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Watching Comics Podcast

Watching Comics Podcast

Author: Mitchell Roush

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Two mild-mannered dudes you haven't heard of reviewing the comic book inspired titles hitting the big and small screens. Because in the 21st Century--watching comic books is a thing!
131 Episodes



At long last a Superman reboot is coming..Jake + Mitch dish on the newly announced Supes flick. With Ta-Nehisi Coats tied to write the screenplay and J.J. Abrams slotted to produce, it's hard not to get excited..Even if the project is barely off the ground, the guys do their best to fan cast the hero himself and the film's director. Along the way they ask:.- Who's your Superman: Michael B. Jordan or Trevante Rhodes?- Does Miles Teller deserve another shot at being a Superhero?- Pick a director: F. Gary Gray or Lorene Scafaria?.No matter which way the creative team goes, one thing is certain -- a new look Man of Tomorrow is on the horizon. And, as far as this podcast is concerned, it ought to be magnificent..Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!. @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
Good, bad, or simply mediocre? .X-Men Month continues with Jake + Mitch pitting two titles against each other. Because, at long last, the world deserves to know, which is better?:.'Days of Future Past' or 'Apocalypse' .Between sloppy dialogue, fantastic moments, and a lot of uncertainty, the guys attempt to break down the age old struggle of expectation against reality. Also, along the way, they ask a few questions:.- Is 'Days of Future Past' a "Big Mac" movie?- Why didn't get Kitty Pride a better opportunity?- Is 'X-Men Apocalypse' a fun genre romp or just plain bad?.No matter where they land one thing is certain -- the X-Men cinematic universe has a wide range of hits and misses. But there's never any shortage of takes to be had. .Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!. @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
Re-Visiting 'Logan'

Re-Visiting 'Logan'


Wolverine got the Western treatment and we felt things ... well, maybe..X-Men Month continues with Jake + Mitch breaking down Wolverine's dramatic final chapter, 'Logan'. Between our favorite mutants going Western, to the inevitable tragic coda -- the film certainly wants to be taken seriously. Almost to a point where it must be asked:.Yes, 'Logan' is good ... but is it great?.Also, along the way, the guys hit a few other stops:.- Does the movie earn its Oscar moment?- Is James Mangold the Tom Petty of Hollywood directors?- Where does 'Logan' rank in the field of X-Men cinema?.Widely beloved as this one is, the guys ultimately admit they're take is likely wrong. But at least the conversation was stimulating, right? Either way, 'Logan' goes for grit and it mostly sticks the landing. .Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!. @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
Is it possible to love and movie and still want it to be better?.X-Men Month continues with Jake + Mitch diving into the new-but-old line of mutant flicks, 'X-Men: First Class'. Between the bold recasting and the familiar tension of Xavier + Magneto, this film found a way to both entertain and while leaving us wanting just a little bit more..The guys ask the important questions as they unpack the flick:.- Is Fassbender a modern-day Brando?- Why can't the X-Men movies do right by their leading ladies?- Where does 'First Class' land in the field of X-Men cinema?.Ultimately, this one delivers on its promise and it still holds up even ten years later. So maybe there's room for 'X-Men: First Class' in the upper tier after all. .Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!. @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
Once upon a time, the X-Men movies were the cream of the crop..Jake + Mitch launch X-Men Month by taking a deep-dive into one of their favorite titles, ‘X2: X-Men United’. Because, if for no other reason, a little bit of history needs to be re-written as this flick clearly deserves better..Along the way they tackle key questions:Are the X-Men better off without Cyclops?How much Wolverine is too much?Is ‘X2’ a top 10 comic book movie of all-time?The mutants on both page and screen have stood the test of time. For all of their creative ingenuity and social commentary there’s always richness to be found with the X-Men. But nearly 18 years later, it’s time we accepted the truth: ‘X2’ is top-tier..Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!. @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
'Watchmen HBO' Review

'Watchmen HBO' Review


How do you expand something that was already perfect?.Damon Lindelof knows how..Jake + Mitch take a deep dive (finally) into perhaps the best comic inspired TV installment of recent memory, HBO’s ‘Watchmen’. More importantly, they try to figure out an original sequel to a masterpiece graphic novel could wind up being this good..Along the way they tackle a few questions:Is ‘Watchmen’ an era defining show?What do we make of the ‘Dr. Manhattan does love’ angle?Is this what perfect casting looks like?.They also dish on their all-time favorite shows and the importance of Alan Moore’s genius wizardry. Because that’s what happens when a show this good grabs your attention..Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!. @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network* 
The MCU has returned, but this time on the small screen..Jake + Mitch fire-up Disney+ and dive into the first two episodes of 'WandaVision'. Because homage is a wonderful thing and this show is taking it to a whole new level. Plus, the guys hit a few notable fan theories along the way:.- What do we make of Wanda's delusion?- Will Kathryn Hahn be the low-key MVP?- Could this be the gateway for Mutants to the MCU?.Delightful in every way and also not at all what it seems on the surface, it seems 'WandaVision' has set the stage beautifully for what's to come. We are stoked to see where it leads..Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!. @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network* 
Jake + Mitch Do China

