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Answering Man of Steel Questions, Criticisms, & Controversies to gain Insight into the DC Cinematic Universe

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This podcast is probably one of the most thought-provoking podcasts out there.

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I love this podcast. The host does such a great job integrating his thoughts with some of the leading thinkers in the fields of science, psychology, anthropology, philosophy and more. You get a deep and well thought out education, while you are being entertained at the same time. Such a deep dive into Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. Two of my favorite movies.

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When you compare, there’s no comparison

By TKA25 - Sep 20 2019
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This podcast is probably one of the most thought-provoking podcasts out there.

All Time Favorite DC Podcast

By Mike 1728 - Sep 07 2019
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I love this podcast. The host does such a great job integrating his thoughts with some of the leading thinkers in the fields of science, psychology, anthropology, philosophy and more. You get a deep and well thought out education, while you are being entertained at the same time. Such a deep dive into Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. Two of my favorite movies.
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Rank #1: 3 – Powers Part 1 – Super Hearing and X-Ray Vision

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This is the first of a three part series where we cover those abilities, traits, and powers that set Superman part in the Man of Steel.  In this episode, we cover:

  1. Natural Born Kryptonian
  2. Kryptonian Codex
  3. Respiratory Adaptation
  4. Genetic Memory
  5. Super Hearing
  6. X-Ray Vision

While covering our topics, we will discuss and answer the following questions:

  • What kind of baggage did Jor-El have preventing him from coming to Earth?
  • How could Jax-Ur discover the Codex was bonded to Kal-El from a blood sample but be unable to recover the Codex from the sample?
  • How could the Codex be bonded to Kal-El?  Why did the film show us blood cells?  How could that work?
  • Is there evidence Superman can use his powers without breathing?
  • As a child, who was Clark imitating by wearing a cape?
  • If Superman has super hearing, how does he get surprised?
  • What is the maximum range of super hearing?  What does auditory omniscience mean?
  • Can Superman use his X-Ray Vision to uncover Batman’s secret identity in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice?

…and more!

[EDIT: I totally forgot about the interrogation scene where Superman is able to read Hamilton’s ID card!  That changed the X-Ray Vision analysis some.]

Cells that Last a Lifetime
Yahoo Movies Blu-Ray Release Q&A – Hosted by Kevin Smith and Featuring Zack Snyder, Amy Adams, & Henry Cavill
Acoustic Reflex
Potato Chip Microphone

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Sep 29 2014

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Rank #2: 68 – Doomsday Pt.2

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[Recorded February 2017, August 2017, October 2019]  Defeating Doomsday.

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Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Temporal Frame of Reference
  • Superman’s Decision-Making
    • Danger to Self / Selflessness
    • Learning and Rational Choices
  • Stakes: Threat to Superman’s Life
  • Doomsday’s Intelligence
    • The Primal Zombie
  • Super-Jumping “Flight” Physics
  • Doomsday’s Genitals
    • Triploids / Lex’s Genetic Contribution
  • Size Strength Bias
  • Bioluminescence
  • Solar Flare Substitute For Evolutionary Power
  • Why Take Doomsday to Space?
    • Why Not Keep Going?
    • Lack of Astronomical / Cosmic Intuitions
  • Why Didn’t Superman Fly Faster?
  • Fantasy User Interfaces (FUI) Canonicity
  • Is Tracking Superman a Plot Hole?
    • Novel Tech
    • Mutual Regard, Competing Interests
    • Consent / Stealth Powers
      • Plasma Stealth
      • Force Field Absorption
  • Time to Thermonuclear Launch
  • Why Didn’t Superman:
    • Dodge The Nuke?
    • Let Go of Doomsday?
    • Return Doomsday to Space After The Nuke?
    • Take Doomsday to the Ocean?
  • Nuclear Strike Reveals Nature of Superman’s Powers
    • Invulnerability – Force Field not Composition
    • Muscle Mass – Biological Default not Built By Exercise
      • Myostatin
    • Regeneration – Two Types
      • “Undead” Genes
  • And much more!

