Friday, June 11, 2021

JLU Scene-by-Scene: Zack Snyder's Justice League Part 1 Episode 3

This episode of the Justice League Universe podcast focuses on Wonder Woman's London rescue at the Old Bailey in Part 1 of Zack Snyder's Justice League.


  • Terrorists on Tower Bridge
  • Diana and the Statute of Justice
  • The Lasso of Truth
  • Old Bailey Fight Scene
  • Explosion and Children's Rescue
  • "Anything you want to be"

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

JLU Scene-by-Scene: Zack Snyder's Justice League Part 1 Episode 2

This episode of the Justice League Universe podcast focuses on Part 1 of Zack Snyder's Justice League, with Martha leaving the farm in Smallville, Bruce and Alfred reuniting on the airstrip, and Lois visiting Heroes Park with coffees in hand.


  • Martha at the cemetery
  • Some other Kent graves
  • Bruce and Alfred between the helicopter and plane
  • Lois and her daily visit to Heroes Park

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

JLU Scene-by-Scene: Zack Snyder's Justice Leage Part 1 Episode 1

 This episode of the Justice League Universe podcast focuses on the end of the prologue and the first sequence in Part 1: Don't Count On It, Batman (Bruce's trip to Iceland, meeting Arthur Curry).

  • Superman's impact continues to spread
  • Bruce in the mountains
  • Icelandic village and symbols
  • Bruce and the mayor
  • Bruce and Arthur
  • "Strongest alone"
  • Poem by Rósa Guðmundsdóttir

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

JLU Scene-by-Scene: Man of Steel Scene 15

This episode of the Justice League Universe podcast focuses on Scene 15 ("maybe") of Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder.


  • The Kent's Midwest Farm
  • Choice and Acts of God
  • Wanting to help but learning about complexities
  • Connections to Superman issue #1
  • "Maybe" and its controversies
  • Zack Snyder and the power of unconditional love

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

JLU Scene-by-Scene: Zack Snyder's Justice League Prologue Ep 1

This episode of the Justice League Universe podcast focuses on the opening sequence (death of Superman) in the prologue of Zack Snyder's Justice League.



  • Company Logos
  • Lightning and connections to BvS
  • Character's emotional reactions
  • Super vocals
  • The start of Victor Stone's character arc
  • Lex's communion and continuity questions
  • The death scream in Atlantis with Mera
  • The death scream in Themyscira with Philippus
  • Tom Holkenborg's music

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GoFundMe #RestoreTheSnyderVerse https://www.gofundme.com/f/restorethesnyderverse-mobile-billboard-afsp

https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Sound_Manipulation

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/features/ray-fisher-opens-up-about-justice-league-joss-whedon-and-warners-i-dont-believe-some-of-these-people-are-fit-for-leadership


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Friday, March 26, 2021

Themes and Character Arcs in Zack Snyder's Justice League

In this episode of the Justice League Universe podcast we discuss our initial interpretations of the themes and character arcs in Zack Snyder's Justice League on HBO Max.


  • Themes - stronger together, free will, second chances, and more (0:01:32)
  • Introduction to character analysis (0:28:30)
  • Bruce Wayne / Batman (0:29:13)
  • Diana Prince / Wonder Woman (0:33:00)
  • Victor Stone / Cyborg (0:38:16)
  • Steppenwolf and Darkseid (0:46:29)
  • Arthur Curry / Aquaman (0:50:38)
  • Barry Allen / The Flash (0:54:52)
  • Clark Kent / Superman (0:58:21)
  • Lois Lane and Martha Kent (1:08:02)
  • Comments on the Dawn of Justice Trilogy (1:11:30)
  • Ending Remarks (1:18:40)

Written by Sam Otten, Alessandro Maniscalco, and Rebecca Johnson

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https://play.hbomax.com/

Ray Fisher second chances - https://twitter.com/ray8fisher/status/1373741233571500034?s=20

Interview with Zack Snyder - https://geekvibesnation.com/interview-zack-deborah-snyder-talk-about-zack-snyders-justice-league-finally-coming-together/

MarVeVi on Black representation - https://twitter.com/marvevi_/status/1372941329555197953?s=20

Joe Morton - https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/why-justice-league-star-joe-morton-thinks-fans-should-have-more-of-a-say 

JLU Podcast on the Superman/Snyder parallels - https://twitter.com/JLUPodcast/status/1372988361816739840?s=20 

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

JLU Scene-by-Scene: Man of Steel Scenes 13-14

 In this episode of the Justice League Universe podcast we focus on Scenes 13 and 14 (Clark coming out of the water and the school bus flashback) of Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder.


  • "Seasons" by Chris Cornell
  • Clark stealing the clothes
  • Flashback to the school bus
  • Lana and Pete
  • Young Clark saving the bus and the bully
  • Listener Angelo Mugisa - Christian Connections

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Sam's children's book MISSING LETTERS: https://www.MissingLettersBook.com 

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Monday, February 22, 2021

JLU Scene-by-Scene: Man of Steel Scene 12

 This episode of the Justice League Universe podcast focuses on Scene 12 (flashback to school) of Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder.


  • Clark adrift
  • Clark's powers begin to manifest
  • "Swim toward it" [the island]
  •  What's wrong with Clark?

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

DC and Marvel Comic Book Movies: Personal Ratings

Inspired by the Flitecast's full rundown of his opinions on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (in short, he is a fan of nearly all the MCU movies, but he gets frustrated by the segments of Marvel fandom that are "sore winners," and I agree with him), and given that I finally watched Avengers: Endgame a couple months ago, I thought it was a good time to revisit my personal ratings of the Marvel and DC comic book films.

The last time I did this personal ratings rundown, I was attempting to show that, although I prefer DC, I still like most of the MCU films. I use a 10-point rating scale, and for me a 6+ means that I liked the film, and back in 2016 my MCU average was 6.6. So yes, I did at the time like the MCU in general. For DC, my average was 8.1 so my tastes clearly align with that brand more.

Here is my updated graph of personal ratings, from 2008 when the MCU started until 2021 with Wonder Woman 1984. I focus on the DCEU films but in order to even up the numbers a little bit I also included the DC Films from 2008-2012 which were The Dark Knight, Jonah Hex, Green Lantern, and The Dark Knight Rises. Note that I am not adding these films to pad my DC numbers; in fact, my average rating for those 4 films is 7.6, so it is actually pulling down my DC average.

My personal ratings on a 10-point scale of Marvel and DC movies from 2008-2021.