Jake + Mitch Do China


Once upon a time, a couple of friends thought it'd be fun to go on a summer trip ... and they nearly ended-up causing an international incident..True Story.  .To celebrate eclipsing 500 Twitter followers, Jake + Mitch share a special story from their college days..Back in the summer of 2008 the guys travelled to China. As wide-eyed, naive twenty-somethings they thought it'd be the time of their lives. And, well, it was but for all the wrong reasons. .Upon arrival, one of them made it through customs with no issue. The other one accidentally ended-up a VIP guest of The People's Republic of China ... in government sanctioned quarantine.  .Who do you think it was?.The story is too absurd and too hilarious to not be real..Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!. @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
Well, we traveled back to the 80s and a lot happened..Jake + Mitch dish on the latest DCEU film, 'Wonder Woman 1984'. Despite the whirlwind of Twitter noise surrounding the flick, the guys seek to answer one looming question:.Is 'WW84' a good movie or a problematic one?.Because with the first installment setting the tone, expectations this time around were sky high. Along the way they also hit a few key topics:.- Have Pedro Pascal + Kristen Wiig elevated comic book camp into an art form?- Just how bad was Diana's character regression?- How will we view this movie three years later?.True to form, there's never a shortage of stuff to unpack when the DC canon is involved. This one, amidst all the vibrant colors, had its fair share of issues too. . @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
DCEU Rankings

DCEU Rankings


Because it's time to re-shuffle the list..Co-Host Mitch dives into the trend of updated rankings for the DC Extended Universe. Now that 'Wonder Woman 1984' is officially in our lives, for better or worse, some things had to change. Mitch makes the case for a three-tiered system and why the top two titles are unassailable. .Of course, 'Suicide Squad' sets at the bottom, but where does the rest of the field end up?.That's what makes it interesting..Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!. don't forget to share your updated DCEU rankings with the guys on Twitter: @WatchComixPod..*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
Judging Dredd