To learn more:

Threat of Ancient Mesopotamian Zombies | STBYM
Boeing AH-64 Apache | Wikipedia
Projectile Use By Non-Human Organisms | Wikipedia
Light On Earth | David Attenborough
Spontaneous Photon Emissions From Humans | Kobayashi
Electric Life Forms Live On Pure Energy | New Scientist
Draper Point | Wikipedia
Cut Travel Time To ISS From 2 Days To 6 Hours | Engadget
Superman Space Suplex | Superman: Doomsday
Man of Steel Spoiler Special | Empire
BvS Fantasy User Interfaces | Perception
Designing Fantasy User Interfaces | PixelHub
Plasma Stealth | Wikipedia
To Launch A Nuclear Strike | Bloomberg
Muscular Baby | New York Times
Thantomicrobiome | Peter Noble
Undead Genes Come Alive Days After Death | Science AAAS

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Nov 10 2019

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Rank #3: 5b – Breaking News – DC Cinematic Universe Roadmap

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These are my October 15th reactions to the WB Investors Conference Press Release revealing a slate of at least 10 DC Cinematic Universe films slated to 2020. We briefly discuss each film, the larger picture, and why it means great things for Superman.

Blog post with Official Press Release, Roadmap, and Proposed Calendar

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Rank #4: 52 – Fantasy

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Recorded May 13th.  Fantasy, faith, magic, & myth.  J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, The Great War, and Wonder Woman.  Middle Earth, Narnia, creating compelling fantasy, approaches to criticism, and overcoming disillusionment.

60 Year Old Spoiler Warning: Ending of The Lord of the Rings and portions of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

[Note: Not really a Wonder Woman episode, a companion to the last episode.  Next few episodes are more DC, less literary history.]

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • I. J.R.R. Tolkien (Life)
    • Orphan, Catholic, genius
    • Popular, rugby captain, acting
    • Languages, artist, marriage
    • World War I, Battle of the Somme
    • Philology
    • Beowulf scholarship
    • “On Fairy Stories”
  • II. Secondary World (Depth)
    • References condense information
    • Recall a dragon or a Robin, no citation
    • References are inherent and ubiquitous
    • Broken references organic and immersive
    • Irony, Immersion, or Identification
    • Tolkien reverse engineering patina of myth
    • Tolkien’s perfectionism
    • Superman as myth
    • DC Films epic depth in world-building
  • III. Outcasts Bond Over Obscure Interests (Friends)
    • Tolkien meets Lewis
    • Siegel meets Shuster
    • Lewis encourages Tolkien’s writings
    • Lewis’s life, atheism, studies, service
    • Connection, fellowship, encouragement
    • The Inklings
  • IV. Approach to Criticism (Reaction)
    • Critical response to The Lord of the Rings
    • Stigma of fantasy and superheroes
    • Creating stories with conscious purpose
    • Wonder Woman as psychological propaganda
    • Academic intellectual dishonesty
    • “An Experiment on Criticism”
    • Surrender, reading well, repeat readings
  • V. Disillusionment (Lies)
    • Tolkien & Lewis are counter-cultural and subversive
    • Unrealistic optimism at start of the war
    • H.G. Wells: “The War That Will End War”
    • Ways Wonder Woman could be disillusioned
    • Disillusionment after World War I
    • Fantasy as recapturing immaterial wonder
    • Good, evil, and corruption in fantasy
    • Eucatastrophe, Frodo fails, divine grace
    • Corruption in these DC films
    • Reality and realism as cure
    • Fantasy to represent magic of the familiar
    • Tolkien & Lewis believe in heroism
  • VI. Resonance (Truth)
    • Tolkien & Lewis differences didn’t divide
    • Tolkien & Lewis didn’t discriminate against works
    • Openness to Wonder Woman, picking at differences
    • Looking for truth and resonance over heresy and imperfection
    • Seeing unappreciated value, Planet Narnia
    • Imagination and emotions before intellect and allegory
    • Watchful Dragons
    • Applied to the Wonder Woman mythos
      • Secrets, Truth, Beauty, Subversion, War, Myth, Wonder

