All Your Superhero Base Are Belong To Us
With the release of Man of Steel next month, comic fans will be treated to the newest celluloid depiction of Superman’s famously titled lair, The Fortress of Solitude. In the preview trailers, we’ve gotten glimpses of the Last Son of Krypton’s arctic hideout. It’s the ultimate fantasy location where you can get away from the world and plot your battles against pesky super villains—which for some reason we can all relate to, but perhaps not with the same stakes involved.
Note to Spider-Man: a house in the suburbs is not a proper superhero lair. Please get back to us when you’ve created some kind of space-time warping cocoon that’s orbiting the solar system.
Here are our top 10 favorite superhero bases, secret lairs or hideouts:
10. Justice League Satellite
Looking like something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Satellite actually has had two incarnations, but in both, the Justice League members can teleport into and out of their base. Awww, yeah…
9. Titans Tower
This home to DC’s Titans has undergone various incarnations through the years, but the fact that it is always literally shaped like a “T” is pure awesome.
Not just a headquarters, but an entire planet, Oa serves as the headquarters of the Green Lanterns. Actually it’s the headquarters of the Guardians of the Universe who are blue people who lead the Green Lanterns. Yes, that is confusing.
7. The Tower of Fate
In the grand tradition of heroic doctors with cool hideouts, The Tower of Fate is magical, has no doors or windows, and is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Dr. Fate’s lair gets it right.
This is where the X-Men and superhero mutants train and hang out with Professor X in New York state. Continues the grand tradition of cool mansions that double as cool hideouts in comic books.
5. Hall of Justice
Where the Super Friends got together, including the most incredible of superheroes, The Wonder Twins, aka Zan and Jayna. Don’t forget Gleek the monkey. Shudder.
4. S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier
Built by Stark Industries and co-designed by Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, this flying fortress serves as a base of operations for S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers. It has undergone many incarnations because it tends to get blown up a lot.
3. Sanctum Sanctorum
Located in New York’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange’s magical secret lair has the best name hands-down. When is a movie version going to do it justice? Plus, Spider-Man, please take notes because this is what you need.
2. The Batcave
Located under Bruce Wayne’s gigantic mansion, it’s where Batman keeps all his cool stuff. It’s the ultimate man cave, except a billionaire’s version. The Batcave also has Alfred the Butler to keep things from getting really messy.
1. Fortress of Solitude
The grandaddy of all superhero lairs is hidden somewhere in the Arctic and for someone like Superman, it might as well be right next door. The Fortress is comforting since it’s basically his original home Krypton ported to Earth environs.