Superhero Podcast Review: Super Movie Studies
It’s time yet again for another round of my superhero podcast reviews. This time around I’ve chosen another podcast at random, this time it was via a search on Stitcher for “Superhero”. I specifically chose this podcast out of the list of shows that came up because it most looked like the type of show that I’m really looking for with these reviews. A podcast that looks at a different superhero movie each episode and analyzes it in detail. If you’re unfamiliar with this segment, I will break down the podcast through a set of stats, evaluate it on my superhero criteria, and ultimately judge it with a verdict of: Subscribe, Unsubscribe, or Selected Episodes. And if you run or listen to a superhero podcast that you think I would enjoy and would like to see it on a future installment of my Superhero Podcast Review, please drop me a line and let me know about it.
Superhero Movie Studies
Episode count (as of 10-15-16): 86
Episodes listened to: 6
Episodes recommended to me by the podcast: Deadpool, 50th Episode 1 Year Anniversary, Jonah Hex
Release schedule: Weekly on Mondays,
Episode Length: 1:00
Audio Quality: Clear, though on some episodes, one of the hosts had a bad connection/mic
Language rating: R
Production format: A single conversation between several hosts discussing a single superhero movie, or occasionally a TV season or a discussion topic, where they cover specific aspects of the film.
Hosts Michael, Schuyler, Ben, and other rotating guest hosts discuss a single superhero property each episode. Typically movies but will occasionally go into TV seasons or even all the Fleischer Superman shorts, and since I only listened to movie-centric episodes, I will be referring to how they cover movies. They break the film down through different criteria that are generally the same each time: money, music, comics, and science. They all have a good rapport with each other and while they generally stay on the topic at hand, they will easily have fun with the show, especially when the movie they are talking about is on the bad side of things. The science talk is especially interesting and quite unique to this show where they will break down a specific aspect of the movie and discuss the real life science of whether or not it plausible.
Comics vs Movies
While they do have a section where they will discuss the comic origins of some of the characters – nearly all of the characters in the case of Deadpool, once that is out of the way the talk is generally devoted strictly to the movie at hand. The talk is definitely coming from a place of a comics, nerdy fan rather than a cinephile as the hosts are more apt to break the film down in terms of characters and plot rather than other filmmaking techniques which isn’t a bad thing by any means. There does tend to be a wide knowledge of other superhero films, which at 86 episodes in, that’s a bit of a given. I would like to see them spread out to a few more of the cult superhero movies, but they do cover a wide variety of the more mainstream films, both live action, animated, old, new, good, and bad.
As I mentioned earlier, I did specifically choose this podcast from my search list of various options because I thought it would fall into the type of podcast that I’m really looking for. And it did that quite well. I enjoyed the nice unique spin they have by including the science discussion into each episode, and there are very few of these podcasts that spend so much of their time devoted to the music. Not just talking about it in broad terms, but actually playing clips and discussing how well it actually fits into the movie at hand. The discussion on the Fleischer Superman shorts episode was fascinating. And through listening to this show, I found out that one of the hosts used to live in the same Chicago suburb that I’m working at right now, and they also use one of the poster montages that I made for this site as their podbean background. In other words…