To learn more:
Myths and Legends Podcast | Jason Weiser
What is Myth? | Crash Course Mythology
Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics | J.R.R. Tolkien
On Fairy-Stories | J.R.R. Tolkien
Battle of the Somme | Wikipedia
David S. Goyer Talks Man of Steel | Collider
A Film Portrait of JJR Tolkien (1996) | Landseer
Tolkien and the Great War | John Garth
An Experiment in Criticism | C.S. Lewis
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War | Joseph Loconte
The Secret History of Wonder Woman | Jill Lepore
Walter Hooper: Life of C.S. Lewis | Socrates Society
Planet Narnia | Michael Ward
The Narnia Code | BBC
The Narnia Code | Michael Ward
Ursala K. Le Guin on Tolkien | Talk of the Nation
Superheroes Decoded | History
End notes recorded May 16th
The Bridge of Khazad Dum | Howard Shore
Wonder Woman | The Bombsters

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May 20 2017

1hr 43mins

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Rank #5: 67 – Doomsday Pt.1

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[Recorded February 2017, August 2017, October 2019]  Defeating Doomsday.

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Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Real World Ethics vs. Thought Experiments
  • Why Trinity Didn’t Use Lex to Stop Doomsday?
  • Criminal Liability For Conversion of Extraterrestrial Specimens
  • Thad Roberts and “Sex On The Moon”
  • Valuation of Moon Rocks
  • Liability For Power Grid Disruption
  • And much more!

To learn more:

Theory of Mind Deficiencies | Wikipedia
Sex On The Moon | Ben Mezrich
Where Does NASA Keep Moon Rocks? | Smarter Every Day
Projectile Use By Non-Human Organisms | Wikipedia
Spontaneous Photon Emissions From Humans | Kobayashi

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Nov 10 2019

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Rank #6: 12 – Oil Rig Virtues – Heroism

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In this episode, we unpack the virtues of the oil rig scene and the virtues exhibited by Clark in that scene; we listen to Zack Snyder talk about the making of the scene and Henry Cavill talk about some of the stunt work with Jay Leno a week before the film’s premiere; and we discuss what makes a hero. We touch on the topics below:

  • Why do I say “reasonable minds will differ” every episode?
  • What virtues did Clark show in this short scene?
  • What is the significance of calling him “Greehorn” three times?
  • How do the filmmakers show us Clark’s limitations here?
  • Why is a Superman with limits a good thing for storytelling?
  • When does Clark show optimism, hope, humility, and possibly humor?
  • Why did they have Clark yell when propping up the derrick?
  • Why didn’t Clark use super speed to rescue the workers?
  • What did Clark’s heroism cost him?
  • What is the definition of heroism?
  • What’s the difference between classical, literary, and modern heroism?
  • How to answer the criticism that Superman is not a “real” hero because he’s strong and invulnerable?
  • Do you have to be a paragon to be a hero?
  • Why does this scene come before the flashbacks?

In this episode’s mail bag:

  • What does ordering Scotch “straight up” get you?
  • How did Clark get his job at the Daily Planet?
  • How did Lois survive being left in the Arctic?
  • How did Clark find the ship under the ice?

You’ve Got Possibilities – Alli Mauzey

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Rank #7: 15 – You Are My Son – Understanding Jonathan

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In this episode, we do a little music-appreciation of Clark’s theme and break down the reveal of the starship. We explore Jonathan’s background and his parenting.  Finally we look at a deleted scene shared by Costner.

Featuring clips with Hans Zimmer, Dylan Sprayberry, Katie Couric & Bryant Gumbel, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner.

