Rank #1: Episode 40: Batman Returns (1992)
In a special pre-recorded episode, filling the gap while Joe is away on honeymoon, we look at Tim Burton's 1992 sequel Batman Returns. Is it the best of the '90s Bat-films? Heck, is it the best Bat-film full stop?
As it's a pre-record, there's again no news chat this week - but we do find time to explain to Joe just what "cheesecake" art means. And James and Seb will be back with a catchup news minisode next week...For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #2: Episode 52: The Avengers (2012)
It's a very special episode of Cinematic Universe, as not only do we finally get on to 2012's The Avengers, but the episode was recorded with all three of us in the same room! It was also recorded quite late at night, and after we'd just had an abortive attempt at recording a commentary on the film - but you can hear more about that in the episode. We've also convened this week to do an UP-TO-DATE bit of news chat, since it's been a while since we had one. And Patreon subscribers should watch out early next week for a special, exclusive bonus bit of audio related to this episode! 00:00 – Intro/Explain a concept 04:19 – News 35:18 – Avengers film chat 1:52:50 – Comics recommendations 1:59:38 – The PitchFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #3: Episode 69: Black Panther (2018)
At the time of publishing this episode, Black Panther has already taken over $200m at the box office. And we estimate that around 56% of that take has purely been down to Amon Warmann going to see it repeatedly. He joins Joe and James to discuss the film that's already looking like it might be the comic book movie event of a year that also includes Infinity War. As per usual with a new release, there's no news section - so it's straight into a spoiler-free opinion section before we delve into the spoilery specifics. And our regular trio will be back next week to catch up on the news as normal.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #4: Episode 61: Iron Man Three (2013)
In one of our most fair and balanced episodes ever, we try and give both sides in the Iron Man 3 Mandarin debate a fair hearing. No, just kidding: if you don't like that twist and this movie, sorry, but chances are this one ain't going to be for you. But listen anyway, because we might persuade you, and we don't insult your point of view THAT much, honest. Elsewhere, we react to some late-breaking (it literally happened as we recorded the pod) X-Force news, and give some time over to reviewing the first half-season of Amazon's The Tick.
00:00 - Intro/Explain a Concept 10:55 - News 27:24 - The Tick mini-review 44:49 - Movie Discussion 128:58 - Recommendations 137:51 - The PitchFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #5: Episode 86: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
It's hard to imagine, but when we launched Cinematic Universe, this film was less than a year old. We've talked about it an awful lot since, but thanks to our slavish devotion to doing each film series in their correct sequence, we're only now getting to actually covering it in its own right. Is it the greatest modern superhero movie? Bucky superfan Limara Salt joins Joe and Seb to delve into that question and an awful lot more besides.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #6: Episode 56: Dredd (2012)
Given that we so often present a British perspective on American icons, we thought we'd get an American perspective on a British icon - and so The AV Club's Caroline Siede joins us once more, to discuss Pete Travis (and Alex Garland)'s 2012 adaptation of Dredd. We cover surprisingly feminist villains, unfortunately topical social housing issues, and Karl Urban's peerless chin acting. There's also a roundup of recent news on X-Men: Dark Phoenix and the first Black Panther trailer.
00:00 - Intro 03:10 - Explain a Concept 09:36 - News 31:47 - Movie Discussion 93:15 - Recommendations 96:53 - The PitchFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #7: Episode 7: Superman (1978)
Look, up in the sky! It's... Joe, Seb and James, as Cinematic Universe lands on Superman for the first time with the 1978 Christopher Reeve and Richard Donner film. Over in the news, we share our early thoughts on Netflix's Daredevil, discuss the possibility of Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the Flash, and James is hugely excited by the prospect of an Agents of SHIELD spinoff.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #8: Episode 3: Iron Man (2008)
Joe, Seb and James head back to the very beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to discuss how Jon Favreau set the framework for future success with his 2008 film, Iron Man. They also discuss the latest comic book movie news including changes to Marvel's Phase Three, the Daredevil trailer and the Preacher pilot script.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #9: Episode 2: Batman (1989)
Joe, Seb and James return to discuss the Fantastic Four trailer, AKA Jessica Jones and Supergirl casting, and the 'Bondian' opening sequence of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. During the main discussion the guys debate the impact and legacy of Tim Burton's 1989 film, Batman.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #10: Episode 46: Superman II (1980)
Another topical one, as the White House finds itself invaded by a fascistic dictator, and... oh, man, it's just not even funny any more, is it? God knows what it'll be like when we get onto V For Vendetta. Anyway, this is Superman II, the 1980 Richard Lester classic, you all know it by now - and while we've focused on the original theatrical release, we do also talk about the 2006 Richard Donner Cut, too.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #11: Episode 49: Logan (2017)
The 2017 releases continue apace as Joe and James are joined by returning guest Michael Leader to talk through the final chapter of Hugh Jackman's seventeen-year-long journey as Wolverine, in James Mangold's Logan. It might be emotional, folks. As ever with new releases, there's no news roundup this week, and we do a bit of spoiler-free chat before delving into specifics after the first hour.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #12: Episode 62: Unbreakable (2000)
It's the film that kickstarted a cinematic universe of its own - we just didn't know it at the time. We look back at a superhero classic - but was it ever correctly pitched that way? - in the shape of M. Night Shyamalan's 2000 thriller Unbreakable. In the news section, Seb and James give their reaction to the CW's announcement of a Dark Archiverse Sabrina spinoff; and in a longer-than-usual introductory segment Joe gets caught up with what's been going on at DC and Marvel lately.
