On April 18, 1938, the world was introduced to the first superhero. He looked like a circus strongman. He performed feats of strength and daring like Hercules or Tarzan. He defended the common man and stood up against evil and corruption. He was: Superman. Now 80 years later Superman has become an integral part of western culture and his influence can be seen across the world. In Part 1 of our homage to the Man of Steel, John talks the character of Superman and the evolution of Superman comics from 1938 to 2018.

I think most of the stories I listed as being my favorite Superman stories of all time ended up on this list as well, but here's a collection of some of the best or most memorable Superman stories from the last 80 years:

The 75 Greatest Superman Stories of All Time

https://www.cbr.com/the-75-greatest-superman-stories-of-all-time-master-list/

The Evolution of the Super-Suit

Whether it stands for an "S" or for "hope," that bright symbol emblazoned Superman's suit is one of the most readily identifiable symbols in the world. The suit hasn't been without some changes here and there, though. I always find these collections of super-suits a fun recollection of how things have changed over time with regard to the Man of Steel's wardrobe.

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April is our month of movies that are just weird or different enough not to fit into some of the other themes we had assigned to each month. That being said, we start the month off with Dead Ringers and The Last Temptation of Christ. Both a little controversial. Both created by visionary directors. Both a little unsettling.

News:

Solo trailer

Terminator 6 casting news

Taika Waititi working on live-action Akira

My weekend at C2E2

The Movies:

Background info & trailer for Dead Ringers [23:13]

Dead Ringers discussion [29:02]

Background info & trailer for The Last Temptation of Christ [50:08]

The Last Temptation of Christ discussion [53:38]

Wrap-up & Next Episodes [1:41:08]

The trailers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZHbu3msmes 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJKxg4p-Alk 

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The 80s love-fest is here! Ready Player One from Ernest Cline has been adapted into a movie and by some miracle of licensing, they've been able to include a ridiculous amount of 80s pop culture goodness. Grab your Viewmaster, put on some Rush, and get the Pop Rocks ready... 

The trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSp1dM2Vj48 

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One of our movies this week is full of magic and wonder. Swords and sorcery. The other one is a bit more murder-y. We explore the adventurous world of Willow alongside the dark streets of Chicago being haunted by a possessed doll: Willow & Child's Play.

New Movie News:

Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet [5:56]

Updates on new Matrix movie [14:03]

The Movies:

Background info & trailer for Willow [18:25]

Willow discussion [34:07]

Background info & trailer for Child's Play [1:02:04]

Child's Play discussion [1:06:58]

Wrap-up & Next Episodes [1:26:21]

The trailers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZFtUwAs0wk 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhU0cCXYqw0 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIBw9dSVKdU 

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In 1986, Frank Miller introduced us to a dark and gritty Batman who's pulling a Murtaugh and definitely getting too old for this #@&% in The Dark Knight Returns. In 1987, Frank Miller jumped back and showed us Bruce Wayne's formative first year as the Batman in Batman: Year One. In 1988, Alan Moore, Jim Starlin, Brian Bolland, and Jim Aparo decided to beat the crap (literally) out of the Bat family by crippling Batgirl and killing Robin. This episode we take a look at two of the most influential Batman stories of all time: The Killing Joke and A Death in the Family.

New Movie News:

Intro [0:00]

"Timeless" TV series [5:11]

The Killing Joke:

The Killing Joke discussion [12:13]

A Death in the Family:

A Death in the Family discussion [47:10]

Wrap-up & Next Episodes [1:07:35]

Videos:

Tommy Wiseau's Joker audition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFjFxgHedgM 

 

Batman: The Killing Joke animated movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeNi4PfNMqI 

"Timeless" TV series trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSYZJGAGvww 

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These movies are eerily similar. Danny DeVito feels like he’s looking into a mirror when he meets his twin brother Julius for the first time. Josh Baskin looks in the mirror and sees Tom Hanks. Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Hanks end up with the goofy “I kissed a girl and I liked it” grins on their faces. Whether you’re big or small, we think you’ll enjoy our two movies on tap this week: Twins and Big

New Movie News:

Christopher Robin trailer released [1:05]

90th Oscars [6:07]

Mary Poppins Returns trailer released [12:55]

Roseanne returns to television [15:32]

The Movies:

Background info & trailers for Twins and Big [22:58]

Twins discussion [31:39]

Big discussion [1:00:27]

Wrap-up & Next Episodes [1:43:39]

The trailers:

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The divide between East and West is meaningless when you're an angel. You can come and go, observing humanity throughout the course of eternity... until the day you decide you want to become one of them. This one is the classic German film of an angel who decides to give up eternity for a chance at love and humanity: Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin).

New Movie News:

Star Wars Episode IX script is done, Joss Whedon leaves Batgirl movie, Black Panther fans prank call Wauconda, IL [9:35]

Wings of Desire:

Background info [15:09]

Movie discussion [17:31]

Wrap-up & Next Episodes [53:55]

The trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0htOcy1QUkk 

David Bowie at the Berlin Wall in 1987:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C7FlnBt1q4&feature=youtu.be 

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Victor Laszlo believes in freedom. Ilsa believes in Victor. Rick believed in his love for Ilsa. We wanted to believe that Rick and Ilsa didn't "get together" in that one scene because it just makes other conversations awkward later. Mostly, though, we want you to believe that the hype is real. Casablanca is one of the greatest movies ever made and we celebrate its 75th anniversary by taking a look back at this classic cinematic masterpiece.

New Movie News:

Ivan Drago returns in Creed 2 [6:40]

"Lost in Space" remake comes to Netflix [11:01]

Origin movie of The Joker in the works [12:00]

Casablanca:

Background info & trailer [17:58]

Movie discussion [27:05]

Wrap-up & Next Episodes [1:22:45]

The trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwf3Dm2Dxho 

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I believe strikeouts are fascist. I believe she's got a mind for business and a bod for sin. I believe Solo will be fun, but Cloverfield Paradox was bad. I believe in three guys talking movies from the 80s in a podcast that lasts for a couple of hours. I believe we're talking about Bull Durham and Working Girl.

New Movie News:

Solo trailer, The Cloverfield Paradox, new Benji movie coming to Netflix, Ant-Man & The Wasp [1:05]

The Movies:

Background info & trailers for Bull Durham and Working Girl [29:06]

Bull Durham discussion [42:23]

Working Girl discussion [1:17:51]

Wrap-up & Next Episodes [1:46:09]

The trailers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnJFndf-Krg 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va1UqFivi6A 

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After Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered in 1987, Disney tried their hand at a sci-fi series with a starship manned by a crew of teenagers who are off to colonize a new planet to escape the dying planet Earth. The Wonderful World of Disney presented a two-night event: "Earth Star Voyager."

Intro [0:00]

Background info & trailer for "Earth Star Voyager" [4:36]

"Earth Star Voyager" discussion [11:16]

Wrap-up & Next Episodes [1:03:41]

The movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDFF9sIT6jE

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