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Bloody great adverts for it too.

So. Here it is. The big one. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Broadcaster and film critic RJ Bayley and screen writer Niall ‘before Zod’ Heseltine give a suitably epic examination of the year’s biggest film. We delve into the fractured psychology of the caped crusader, why spectacle doesn’t come second to other aspects of movies, what makes one more compelling than the other, and how Zack Snyder is actually changing the language of cinema.
This podcast is choc full of spoilers from the start, but if you’re listening to this kind of podcast you’ve probably already seen the film haven’t you? Especially the kind of podcast that’s this long.

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Catching up on the DC Extended Universe is significantly easier than catching up on the Marvel equivalent.

Catching up on the DC Extended Universe is significantly easier than catching up on the Marvel equivalent.

 

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Broadcaster and film critic RJ Bayley and writer Niall ‘before Zod’ Heseltine return to tell you all about how Man of Steel doesn’t deserve the bad rep it’s been blasted with. Is a film that’s all flashy violence such a bad thing when the flashy violence is so good? Do they put Superman in such a position where the controversial final act is the only reasonable course of action? Find out in this podcast, which does not contain a ten minute kazoo intro.

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That's a nice box design isn't it? Just buy it for the box design.

That’s a nice box design isn’t it? Just buy it for the box design.

 

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It’s time for the big one, for me anyway. You’ll hear why in the podcast itself. If that’s not enticing enough (which it probably isn’t, to be fair), then tune in to hear writer Niall ‘before Zod’ Heseltine and myself, radio presenter RJ Bayley:

  • Amaze ourselves with the noises my shiney new microphone picks up.
  • Me inadvertently almost-damaging the ceiling of Niall’s new home mid recording.
  • Reasons why this version of Bane is every bit the villain Ledger’s Joker is.
  • Moments and references in to film to the comics.
  • How much we pity Superman fans.
  • Why the term ‘universe’ is over used.
  • What the hell has gone wrong with the Terminator franchise.

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Come on. That's worth downloading the podcast for.

Come on. That’s worth downloading the podcast for.

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*If you’re seeing this on the day it’s published I’m running a sweet competition to win 3 Eyesore Merch t-shirts of your choice on my rock show, the narcissistically titled RJ Bayley Rock Show on Edinburgh’s 98.8 Castle FM between 7 – 9PM. They have some banging designs, you will want them.

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This is the big one. It’s been a while coming but here we are. The Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up arrives at arguably the most iconic Batman movie of them all, Chris Nolan’s epic The Dark Knight. Batfan Jon Seymour once again joins ever present hosts Niall ‘before Zod’ Heseltine and myself, RJ Bayley, for a very long, very nerdy, very passionate chat about the second installment of the Dark Knight Trilogy. We cover the what was, what is, what may be and what might have been of this truly seminal superhero saga. This is fully indulgent Bat fandom, so tuck in.

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We have a guaranteed treat for you this episode. We can assure you this because it was a real treat for us to record with the treat himself. On this special Superman Returns  episode we bring you the source of all Superman on the internet, Matt Daly, AKA the lord of Eyes Skyward. Join us as we talk through the past movies of this project with an expert, get into heated Batman Vs. Superman battles, and discuss this oddity of a Superman film with three bona fide superherologists.

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What on earth lead to Batman striking this pose exactly?

The world’s greatest prank.

This is Niall ‘before Zod’ Heseltine’s and my podcast on the 1997 disaster that we all were sadly affected by. A lot of good brain cells died watching the film that brought you this podcast.

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In this episode we look at which elements of theses neon hell don’t follow logic, and which just defy comprehension. We look at Poison Ivy’s plant-hybrid life and compare it to our theories on Superman in a previous podcast, the baffling lack of sense when it comes to ‘ice’ puns, Alfred’s complete dismissal of  Batman’s life, the fact that mirrors now apparently reflect all temperatures,  the idea that George Clooney plays Batman as a kind simpleton, Robin’s petulance and the massive issue of Batgirl’s weight.

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Niall Heseltine and RJ Bayley return(s) for their blistering look at Batman ReturnsThis is probably the most impassioned podcast you’ll hear in the Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up podcast – from RJ Bayley at least.
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Do you remember that time when Superman was an old man for 30 seconds? How about the time when Jim Broadbent stood in the background of a Lex Luthor scene for a moment? Or perhaps the time Mark Pillow grew his nails and scratched Superman? Surely you must remember the time when the United Nations was on an industrial estate in Milton Keynes? (more…)

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For this episode the Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up slips down the same drain Superman III went down and attempts to find some good bits lodged in the superheroic shambles.

On this episode our discussion of Superman III leads us to talk about wolf-poo coffee, the completely aimless, shambolic nature of the plot, the achievements of Richard Pryor in the field of drug taking and the Salkinds punitive measures against Margot Kidder.

Not enough? OK, how about discussion that takes in obvious early 80s boobjobs, Evil Superman‘s paucity of ambition, an adult revelation of what the junkyard sequence is, Lester’s comedy at the expense of the blind and the awkward interrogation of Niall over which Superman love interest he’d rather “knob”?

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Christopher_Reeve_SupermanYou’d be hard pushed say that anything other than Superman or Superman II is the ultimate superhero film, or that anyone else epitomizes the cinematic superhero more than Christopher Reeve.

So its with no reverence whatsoever that RJ Bayley and Niall Heseltine tackle these simultaneously filmed films simultaneously in this month’s episode of the Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up.

Why eschew the theatrical release of Superman II in favour of the Donner Kebab? Well Richard Donner, the most criminally under-appreciated man in Hollywood this side of Tom Savini, was booted off the production by alleged absolute arseholes the Salkinds, and replaced with the hack Richard Lester. Lester re-shot huge amounts of Donner’s footage, while making sure to inject some awful sight gags and slapstick into the proceedings. So really, Superman II is Donner’s film, but one that was bastardised before release.

Luckily The Internet had the sense to bully Warner Brothers into allowing Donner to come and cobble together a version of the movie as close to his vision as possible. So we have Superman II: The Donner Kebab, which, despite its now bizarre ending, is to be be considered the ‘proper’ Superman II.

In this show we tackle questions and ideas about these two cinematic landmarks such as:

Is Gene Hackman doing his job as an actor if he refuses to shave his head for a role?

  • A startling realization by RJ Bayley about what Lois Lane‘s underwear must be constructed of.
  • Do the special effects hold up after all this time?
  • What key changes did Lester make to Donner’s film?
  • And a shocking and revolutionary about the very nature of Superman by RJ Bayley which will probably come back to regularly haunt Niall.

Hear our answers, ruminations and more in our latest episode, Superman & Superman II: The Donner Kebab.

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