In the style of “Smurfs” or “Alvin and the Chipmunks”, Spongebob Squarepants is going to be alongside human actors as a 3D rendered character.
I always liked Dark Link. Actually when I think about it, I like a lot of characters that are essentially darker versions of the hero. Perhaps it’s an overused trope by now. On the surface it does seem like the easy way out in terms of creating bad guys, but there is something about a villain that mirrors the hero that has always appealed to me. Venom, Shadow the Hedgehog, General Zod, Black Adam, Nega-Scott and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a literally darker color. I’ll also throw in Reverse Flash, Red Hulk, Wario, the entire Crime Syndicate, and my favorite comic book villain Sinestro. It’s really about balance. Their entire personas are about being an even match to the hero. Physically neither character is necessarily stronger than the other, but personality wise they are extremely different. It is figuring out that difference that gives the hero (or villain) the edge. How a hero reacts when faced with their own powers used against them is also interesting concept to me.
Of course I also love classic ‘David vs. Goliath’ fights such as Batman vs. Superman or the Fantastic Four vs Galactus, but I also like fights where the odds aren’t stacked in anyone’s favor. Ironically, the more fair the fight is, the more likely it seems that the hero might lose. While they are balanced that balance can shift in any direction in a fight and go back and forth at any moment. Anyone who watched Dragonball Z would know a fight between Goku and Vegeta was going to be intense.
The Dark Link (or Shadow Link) battle in Ocarina of Time was really memorable to me. I failed a bunch of times before I figured out the secret (which seems obvious now, but at the time I was 9 years old and not so bright). It created the feeling of fighting someone perfectly matched to my abilities. He was like a better version of myself kicking my ass. Without an immediately apparent weakness such as a large glowing eyeball, I got increasingly more frustrated, but because of that the feeling I got when I figured out finally out I needed to use magic made defeating him way more satisfying.
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