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Arnold Schwarzenegger is a cartoon superhero named The Governator, really

03.30.2011

We've been wondering what Arnold Schwarzenegger would do once he finally left political office in California. Would the Austrian Oak return to one of his famous former characters? Pick up one of those other scripts he's considered for years and years? How about becoming a cartoon character?

Yeah, the last one. Arnie apparently became enamored with the term given to him during his term, and will transform into "The Governator" for an animated TV show and comic book about a costumed superhero. The project is being co-developed by Marvel veteran Stan Lee, who's clearly still coming up with the best ideas that an 88-year-old man possibly can.

EW gives the full concept:

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.

"The Governator is going to be a great superhero, but he’ll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger," Lee tells EW. "We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life. We’re using his wife [Maria Shriver]. We’re using his kids. We’re using the fact that he used to be governor. Only after he leaves the governor’s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood."

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Source: EW

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6:57PM on 03/31/2011
This could either be hilariously stupid and entertaining, or just plain lame. I can't decide which. If Arnold does the lines himself, then I think that would add much to it. I really hope they play this whole thing up for laughs. My one big question is....what does The Governor do? I get that he likes the name, but how does it fit the character?
This could either be hilariously stupid and entertaining, or just plain lame. I can't decide which. If Arnold does the lines himself, then I think that would add much to it. I really hope they play this whole thing up for laughs. My one big question is....what does The Governor do? I get that he likes the name, but how does it fit the character?
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10:19AM on 03/31/2011
And apparently this is true. Do a google image search the governator entertainment weekly. It's all over the webs.
And apparently this is true. Do a google image search the governator entertainment weekly. It's all over the webs.
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10:16AM on 03/31/2011
This would've been a great 80's Saturday morning cartoon!
This would've been a great 80's Saturday morning cartoon!
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9:13AM on 03/31/2011

hahaha

99% sure that this is Joblo trying to fool everybody early, as after some years, we should expect an article like this on the 1st of April. Props on posting it early!

Oh, and the other 1% is me wishing it was real, because it would totally kick ass.
99% sure that this is Joblo trying to fool everybody early, as after some years, we should expect an article like this on the 1st of April. Props on posting it early!

Oh, and the other 1% is me wishing it was real, because it would totally kick ass.
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9:03AM on 03/31/2011

April Fools?

Please tell me you posted this a day early!
Please tell me you posted this a day early!
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8:22AM on 03/31/2011
Will the cartoon version of Arnie walk with that authentic "I look like I just shit in my pants" gait of Schwarzenegger's?
Will the cartoon version of Arnie walk with that authentic "I look like I just shit in my pants" gait of Schwarzenegger's?
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6:54AM on 03/31/2011

Sounds kinda dumb

But I'll bet a lot of interesting things did when first described.
But I'll bet a lot of interesting things did when first described.
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6:52AM on 03/31/2011

Oh Yeah

"Saving the world is as satisfying to me as cah-ming! Can you believe how much I am in heaven?"

Boom.
"Saving the world is as satisfying to me as cah-ming! Can you believe how much I am in heaven?"

Boom.
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4:58AM on 03/31/2011
The comic style does not appeal to me. Looks cheap and unimaginative. Look at these shoulder pads!!
The comic style does not appeal to me. Looks cheap and unimaginative. Look at these shoulder pads!!
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4:30AM on 03/31/2011
Why so many negative responses??
I for one think it's cool. The 6 year old in me (I'm 31) is pretty excited!!!
Why so many negative responses??
I for one think it's cool. The 6 year old in me (I'm 31) is pretty excited!!!
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2:59AM on 03/31/2011

Zeke Muckerberg?

Zeke Muckerberg is obviously based on Mark Zuckerberg... Lame.
Zeke Muckerberg is obviously based on Mark Zuckerberg... Lame.
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1:03AM on 03/31/2011

I love me Arnie, but c'mon now.

This is a jump the shark moment in terms of Mr. Olympia's career.
This is a jump the shark moment in terms of Mr. Olympia's career.
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12:49AM on 03/31/2011
April 1st is this Friday. How did that not figure into the article?
April 1st is this Friday. How did that not figure into the article?
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11:56PM on 03/30/2011

Why Not?

After that Justice League news disaster this can't be any worse.
After that Justice League news disaster this can't be any worse.
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11:42PM on 03/30/2011
not sure how I feel about this.
not sure how I feel about this.
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11:30PM on 03/30/2011
April Fool's much?
April Fool's much?
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10:45PM on 03/30/2011
weird, since an indie comic label already produced a "governator" comic book back in february [link]
weird, since an indie comic label already produced a "governator" comic book back in february [link]
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10:26PM on 03/30/2011

No.

This has to be an early April fool's gag. This just can't be true. I know the guy likes comedies, but this is just too weird and wrong to be funny.
This has to be an early April fool's gag. This just can't be true. I know the guy likes comedies, but this is just too weird and wrong to be funny.
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10:14PM on 03/30/2011
And all this time I though Batman and Robin would be the cheesiest comic book-related story Arnold would be involved in.
And all this time I though Batman and Robin would be the cheesiest comic book-related story Arnold would be involved in.
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10:13PM on 03/30/2011
Stan Lee is dead to me.
Stan Lee is dead to me.
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10:03PM on 03/30/2011
Guys, April 1st is Friday. You ran this story two days early!
Guys, April 1st is Friday. You ran this story two days early!
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9:46PM on 03/30/2011
He has tons of offers flying across his desk to star in big-budget blow-em up films, and this is what Arnie chooses? YIkes!
He has tons of offers flying across his desk to star in big-budget blow-em up films, and this is what Arnie chooses? YIkes!
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9:46PM on 03/30/2011
This sounds like the most amazing things since Chuck Norris.
This sounds like the most amazing things since Chuck Norris.
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9:38PM on 03/30/2011

This...

sounds awful, Stripperella awful.
sounds awful, Stripperella awful.
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9:35PM on 03/30/2011
"Hello, and welcome to Atop The Fourth Wall, where bad comics burn..."
"Hello, and welcome to Atop The Fourth Wall, where bad comics burn..."
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9:27PM on 03/30/2011

I'm on board...

But only if he has his sidekick, Tom Arnold, the Middle-Aged Wonder.
But only if he has his sidekick, Tom Arnold, the Middle-Aged Wonder.
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