The Mind Robbers Ep. 22 – Dead Like DC

This week, Matt has finished up the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender, we talk about some of the news that came out of San Diego Comic-Con, prepare for The Dark Knight Rises with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, study the pilots to Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies, and continue our ongoing chat about Supernatural (episodes 9-12 of season three).

0:00:00 – Some Announcements
0:02:40 – Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1
0:20:10 – Comic-Con: Doctor Who
0:30:05 – Comic-Con: Man of Steel
0:39:33 – Comic-Con: Upcoming Marvel Films
1:08:18 – Batman Begins:
1:20:48 – The Dark Knight:
1:39:12 – Dead Like Me Pilot
1:54:20 – Pushing Daisies Pilot
2:09:56 – Supernatural

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7 thoughts on “The Mind Robbers Ep. 22 – Dead Like DC

  1. Yes episode by episode reviews of Pushing Daisies! Do that please! I approve! *The colors* They keep teasing bringing it back in one form or another too first with the comics, then Bryan Fuller mentioned wanting to work out some kind of miniseries deal I think it was either with Starz or Netflix. Now there’s talk of a Broadway revival with the original cast and this show as a musical? Okay! Okay! Just give me something COME ON!

    And oh god Bryan Fuller’s original vision for Dead Like Me sounds so much better than what we got and I actually love both seasons when I first watched them. I do kind of wish you guys would watch the movie just to rip it to shreds. I will never EVER forgive them for what that piece of shit did to the character of Daisy.

    • Which is exactly why I won’t watch the movie.

      But yeah. I’m with you in wanting more Daisies. And while I appreciate the notion of it as a musical I must say it lends itself so damn well to television that I find myself getting greedy and wanting something much more episodic. With a world so rich and characters so nuanced? That screams television to me. Or comics. But even then, it’s not the same.

  2. Excellent podcast as always guys. I’m completely with you on the excitement of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I’m a longtime fan of Marvel cosmic (big fan of the Silver Surfer cartoon as a kid) and never in a million years though this would happen. Never, ever. So given the timing, it sounds like GotG will come out before Avengers 2, correct? If so we might see Warlock introduced in the movie (he’s a member of GotG in the DnA series) which would set up the Infinity Guantlet storyline that might be going down in Avengers 2. I don’t know, I just find it hard to believe they’ll tell that storyline without Warlock. Wouldn’t be the same.

    By the way, I know you all mentioned that Daredevil will almost definitely have something in the works before their deadline, but can you at least let us have our false hope that they fail, and Marvel Studios gets to make a Daredevil movie? Because how fucking great would that be. So, so fucking great.

    I agree with what Scott said about DC needing to make it’s movies be high fantasy superhero films. Completely agree. I just wonder though, is that possible without rebooting Batman? I don’t want to spoil the Dark Knight Rises, but there is some indication that there will be some type of continuation (even if not with Nolan), and I just wonder if that’s going to work, because I don’t picture The Dark Knight trilogy being a world where superpowers really exist. I can’t see him hanging out with Superman and Wonder Woman.

    • Yeah. They announced Guardians of the Galaxy now because it’s going to take this long to get made. Avengers 2 will be Mayish 2015 at the earliest with Guardians of the Galaxy being the prequel to Avengers 2 in the way that Cap was the prequel to Avengers.

      Your Daredevil thoughts were a similar thought we had prior to recording but didn’t share on the air. We agree that it would be fantastic to see Marvel get the rights back to Daredevil and it’s looking like it might happen. Hopefully it does despite evidence to the contrary, but you never know….

      As far as your thoughts on Batman, I’m sure we’ll discuss that on the Dark Knight Rises podcast that’s forthcoming, BUT even without “Rises” I think it’s clear that Nolan’s vision of the DC-universe is entirely Batman centric. Other superheroes, quite frankly, don’t make sense. Even Robin as a character doesn’t fit into the “what if Batman really happened” that’s what Nolan’s been putting on screen. Nolan’s Batman would never be so… ignorant when it comes to putting a minor into a dangerous superhero situation.

      Likewise Superman and Wonder Woman just don’t fit in the Nolan zeitgeist. As far as I’m concerned, treat the Nolan films as an AU and now start your Batman universe from wherever you want with Bats as a superhero with all the trappings etc. Only in that world is a Superman/Wonder Woman/Justice League scenario possible.

      It’s like the Ben Affleck Daredevil movie. That movie does not play with the notion of a grand Marvel universe. It’s fairly straight and confined within its scope. It doesn’t lend itself to the greater Marvel Universe OR an Avengers film of any kind. Tonally, spiritually, mythologically it just doesn’t gel or match.

  3. Hey guys,

    Interesting podcast as always.
    I was interested in all your talk of Marvel and upcoming movies, not one mention was made of the Spiderman franchise. Surely there will be another Spiderman movie in the next three years? Or was the recent one (which I haven’t seen) so bad that it is already a distant memory?

    Heath Ledger’s Joker was easily the best acting I saw that year, and probably for several years. He deserved his many awards, including the Oscar. However, I am pretty certain that had he not died, he would have been lucky to score a best actor nomination. The Academy is not kind to comic book movies or actors, or to the broader sci-fi and fantasy genre in general (except in the technical awards). I believe it is not considered serious film making. I mean no offence, but if you are not playing a disabled person or a famous person in a bio pic, you generally are not considered to be acting, which is extremely unfortunate.

    • The Amazing Spider-Man is not a Marvel Studios film. It’s a Sony/Columbia film that happens to feature a Marvel character. Marvel Studios only started making films with Iron Man. Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Punisher, Ghost Rider and Elektra are all non-Marvel Studios films owned by other companies. We didn’t mention any of those because we were specifically talking about the announcements that Marvel Studios made at SDCC.

      That being said, there will be new Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Wolverine, and Daredevil movies out by 2015 from their respective companies.

      You’re absolutely right that Ledger wouldn’t have even been nominated if he’d lived to see the nominations, but that doesn’t change the fact that he put in the best performance of that year.

      • I see – I am not really familiar with all the comic book side of things, but I do enjoy most of the movies. It really is a great time to be alive if you enjoy super hero movies!

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