El Dorado (Super Friends)

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El Dorado is a Hispanic superhero featured in various incarnations of the Super Friends animated television series. He was voiced by Mexican actor Fernando Escandon.

El Dorado
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Publication information
Created byHanna-Barbera
In-story information
Team affiliationsSuper Friends
PartnershipsApache Chief
Samurai
Black Vulcan
Abilities

Fictional character biographyEdit

El Dorado was created solely for the Super Friends cartoons. He first appeared as minor character in the Super Friends animated shorts, which aired in 1981 season and later in Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show as a full-time member. El Dorado spoke English with a Spanish accent, and used Spanish words in full sentences.

In El Dorado's debut episode "Alien Mummy" it is revealed that he is of Mexican descent. The narrator sets the scene by describing the location as "ancient Aztec ruins in the Mexican wilderness". One of El Dorado's lines is "these are the mysterious ruins of my people".

However, in the Prime Earth continuity El Dorado first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Amanda Waller #5 by Jai Nitz and Cliff Richards.

El Dorado makes an appearance in issue #1 of The Wonder Twins comic book released by DC Comics in February 2019. He is seen on the top panel of page 9 walking in the Hall of Justice.

He makes an appearance in Doomsday Clock, the follow-up series to Watchmen as a member of Mexico's own super team, ¡Justica!.

Powers and abilitiesEdit

El Dorado's powers were not well-defined and were highly ambiguous. His most frequently used ability was teleportation, which he accomplished by wrapping his cape over his body and vanishing. Anyone or anything he wrapped his cape around could also be teleported with him, and there appeared to be no limit to the distance he could travel.[citation needed] Another of his frequently used powers was the ability to generate illusions. Defined as "holograms," these illusions were also capable of fooling other senses, as they sometimes generated noise and could be touched; he once created a sea monster which roared loudly, and on another occasion generated a pile of fake dolls a villain was forced to physically dig through.

He also exhibited some degree of mental powers, including telepathy[episode needed]. During the series' opening theme, he is at one point shown to be hovering, suggesting flight capabilities, and he would sometimes enter from the side of the screen as if he were just landing.

He may have also possessed superhuman strength, as he once competed directly against Kalibak in physical combat and was also seen on several occasions to lift heavy objects with little effort.[episode needed] Knowledgeable about Pre-Columbian history (yet vague in his explanations), he assisted the Super Friends whenever they were forced to enter unfamiliar ruins or areas in Latin America[episode needed]. No official origin was ever given to explain El Dorado's past, nor the method through which he had acquired these powers. They may be mystical in nature and he is empowered by ancient magic and his people's warrior-spirit, possibly derived from ancestral "Ancient Aztec Sorcerers".[1] Another possibility is that his powers are purely psionic, and the Aztec elements are incorporated purely for thematic purposes.

In other mediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

  • A modernized, teenage version of El Dorado appears in Young Justice: Invasion voiced by Freddy Rodriguez.[2] Here, he is given the name Eduardo "Ed" Dorado Jr. and is seen as one of the teens kidnapped by the Reach. In the episode "Runaways", it is revealed that Ed has now begun to manifest teleportation abilities as a result of experimentation from the Reach. His father Ed Dorado Sr. (voiced by Bruce Greenwood), a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist whose life's work centres around Rannian Zeta Beam technology (for teleportation) surmises that his metagene acquired this ability "opportunistically" as a consequence of his father's work. It was mentioned that Eduardo had run away to be with his dad. Even after an argument with his dad and getting tired of the testing, Eduardo was among those who ran away from S.T.A.R. Labs. He and the other runaways are stopped by Blue Beetle (who reveals him to be Tye Longshadow's friend Jaime Reyes) convincing them to listen to him. Eduardo and the other runaways return to star labs to help Blue Beetle battle Red Volcano (who's after the disassembled Amazo) saving the scientists and staff with Eduardo saving his dad. When Blue Beetle ignores the potential harm he is causing during the battle, and tries to forcibly take them with him, Eduardo and the others escape. The group return to the bus station they had destroyed in their earlier escape (alluding to Statics hideout) and are met by Lex Luthor who recruits them to become the Light's own team of enforcers. In "The Hunt", Eduardo and the other runaways destroy everything in sight relating to the Reach. He joins his friends in the attempt to rescue the Team (whom have been captured and imprisoned in Warworld that is now under Reach Control) and battles both the ship's enforcers and Black Beetle. After everyone is rescued thanks to the intervention of Arsenal, Nightwing offers the runaways a place on the team and plans to kick off Arsenal for his recklessness despite his saving the abductees, but the latter refuse and leave. After Arsenal convinces them that Lex Luthor is no good, Tye and the others depart on their own with Arsenal. In "Endgame", Ed teams up with Captain Atom to take down one of the Reach's magnetic field disruptors. Later, he gets offered to join the Team, but refuses and decides to move back in with his father. In Young Justice: Outsiders, he works as a counselor at the Metahuman Youth Center. In "Early Warning", he decides to join the Outsiders and becomes the superhero El Dorado. In the episode "Elder Wisdom", Eduardo Sr., and other parents and guardians are upset that the Outsiders are becoming so public.

FilmEdit

  • El Dorado makes a cameo in Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon as a banner in the Mega Mondo Pop! Comic ConApalooza.
  • El Dorado makes a cameo in The Lego Batman Movie. He is seen as one of the dancing partygoers at Superman's Fortress of Solitude during the 57th Annual Justice League Anniversary Party.

ToysEdit

  • El Dorado was scheduled to be one of the few Hanna-Barbara original heroes (along with Black Vulcan and the Wonder Twins) to receive an action figure after Samurai. However, the Super Powers Collection line was canceled before the figures could be made.[3]
  • El Dorado was released in Series 18 of Mattel's DC Universe Classics along with several other Super-Friends/Super-Powers themed figures.[4]
  • Figures Toy Company is currently releasing 8 inch dolls for all the Super Friends, including the characters created for the show, so dolls for Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief, El Dorado, the Wonder Twins, and Wendy & Marvin can now be purchased, along with the other Super Friends, and Legion of Doom figures.[5]
  • He now can be found in the Lego set Justice League Anniversary Party, featuring other heroes such as Superman, Green Arrow, Hawkgirl, and Wonder Dog.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DC Universe Classics El Dorado". YouTube. 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  2. ^ "[HD] Young Justice 2013 Official Trailer". YouTube. 2012-12-22. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  3. ^ "Holy Cow! Super Powers Extravaganza!". Archived from the original on July 3, 2006.
  4. ^ "DC Universe Classics 18: El Dorado review". OAFE. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  5. ^ "Figures Toy Company". Figures Toy Company.