The political drama unfolding in Washington rivals the tales spun by some of our greatest storytellers. Trump seems like a tragic figure of Shakespearean proportions, while his party’s ongoing disdain for the country’s disenfranchised is Dickensian to its core. But when boiled down to its essence, Trump’s presidency has become a battle of good vs. evil, virtue vs. vice.
It’s fitting then, that during his Thursday night monologue, Stephen Colbert likened the Russia probe to comic books, our culture’s purest distillation of good guys against bad guys. The Late Show host joked that when the eventual Trump presidency movie gets made (and it will get made), it should be done in the vein of a superhero movie, with Colbert played by Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman.
“This is a historic moment,” Colbert said. “The president of the United States is presently under criminal investigation. When the movie comes out, this will definitely be in it.”
Colbert joked that Robert Mueller’s all-star investigative team is the suit-and-tie version of DC’s superhero squad the Justice League. “Mueller is like Batman, putting together The Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman to create the Obstruction of Justice League.”
Colbert isn’t the first person to invoke heroes and villains to help make sense of the madness in Washington. Yesterday Vulture tweeted a mock poster of Trump and Mueller starring in their own version of DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice called Trump v Mueller: Obstruction of Justice.
Coming this summer— Vulture (@vulture) June 15, 2017
Trump v Mueller: Obstruction of Justice pic.twitter.com/PQPnkorxt3
And while Superman died at the end of the original, we’re hopeful that this version will have a much happier ending.
Watch Colbert’s monologue below.