Episode 35: Superheroes—the New Normal

Episode 39 · August 8th, 2015 · 1 hr 5 mins

About this Episode

Welcome back to another irregularly scheduled episode of the Screeners Podcast! It’s been awhile, but we’ll be better from now on, we promise! C’mon, you can trust us...when have we ever let you down? OK, so there was that one time, but you know we didn’t mean it—wait, no, don’t go; we’re serious this time!

Jokes aside, though, this episode marks a new chapter for the Screeners:  We’re adding a new cast member! Introducing new co-hosts makes it easier for at least four Screeners to be available to record a new episode, so everyone wins. Look for us to be adding about 50 more in the coming months; that should keep us nice and regular. Everyone say hi to Daniel!

Nothing New Under the Sun

For such a long time away, the Screeners have realized they don’t have a lot to talk about. They must’ve been too busy preparing for tonight’s double-header review. The best they can come up with is a couple trailers from Comic-Con: Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad. If you haven’t seen them yet, take a couple minutes and head over to YouTube before listening to us blather on about them.

Tiny and the Impossibles

As promised, this episode’s main event is a double feature—and for what may be the first time in Screeners history, at least 4 Screeners have seen both movies! It only took adding a fifth Screener to make that happen; if only we’d known it was that easy before...live and learn, we guess.

Anyway, Marvel’s Ant-Man is first on the schedule. Paul Rudd has conquered both the romantic comedy and the bromantic comedy, which uniquely qualifies him to put on a suit that makes him really small and move really fast. At least, we’re pretty sure that was his agent’s pitch to the studio. Do his dry wit and impish charm make up for the fact that Ant-Man has no reason to exist, let alone add to the already cluttered pantheon of superhero movies? Well, you tuned in to hear us answer that, so we’ll...try, at least.

Next up are the almost superhuman members of the IMF coming back for another installment of America’s answer to the James Bond franchise, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Tom Cruise has been doing crazy stunts for nearly 20 years, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Must be all the auditing*. Anyway, is the series aging well? Keep listening for the definitive answer—the Screeners’ answer.

And that’s it for another action-packed episode of the Screeners. Head on over to Facebook and let us know what you think of our casting choices and the idea that we might actually produce a regular show. Talk [at] you next time!

*You didn’t seriously think we were going to be able to resist that joke, did you?