00:00 - Intro/Explain a Concept 18:03 - News 30:55 - Movie Discussion 95:00 - Recommendations 103:53 - The PitchFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #13: Episode 47: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
It's an animated Batman movie in February 2017... but no, we're not talking about The Lego Batman Movie (that's coming next time out), but 1993's Mask of the Phantasm. Does this foray into animation come out better than Planet Hulk did? Is it, in fact, the definitive screen take on Batman? In a rare twist, Batman: TAS fan Joe is actually the expert on the source material this time around - but can he explain to Seb and James a cartoon concept that as comics fans, they just don't understand?For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #14: Episode 74: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
It's our Infinity War episode. If we have to say any more than that, you've probably got the wrong podcast.
Be warned, though: this podcast is SPOILER FILLED from the outset. There's no news discussion, and there's no spoiler-free reaction section. We are straight in there from the word go, because... well, how could you NOT be?For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #15: Minisode 44.5: Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits and Fear & Loathing
Merry Christmas! We didn't actually originally intend to be putting out an episode today, but that's how the schedules have fallen as we run through our end-of-year catching up. So in advance of our upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger and Best of 2016 Awards episodes, here's Joe with a look back at Seb's Constantine-inspired recommendations: the Garth Ennis, Will Simpson and Steve Dillon Hellblazer arcs Dangerous Habits and Fear and Loathing. There's also a run through some of the recent comic book movie news that you may have missed, but let's face it, probably didn't.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #16: Episode 76: Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008)
A pod's gotta do what a pod's gotta do Joe, Seb and James have a treat here for you The only doom that's looming is us singing you to death So we'll give you a second to catch your breath
No, don't worry. We're not singing. At all. We promise. But we have gone pretty darned deep on Joss Whedon's 2008 online musical miniseries Dr Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog, with yet another discussion about fridging as well as an exploration of toxic masculinity that seems even more worryingly apt than it did ten years ago. And while we don't sing ourselves, for those of you who've never heard the songs we're talking about (or even if you just want to hear them again) we have included a whole bunch of clips, so in a sense it is still a musical episode. Enjoy!For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #17: Episode 59: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Were you one of the five people who actually saw Valerian? If so, you might enjoy Joe and James talking about it, since it was actually, you know, pretty good! Yes, the impromptu Cinematic Universe summer break is over (sorry about the break in service!) and after the last episode saw us with FOUR voices for the first time, we've gone back to the slightly more intimate setting of a two-hander for this one (which is mainly because Seb hadn't got round to seeing the film by the time of the recording and nobody else in the world seems to have cared about it).
There's also a roundup of some news that hopefully won't be TOO out of date by the time this episode actually makes it to you, and we'll be back on a normal schedule over the next couple of weeks!
00:00 - Intro/Explain a Concept 11:23 - News 34:56 - Movie Discussion 106:40 - The PitchFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #18: Episode 43: Doctor Strange (2016)
Again, a slightly later than planned episode due to a couple of technical issues with the recording - but at least it's given more of you a chance to see the film! So join Joe, James and special guest Matt Looker as we look at the final comic book movie release of 2016: Marvel's Doctor Strange. As usual, we've done a spoiler-free reaction section at the beginning (in case any of you haven't seen it yet) before moving into more detailed, spoiler-filled thoughts later on.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #19: Episode 91: Captain Marvel (2019)
Yes. We know. Sorry. We've had all manner of catastrophes befall this episode, leading ultimately to our having to completely re-record it having already done it once. But we got there in the end, and hey, we got there before the end of the month of the film's release! So we're sure you've all already seen Captain Marvel and formed your own opinions on it by now, but join us as we give you our thoughts, as well as closing off the episode with some discussion of that latest Avengers: Endgame trailer.
Oh, and hey, by the way, this is our 200th (including minisodes and bonus eps) edition overall! Yay us.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #20: Episode 80: Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Well, here it is: the last time we'll cover a Spider-Man movie that already existed before we did the podcast, and our fond farewell to Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, JK Simmons, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and, uh, John Paxton. Largely derided on its release for being the (then) duffest Spidey film by some way, has time (and Marc Webb) proven kinder to its reputation?
Meanwhile, since there's thankfully not been much news since our big SDCC blowout, we mostly spend the news section indulging in some probably-already-out-of-date speculation about the latest developments in the Disney/Fox deal.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy