that lies beneath “Stately Wayne Manor,” Schwarzenegger will have the “Arnold Cave” beneath his own home in Brentwood.

According to Coming Soon:

“Along with the Arnold Cave, the Governator will have a fleet of super vehicles at his disposal, a closet full of ‘Super Suits’ that allow him to fly and perform other super stunts, and a team of colorful sidekicks, such as Zeke Muckerberg, the precocious 13-year-old computer whiz who acts as the Governator’s cybersecurity expert. Naturally, there will also be recurring supervillains – including an evil organization called Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (or G.I.R.L.I.E. Men, for short). For Schwarzenegger, the cartoon is obviously the next best thing to being President. ‘I love the idea of a control center below my house with a path so that boats and submarines can go right into the ocean'” he tells EW. ‘In the cartoon, my house is much closer to the beach than where we live, but, you know, it’s a cartoon.'”

This sounds like an early April Fools’ joke, but nevertheless the concept sounds intriguing. Becoming a cartoon character for real instead of a live action version, for which he has become too old, would be a good career move for Schwarzenegger. Using the magic of animation, Schwarzenegger could still run roughshod through armies of alien predators, robots, mutants, and just ordinary baddies with bad accents with wild abandon, just like he did during the 1980s.

It also opens up all sorts of franchise ideas for other retired politicians. Can you see it now? Bill Clinton: International Man of Mystery. George Bush: Super Texan. In the fullness of time, Sarah Palin could be attacked by a mama grizzly that was made radioactive by the Japan nuclear disaster and take on its power just as Peter Parker became Spiderman.

And President Obama? The imagination could run riot over what he could become after leaving office. Obama has already been featured in a number of comic books for real, once as a Conan-style barbarian warrior and once as himself on Archie along with Palin. I would hold out for a twisted super villain who still has some good in him, in the manner of Darth Vader.

And speaking of which, what is Dick Cheney doing these days? He would be perfect for a good version of Ernst Stavero Blofeld, running a top secret organization that fights terrorists and other criminals. I wonder how he likes stroking white cats?

Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger is Back as The Governator , Coming Soon, March 30, 2011