We touch on the following questions:

  • What does Clark’s theme say about the Kents?
  • How does Zimmer relate to Superman?
  • How could the Kents have hidden the ship?
  • Why didn’t the government come and take the ship?
  • What kind of access to information did Jonathan have?
  • Why is Jonathan skeptical of the government?
  • Why does Jonathan think the world will fear extraterrestrials?
  • Why did Jonathan tell people to go for the overpass?
  • What is the significance of Kansas State?
  • What cues does Man of Steel take from Superman Earth One?
  • What would Jor-El think of Jonathan?
  • How did Jonathan deal with Clark’s emotions?
  • What kinds of values could Jonathan teach Clark as a farmer?
  • Why did they cut Jonathan fishing with Clark?

…and more! Check out more of our new video series.

Man of Steel Myths:

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Rank #8: 51 – First Contact

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Recorded March 13th and 20th. First contact, ship detection and landing, Zod’s ultimatum, The War of the Worlds, and The Wizard of Oz.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • I. First Contact
  • As an intended approach
  • Guidelines for what counts
  • Prior in-story contacts
  • Detecting Kal’s vessel and landing
  • Military response and suppression
  • Ultimatum questions
  • “Are we alone in the universe?”
  • Winston Churchill
  • II. War of the Worlds – The Book
  • H.G. Wells and Jules Verne
  • Man versus the mechanized future
  • Superman terraforming Earth
  • Superman’s arc enabling The League
  • Man as animal
  • Panic and fragility
  • Human heroes overcoming instinct
  • III. War of the Worlds – The Broadcast
  • 1938 Orson Welles broadcast
  • Halloween public panic
  • Press exaggerated story
  • Fake news, virality, and creative control
  • Real public panics
  • Humbling humanity
  • Myopia and normalizing the extraordinary
  • IV. First Impressions
  • Lois Lane and handshakes
  • Pete picking up the tab
  • Definitions, Apologetics, and “Yucatan”
  • Selling Superman
  • Judgment, taste, and capacity
  • Clark is more able than we see
  • Superman is more human than we know
  • V. Wizard of Oz
  • Similarities to Superman and BvS
  • Hero’s Journey and circular story
  • Flexible and open to interpretation
  • Explicit Oz references
  • As an allegory for populism
  • VI. Application
  • Academic scholarship
  • Fandom good for empathy
  • Superheroes inspire altruism
  • Science fiction, escapism, and reality

To learn more:
The War of the Worlds 1938 broadcast | Orson Welles
American Experience: War of the Worlds | PBS
War of the Worlds | RadioLab
Big Picture Science | SETI Institute
Churchill Ordered UFO Cover-Up | BBC
Churchill Essay on Aliens | NY Times
Should Humans Try To Contact Alien Civilizations? | Motherboard
Don’t Panic | WNYC
How the Panic Broadcast Really Went Down | Michigan Radio
American Icons: Wizard of Oz | Studio 360
The Wizard of Oz | TED Ed
Everything is Amazing and Nobody is Happy | Louis C.K.
God, The Universe and Everything Else (1988) | BBC
Does Smiling Make You Happier? | HowStuffWorks
Power Poses Work – Amy Cuddy | TED
Power Poses Are False (replication crisis) | Fortune
Are Fandoms Good or Unhealthy? | SciShow Psych
How Harry Potter Turns You Into A Wizard | SciShow Psych
Always take social science studies with a grain of salt.

End-notes (recorded on March 23rd):
Superman: War of the Worlds (2000, Elseworlds) | Lark
Planet of Oz | SuperFriends
Warner Bros. v. AVELA | 8th Circuit
H.G. Wells meets Orson Welles (1940) | KTSA
Superman Meets Orson Welles (1950) | Superman #62
Somewhere Over The Rainbow A Wonderful World | Kamakawiwoʻole
Go The Distance Defying Gravity | Kick Full

Justice League Universe Podcast:
Interview with Clay Enos – Appreciating intention and interpretation
Batman v. Superman Anniversary Special – Value fans get from BvS

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Mar 27 2017

1hr 40mins

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Rank #9: 10 – Jor-El’s Plan – Suicide Squad – Flash vs. Arrow

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In this episode, we breakdown Jor-El’s plan to stop the Kryptonians; we take a look at the characters, cast, and creators for Suicide Squad; and consider what lessons we can learn from CW’s Flash vs. Arrow crossover. We address all the questions below!