Judging Dredd


It's judgement time..Jake + Mitch dive into the realm Judge Dredd and all of his pulp action awesomeness. Because someone's got to hold the great debate, right? With Stallone's JUDGE DREDD and Urban's DREDD serving as a perfect double-feature, the guys hit ask a few notable questions:.- Remember the Rob Schneider renaissance?- How did makes Stallone's flick achieve pulp perfection?- Does Karl Urban capture the character best?- What if Zack Snyder directed DREDD?.In true Watching Comics fashion, takes are had and random asides abound. But in the end, they land on the same side in selecting the best of the Judge Dredd flicks..Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!. @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
More and more and more projects are coming!.Jake + Mitch try to make sense of all the announcements from Disney Investor Day. More specifically, they dish on the new projects they're looking forward to most. Along the way they issue a few important questions:.- Can Jon Watts resurrect the Fantastic Four?- Is the world ready for the Willow Extended Universe?- Christian Bale to 'Thor 4' = Perfect casting?- Could Teyonah Parris be the MVP of 'Captain Marvel II'?.In grand IP fashion, there's no shortage of exciting stuff on the horizon. The guys are eager to see how it all shapes-up. But more importantly, they're ready for the Willow Hive to rise-up and seize their moment..Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
Wonder Woman 1984 is hitting HBO Max and Christmas 2020 has been saved ... or has it?.Jake + Mitch dive-into the loaded conversation surrounding the innovative release model for the latest DC movie property. Their excitement for the movie aside, it's impossible to look at the landscape and not ask the daunting question:.What will this mean for the future of post-pandemic movie-going?.The guys share takes on the importance of cinema as an art form and a worthy industry to support. Along the way they also discuss a few pain points:.Are IP-driven "event movies" to blame for movie theatre struggles?Remember MoviePass?Just how successful will WW84 be?.Of course, there's no clean answer to any of this ... but the conversation persists. One thing is certain, however, the movie theatre industry will undoubtedly look different if it's going to survive. .Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!. @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
A true legend has left us..Jake + Mitch discuss the near mythological career of the late Sir Sean Connery. Whether it be the definitive 007, a late career action star, a nuanced leading man, an Oscar winner, or a pop-culture icon -- the man accomplished what few ever could ... he accomplished it all..Along the way they also re-visit a not-so-bright-spot on Mr. Connery's career as they break down, 'The League of Extra Ordinary Gentlemen'. More specifically they ask:.- Why didn't Justice League for English majors work?- Did Connery save it?- Whatever happened to Stephen Norrington?.Every icon has a flop or two, but LXG ultimately ends-up as evidence to the power of Connery's star power. The man was simply unmatched..Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*.HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush
From 1963 and back to 2019 … Well, sort of. .Jake + Mitch dive into the last six episodes of UMBRELLA ACADEMY S2. With Vanya's amnesia colliding with her self-discovery, Diego + Lila's toxic love, The Handler's dastardly deeds, and a slew of surprises, this season held nothing back. So what are the biggest takeaways?:.Could season two be the best of the bunch?Did Kate Walsh take home the MVP award?What do we make of Number Five: Perfectly crafted character or too over the top? .Tasked with stopping yet another apocalypse, UA seems to have found the secret sauce to character study in between zany music queues. Overall, the rest of the season brought the goods and then some..But one question remains: What secrets will Season Three hold?.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!. @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush .*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
Do you remember the 5th of November?.Jake + Mitch (finally) dive into one of the finest comic book flicks of recent memory, 'V for Vendetta'. Fifteen years later and the film still feels fresh and timely. But even thru all deserved critical acclaim and cult status, there are still a few key facets worth unpacking..- Is 'V for Vendetta' the 'Good Will Hunting' of comic book movies?- Could Natalie Portman be the MVP?- Who does this movie belong to?: The Wachowski Sisters or James McTeigue.A bold, stunning, and herculean film all-in-all; the guys ultimately share the lukewarm take that 'V' delivers the goods. Also along the way, Mitch recalls tales from high school dating and Jake shares the brief history of his baldness..Be sure to rate, review, and give a listen!. @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
The Watching Comics Pod is back with another installment of....IMPOSSIBLE QUESTIONS.Attempting to answer daunting questions; or at least re-visiting something we may have underestimated. Quick takes, sharp focus, and endless Twitter-blasting potential..Co-Host Mitch shares his thoughts on an overlooked mid-80s flick and where it ultimately stands in the landscape of comic book cinema:.Is ‘Superman IV: The Quest for Peace’ a good movie or bad movie?.In a few quick minutes, Mitch shares why simply deeming this movie “bad” may not be fair. He argues it may be more a question of “How do we look compare comic book movie eras?”. Because, in the end, Superman deserves better..Be sure to rate, review, and give a listen!.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
Can a move be underrated and forgettable at the same time?.Jake + Mitch take time to re-visit the second installment of the Marc Webb Spider-Man universe with fresh eyes. Because a movie with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone has to be good right? Well, yes ... and no. There' certainly no shortage of stuff to unpack with this bloated title:.- Are Garfield + Stone the best leading duo?- Where does this movie go wrong? - Where do we stand on Foxx's Electro and his reported return?.'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' has a complicated legacy, but ultimately, it gets more right than it does wrong. Definitely worth a re-watch..Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
Top 5 Batman Movies

Top 5 Batman Movies


What's the best of the Bat?.Jake + Mitch close out Batman Month in grand fashion by debating the Top 5 Batflicks of all-time. Because, well, the internet needed another top five list and as far as The Caped Crusader is concerned, there are plenty to choose from. Along the way they posit a few questions:.- Does Lego Batman understand the character best?- Which is better 'Batman (89)' or 'Batman Returns'?- What happens if 'The Dark Knight' doesn't take the top spot?.With such a daunting task at hand, the guys hit a few other flicks along the way as well. But don't worry, the definitive list(s) emerge in the end..Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
Summer of 2008 was massive and this flick is a big reason why. .Jake + Mitch take the long overdue deep-dive into the arena of The Joker, The Caped Crusader, and Christopher Nolan. After all, what would Batman Month be without THE DARK KNIGHT?  .Along the way the guys hit a few questions:.- Did we really need that much Two Face?- Is TDK a comic book movie or a crime film?- Does the movie deserve a better ending?.Also, tales from summer internships and a brief visit to the Hans Zimmer fan club. But thru the lens of Ledger's impeccable Joker, it all makes sense.  Simply put, this movie is too good and too monumental not to celebrate. .And here we go ....Be sure to give a listen, rate and review!.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
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