In the 80th year of Batman’s existence, it’s only fitting that the 80th edition of the DCAU Review covers the origin story of one of the Caped Crusader’s greatest allies, the Boy Wonder, in the episode “Robin’s Reckoning.” The Good Brothers discuss the perfect storytelling of a pair of murders while keeping the episode kid-friendly, some of Loren Lester’s best work in Batman: The Animated Series as Robin, excellent shadow work and some inconsistencies in the animation, some insight into scenes cut for time and a soundtrack that accentuates the climatic ending of the episode. Could all of this praise lead to this episode joining the “Top Picks” category? Find out on this edition of the DCAU Review!
The month of November is here, and Cal & Liam kickoff a month of Batman: The Animated Series reviews with a double feature! Never before have there been two polar opposite episodes featured on one podcast as the Good Brothers discuss the episodes “Eternal Youth” and “Perchance To Dream.” First, the brothers have what can only be described as shared disdain for a bizarre episode featuring #MyAlfred and the never before seen or heard from again Maggie. The brothers are fairly harsh in their criticism and comparison to a lost Batman ’66 episode but this episode does bring about the largest score disparity to date and for only the second time in DCAU Review history, a point deduction!
Up next the guys discuss one of the most universally loved episodes where we learn what it would be like if Bruce never put on the cape and cowl and instead lived solely as Bruce Wayne. Cal and Liam talk about some great subtleties in the soundtrack, the psychology of Batman’s ability to be happy and talk foreshadowing throughout the episode! Of course, they have full scorecards for each episode and an exciting preview of next week’s all-new DCAU Review!
The month of October is nearly over and with that, it’s almost time for the Good Brothers to turn over a new leaf and change DCAU shows. However, our hosts have one last episode of Superman: The Animated Series in 2019 and it’s a fun one. This week’s episode entitled “Heavy Metal” is the direct sequel to the very first episode the boys covered this month. This week’s discussion includes a favorable plot for introducing someone capable of aiding Superman against Metallo, some memories of the introduction of the Steel character, a soundtrack with similar tones to one of the hosts’ favorites, the question of how a metal helmet can show expression and a preview for the show being covered in the month of November. All of this, plus Liam broadcasts from inside the Steel suit and Cal acts as if it’s completely normal…on today’s episode of the DCAU Review!
The Good Brothers continue their stay in Metropolis with October’s penultimate review of Superman: The Animated Series. This week’s episode entitled “Fun and Games” features the series debut of Toyman and Cal & Liam discuss his DCAU interpretation compared to the Super Friends and DC Comics continuity versions. They also talk about the outstanding visual gags in this episode including deadly Play-Doh, knockout-gas filled bubbles and the giant robot rubber ducky! The hosts also talk Bud Court’s creepy/sinister performance as the main antagonist and offer a preview of next week’s episode review.
The 75th edition of the DCAU Review is a unique episode from Superman: The Animated Series that actually doesn’t have Superman in it at all. Cal and Liam discuss “New Kids in Town” on this week’s show, an episode that takes place in the future 30th century and then heads back to the past of rural Kansas to visit young Clark Kent in Smallville. The Good Brothers ponder as to why Brainiac has never utilized Kryptonite, why the villain going back in time is such a familiar trope this Legion versus the more recent versions, a lack of Legion theme son, the unique design of Chameleon Boy, Pa Kent being dumb again Brainiac’s cosmic sled, the age-old red underpants vs. no red underpants for Superman’s costume and much more!
Cal & Liam return to Metropolis for the month of October. On this week’s episode, the guys discuss the Superman: The Animated Series episode “Prototype” which is one part Robocop and one part lecture on the dangers of being addicted to modern technology. The Good Brothers discuss the introduction of a pivotal secondary character, Lex Luthor as Brutus and the innocence of Superman contrasting with Batman’s paranoia. As always, they also give a full scorecard and preview next week’s episode on this week’s DCAU Review!