  • Why does Jor-El’s plan make sense?
  • Why doesn’t How It Should Have Ended ending work?
  • Why was Dr. Hamilton on the C-17?
  • Why was it logical for Lois to be on the C-17?
  • What was the Phantom Drive doing for the World Engine?
  • Why did the strikes have to be coordinated?
  • Why couldn’t Superman tackle the Black Zero first?
  • Why couldn’t the World Engine be sucked into a singularity?
  • What is the Suicide Squad?
  • Why support Warner Brothers Animation direct to video DC projects?
  • How do press releases tell us Superman is going to get more screen time than Batman?
  • What can the characters, cast, and creators tell us about the DCCU?
  • Why not shoot entirely in IMAX?
  • What lessons can we learn from Flash vs. Arrow?

In this episode’s mail bag:

  • Does killing Clark Kent solve the secret identity issue?
  • Why didn’t Jor-El jump the Black Zero into a star or blow Zod out the airlock?
  • Will Zod return in BvS?
  • Will the DCCU movies be in chronological order?
  • Will they explain the changes to Superman’s suit?

How It Should Have Ended: Man Of SteelOfficial Suicide Squad Press Release

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Rank #10: 14 – Epic Mailbag

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We clear the docket and run through the mailbag in this unscripted episode. We weigh-in on the following questions:

  • How can spaceship parts help Batman survive getting punched by Superman?
  • What is one of the least realistic things about Man of Steel and why I like it?  Hint: choreographed Martial Arts
  • Does Man of Steel mean that the rest of the DCCU will never be all-ages?  Is that a problem?
  • What is the recommended approach to trying to get insight into a scene?  When should the filmmakers be clearer?
  • Why did Zod show Kal-El images of suffering if he wanted his help?  Are Zod and Jor-El artists?
  • Do most people like Man of Steel?
  • Why did Superman react to Zod’s death but not the end of the Genesis Chamber and World Engine?
  • Did the film need more space between Metropolis and the drone scene?
  • Why doesn’t this podcast respond to specific haters?
  • Is Man of Steel three different films?
  • Does the film have bad pacing or bad dialog?
  • Could we get a trilogy?
  • Why the year 2033 matters to the WB?
  • Who made the super suit?

…and more! Check out the start of our new video series.

Man of Steel Myths:

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Jan 25 2015

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Rank #11: 20 – Batman v. Superman Teaser Trailer 1

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The first official look at Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in glorious high-definition.  We break down the lines, the images, and themes with my hazy jet-lagged first impressions.  Then come back soon to hear about the IMAX screening, additional footage, and to talk about the reaction and concerns of others to the trailer.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Who is Charlie Rose and Neil DeGrasse Tyson?
  • Why the Mexico scene shows Superman’s growth
  • Hearing Metropolis Clark’s voice
  • Why the paramilitary likely aren’t a US sanctioned unit
  • Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor performance
  • The penalties for defacing a federal monument
  • Batman opening the door to the extraordinary
  • That’s probably not the train station at the end of Man of Steel

…and more.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Official Teaser Trailer #1 via YouTube
Official Uncompressed Teaser – 50,000 kbs bitrate, visible grain (Size Warning: 843 MB)
A cure for Convergence-triggered nostalgic pining for the past: GraphicAudio presents Superman: The Never-Ending Battle

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Apr 20 2015

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Rank #12: 17 – Trucker Tantrum – Action Tribute

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An epic homage to Action Comics No. 1… or just the product of my exhaustion and low-blood sugar?  A complete breakdown of the bar and smashed truck scene… how Clark pulled it off and whether he went too far.

Featuring clips with Zack Snyder, Allison Crowe, and composer Junkie XL.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • This scene as tribute to Action Comics No. 1
  • What is “source music” in film?
  • “Sweetie” and Clark’s love life
  • What kind of charges and sentence could Ludlow face?
  • What’s tricky about the truck smashing?
  • How Man of Steel‘s Clark shows more endurance than Kingdom Come‘s Superman
  • What Superman shares with the 400 year-old legend of Robin Hood
  • Empathy for others and hope for tomorrow
  • What’s that growling noise?

…and more!  In the Mailbag:

  • Psychosomatic magical weakness
  • An Understanding Martha episode?
  • Wonder Woman wearing wedges
  • Two ways to swim super fast
  • Batman isn’t Iron Man

The Man of Steel Myths video series continues:

  • 6 Mini-MythsYouTube
  • Jimmy Olsen Was Replaced By Jenny
  • Superman Never Tried To Take The Fight Away
  • The Fight Never Left Metropolis
  • The Hostage Family Died
  • He Should Have Covered Zod’s Eyes
  • Superman Never Smiles

Man of Steel’s Action Comics No. 1 TributeYouTube
“Choose to Be (Happy)” by Allison Crowe – Album: Little Light
Collider interviews Junkie XL

Happy Pi Day!

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Rank #13: 21 – IMAX Event – Never-Ending Anyway

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Abridged IMAX Event reaction, commentary on the context of the teaser’s reception, comparison with The Force Awakens, nostalgia triggered by Convergence / Star Wars / The Never-Ending Battle, Roger Stern’s use of the Paradoxical Commandments in Superman: The Never-Ending Battle, a breakdown of the four seconds of IMAX exclusive footage.

This is the first time I recorded an entire episode’s worth of material which I didn’t use.  We recorded our immediate reactions to the IMAX event on the car ride home, but the audio quality and content wasn’t great upon review, so I threw this episode together the next day.  It’s a little better than nothing I guess! 😛

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Why Superman and Batman are awesome together
  • Why we shouldn’t take this encounter for granted
  • Seven reasons to enjoy the Teaser
  • How many seconds Superman and Batman each get
  • Relaxing on certainty with predictions based on the teaser
  • The teaser isn’t as warm as TFA and that’s OK
  • Superman updates but Dick Tracy and Mickey Mouse don’t
  • Paradoxical Commandments / Anyways / Never-Ending
  • Return of the s-curl or spit-curl?
  • How can Batman clip Superman’s wings?
  • Is Batman a berserker or a surgeon?
  • What does the clip tell us about the fight?
  • Insights into Kryptonite

…and more.

The Paradoxical Commandments
Nerdist presents Ben Folds Five “Do It Anyway” f. Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock
GraphicAudio presents Superman: The Never-Ending Battle
“Superman: The Never-Ending Battle” by Roger Stern (hardcover)

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Apr 26 2015

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Rank #14: 27 – Batman v. Superman Comic-Con Trailer

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A line-by-line, shot-by-shot breakdown and analysis of the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Comic-Con Trailer.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Truth, Justice, and The American Way in 50 seconds
  • What are Senate Subcommittees
  • Why the hearing might not be about Metropolis
  • Why it makes sense Bruce Wayne was there that day
  • Thoughts on sister cities
  • Perry’s motives for axing Clark’s investigation
  • Clever costuming colors
  • Theory on the horseback riders and desert scenes

…and more.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Comic-Con Trailer | 277 MB warning!
BvS:DoJ 6 Exclusive Photos | Entertainment Weekly
BvS:DoJ SDCC’15 Panel | Flicks and The City

*Zorro

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Jul 19 2015

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Rank #15: 35 – Batman v. Superman Trailer 2

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A breakdown and analysis of the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer 2.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Viewing this as a villain trailer
  • Unpacking Superman and Batman’s views
  • The merits and faults of each hero’s position
  • Lex Luthor’s performance
  • Deferring to military expertise on the battlefield
  • Defending Doomsday
  • Setting expectations
  • Analyzing the sneak peek

…and more.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Trailer 2 | 3.4 GB warning!
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Official Trailer 2 | WB Pictures
Batman v Superman – Exclusive Sneak | WB Pictures
Batman v Superman Trailer Introduced by Ben Affleck | GMA

