Ep. 127 – JLU – Kid Stuff

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This week’s episode continues a month of Justice League Unlimited reviews from the Good Brothers, covering the memorable “Kid Stuff.” The hosts compare the plot to previous episodes that were more kid-friendly and juxtapose this against the extremely heavy and adult themes featured in the Cadmus story-arc. Also discussed is the creepy Oedipus-like nature of the relationship between Morgan La Fey and Mordrid, a well-known child actor voicing Wonder Woman, dazzling visuals throughout, and a full education on the hammered dulcimer! Plus a preview of next week’s episode and much more on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 121 – Elseworlds – Night of The Batmen!

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The fifth Saturday of August 2020 gives the Good Brothers a chance at reviewing an Elseworlds tale from Batman: The Brave and the Bold. This week’s episode titled “Night of The Batmen!” reveals what would happen if Batmen was put on the injured list for a time and a few other heroes had to cover for him. Cal & Liam briefly recap the origins of this lighter take on Batman and then talk about the incredibly earworm-y opening musical number, the various homages to different Batman designs, Aquaman’s buffoonish characterization, anfuncovering some of the legendary voice-actors portraying some of the heroes. They also talk about a character featured who just so happened to this week make his triumphant return to comics in Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s “Three Jokers” miniseries, which voice actor should always be cast as one particular character and a sneak peek at what’s coming up on the schedule for the exciting month of September! All of this and more on a brand-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 120 – BTAS – Terror in the Sky

It’s episode 120 of the DCAU Review and the hosts are still reviewing the OG DCAU show with Batman: The Animated Series episode “Terror in the Sky” which officially ends the Man-Bat/Langstrom saga. Cal and Liam discuss some similar plot beats to “On Leather Wings”, how this episode uses music animation and plot to create a  truly memorable action scene, attention to detail within the designs, the many different expressions of the Man-Bat,  the range of acting asked of Kevin Conroy, and once again bring up how to rate an episode with a mystery plot point. The hosts also reveal which episode won their fan choice poll for next week’s Elseworld’s episode.

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Ep. 119 – BTAS – Day of The Samurai

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The Good Brothers take a break from all of the sci-fi man-beasts for a good old-fashioned revenge tale. The culmination to the Batman/Ninja plot comes to an end as the hosts cover “Day of the Samurai”, the follow up to the Kyodai Ken saga that started in “Night of the Ninja.” The hosts discuss a variety including the sepia-toned bookends of the Wayne/Ken story, inconsistent animation that leads to some high highs and low lows. The hosts also discuss the cultural sensitivity for the Japanese culture being refreshing, the fantastic music and where this episode improved over the previous Ninja episode. Plus, the thread throughout that they believe could’ve been expounded on, an appreciation of Eric Rodomski’s background images, why this Batman feels truer to the character than some recent live-action portrayals, practicing the “fatal touch” as kids, and a discussion on the latest unfortunate news out of DC Comics. A full scorecard and much more await on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 118 – BTAS – Moon of The Wolf

The unofficial Creature Feature month continues on the DCAU Review as the Good Brothers continue their month of Batman: The Animated Series coverage. This week our hosts review “Moon of the Wolf” which is based on a 1970s Neal Adams era Batman comic of the same title. Unfortunately for the hosts the comic seems to have been a bit more interesting as they quickly learn, due partly in fact to the return of Akom Production Co. as the team responsible for the animation. Other topics discussed include the lack of intelligence from each featured character, Bruce Wayne’s body dysmorphia, a soundtrack that introduces electric guitar for the first time to the DCAU soundtrack, speculation on the purpose of the cliffhanger ending, and a in-depth look at “Werewolfism.” Plus our hosts preview next week’s episode and highlight some connections from this episode to the larger DCAU continuity.

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Ep. 117 – BTAS – Tyger, Tyger

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Hard to believe we are already kicking off the month of August, but the calendar never lies, so the Good Brothers are kicking off the month with a return to where It all began, with Batman: The Animated Series episode “Tyger, Tyger.” The hosts discuss the H.G. Wells novel on which the episode is loosely inspired, the unsettling feelings one host has from some of the character designs,  a soundtrack that hits its spots where it has to, why it doesn’t make sense where this episode falls in production order, a struggle to find the moral of the story, and some Fleischer Superman vibes. Plus, a clinic in voice acting from the great Kevin Conroy, why there was no follow-up episode for Tygress, and a preview of next week’s episode on this week’s all-new DCAU Review podcast!

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Ep. 113 – Static Shock – Hard As Nails

We’re halfway through the year and the Good Brothers are ready to start another month with reviews of Static Shock, starting with the season 3 premiere episode “Hard as Nail” featuring the second team-up between Virgil and the Dark Knight! The hosts discuss the thought behind having the Caped Crusader return for another season premiere episode, one voice performance that left them wanting a little more, a discussion of the TNBA vs BTAS Poison Ivy look, Arleen Sorkin’s fantastic performance, speculation about a unique power that Static appears to debut in this episode, the awesome new season 3 theme song and what turns out to be the widest margin of difference in a single and overall score in DCAU Review history. Don’t miss a heated debate between the hosts with regards to this week’s soundtrack and much more on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 102 – JLU – For The Man Who Has Everything

The Good Brothers are back as they continue reviewing episodes of Justice League Unlimited with this week’s episode “For the Man Who Has Everything.” Our hosts discuss the original comic written by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons on which the episode is based, why this episode was the perfect follow up to the pilot that expanded the Justice League roster, Eric Roberts perfect portrayal of the slimy Mongul, how this compares to another dream-sequence DCAU episode, some really mind-blowing Easter Eggs in both voice acting and music and why Mongul would be #Cancelled if he was living in 2020. All of this and something that has only occurred one other time in DCAU Review history on this week’s all-new episode!

