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Now Playing Presents The Superman Movie Retrospective Series

Look! Up in iTunes! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a podcast! With the upcoming release of Zach Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel, Now Playing hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob watch and review all the Superman films to find out which are truly super and which are as poisonous as kryptonite.

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Join us at NowPlayingPodcast.com for our new The Haunting (1963) retrospective series!

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1hr 32mins

31 Aug 2021

Rank #1

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Zack Snyder's Justice League

It was a decisive victory for The Legion of Doom when Warner Bros. executives handed Zack Snyder’s unfinished superhero team-up Justice League to Avengers mastermind Joss Whedon. Internet trolls were not kind to this last-minute attempt to leave the Darkseid behind, and tell jokes at Superman’s wake.  Their aggressive social media campaign has paved the way for the original director to assemble a four-hour cut that promises to fix all the problems in the 2017 release. Find out if Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie have hope again for the DCU.  Listen now! {DC Teams Series}  {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {DC Movie Universe}  {Superman Series}  {Batman Series}  {Wonder Woman Series}  {Flash Series}  {Aquaman Series}

2hr 37mins

24 Mar 2021

Rank #2

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Justice League

How does a DC Comics super-team come together when the Man of Steel is dead, Batman is suicidal, Wonder Woman won't lead, and the most promising recruits are an aloof Merman, a renegade robot, and a neurotic runner who'd rather eat than fight?  It will take the Classic Rock threat of Steppenwolf, reuniting with the Mother Boxes of Invention, to unify this Justice League.  But is there any hope for Recommendations from Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie when the clashing visions of director Zack Snyder and last minute replacement Joss Whedon create such a chaotic production?  Find out who wins and loses when you listen now! Thirsting for even more JUSTICE? Become a Now Playing Patron to hear an extended version of this review--over 30 minutes longer! Details are on the Now Playing Patron site! {DC Teams Series}  {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {DC Movie Universe}  {Superman Series}  {Batman Series}  {Wonder Woman Series}  {Flash Series}  {Aquaman Series}

2hr

21 Nov 2017

Rank #3

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X-Men: Apocalypse

Director Bryan Singer is back to take the X-Men to the '80s for a totally tubular fight against Apocalypse! The film debuts the fan-favorite mutant villain on film. It also features the return of classic movie X-Men Cyclops, Jean Gray, and Nightcrawler. Is the result boss or bunk? Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out! {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {Batman Series}  {DC Movie Universe}  {Superman Series}  {DC Teams Series}

2hr 32mins

1 Jun 2016

Rank #4

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

It took fifteen years of development, but now the World's Finest heroes are together on screen with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Can the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel share the screen?  The box office was big but the audience divided. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for this review to find out! {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {Batman Series}  {DC Movie Universe}  {Superman Series}  {DC Teams Series}

2hr 26mins

29 Mar 2016

Rank #5

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

It took fifteen years of development, but now the World's Finest heroes are together on screen with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Can the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel share the screen?  The box office was big but the audience divided. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for this review to find out! {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {Batman Series}  {DC Movie Universe}  {Superman Series}  {DC Teams Series}

2hr 26mins

29 Mar 2016

Rank #6

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

It took fifteen years of development, but now the World's Finest heroes are together on screen with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Can the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel share the screen?  The box office was big but the audience divided. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for this review to find out! {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {Batman Series}  {DC Movie Universe}  {Superman Series}  {DC Teams Series}

2hr 26mins

29 Mar 2016

Rank #7

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Man of Steel

With Christopher Nolan's Batman films Warner Bros. set the gold standard for superhero films.   The Dark Knight was a box office hit, a fan favorite, and even won an Academy Award for acting.  Yet the year after Batman Begins   the other World's Finest superhero, Superman, failed to take flight.  So when Dark Knight writer David Goyer pitched a new, bold take on Superman Warner Bros. agreed.   Watchmen  director Zack Snyder was brought in to direct, and the result was Man of Steel.  Its opening weekend broke records, but both critics and fans are sharply divided over the quality of the film.  Now Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob bring their Superman retrospective series to a close with their review of Man of Steel.  Can Man of Steel leap tall buildings in a single bound, or should it be stopped with a speeding bullet?  Listen to find out! {Superman Series}  {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {DC Movie Universe}

2hr 28mins

19 Jun 2013

Rank #8

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Man of Steel

With Christopher Nolan's Batman films Warner Bros. set the gold standard for superhero films. The Dark Knight was a box office hit, a fan favorite, and even won an Academy Award for acting. Yet the year after Batman Begins the other World's Finest superhero, Superman, failed to take flight. So when Dark Knight writer David Goyer pitched a new, bold take on Superman Warner Bros. agreed. Watchmen director Zack Snyder was brought in to direct, and the result was Man of Steel. Its opening weekend broke records, but both critics and fans are sharply divided over the quality of the film. Now Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob bring their Superman retrospective series to a close with their review of Man of Steel. Can Man of Steel leap tall buildings in a single bound, or should it be stopped with a speeding bullet? Listen to find out! {Superman Series}  {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {DC Movie Universe}

2hr 28mins

18 Jun 2013

Rank #9

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Superman Returns

For 20 years it seemed Nuclear Man and Lex Luthor really had killed Superman. Every attempt to bring the man of steel back to theaters had fallen through. While fellow DC superhero Batman had a major franchise launch, fail, and reboot, Superman seemed relegated to the small screen with Lois and Clark and Smallville. But director Bryan Singer was flying high after two successful X-Men films, and rather than return for X-Men he had Superman Returns. A continuation of the original two films, Superman Returns has the Kryptonian hero facing off again with nemesis Lex Luthor. Fans did not embrace Singer's vision and planned sequels were scrapped in favor of a complete reboot -- Man of Steel opening this week in theaters! But does Superman Returns deserve its bad reputation? Listen to Now Playing and find out! Then join us next week as we review the brand new Superman film Man of Steel! {Superman Series}  {DC Comics Series} {Comic Book Movie Series}

1hr 28mins

11 Jun 2013

Rank #10