Welcome to the ninth episode of The Leftover Popcorn Podcast! As we’ve promised we would for a couple of weeks, we’ve finally gotten around to sharing our thoughts on two of the biggest blockbuster releases from the past 12 months. If you’re a fan of the particular DC movies in question, be warned that this may not be the podcast for you.
Leftover Popcorn is a weekly podcast dedicated to the world of moving pictures. Co-hosts Adam McGee (that’s me) and Andrew Snyder share a passion for everything, both weird and wonderful, from the world of television and cinema, and as such we’ll be discussing an eclectic mix of topics in the weeks and months to come.
The podcast itself is built with a very simple structure, with the hosting duties shared, each episode is built around a mixture of three or four regular segments. The segments rotate from week to week leaving discussion open to new releases in film and or TV, classics from both the big and small screen, broader discussions on influential figures and their work, previews of upcoming releases, and more.
Each segment is named after a quote from a movie or TV show that feature as a regular segue in our show, and hopefully will become familiar to you in time.
Anyway, that’s enough of an overview, let’s move on to what we have in store for you this week.
Warning: This podcast contains spoilers!
Intro: 0:00 – 02:43
Batman v Superman: 02:44 – 33:40
Suicide Squad: 33:41 – 1:12:34
Wrap-Up: 1:12:35 – End
Before you dive in and start listening, let’s take a closer look at the subject of this week’s main segments.
Batman v Superman (2016) – Zack Snyder
A sequel of sorts to Man of Steel and the first appearance of Batman in a big screen DC movie since the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, this was always going to be a highly anticipated film.
With two of the biggest characters in popular culture, a director with a solid track record of big budget success and an all-star cast; what could possibly go wrong for Batman v Superman? Quite a lot it turns out…
Suicide Squad (2016) – David Ayer
After the colossal success of Marvel’s The Avengers, the idea of superhero superteams was unsurprisingly trendy in Hollywood. While the Justice League will come later, bringing the Suicide Squad to the big screen seemed to fit in perfectly with many people’s vision of the DC universe as having a slightly darker, grittier edge.
With a cast consisting of bona fide superstars, Hollywood up-and-comers and critically acclaimed character actors, and a great teaser trailer debuting at Comic Con (see above), it appeared as if this could be a refreshing addition to the genre. Following talk of differing visions for the film from the studio and creative team, re-shoots and re-edits emerged, and the result was an assault on the senses (not in a good way).
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