Special Edition Podcast

Special Edition – Powerless

Show Notes

Who would have thought we’d ever see a sitcom based in the DC Comics Universe? Well, here we are. Possibly the apex of the superhero media frenzy, or just another chapter. Either way, Conor Kilpatrick and Ron Richards try and make sense of this madness.

Running Time: 00:16:34

powerless

Music:
“Bleeding Powers”
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

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  1. To comment on your discussion of when will this trend end and the audiences will finally get tired of comic book movies I had two thoughts.

    1.) It’s not readily apparent that all these properties started off as comic books. If someone didn’t know any better there is nothing really prompting the viewer to let them know things like The Secret Service, iZombie, or The Walking Dead were comic books first. So in these cases I suspect studios are happy to have more or less a scripted and storyboarded IP (with it’s own built in fanbase) that they can then leverage at a lower risk than starting up something entirely new. So I’m not sure these types of properties are subject to the same level of burn out.

    2.) I think it might be more appropriate to ask the question of when will audiences tire of superhero films. That I think will come especially now considering the remarkable frequency in which we are getting these films from multiple studios. My understand of film history (and I’m by no means an expert on this) is that there are waves of popularity for genres. For a decade maybe sci fi or westerns will be big then as audiences tire of that trend someone will put out a big fantasy picture like the LOTR movies and all of a sudden that changes the landscape. The difference here is aside from some isolated movies in the past like the Burton Batman film or the Donner Superman films it seemed like either the culture or the technology wasn’t ready to produce these superhero films. Now it seems like both audiences were ready and the tech was ready to make them successful. Some of that I’m sure can be attributed to people finally cracking the code for what makes an engaging superhero film. Now that this door is open I think Superheroes as a film genre is here to stay more or less. Just like Westerns it will fall out of fashion, and pop back up again ever now and then. What I’m excited about is the evolution of the genre. Talented people have taking the genre of the Western for example and really explored what that type of film can be and what types of stories they can tell within that framework. I’m excited for Superhero films to get to that point. I’m excited for people to really break away from the standard template and give us truly surprising works. I think we’ve seen the starts of that in films like Deadpool and Birdman that broke away from the mold of the classic superhero film and tried to give film going audiences a different experience.

    Does that make sense? That’s just what’s been rattling around in my head lately.

  2. FYI, Baltimore is known as Charm City which, if you’ve seen The Wire, is a bleak setting for a comedy.

  3. I loved it. This is exactly what I want out of a comic book TV show. Also, it’s on NBC, so it’s on Hulu, unlike all the things on the CW. That means I can watch it streaming easily, which I plan to do.

    I’d give it 4.5/5.

  4. I don’t care how much of a comic book nerd you think you are. You’re grasping if you thought this was good!

  5. Alan Ty-duck
    You mean Alan Tudyk -(Too-dick)

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