Comic Zombie Podcast #5: Disney+ / Marvel / Star Wars / DC Announcements!

Marvel, Star Wars, and DC – Oh my!

(Recorded in December, 2020)

After the worst year of the century (so far), Chris and Erik resurrect the podcast to talk about Disney’s insane deluge of nerd-worthy announcements from Marvel Studios and Lucas Film, as well as HBO Max’s ridiculous 2021 slate of WB / DC movies!

Be warned, this podcast may contain discussions, potential spoilers, or references to: the MCU, the Mandalorian, the Star Wars prequels, the Clone Wars, Wonder Woman 1984, Mortal Kombat, Kong vs Godzilla, Boba Fett, the Bad Batch, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Thor Love and Thunder, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Suicide Squad, James Gunn, Taika Waititi, Fantastic Four, Hawkeye, Baby Groot, Rogue Squadron, Patty Jenkins, Wandavision, She Hulk, Ms Marvel, the Batman, Black Widow, Blade, Secret Invasion, Skrulls, Andor, Moon Knight, The Eternals, Shang Chi, Armor Wars, Black Panther II, Iron Heart, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Star Wars Visions, Lando, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and What If?!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

Podcasters Assemble! (Star Wars / 007)

While Chris and Erik are hard at work on an all new season of the Comic Zombie podcast (now on Anchor.Fm!), be sure to check out their work on the last couple seasons of Podcasters Assemble!

Although they initially missed out on the first season (covering the Marvel Cinematic Universe films), they both eagerly jumped on board with the Star Wars saga for Season 2 (after skipping the prequels) and have since been working on Season 3 where they’ve been covering *ALL 25 Bond movies* in a countdown to the latest film in the franchise, “No Time to Die”! (See below for links to episodes.)

Podcasters Assemble: Seasons 1-3

Season 2 – Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

The Star Wars Skywalker Saga
Continue reading

CZ Podcast Issue #3

The Comic Zombie Podcast – Issue #3: The Nerdiest Conversation Ever?

CZ Issue 3 dream teams v2

Join Chris and Erik as they discuss their favorite- and least favorite- versions of the most famous superhero teams. Will they agree on anything? Everything? That it’s amazing they are each in relationships? We won’t say they kill each other while recording, but we won’t say they don’t, either!

CZ Podcast Issue #2

The Comic Zombie Podcast – Issue 2: “Spock with a goatee and other Tales from the Multiverse!”

alternate realities

Chris and Erik go quantum leaping through the multiverse as they discuss their favorite alternate reality/timeline stories from comics, such as ‘Flashpoint’, ‘Days of Future Past’, ‘Old Man Logan’, ‘Dark Knight Returns’ and others…

*Correction: Apologies to Mark Millar; we’re aware he wrote “Superman: Red Son”, not Mark Waid. 

The Comic Zombie Podcast: Issue #1

The all-new Comic Zombie podcast is out now!

holy bat movies

In their first episode: “Holy Bad-Movies, Batman!” – Chris Carroll and Erik Slader endure 8 hours of Batman films (two of which were good) so that you don’t have to!

Will they decipher the plot of “Batman Returns”?

Will they solve the Riddler’s ‘e.nigmas’?

Will they survive “Batman and Robin”?!

Find out here, this Bat-time, this Bat-channel!

(Also, be sure to check out Issue Zero: This Time, it’s personal!)

The X-MEN movies (Part 3: First Class – Apocalypse)

Last time in Part 2 we tackled all three Wolverine movies and Deadpool, this time we’re taking a look at the new (and far better) X-Men trilogy – First Class, Days of Future Past and Apocalypse!

 

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Starring: Michael Fassbender (Magneto / Erik Lensherr), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier / Prof X), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven / Mystique), Kevin Bacon (Sebastian Shaw), Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy / Beast), January Jones (Emma Frost), Lucas Till (Alex Summers / Havok), Oliver Platt (CIA agent), Zoë Kravitz (Angel Salvadore), Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee), Jason Flemyng (Azazel), Edi Gathegi (‘Darwin’), Rade Serbedzija (Soviet General), Michael Ironside (US Navy Captain), Don Creech (Stryker Sr.), and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine cameo).

Plot: Realizing that they should have hired Matthew Vaughn for X-Men 3 like he wanted, and that there was nowhere to go with the franchise after Brett “that smell on my thumbs is my ass!” Ratner ‘Batman-and-Robin’d-it’, Fox reboots the franchise with re-casted characters. Magneto hunts for Sebastian Shaw, a mutant that was in charge of the concentration camp he grew up in, while Charles Xavier works with agent Moira Mactaggert and the CIA to gather a team of young mutants. They must team up to stop Shaw from starting World War 3 while learning how to use their powers and accept themselves.

 

Erik Smash: Following the unbelievably terrible X-Men: The Last Stand and even worse X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fox finally gets it right with director Matthew Vaughn! “X-Men: First Class” is a back-to-basics prequel / reboot that tells the story of how the X-Men were first formed by a young Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto!

xmenfirstclassposter-top-022811

Continue reading

The X-MEN movies (Part 2: Wolverine and Deadpool)

Oh boy… well we survived the nightmare that was X3, but we’re not quite out of the woods just yet. After the initial X-Men trilogy (see Part One) started strong before crashing and burning, the studio decided to make a solo Wolverine spin-off, which sounded better on paper than in execution. This time, Erik Smash and I are going to rip into the X-Men spin-offs, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel, because against all odds Fox somehow managed to really turn things around with the release of “Deadpool” and “Logan” – proving to Hollywood that some characters work better with an R rating.

