How It Should Have Ended

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How It Should Have Ended
How It Should Have Ended Logo.jpg
Presentation
Genre Entertainment
Language English
Updates Every Month
Length 2-5 mins
Publication
Debut 6 July 2005; 10 years ago (2005-07-06)
End date present
Provider Starz Media
Machinima
Website www.howitshouldhaveended.com

How It Should Have Ended (HISHE) is an animated webseries that parodies popular films by creating alternate endings and pointing out various flaws. Endings for many major movies have been presented, using the tagline ‘sometimes movies don't finish the way we'd like’.

History[edit]

How It Should Have Ended began after Daniel Baxter and Tommy Watson started discussing alternate endings for a movie they have watched. In 2005 their first animation How Matrix Revolutions Should Have Ended was completed and soon after in July, 2005 the website was established.[1] Christina "Tina" Alexander,[2] who has previously worked with Daniel, joined the team shortly thereafter.

HISHE was awarded the "Best Internet Parody" award for How Superman Should Have Ended by Spike TV at the 2006 Scream Awards at the Pantages Theater Hollywood, California.[3] and was featured in an MTV Comedy and Talent Showcase at the Hollywood Improv. It has also been featured as a Yahoo! Profile Pick and has appeared in both Fade In and Wired magazines.[4]

On March 5, 2007 HISHE was launched on YouTube as HISHEdotcom. It has attracted notable appearances such as Stan Lee himself in the parody of The Amazing Spider-Man.[5]

In September 2009 How It Should Have Ended joined Starz Digital Media which now handles all licensing. In April 2010, How It Should Have Ended was awarded the Streamy Award for Best Animated Web Series at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.[6][7]

On June 30, 2013, a video was uploaded on TheFineBros channel which features the Teens React teens watching the Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games HISHE Videos.

In November 2013, Batman and Superman from "Super Cafe" guest starred in the Nostalgia Critic's review of Man of Steel, at the end of the episode where The Critic parodies Super Cafe.

Statistics[edit]

As of April 6, 2014 HISHEdotcom has 3,328,232 subscribers and 673,522,879 views.[8]
As of January 10, 2015, about 8 months later HISHEdotcom has 4,418,182 subscribers and 879,357,066 views.[9] meaning about a 33 percent addition of subscribers and 31 percent more views.

Critical Reception[edit]

HISHE has received many positive reviews[10][11][12][13] about its animation and alternative endings to popular movies. Some of the parodies which were most popular with the reviewers are of Lord Of The Rings, Spider-Man 3, Harry Potter and Superman.[14] HISHE's short animations of Superman and Batman sitting in a café (dubbed Super café), discussing various flaws in movies along with the characters of the movie such as Iron Man, Avengers and even Super Mario, have also been well received.

Super Cafe[edit]

The Super Cafe is a segment that debuted at the end of How Superman Should Have Ended which featured Superman discussing the alternate events of the 1978 Superman film in a cafe with Batman, which began the trend of the Super Cafe.

In various superhero episodes of How it Should have Ended, altered or added scenes are shown from the superhero film, followed by the main superhero interacting with Batman and Superman in the Super Cafe. The Super Cafe segment is featured in every superhero film the series has covered so far. Superman and Batman also make a brief appearance in a cafe in the How Pulp Fiction Should Have Ended. The segment was also used in the Nostalgia Critic's review of Man of Steel.[15] A spin-off segment called the "Villain Pub" which features many popular villains like Loki, the Joker and many more began with How Thor The Dark World Should Have Ended.

There is a running gag in which Batman always explains his various accomplishments and abilities or finds some kind of excuse to say his catchphrase "Because I'm Batman!", much to Superman's irritation.

Super Cafe Episodes[edit]

Number Title Original Upload Date
1 "Super Social Network" February 2, 2012 (2012-02-02)
Batman and Superman discuss their repetitive status updates on Twitter.
2 "Bat Phone" March 8, 2012 (2012-03-08)
Superman tries to convince Batman to get a smartphone.
3 "Bros Before Marios" May 3, 2012 (2012-05-03)
Mario tries to convince Superman and Batman that he, too, is a superhero.
4 "Pros and Cons" May 7, 2012 (2012-05-07)
Superman tries to convince Batman to go to Comic Con.
5 "Trailer Of Steel" December 20, 2012 (2012-12-20)
Superman and Batman discuss the Man of Steel trailer.
6 "Swingers Tribute" April 11, 2013 (2013-04-11)
Superman attempts to flirt with Mrs. Incredible from afar.
7 "Versus" July 30, 2013 (2013-07-30)
Superman and Batman discuss possible titles for Batman v Superman, and who could defeat whom in the proposed fight.
8 "Who's A Hero" November 21, 2013 (2013-11-21)
The Doctor stops by the cafe to talk about the events in The Name of the Doctor.
9 "And The Reboot Goes To" March 3, 2015 (2015-03-03)
After Hollywood slams super hero movies for their repetitive formula, Superman and Batman discuss reboots.
10 "Batman v Superman - It's On!" April 21, 2015 (2015-04-21)
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" trailer provoked the conflict between Superman and Batman.

Villain Pub Episodes[edit]

Number Title Original Upload Date
1 "To Battle!!!" June 4, 2014 (2014-06-04)
Lord Voldemort is unhappy with the current state of "battles" among his villainous comrades, so he discusses the topic with the Joker and Khan.
2 "To The Tailor!!!" September 11, 2014 (2014-09-11)
Lord Voldemort, the Joker and Loki discuss the importance of having a unique "look".

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