Ep. 131 – BTAS – Almost Got ‘Im w/ Monica Kubina

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Cal and Liam return to where it all started with a review of one of the most famous and beloved episodes in Batman: The Animated Series lure, that being “Almost Got ‘Im.” Joining the Good Brothers as a special correspondent to breakdown this episode is best friend of the show, digital artist and colorist on the Batman The Adventures Continue comic series, Monica Kubina. Tune in to hear just how this legendary episode breaks down with insight from someone who works in the comic book industry with terrific insight on visuals, color palette and atmospheric animation. Also hear a breakdown of the tremendous voice cast, the crafting of the story into vignettes, whether or not this might effectively if adapted into comic form, and which of the villains’ stories is our hosts’ favorite. Plus hear Monica’s full episode scorecard alongside Cal & Liam’s, a preview of next week’s episode and much more on this exciting episode of the 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. 111 – STAS – The Main Man Part I & II

As the Good Brothers continue their June reviews of the Man of Steel they come upon one of the series-defining episodes of Superman; The Animated Series  when Lobo makes his first animated appearance ever in the DCAU in the episodes “The Main Man Part 1 & 2.” Cal and Liam discuss how monumental it was at the time for this adult character that started out as a riff on 90’s gritty comics to appear on a children’s cartoon and then begin discussing the ins and out of the plot that at times feels right out of a Looney Toons cartoon. The hosts also discuss the myriad of interesting visuals on The Preserver’s ship, including one important background cameo that would be a storyline thread in another DCAU show. The guys also talk about the great soundtrack and the uniqueness that adds to the Lobo character itself as well as the iconic voice performance from  Brad Garrett and an early appearance from another voice actor that would go on to play an important baddie on Batman Beyond. All of this, a full scorecard and much more await you on this week’s DCAU Review

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Ep. 107 – Batman Beyond – Terry’s Friend Dates A Robot

It’s Episode 107 of the DCAU Review and the Good Brothers are covering one of their favorite episodes in all of the DC Animated Universe, the Batman Beyond episode “Terry’s Friend Dates a Robot.” Discussions include the absolute absurd plot co-written by a DCAU legend including how a high school would allow a brand new mystery student on campus without any sort of questioning, one line of dialogue that our hosts believe could be the funniest in DCAU history, another plea for WB to release the Batman Beyond soundtrack and a special segment in honor of this week’s episode title. Plus the hosts talk a special voice cast cameo and preview next week’s episode on today’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 106 – Batman Beyond – Revenant & Babel

Initially slated to be a single-review episode, Cal & Liam called an audible and decided to bring forth a Giant-Size Double Feature on this week’s DCAU Review, tackling both Batman Beyond episodes “Revenant” and “Babel.” Truly a tale of two episodes as both feature returning villains, the Good Brothers discuss the shortcomings of another Willie Watt centric episode, a lackluster culmination to the final battle between Terry and Willie, an homage to another classic Spider-Man visual and a why one host is happy that this is the last appearance for this villain. Moving on two the second episode our hosts discuss fantastic visuals in Shriek’s return, Batman vs. zoo animals, why this episode feels like the passing of the Bat-mantle, discovering more about the future Batmobile’s capabilities, using traditional Batman-villain tropes in a new effective way, a trilogy of scenes where the voice acting is incredibly powerful and a soundtrack that brings back the classic Batman themes. Plus, the hosts have scorecards for both episodes and an exciting look at next week’s episode and more on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 103 – JLU – The Greatest Story Never Told

Wrapping up their month of Justice League Unlimited coverage, the Good Brothers review the Booster Gold tale “The Greatest Story Never Told” from JLU season one. Some fun factoids as to the original intended character for this story are shared while discussing how effective the writing team turns around an unlikeable character, two surprising familiar names cast as supporting characters, and why Booster hasn’t seen much love in the last 10 years in standard DC continuity, Plus the hosts discuss the other time a black hole was the main antagonist in a DCAU cartoon, a cameo from one of our host’s favorite animated movies of all time and a preview for the series being covered in the month of May!

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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. 100 – JL -Starcrossed Parts I, II & III

It’s the landmark 100th episode of the DCAU Review, and The Good Brothers are reviewing one of the most pivotal episodes in the history of the DCAU. Cal & Liam discuss the events leading up to Starcrossed and break down one of the most heart-wrenching romances to playout in the DCAU, while also talking about the shortcomings of the CGI mixed into the digital animation, the decision to make the main baddie a Hawkman-ish character, the awesomeness of the Batcave battle scene, and easter eggs from Batman ’66. Plus a discussion around the gorgeous soundtrack, Carl Lumbly’s screams, why the final appearance in the DCAU from #MyAlfred was such a great add-on to the story and some of the best vocal performances to date. This all leads to a scorecard in the upper-echelon of DCAU history. Plus, a special announcement about next week’s episode and a celebratory compilation from the DCAU-content community on this week’s all-new, 100th episode of the 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. 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. 88 – Batman Beyond – Bloodsport

Another week has come and gone, and the Good Brothers continue the month of January with Batman Beyond reviews, this week covering the introduction of The Stalker in the episode entitled “Bloodsport.” Cal & Liam talk about another DCAU veteran in a voicing a different character, what it would be like to watch a monochromatic Batman series, why Terry is still just the absolute worst boyfriend and son, and the tragedy that The Stalker has never had an official action figure release! All of this and much more on today’s podcast

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Ep. 85 – JL – Comfort & Joy

Seasons Greetings from the DCAU Review! This week the Good Brothers get in the holiday spirit with their review of the Justice League episode “Comfort and Joy”, a rare 22-minute edition of the original Justice League series. However, the limited running time of the episode doesn’t mean the hosts are left without things to discuss as they cover appreciate for the overall feeling the episode brings, J’onn as Charlie Brown looking for the meaning of Christmas, George Newbern’s first Clark Kent portrayal, the DJ Rubba Duckie song and who one of our hosts thinks would’ve been the perfect cameo in the intergalactic bar fight. Can the boys deliver another entry into their “Top Picks” category? This might just be the Christmas miracle you’re looking for, in this week’s edition of the DCAU Review!

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Ep. 81 – BTAS – The Laughing Fish

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As we move through the month of November, Cal & Liam have been on a bit of a hot streak as of late, with multiple episodes landing in the coveted “Top Picks” section here at the DCAU Review. This week the Good Brothers look to add to that with a Joker tale adapted from two different comics and written and produced by the dynamic duo of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. This week’s episode covering The Laughing Fish discusses how Paul Dini’s unique writing style is a perfect fit for a Joker story, how the ridiculousness of the Joker seeking a patent is, more light shed on the Joker and Harley relationship explored and several memorable performances in voice acting and why one of our hosts believes this is the PERFECT Joker showcase. Could this be yet another episode for the Top Picks sections? Find out on today’s all-new episode of the DCAU Review!

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