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Ep. 99 – Elseworlds – TB: The Batman/Superman Story Part I & II

With just one week to go before the DCAU Review’s 100th episode, the Good Brothers wrap up their Superman Elseworlds month with a trip to Gotham City as seen on the Emmy-award winning series The Batman. Join our hosts as they discuss the role-reversal that The Dark Knight and Man of Steel take in this interpretation. Plus hear the brothers discuss what they felt to be an anti-climactic ending, the familiar voice-cast of some of the Elseworlds characters, why one host doesn’t care for one of the main characters’ designs and what this episode gets right when it comes to having a proper Superman theme. Plus hear Liam discuss the heroes’ capes in all their glory and preview the landmark 100th episode that will premiere next week all on this week’s brand new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 97 – Elseworlds – BTBATB: Battle Of The Superheroes

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As we continue our Elseworlds month, tackling Superman as he appears in non-DCAU form, we move back to the world of producer James Tucker’s Batman The Brave and the Bold with this week’s introduction of the Man of Steel titled “Battle of the Superheroes.” Join our hosts as they break down a love-letter to a time where everything had to be a little lighter, as this episode pays homage to many events that actually occurred in DC continuity. The Good Brothers discuss a voice cast that is sure to impress, a plot so ridiculous it will leave you laughing out loud, smooth crips and beautiful animation with some visual callbacks to legendary graphic novels, the Fleischer shorts, and even a few nods to the DCAU. Plus, the hosts discuss how they would’ve incorporated a familiar Superman theme and offer a preview for next week’s episode, Plus, for this episode an EXCITING first for the podcast, so tune in now, streaming at DCAUReview.com and on your favorite podcast app!

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Ep. 94 – BTAS – Joker’s Wild

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The 94th edition of the DCAU Review is here and this week the hosts review another classic tale featuring The Clown Prince of Crime in Batman: The Animated Series episode entitled “Joker’s Wild.”The brothers discuss a strong soundtrack and comment on how each Joker episode features a unique sound while still using the familiar Joker theme. With a pot that includes insurance fraud and a greedy casino owner trying to recoup money from his investment, the brothers poke a few minor holes in the plot and have loads to say about another AKOM animated show with some glaring mistakes and why the brothers feel a consistency within being off-model goes a long way. All of this and dissection of some of Mark Hammil’s best lines of the episode along with a full scorecard on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 93 – BTAS – If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?

Image result for if you're so smart why aren't you rich title cardEpisode 93 premieres today and the Good Brothers are discussing the Batman: The Animated Series debut of Edward Nygma aka The Riddler in the classic episode entitled “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?” The hosts discuss the real-world parallels between the Mockridge character and another mustachioed theme-park owner, John Glover’s unforgettable performance as The Riddler, this version of the Riddler vs. the Batman ’66 and Batman Forever interpretations and the very comic book-y plot of the video game theme park. Plus the hosts ponder why Batman’s wrist computer was never used again, plenty of memories from The Adventures of Batman & Robin game for SNES and a preview of next week’s episode. All of this, and a full episode scorecard from both hosts on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 92 – BTAS – Heart of Steel Part I & II

Image result for heart of steel title cardA new edition of the DCAU Review is here and finds the Good Brothers continuing with Batman: The Animated Series and the two-part episode entitled “Heart of Steel.” Cal & Liam discuss a nearly flawless pair of episodes, from the plot steeped in tragedy to the amazing visuals, some Batplane vs. Bat-Glider talk, what we learn to be androids’ one weakness and the exciting introduction of Barbara Gordon to the DC Animated Universe. Plus an instantly memorable soundtrack, a really fun voice cast and an exciting first for the podcast. All of this and the hosts look ahead to next week’s all-new episode, on this week’s DCAU Review!

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Ep. 91 – BTAS – Cat Scratch Fever & The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne

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It’s a double feature for episode 91 of the DCAU Review as the Good Brothers cover “Cat Scratch Fever” and “The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne” both from Batman: The Animated Series. It’s a vastly different set of episodes as Cal and Liam tear the first episode to shreds, from the animation to the plot to even some tepid voice-acting in the Catwoman-centric episode. How can a character be both too fluid and too stiff at the same time? Find out today as Cal and Liam delve deep into the story of the animation studio that earned the nickname “The kiss of death” with their poor animation! In the palate-cleansing second episode, our hosts enjoy a very comic-book storyline centered around the Dark Knight’s deepest secrets being exposed, and an ensemble cast made up of DCAU voice-acting legends. All of this and scorecards for both episodes on today’s all-new episode!

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Ep. 83 – JL – Tabula Rasa Part I & II

The Good Brothers have finished their latest stay in Gotham City and have returned to the future (well… not the future)! That’s right, Liam & Cal are kicking off another month of Justice League reviews by covering the very memorable “Tabula Rasa” Parts 1 & 2! Listen as they discuss the groundwork this episode lays for the future of the DCAU, the COMPLETE removal of any subtlety as to what exactly the nature of Lex Luthor and his former chauffeur Mercy Graves’ relationship entailed, plus their thoughts on the DCAU debut of a classic villain in AMAZO and an interesting subplot involving Martian Manhunter! All of this, plus each host’s scorecard and even more are in store on Episode 83 of the DCAU Review!

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