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

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

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When you compare, there’s no comparison

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

All Time Favorite DC Podcast

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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: 43 – A Beautiful Truth – You Are Not Alone

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A sentimental essay and subjective exploration of Clark’s character arc and the birth of the superhero.

Briefly revisiting Man of Steel to find a beautiful truth in Batman v. Superman we can all apply.

Understanding and empathizing with Clark’s burden beyond just bearing the weight of criticism.  Refusing to take Superman the symbol for granted.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • A beautiful lie, the ugly truth, an ugly lie, a beautiful truth
  • The beautiful truth beheld by Martha and Jonathan
  • Jonathan always dreamed of the Superman
  • What is the Superman? = What is the superhero?
  • Erring on psychology rather than unerring icon
  • Not taking “good is a conversation” for granted
  • How dialogue (lines) sacrifices dialogue (conversation)
  • Lois possibly picking the Superman over Clark
  • Clark feeds, Darkseid hungers, Superman teaches all to feed themselves
  • Clark counting the cost of the Superman, an uncertain symbol, with Martha
  • Batman is not a superhero until Superman shows him
  • Not a misunderstanding of Superman, pursuing an understanding of Superman
  • Clark’s consistent characterization on the hotel balcony
  • Paradox of hope and protection challenges Clark’s faith
  • Showing how Clark works out his values, ethics, and morals
  • Twice Lois says, “You came back.”
  • Lex knows he seeks to spread a lie
  • Superman is one… Superman dies… the superhero is born
  • Death protects Superman while expanding the superhero for his return
  • The Justice League works out the logistics and expands the definition
  • Superman was inspired by us
  • You are not alone

…and more.

How deterrence is changing, explained by Defense Secretary Ash Carter | Vox
The Irony of Cheese | Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder Loves Superman and BvS Proves It | Mark Hughes
BvS: How I surprised myself and fell in love with this film | Brett Culp
Look to the Sky (2016) #SupermanIsReal | The Rising Heroes Project
Superhero Psychology | Huffington Post

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May 01 2016

1hr 29mins

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Rank #2: 45 – Ultimate Edition

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Recorded July 9th, less than 12 hours after viewing.  First impressions to the Ultimate Edition of Batman v. Superman (via VUDU) after one continuous play through, skimming some extras, and going back to pause at select points.

Apologies in advance for the rambling sure to come!  Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Overall Impressions
  • Subtlety and symbolism of drinks as delusion
  • Repetition, parallels, references, homage, call-backs, continuity
  • Jimmy Olsen’s death and Clark Kent’s return
  • Approaching BvS with mass resurrection in mind
  • New rules for reality
  • Justice League set visit excitement
  • Recruitment reflecting negotiating with audience
  • Realism reinvigorating comics in every era
  • Heavy Metal magazine influence
  • Smoother transitions
  • Function of flamethrower in Nairomi
  • New line says Lex Senior was a liar
  • Perry White’s tragic story arcs
  • Colorado flood rescue dilemma
  • Superman’s public powers and limitations
  • Lex’s kinship with Doomsday
  • Knowing lets you go dark for the coming light

…and much more ramblings!

Secret Origin clip features Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne McDuffie, Paul Levitz, Geoff Johns, Dan Didio, Denny O’Neil, Mark Waid, and Neil Gaiman.

7/22/16 Update: I figured out the logic of planning for the flamethrower.  Not for the locals, the CIA, the press, for witnesses, or eliminating evidence.  The burnt bodies gave Kahina the cover-story to excuse your lie in the eyes of Lois and Clark.  Yes, Lex could have had Kahina lie about fire even if Anatoli didn’t burn bodies but then Lois and Clark would be on to Kahina immediately.  They’d know she was lying.  L&C might not be able to prove it, but it would get them investigating rather than doubting themselves.  Lex ordered Anatoli to burn bodies because while L&C know Superman didn’t use heat-vision, they could still believe that Kahina would come to that conclusion and testify about it.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (4K Ultra HD) | Director: Zack Snyder
Justice League Set Visit Recap | Collider
Alexander The Great vs Ivan The Terrible | Epic Rap Battle
Diana’s treasure. Action 1, Detective 31, Detective 27, and Superman 1! | MOSanswers
Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (2009) | Narrator: Ryan Reynolds
What Is An Existential Crisis? | The School of Life
The Suicide Squadcast | Tim, Scott, and Brent
Justice League Universe Podcast | Sam and Alessandro

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Jul 16 2016

1hr 9mins

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Rank #3: 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 #4: 41 – Batman and Superman

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An inspection of Batman through the lens of Superman and their historic impact and influence upon each other.  Batman’s commercial origins and influences, historic popularity and comparisons, The Dark Knight Returns, and modern media movies, TV, and videogames.

