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Superhero Commercials: I'm not talking about movie
previews or theatrical trailers or teasers for TV episodes, I'm talking
about original TV commercials and other such advertising that features
live-action superheroes in original ads. These are not too common
nor have they ever been, but I will list some of those that have been
made on this page with screen grabs and as much information as I can
share on them. I would like to know more about these actors and
what they've been up to since that time. If you know anything
about these commercials you'd like to share, please CONTACT ME.
Batgirl, Batman, and Robin
Spider-Man and the Avengers
Batgirl, Batman, and Robin PSA (aired in 1974):
In 1974, Yvonne Craig and Burt Ward reprised their
roles of Batgirl and Robin (respectively) from the 1966 Batman TV
series in this public service announcement that encouraged womens'
equal pay for equal work. Adam West wanted to distance himself
from the Batman role at this time and does NOT appear as Batman in this
commercial. The actor who portrays Batman is unknown to me.
If you know, please CONTACT ME.
Although I'm not a great fan of the Batman series, this commercial was
a wonderful way to express an important point. I believe this
should be used for viewing in history classes.
Hawkman "Baby Ruth" commercial:
This commercial is funny and shows scenes of Hawkman
in action and being interviewed. The pictures you see were
actually found in a hard-to-reach place on the Net. Hawkman is
not only a character you never expect to see in live-action, he's also
not a character you'd think would be popular enough to use in a
commercial. He's owned by DC Comics, by the way.
Spider-Man and the Avengers "Got Milk?"
commercial (aired in 2000):
This is one of the most interesting TV commercials
I've ever seen because I'm a superhero fan in the first place, so it's
neat to see all of these heroes, most of which had never been in
live-action before at this time, interrogating a milkman.
Up until 2000, the only heroes in this commercial
that had been in live-action shows were Spider-Man, Captain America,
Hulk, and Thor. Spider-Man was in a short-lived TV series that
aired sporadically from 1977-1979. Captain America had been in a
1944 movie serial and two TV movies in 1979, not looking at all like
the comic hero or Cap as you see him in this commercial. The only
Captain America live-action show where he actually looked like Captain
America was made in 1989 and was a little seen, barely-released
independent film. Hulk was in the popular TV series "The
Incredible Hulk" from 1978-1982 and had the strongest success on film
of any of these heroes, although he looked different than he does
here. And Thor appeared looking quite different in the TV movie
"The Incredible Hulk Returns" from 1988. So none of these heroes
except for Hulk was really established in live-action at this time and
it was an interesting prospect.
You'll see Spider-Man with Captain America, Hawkeye,
Hulk, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, and Thor. The actress who played
Scarlet Witch I find particularly sexy. All of the costumes were
awesome! There was quite a budget for this commercial, and you
can see it in the costumes alone!