01 September 2007

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Clayface

Over the years there have been several shapeshifting villains named Clayface. Sometimes they team up and call themselves The Mud Pack. While Clayfaces have appeared in Batman: The Animated Series and The Batman as well as in the short lived live action Birds of Prey, he has yet to make it to the big screen.

Basil Karlo

The original Clayface, Basil Karlo, was an actor who was driven mad when he heard of a remake of the classic horror film he had starred in, The Terror. Donning the mask of the film's villain, Clayface, he embarked on a murder spree among the cast and crew of the remake. He was foiled by Batman and Robin. Much later, Karlo languished in a prison hospital, when Sondra Fuller visited him out of curiosity. Karlo proposed an alliance between all living Clayfaces to kill Batman. Even though the Mud Pack, as the group called itself, was defeated, Karlo managed, by tricking his allies, to imbue himself with abilities similar to those of Preston Payne and Sondra Fuller. While literally sinking into the earth´s crust when he lost control of his power, he managed to survive, and now his body sports crystals similar to quartz that endow him with greater powers.

Matt Hagen

The second Clayface, Matt Hagen, was a treasure hunter. Hagen found a mysterious radioactive pool of protoplasm in a cave. Immersing himself in it, he was transformed into a malleable clay-like form which could be shaped into almost anything he desired. This was only a temporary effect requiring him to return to the pool periodically in order to maintain use of his powers. He eventually copied the pool's protoplasmic jelly by chemistry studies, although the artificial proptoplasm only allowed him five hours of Clayface powers compared to the full two days of the pool's. Hagen is ultimately killed and the Mud Pack gathered Hagen's remains and made him a posthumous member of their gang.

Preston Payne

The third Clayface, Preston Payne, suffered from hyperpituitarism. Payne worked at S.T.A.R. Labs searching for a cure. He obtained a sample of the then-living Matt Hagen's blood, and isolated an enzyme which he introduces into his own bloodstream. Although he was briefly able to shape his own appearance, this effect was short-lived: while on a date, his flesh began to melt, and when he touched his horrified girlfriend, she completely melted. Payne built an exoskeleton anti-melting suit to prevent himself from touching anyone, but he learned that he needed to spread his melting contagion onto others to survive (he feels pain if he doesn't melt anyone). During this time his mental health started to slip as he fell in love with a wax mannequin he named "Helena", thinking she was the only woman immune to his touch. He later fell in love with Sondra Fuller, producing a child named Cassius Payne, the fifth Clayface.

Sondra Fuller

The fourth Clayface, Sondra Fuller, also known as Lady Clay, was a member of Strike Force Kobra and was transformed into a shape-changer by her employer Kobra's technologies, a process she agreed to become a subject of because she hated her own face. She possessed identical abilities to those of Matt Hagen, but they were permanent without the requirement for a source of protoplasm. She could also copy any special powers of the being she was mimicking.

Before the appearance of the fifth and sixth Clayfaces, the third and fourth Clayfaces teamed up, breaking the original Clayface out of prison and and reviving the second. Together the four formed the "Mud Pack." Karlo later copied the others' powers by injecting himself with extracts of samples of the other two Clayfaces, becoming the "Ultimate Clayface". The three battled, and were defeated by, Batman.

Cassius "Clay" Payne

After the Mud Pack, Payne and Fuller fell in love and eventually had a child together named Cassius "Clay" Payne, who became the fifth Clayface. The boy was separated from his parents and held in a government laboratory. The full extent of his powers are unknown. If a piece of him is separated from his body, it can grow a mind of its own, but it mostly thinks in a retarded form of what Cassius wants. If bonded with another human (i.e. Claything), the piece can give that human clayface-like abilities, such as becoming like clay, being able to withstand bullets and other harm, and can also manifest Payne's ability to melt objects, but all this person would have to do is just think it.


The sixth Clayface, also known as Claything, was created when a skin sample from Cassius Payne came to life and merged with a DEO (Department of Extranormal Operations) scientist, Dr. Malley. He had the ability to melt objects simply by looking at them. Claything was destroyed and his remains stored at the DEO Headquarters.

Friend and Foe Profiles:

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Talia al Ghul
Baby Doll
Bat-Hound (Ace)
Black Mask
David Cain
Calendar Man & Calendar Girl

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27 August 2007

News Flash: People Didn't Like George Clooney

As it turns out, GC was pretty despised as Batman, could have something to do with which Batman he was in, or the nipples. Michael Keaton got the fewest votes, but Bale was low too.

As for the new poll, I thought I would ride the wave of Justice League news this week.

26 August 2007

Another Super Bad Weekend

The tamest weekend in a while. Superbad again took first, and Bourne lurched back ahead of Rush Hour 3 to take second. Also, the mighty Transformers have eclipsed Pirates for the #3 spot of the summer. Bourne also passed the Simpsons and will likely pass up the Rat for 6th position. Speaking of the Rat, sometime next week, the magic $200 million mark should be met. Also, Rush Hour become the years 19th movie to hit $100 million.

Next week, Balls of Fury.

Current Rankings:

#9 Knocked Up - $147,730,000
#8 The Simpsons Movie - $173,437,000
#7 The Bourne Ultimatum - $185,143,000
#6 Ratatouille - $199,036,000
#5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - $283,309,000
#4 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $307,829,257
#3 Transformers - $308,631,000
#2 Shrek the Third - $321,012,359
#1 Spider-Man 3 - $336,530,303