Blitz Spirit: Britons Who Refused Shelter | BBC History
Turns Out Spoilers Are Good For You | NPR
Pluto, Pixels, & The Psychology of Spoilers | Verge ESP
DC Graphic Novel and DCU MFV Uber Collection | Warner Home
Teen Titans Go! – Two Parter: Part Two | Amazon Video

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Dec 06 2015

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Rank #16: 19 – Ellesmere, Tornado Topics, Blame

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We continue our film commentary on Ellesmere, take on some tornado scene related topics (speed / durability / limits), and look at if Clark is culpable for Zod’s crimes.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Hitch hiking is optimistic
  • Civilian contractors at Ellesmere
  • Degrees of separation between MOS and genre media
  • How cold is 40 below zero
  • How much did Lois’s camera cost
  • Assumptions about speed, surprise, and durability
  • Did Jonathan know Clark would survive a tornado?
  • Testing your powers like Claire Bennet
  • Why Jonathan dying of a heart attack doesn’t teach Clark anything here
  • The elements of moral culpability or justifiable blame

…and more. Happy Easter!

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Apr 05 2015

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Rank #17: 26 – Symbol – Suit – Flight

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A short survey on the history of the symbol, the suit, and flight; how Man of Steel honors that history; and insight into Jor-El’s speech and what all of this means to Clark.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Why is Krypton called Krypton?
  • Who are John Carter, Hugo Danner, and Doc Savage?
  • Why was the Symbol so prescient?
  • How was the symbol and suit explained in Man of Steel?
  • A 1981 interview with Siegel and Shuster
  • The history of the tights and why the briefs went
  • What is a Transfiguration?
  • How the audience changed from 1940
  • How was realism used to relate to today’s audience
  • Building Kryptonian Culture
  • The history of making Superman fly on screen
  • Why is flight so liberating for Clark?

…and more!

The Evolution of Superman’s “S” Shield | Steve Younis
Superman Kryptonian Assistant Professor Christine Schreyer | ubco.tv
Ep#100: Interview with Christine Schreyer | Conlangery
Superman’s Costume – Strongmen Inspiration with Brad Ricca | The National
Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero (audio) | Larry Tye
Transfiguration Sunday | Chuck Knows Church
CBR: Comic Book Legends Revealed #373 | Brian Cronin
Superman: The Complete History: The Life and Times of the Man of Steel | Les Daniels

Happy Independence Day!

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Jul 06 2015

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Rank #18: 29 – Sonic Boom – Search – Cemetery – Structure

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Sonic booms and other collateral effects of flying at super-speed, showing Lois’s investigative skills in the search for her rescuer, the cemetery scene, an analysis of the structure of the first act, and the psychology of selflessness and killing.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Larry Niven’s critique of Superman
  • John Hodgeman and Neil Tyson on nostalgia
  • Beneficial collateral effects and power evolution
  • How Lois tracks Clark and shows skill
  • How long the investigation would have taken
  • How and why Clark tracks Lois to the cemetery
  • How the first act reaches a new status quo
  • How the first act structure reinforces the theme of identity
  • Why heroes don’t necessarily need origins
  • Why film can be silent on psychology but not comic conceits
  • Revisiting themes from 1988

…and more!

Science Vs. | Wendy Zuckerman
If superpowers were real: Super Speed – Joy Lin | TED Ed
What if Quicksilver Ran Past You? | VSauce3
The sonic boom problem – Katerina Kaouri | TED Ed
Flying Fast, Flying Quiet | NASA
Black Box | RadioLab
The Adventures of Superman | BBC
Are all Hotels the Same place | Idea Channel
Tips from Bob Woodward on Investigative Journalism | Washington Post
A Psychoanalysis of Clark Kent | Emory University
What makes a superhero? – Stan Lee | TEDxGateway ’13
I Need A Hero | RadioLab
Soldiers of Conscience – POV | PBS
Superman on Trial | BBC
New Stu | RadioLab

