We continue our hiatus between shows filled with freeform topics. This week, we discuss the superhero media that we grew up with—TV shows, movies, comics, even books!—and how it shaped our involvement with the genre. Then, a brief Superhero Sweep touches on the new new Suicide Squad movie, and in our Letters Page we transplant a Star Trek episode into the superhero genre.
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It’s final exam week here at Batman University, which means it’s time to expand our podcast to an entire panel for a discussion of the animated movie “Mask of the Phantasm.” Tony is joined by Chip Sudderth, Dan Moren, David Loehr, and Philip Mozolak.
We attempt to remember back to what life was like in 1993, someone compares Tony to Harvey Bullock, and we determine how this movies stacks up against the other Batman animated movies.
Many classic “Batman: The Animated Series” episodes are referenced. Links in the show notes.
Glenn Fleishman joins Tony to discuss the classic Batman the Animated Series episode “Beware the Grey Ghost.” We discuss childhood experiences with Batman and comics stores, the obsolete technology available in Batman the Animated Series, and of course we have to talk a bit bout Star Trek.
We also acknowledge a lot of references.
Aleen Simms joins Tony to discuss the classic Batman the Animated Series episode “The Man Who Killed Batman.” We discuss Gotham career opportunities, Batman without Batman, and where to get a cape and cowl on short notice, and just how bad is the bureaucracy in Gotham?
George Peckham-Rooney joins Tony to discuss the Batman Beyond pilot and two parter “Rebirth.” We discuss the Batman Beyond series in general, origin stories, and pilots.
Joe Rosensteel joins Tony discuss the Superman Animated Series episode “Knight Time,” the visual redesign of DC animated characters, super villain group dynamics, and villain reveals that may or may not be surprising.
Sam Einhorn joins Tony to discuss the animated movie “Mystery of the Batwoman,” the history of Batwoman, LGBT characters in comics, and Bruce Wayne’s dating life.
We return to our first wave of inductees into The Incomparable’s Television Hall of Fame, as we enshrine 10 more series that our panelists consider among the greatest of all time. This second batch spans seven decades and includes sketch comedy, animation, sitcoms, dramas, and even a show that premiered less than a year ago.
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Dan Moren joins Tony to discuss the Superman three parter “World’s Finest,” the Batman-Superman relationship, and Batman’s role as a team player.
Lisa Schmeiser joins Tony to discuss three “Justice” League episode (“Wild Cards” parts 1 and 2 and “Epilogue”), the Justice League in general, and our favorite versions of Batman.
Tony and James discuss the episode “Mad Love.”
Tony and Shannon discuss the episode “Perchance to Dream.”
Tony and Guy discuss the episode “Love is a Croc.”
Tony and Aleen discuss the episode “Shadow of the Bat.”
Tony and Joe discuss the episode “Feat of Clay.”
Tony and Sam discuss the episode “P.O.V.” with a lengthy discussion of The Question and Renee Montoya.
Tony and Jeremy talk about “Showdown” featuring Jonah Hex!
In the inaugural episode of TeeVee’s coverage of “Batman: The Animated Series,” Tony and Lisa discuss “Zatanna” and other Batman related topics.
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You asked for it, and we delivered! Batman University is in session, as we dive into “Batman: The Animated Series.” Lifelong Batman fan Tony Sindelar has provided us with a 10-episode watch list, which served as a refresher for our panel and an introduction for our host. What makes many people call this version of Batman the definitive one? How does a show that’s for kids end up being so strikingly adult? How is the character of this Batman not like recent movie depictions? We’ve got the answers.