Clips featuring: Henry Cavill, Jim Steranko, Mark Waid, Denny O’Neil, Kevin Smith, Paul Levitz, Jerry Robinson, Neal Adams, Grant Morrison, Mike Carlin, Bruce Timm, Charles Roven, Len Wein, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, Geoff Johns, J. Michael Straczynski, Todd MacFarlane, Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan, Kevin Conroy, Jay Oliva, and more!

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Batman’s influences other than The Shadow
  • Views of machines, technology, and industry
  • Mythological and Homeric parallels
  • Popularity polls and Ebert’s review
  • Batman as an avatar for anger
  • Views on civilization and mankind
  • Bat-Fan openness to interpretation
  • Batman exemplar of effort – Superman gift of grace
  • One bad day

…and more.

Henry Cavill Asks Kids: Batman or Superman? | Omaze
Jesse Eisenberg Asks Comic Fans: Batman or Superman? | Omaze
Win The Ultimate Batman v. Superman Experience | Omaze
Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes… | Grant Morrison
Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked | History
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle | PBS
Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and… | Maslon & Kantor
Superman: The High Flying History… | Larry Tye
Our Gods Wear Spandex | Chris Knowles
Batman Tech | History
Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of… | History
Batkid Begins | Dana Nachman
Interview with Jay Oliva | Hall of Justice
Batman: Bad Blood | WB Animation
The Dark Knight Returns | Frank Miller
The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe | WB Animation
Batman The Animated Series | Warner Home Video
Batman Brave and The Bold | WB Animation
Batman Beware The Bat | WB Animation
Batman (1989) | Tim Burton
Batman The Complete Series (1966) | Adam West
The Killing Joke Radio Drama | School of Movies
The Killing Joke | Alan Moore
Exclusive Interview with Zack Snyder | Turkish Airline
The New Batman / Superman Adventures Theme | Shirley Walker

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Twitter: @mosanswers
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#RenewYoungJustice

Feb 29 2016

1hr 24mins

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Rank #5: 9 – Secret Identity – Kept By MOS But Hard To Keep Onwards

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In this episode, we’re looking at the secret identity. What’s being protected, how it was maintained in Man of Steel, and if it can be preserved going forwards.  We address all the questions below and hear what David Goyer has to say about the secret identity’s future.

  • Why would the government not pursue the identity?
  • Did Lois confirm that she knows Superman’s identity?
  • Did Lois’s first article compromise Superman’s identity?
  • Did Lois’s second article blow Superman’s identity?
  • Did Lois reveal the identity by yelling Clark at his farm?
  • Did Superman expose his identity by giving up his ship?
  • Did Superman expose his identity by giving his age?
  • Did surrendering give away his identity?
  • Did Superman expose his identity by saying he’s from Kansas?
  • Did The Battle of Smallville give away Superman’s identity?
  • Did the kiss give away Superman’s identity?
  • Does Perry know?
  • Does Suicide Squad change things?
  • What technologies can help keep the identity?
  • How can the government, The Daily Planet, or Lex Luthor help keep the identity?
  • Can the trope survive modern reality?

In this episode’s mail bag:

  • “Did Zod realize he’d lose his powers by making Earth like Krypton? If he didn’t how would he rule all those people with powers?”
  • “Why did it have to be Earth? Why couldn’t Zod have terraformed Mars or another planet?”
  • The possibility that Superman’s invulnerability can be controlled by his will, so if he wants to shave, he simply lowers his force-field to become like a normal human being.
  • Did Warner Brothers mandate Snyder include Batman? Will Snyder be required to have Batman beat Superman and give Batman more screen-time?

We won’t have a typical show this holiday but might do a mailbag if you send in your questions.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Rank #6: 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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1hr 33mins

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Rank #7: 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 #8: 44 – Kryptonite Spear

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Our introduction to Kryptonite in Batman v. Superman, its properties and use.

Getting into the science of minerals, materials, radiation, and projectiles.  Why make a Kryptonite spear?  Why not Kryptonite bullets, blades, or bludgeons?

Something more meaningful than the gift of a Kryptonite ring.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Properties of a mineral
  • Properties of Kryptonite
  • Weaponizing Kryptonite
  • Why Kryptonite glows
  • Kryptonian bio-interactions
  • Wisps of smoke during scalpel cut
  • Radioactive half-life
  • Biological half-life
  • Ballistic penetration
  • Lightsaber design language
  • In praise of production design
  • Pathology of Kryptonite gas
  • Entrusting Kryptonite
  • How to give hope

…and a bonus round of random topics:

  • What altitude did Superman?
  • Super-speed stories
  • Bringing Clark back
  • DC Rebirth
  • Allegory
  • Allergy


Note: Lightsaber design language, form follows function, and spearhead geometry | Various

Minerals and Blades
Botryoidal mineral texture | Wiki
BvS Spoiler Special with Zack Snyder | Empire Podcast
Stone Blade Surgery | PBS
Obsidian Surgery Scalpels | CNN
Glass Knife | Wiki
Diamond Knife | Wiki
Diamond LaserKnife | ASDS

Radiation
The Batman Superman Movie | WB Animation
Silver Bullet | Wiki
Radioactivity: Expect the unexpected – Steve Weatherall | TED-Ed
Is radiation dangerous? – Matt Anticole | TED-Ed
How does radiation sickness work? | BrainStuff
The Radium Girls | SciShow

Bullets
Army Special Forces: “Silent Warriors” (1961) | US Army
Modern Crossbow vs. Modern Body Armor | twangNbang
Momentum, Kinetic Energy, & Arrow Penetration | Dr. Ashby
Tungsten: The perfect metal for bullets | BBC
Firewalking | Wiki
Discoveries from the Inside – Designing the Lightsaber | Star Wars
Return of the Jedi Fake Script Story| Howard Kazanjian
FN SCAR® Mk 13 EGLM | FN
Alpha Particle | Wiki

Extras
Everything is a Remix: The Force Awakens | Kirby Ferguson
Justice League: The New Frontier | Darwyn Cooke
Radioactive (Cover) – Happy Sad Songs | Gregory Brothers

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May 29 2016

1hr 29mins

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Rank #9: 48 – Amanda Waller

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Recorded August 22nd.  “What are you really up to?”  The premise behind Task Force X as historically plausible.  Amanda Waller’s sales pitch and intentions.  FAQ run down.

You notice these are criminals?  They’re psychotic antisocial freaks.  It makes no sense . . . I mean, you need real soldiers.  Not these scumbags . . . What are you really up to?

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Amazing Amanda Waller execution
  • The Voice of God
  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • Weird weapons of war
  • Project Habakkuk (ice ship) and Project X-Ray (bat bombs)
  • David and Goliath and military innovation
  • White House Situation Room
  • What was pitched and what was actually bought
  • People avoid uncertainty but actually like it
  • Military Mafia connection
  • Unethical human testing
  • Why not heroes or soldiers
  • Waller and Enchantress
  • History of WMD management
  • The Dirty Dozen and Filthy Thirteen
  • Roy Benavidez

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can this Squad stop Superman?
  • What is the purpose of the rest of the Squad?
  • What use is Harley?  Boomerang?  Killer Croc?  Slip Knot?
  • What is Waller really up to?
  • Why is Katana on the Squad?
  • What is the Squad’s purpose generally?
  • Why aren’t elite soldiers satisfactory to Waller?
  • What is the Squad’s mission specifically?
  • Who shot down the first helicopter?
  • Why would you send another helicopter?
  • Why was GQ and his men on this mission?
  • Don’t they compromise the Squad’s covert status?
  • Isn’t this expending soldiers for the Squad?
  • Wouldn’t two squads of soldiers be better?
  • Why couldn’t conventional soldiers win if bombs are effective?
  • Why weren’t the supernatural siblings more effective?
  • How did Deadshot set off the C4?
  • Why did Bruce need Waller’s files?
  • Where was The Flash?
  • Why didn’t Waller destroy the heart immediately?
  • Why didn’t Waller guard Enchantress more carefully?

To learn more:
Fighting Fire With Fire | Wikipedia
Project X-Ray (bat bomb) | Wikipedia
Project Habakkuk (ice ship) | Wikipedia
War In Heaven | Wikipedia
Penal Military Units | Wikipedia
The Dirty Dozen (1967) | IMDb
White House Situation Room | Wikipedia
Lucky Luciano’s deal | Wikipedia
Unethical human experimentation | Wikipedia
Command & Control | Eric Schlosser
Filthy Thirteen | Wikipedia
MSgt. Roy Benavidez | Wikipedia

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Twitter: @mosanswers
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A special first-draft since I’m away for the next month!  So here’s the “assembly cut” in lieu of dividing it into three polished episodes.

Aug 28 2016

1hr 50mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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.

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Feb 08 2015

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Rank #12: 13 – Flashbacks – Theft – Maybe

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In this episode, we’ll go over the purpose of the flashbacks, see what we can learn from the classroom scene, tackle whether Clark is a thief, look at the subjectivity of Superman, explore some of the themes of the film using a parable, and finally, we discuss that infamous answer: “Maybe.” We’ve got some very short clips from D.J. Des Jardin, Diane Lane, and Dylan Sprayberry. Maybe we raise the following questions:

  • Why use flashbacks instead of a chronological structure?
  • Is Superman a criminal?
  • How did the editor show passage of time with the cuts?
  • Why is Mrs. Ross visiting good for Clark’s secret?
  • How do legalism and principles differ?
  • Will BvS feature flashbacks like MOS?
  • How does the parable of the old and new garments apply to MOS?
  • Why organically grow Superman from principles instead of retreading codified absolutes?
  • What distinguishes the kids on the bus from the strangers under the overpass?
  • Why did Jonathan say “maybe” to Clark?
  • How does a teenage pregnancy help explain that answer?
  • What does bar mitzvah have to do with Man of Steel?

…and much more!

Goyer on religious elements 1 2 3
Snyder on religious parallels
WB’s religious marketing
Smallville KO Count
defintion of maybe

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Jan 13 2015

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Rank #13: 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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Jan 04 2015

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Rank #14: 16 – The Amazon & The Atlantean – Magic Weakness

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Aquaman revealed!  We consider the culture, costumes, and casting of Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.  Then discuss whether Kryptonians are weak to magic.

Featuring clips with costume designer Michael Wilkinson, VSauce2’s Kevin Lieber, Gal Gadot, Lynda Carter, Gloria Steinem, Denny O’Neil, Zack Snyder, Tim Gunn, and more!

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • When can we expect the next tease?
  • What does “only one true king” mean?
  • Aquman’s Arthurian parallels.
  • “The seven seas” phase is how old?
  • Why am I excited about Polynesian culture being used?
  • Does this serious picture preclude an outrageous Aquaman?
  • Do costumes have to be practical?  What role does culture play?
  • Will the costumes to change with every appearance?
  • The history of heels and neckties.
  • How do they pull off stunt work and fights in heels?
  • Should Wonder Woman wear pants?
  • Superman’s briefs as a lightning rod.
  • How to pronounce “Gadot” correctly.
  • Mitigating Gadot’s lack of acting experience.
  • What Gadot has in common with Carter.
  • Actors doing their own stunts.
  • Shipping Aquaman and Wonder Woman.
  • Why magic as a Kryptonian weakness makes less sense than as a vulnerability.
  • Could Atlantis and Themyscira protect Superman’s secret identity?
  • What does Lynda Carter think about Superman? (Stay tuned to the very end!)

…and more! Our new video series continues, check it out!

Man of Steel Myths:

StarShipSofa – Jeff VanderMeer’s “Shark God”
VSauce2 – Heels Were Made For Men
Crazy Sexy Geeks: The Series – Wonder Woman Debate!
Supergirl Radio – Hosts Teresa Jusino and Rebecca Johnson
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam

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Feb 28 2015

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Rank #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 30 – Tornado Part 1 – Past – Safe

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A road map for breaking down the tornado scene, the dialogue in the station wagon, the implications of “safe”, remarkable parenting, priming and its effects on the present, and a terrible-not-even-close Mark Waid impression.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Getting your facts straight before judging
  • Why safe is good
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • Why Clark’s limits weren’t tested
  • Assuming Superman’s invulnerability
  • Keeping Clark safe from what?
  • Jonathan’s forgiveness
  • What if there was no tornado?
  • What is priming?
  • Ulysses Contract

…and more!

Superman Kryptonite | Darwyn Cooke & Tim Sale
Killing Babies, Saving The World | RadioLab
#Priming | YouTube
The Inquiry | BBC
Confidence Driven Decisions – Peter Atwater | TED
You v. You | RadioLab

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Aug 31 2015

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Rank #18: 38 – The World of Batman v. Superman

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A rubric of four factors for engaging fictional choices, looking at the March issue of Empire magazine, the five chapters of the Dr. Pepper promotional comic, two Zack Snyder interviews, and more.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Exchange, Stakes, Context, and Preference (ESCaPe)
  • Who came first: Darkseid or Thanos?
  • Batman as the Bad Guy
  • Naughty Wonder Woman?
  • Are promo comics canonical?
  • Batman’s relationship to Gotham PD
  • Superman’s impact on geopolitics

…and more.

March 2016 Batman v. Superman Exclusive | Empire
“From the World of Batman v. Superman” promo comic | Dr. Pepper
The Hall of Justice Podcast #28 Zack Snyder | Seth Everett
Zack Snyder on 02/04/2016 | Opie with Jim Norton

$5 Fandago Credit with proofs of purchase | Dr. Pepper
Batman v. Superman Collectible Cans | Dr. Pepper
Justice League Unlimited | Warner Home Video
Justice League: Doom | Warner Home Video
All Star Superman | Warner Home Video
Wonder Woman | Warner Home Video
Sid Meier on Interesting Decisions | Gamasutra
Comic Book Artist magazine | Wikipedia
Batman v Superman To Get Day-And-Date China Release | Variety
History of Ideas – Failure | School of Life
Season 5 Episode 14: The Ring | Last Man Standing

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Rank #19: 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.

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Jan 25 2015

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Rank #20: 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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Mar 15 2015

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