But first up…

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Directed by: Gavin Hood

Starring: Hugh Jackman (Logan / The Wolverine / James Howlett), Liev Schreiber (Victor Creed / Sabretooth), Danny Huston (William Stryker), Lynn Collins (Silverfox), Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson / “Deadpool”), Kevin Durand (Fred Dukes / The Blob), Will.I.Am (Wraith), Daniel Henney (Agent Zero), Taylor Kitsch (Remy LeBeau / Gambit), Tim Pocock (young Scott Summers / Cyclops), and Sir Patrick Stewart (Prof X cameo).

Plot: We finally get to see Wolverine’s history played out on the big screen, and it’s… it’s just awful. When the stars of the film don’t hide their disdain for it (both Jackman and Reynolds) and it is immediately ignored and forgotten by the rest of the franchise, you know you can sleep well as a director. And by sleep well I mean you should be horribly, horribly ashamed. Sigh…

Continue reading

The X-MEN movies

The X-Men movies timeline

There was a long period of time where the only super hero movies we had were the Christopher Reeve Superman films, which (as we discussed HERE), had their considerable ups and downs (mostly downs), and the Batman franchise (which we discussed HERE, HERE, and HERE), but this was before the excellent Christopher Nolan reboot, so it was also mostly bad.

X-Men teaser posterThen the late 90’s hit and Marvel (with New Line Cinema) had a surprise hit on their hands with Blade, and all of a sudden it felt like there might be a chance we’d get some more. That’s when Fox dropped a bombshell and announced they were going to finally, FINALLY, release a live action X-Men film!

Say what you want about the first movie, and we will, but it really opened the floodgates for the huge wave of superhero films (that mostly sucked) for the early 21st century. For better or worse we probably wouldn’t have the Spider-man movies without this one!

Fifteen years later, and the franchise has had its ups and downs (notice a trend?), but found its footing again with X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past. Now, with X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, and a third Wolverine film looming, the franchise appears to be in as good a shape as it has ever been.

But how did they get here?

Continue reading

The Superman Movies! (part four)

Previously on All UR Movies Are Belong to Us, we tore into the Christopher Reeve Superman movies (and then briefly skimmed over Supergirl and Steel), this time we’re looking at the last two outings of the Last Son of Krypton… which could not be more tonally different!

 

Superman Returns - poster with Lois

SUPERMAN RETURNS

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Starring: Brandon Routh (Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman), Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane), Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor), James Marsden (Richard White), Parker Posey (Kitty Kowalski), Frank Langella (Perry White), Sam Huntington (Jimmy Olsen), Eva Marie Saint (Martha Kent), Kal Penn (Henchman #2), and Marlon Brando (space dad hologram).

Plot: Nothing happens for the first 90% of the movie, and then for the last 10% the stakes are finally raised to EVEN MORE nothing happening. Also, Superman is a deadbeat dad who spies on Lois Lane constantly, never punches anything, and has a dorky bastard kid with superpowers and a terrible haircut. Speaking of terrible haircuts, Lex Luthor is back at it again with another ridiculous scheme involving real estate!

 

Comic Zombie: Superman Returns is the exhibit A some people point to when they say that superhero movies shouldn’t be made by fanboys (to which I counter with The Avengers). It seemed like a no-brainer: Brian Singer had just made two very successful X-Men movies, it has a solid cast (on paper), a huge budget, and was a do-over for parts 3 and 4, which this film pretends never happened. Just like the rest of us.

I mean, nothing could go wrong this time around, right? Right??!!

WRONG! - Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey)

Continue reading

Erik Smash: Superhero Beach 2015

Here’s a look back at some highlights from my previous posts this year…  — Erik

Happy New Year!

Retro Review: THE SENTRY!

Tales from the Spider-verse

Spider-Verse poster

Ant-Man: A Short History

Power Couples (Valentine’s Day)

The FLASH - Tv LogoA Quick Guide to… THE FLASH

DAREDEVIL!

Comic Zombie Presents… Holy Bat Movies!

AGE OF ULTRON – Review

Avengers: Age of Ultron poster

Previously on… THE AVENGERS (movies)

Retro Review: KINGDOM COME!

The Crow - graphic novelTHE CROW! – An Interview with James O’Barr!

Comic Zombie Presents… The Not-So-Great Debate(s)

“How’d you get into comics?” – with Jonathan Sanders

Top 15 Comic Book Video Games

“Kingdom Bum!” – A Sneak Peek with Adam Wollet

27: “Love is a Losing Game” – An Interview with Ashley Lanni

Love is a Losing Game, by Ashley Lanni

Alex Ross - Secret Wars 2015Top 15 Alternate Realities

All New, All Different Marvel! (but mostly the same…)

THE SHORT BOX – Strikes Back!

PREVIEWS – December 2015

What I’m Reading Now #4 (Super Late Edition)

Mocking Jay - Part 2The Hunger Games: “MOCKING JAY – Part 2” REVIEW

STAR WARS Comics!

“Star Wars: THE FORCE AWAKENS” – A (Spoiler Free) Review

The Force Awakens