You know the phrase “Hunky Dory”? Yeah, it doesn’t have anything to do with this article, but it has been reworked into the title of one episode of the Peacemaker television series. Episode 5 of HBO’s spin-off sequel to James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad was titled “Monkey Dory” and while we could talk about the linguistical symbolism of the title, we are actually going to talk about a character that has been mentioned in the episode – Kite-Man! In this article, we are going to talk about the character of Kite Man and how he is connected to the DCEU.
Kite Man, whose real name is Charles “Chuck” Brown, is a fictional supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. His name is an homage to the Peanuts character Charlie Brown. The character has been generally regarded as a joke compared to other supervillains, due to his lack of superpowers, goofy personality, and the central flimsy conceit that belittles his identity as a supervillain.
The rest of this article is going to focus on both the Kite Man character and his connection to Peacemaker, including the eponymous television series, of course. We are going to give you all the information we have on the character, including the little information we have on Kite Man in the DCEU. The character is now officially part of the DCEU canon and we have decided to introduce him to you as best as we can.
Who is Kite Man?
Charles “Chuck” Brown is a man who armed himself with kite weapons to commit evil deeds. He flies with a large kite tied to himself or in a kite plane. He also uses a variety of special kites to overwhelm his enemies and commit crimes. In his first appearance (which he announces), in Batman #133, he first teargasses his kite to steal a precious ruby and then frees mobster Big Bill Collins, nearly killing Robin along the way and capturing Batman.
Leaving the mobsters to protect Batman’s room, upon his return, Kite Man is defeated when Robin returns, frees Batman and they use their amazing kite weapons against him, leaving a Plane Kite trophy on the wall of the Bat Cave. Writer Len Wein brought him back in a story about payroll theft. Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Zatanna confront him again, in an issue of the Hawkman comic book.
His real name is revealed, as well as a childhood fascination with kites. He is victorious and jumps up a tree. Kite Man is one of many criminals to take advantage of the friendly atmosphere of supervillains in the fictional country of Zandia. He ends up joining his sports team and then gets involved in a fight against an invading troop of superheroes.
In Infinite Crisis, Joker reports that Brown was thrown from Wayne Tower without his kite by Deathstroke, after he refused to join the new Secret Society of Super-Villains. Brown, however, survives his fall and reaches a low rank in Gotham City’s post-Crisis underworld in the pages of the weekly series 52. He is captured alongside the Sewer King, Dawson, Lamelle, Squid, and Mirage.
As with the other prisoners, Bruno Mannheim kills and eats Kite Man by refusing to side with him. Kite Man appears in DC Universe: Rebirth. This version is known as Charles, Chuck, and Charlie Brown, depending on the source. He appears to be somewhat unstable, constantly chanting the phrase “Kite Man, Yeah!”, a reference to the reaction of his son, Charles Brown Jr., to the first time he attempted to fly a kite.
He first shows up robbing a lavish party, before quickly being thwarted by Gotham Girl. He is then seen in a prison cell at Arkham Asylum as Batman walks the halls looking for criminals. At some point, he escapes, as he is later one of many villains taken down by Batman and Catwoman after she takes her with him on an average night of her job in Gotham City.
Kite Man then sold a kite to a pawn shop, where Headhunter bought it to kill Swamp Thing’s father. Batman and the Swamp Thing interrogated Kite Man later. In a story set during the early years of Batman’s career, it is revealed that he studied wind in school. He was a divorced father, became an alcoholic, and began a life of criminal activities, eventually being recruited by the Joker to design the Jokermobile.
During The War of Jokes and Riddles, he is cornered by Batman, who orders him to get the Joker’s phone number and, later, meet him. Shortly after, the Riddler kidnaps Charles, wanting to know about his future meeting with the Joker. After being freed, he is again kidnapped, this time by the Joker, whom he tells about his encounters with Batman and the Riddler. He is then forced by the Joker to serve as a suicide bomber to kill Batman, but realizes the bomb is a fake.
Charles Brown Jr., his son, is poisoned by the Riddler and later dies. Wanting revenge on the Riddler, Charles Brown creates the Kite Man character to join the Joker’s side. After Batman joins the Riddler’s side in the war, he begins to take down all of the villains on Joker’s side, leaving Kite Man for last. When Kite Man is captured, he tells Batman and Riddler about Joker’s latest secret hideout in a building and provides them and all the villains in Riddler’s side kites so they can infiltrate him.
After entering, the Riddler and his villains turn on Batman, who tells Kite Man to activate the jet-powered reverse parachutes on his pack, causing the villains to ascend to be captured by Alfred Pennyworth in the Bat-Blimp. After a fight, the Riddler reveals that Kite Man’s creation, and his own defeat at Kite Man’s hands, was part of a failed plan to resolve Joker’s depression and make him laugh again.
How are Kite Man and Peacemaker connected?
A direct relationship between Kite Man and Peacemaker doesn’t exist, as far as the comic books are concerned. As far as we know, the two of them have never collaborated or clashed with each other, and it is questionable whether they have ever met in the comic books. Kite Man’s story is closely connected to Batman’s, while the Peacemaker’s isn’t, which is why their meeting wasn’t all that expected.
In addition to that, Kite Man was never a member of any organization, even the Suicide Squad, which cannot be said about the Peacemaker. They simply had no way of ending up in the same place. It seems that their comic book encounter, which ended up with Peacemaker capturing and apprehending Kite Man (or Kite-Man, as the writers spelled it), was an original take on the character and way of confirming his existence in the DCEU, but there doesn’t seem to be anything beyond that brief encounter as the two, as far as we know, don’t share a common history in the DC comic books.
Is Kite Man part of the DCEU?
Well, since the character has now been officially introduced to the Peacemaker television series, we can conclude that he has been introduced to the DCEU as well. Peacemaker is, as a spin-off sequel to Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, officially part of the canon DCEU narrative, which means that the headline mentioned in the television series is his official introduction to the DCEU.
Kite Man has, by chance, also been considered for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad movie, but Gunn ultimately chose to give the character a better story in a possible future project:
This Peacemaker headline is probably not what he had in mind, but it a nice homage to his own ideas and a very good foundation for something that might become a proper story in the future.