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Aug 16 2015

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Rank #19: 33 – Fighting Ability – Culture & Character

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How can Jor-El fight or beat Zod?  How could Clark fight and win?  We look at Kryptonian culture in the first five minutes of the film for some answers and challenge the assumptions raised by these questions.  Insight into Zod’s character and Clark’s perseverance.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Martial arts driven by genre and tropes
  • Having genre literacy before criticizing
  • What we learn in just the first 5 minutes
  • The many martial trappings of Krypton
  • Jor-El and Zod were friends
  • Jor-El proves he can fight
  • Krypton relies on projectile weaponry
  • Feudal and warrior culture influence on Man of Steel
  • Are scientists and warriors are mutually exclusive on Krypton?
  • Jor-El as Kryptonian nobility
  • Would Zod have different training than Jor-El
  • The folly of Kryptonian society
  • How does Kal-El know how to fight?
  • How Zod’s training contains disadvantages
  • How the final fight inspires
  • Speculating on Batman and Wonder Woman’s fighting styles

…and more!

Torquasm-Vo | wikia
Torquasm-Rao, Klurkor, and Horu-Karu | io9
The Professor in the Cage | Jonathan Gottschall
Why Men Fight | RadioWest
The Brain: The Story of You | David Eagleman
The Brain with David Eagleman | PBS
Man of Steel Blu-Ray Release Q&A | Yahoo Movies
Jesse Eisenberg on Diane Rehm Show | Scott Brooks
Snyder at Bob Kane Walk of Fame Ceremony | Variety
Nerdist Podcast: David Goyer | Nerdist
Producer Charles Roven Reveals the DC Brain Trust | Collider
Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend | TED
Free Throws | Surprisingly Awesome

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Nov 09 2015

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Rank #20: 31 – Tornado Part 2 – Present – Judgment

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Judgment.  How emergency decision-making works; Judging those decisions with justice, fairness, and reason.  Compassion, empathy, grace, understanding, open-mindedness, and the willingness & imagination to entertain other perspectives definitely helps… but we systematically analyze the unconscious processes that account for fast, intuitive decisions with science and real-life examples.

Primarily a diegetic analysis, we use seven questions as our framework:

  1. Why didn’t Martha let Hank out?
  2. Why did they go for the overpass?
  3. Why go back for Hank?
  4. Why didn’t Jonathan send Clark?
  5. Why didn’t Clark act?
  6. Why did Jonathan hold up his hand?
  7. Why did Clark abide by that?

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • The wisdom of knowing that you don’t know and uncertainty
  • The Dunning-Kruger Effect and the Impostor Effect
  • Cognitive biases like hindsight bias, anchoring effect, priming, risk aversion, etc.
  • Deliberate and elemental analysis for fair judgments
  • Reasonable Person Standard with the same knowledge, experience, and circumstances
  • Why don’t we use a perfect person or optimal behavior standard?
  • The Emergency Doctrine
  • The Myth of Overpass Safety in 1997
  • Neuroscience behind why we love our dogs
  • The tragic tale of Tubby and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
  • Flaws with incomplete utilitarian analysis
  • Hesitation with moral dilemmas regardless of the math
  • Clark as an unemancipated 17-year-old minor

…and more!

Science & Psychology of Fast Intuitive Decision-Making, Cognitive Bias:
Thinking, Fast and Slow | Daniel Kahneman
How You Really Make Decisions | BBC Horizon
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
| Malcolm Gladwell
Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics | Richard Thaler

Links:
Can You Solve This? 2, 4, 8 | Veritasium
The Dunning Kruger Effect | Wikipedia
Killing Babies, Saving The World | RadioLab
Cognition: How Your Mind Can Amaze & Betray You | Crash Course
Highway Overpasses as Tornado Shelters | National Weather Service
Oklahoma’s Deadliest Tornadoes | PBS Nova
The Power of Myth | Joseph Campbell
Galloping Gertie | 99% Invisible
Cognitive Bias Song | Brad Wray

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Sep 09 2015

1hr 33mins

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