“My power will astound you! Observe as I detach my limb, and transform it into a deadly weapon!”
That name has to be a joke right. Right? But no, it’s far too real. Arm-Fall-Off-Boy was created by Gerard Jones and Curt Swan and had his first appearance in DC Comics in Secret Origins Volume 2, #46 in November 1989. The futuristic hero has the unique ability to detach his limbs and beat his enemies down with them. Since Marvel is raking in the dough with obscure heroes from their catalog like the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Netflix’s Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, DC figures if you can’t beat them, join them, and is literally scraping the barrel for forgotten characters.
According to Arrowverse Executive Producer Greg Berlanti, Arm-Fall-Off-Boy will debut in season 3 of Legends of Tomorrow when the gang head to the 30th Century for a mission. With Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) set to take lesser screen time with the return of Prison Break, Berlanti sees the need for a new, exciting hero to take their place and that’s where Arm-Fall-Off-Boy fits in. “Look, we know fans will get a kick out the character based on the name, and we know we can get some great comedy relief there,” he said in an exclusive interview with Geeks of Doom. Arm-Fall-Off-Boy is infamous for being the only one to be rejected from the DC’s Legion of Superheroes after he panicked during tryouts and his limbs all fell off.
While no decisions have been made over casting, producers are said to be looking for an actor over 6-feet tall and preferably over 250 pounds. AFOB goes by the alter ego Floyd Belkin of the planet Lallor, and also uses the alias Splitter. After former WWE wrestler Cody Rhodes guest starred on Arrow, Berlanti is said to be exploring the world of wrestling again in search for the perfect Arm-Fall-Off-Boy. The hope is that Arm-Fall-Off-Boy will catch on with fans, and he can get his own Arrowverse show, probably Thursday on The CW. That would give DC a show per night in primetime. Imagine the quality of that lineup: Supergirl, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, … and Arm-Fall-Off-Boy. Take that Marvel!
With no-name heroes seemingly make it big in the world of comic-based entertainment, the world needs to brace for the most ridiculous hero of all time, Arm-Fall-Off-Boy! Look forward to seeing him on your TV soon… or not.
Happy April Fool’s Day!