If Bruins players could be any superhero, who would it be?
The time for mild-mannered alter egos has passed, because with 12 wins down and four to go, the Bruins need to channel their inner superheroes if they're going to claim the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2011.
But would they be a Dark Knight? A Man of Steel? Noted superhero fan and Marvel movie aficionado Joe Haggerty took the pulse of the Eastern Conference champs to ask "If you could be any superhero, who would it be?"
“Superman, because he could fly. I just loved watching the [Christopher Reeve] movies back in the day where he had the laser vision and the ability to fly. Superman definitely gets my vote.”
“I’m going to go with Spiderman. I watched the cartoon before going to school every day. It was on from 8-8:30 every morning and 8:30 was my bus. So I remember it would end at 8:27 and I had to run to the corner of my street. I thought the costume was pretty cool, the mask. It was cool that he would go under the radar as a regular Joe and was a hero when he needed to be.”
“Growing up we didn’t really have the traditional superheroes [in Czechoslovakia] that you had here like Batman or Superman. They didn’t come until later. But it would probably be the Hulk because he gets so big and strong when he gets pissed.”
“I like all the Marvel movies, but I think the original Spiderman with Tobey McGuire is my favorite. I just kind of like how he goes under the radar, and he’s not necessarily a nerd. But a smart kid. You wouldn’t think anything of him, and then, boom, he’s the man. I also was him for Halloween when I was little. Apparently I wore the costume everywhere and I wouldn’t respond to Jake. I would only respond to Spiderman.”
“I wasn’t a big superhero guy. I don’t even know why I wasn’t into that stuff. But I’d probably say Spiderman, I guess. I just remember everybody watching the movies, so that’s the one that sticks out to me.”
“Probably Superman because of those first few original movies. I used to watch them all the time. Now there are more of them, but back then there weren’t so many superhero movies and there weren’t unlimited television channels. He had everything, right? Especially flying. That was the big thing I enjoyed is that he could fly.”
“I grew up playing sports, so I wasn’t into the whole superhero thing. I kind of liked Batman. It was the first movie I got into, and I just thought the fact he wanted to remain anonymous was pretty cool.”
“This has been well-documented, but it’s Leonardo (from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). He’s a legend. That’s an easy one. He’s my superhero. I don’t know [why I liked them]. They were violent. They had cool weapons. My cousins were all big into them and it was probably the first superhero movie I saw. You always have things that kind of stick with you, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is one that always stuck with me.”
“I wasn’t a big superhero guy. But I’d probably say the Hulk. Big, strong and angry probably makes sense, right?”
“Probably Superman. Batman is kind of a rich guy and I don’t consider him super in any way. I had a teacher that was super into Superman in fifth grade, and had us watch all the videos. When you’re 10 or 11 years old, you just want to see him lifting up buildings and stuff like that. I was into the brawny lifting and running as fast as a speeding bullet. I thought the movies were a little light on that.”
“I think it was Batman for me. He didn’t really have any super powers, but he always managed to get the job done. I enjoy watching the movies like Superman and Spiderman, but I think Batman for some reason was the guy.”
“It was probably Spiderman, I guess. I just liked the story. Just a nice, normal guy and nothing special or different from anybody else. Then he gets super powers and it didn’t change him much. He was still using it for the good stuff. A lot of the characters with super powers are using it for bad stuff in the movies, but I liked Spiderman and the Incredibles as a kid because they used it for a good cause. They were good.”
“Batman, because he’s kind of a badass.”
“Geez. I liked all the Batman movies. Like the really old ones [with Adam West]. I watched them over and over again. I thought that was unreal. I think my dad and my grandfather liked those movies, so I had to like them too. I liked that he could be two people at once… that’s pretty cool. And he had sick cars and stuff. He’s loaded too. That doesn’t hurt.”