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Episode 42 — Batman & Robin


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Posted 06 August 2012 - 11:03 PM

Superhero butt shots, bat nipples, and freeze puns are all up for discussion on this week's How Did This Get Made? The Nerdist podcast's Matt Mira and Marvel's Jesse Falcon join us to chat about a movie that easily can be seen as a really long action figure commercial, Batman & Robin! So Stay cool and be sure to winterize your podcast ears!

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 04:16 AM

Finally!

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 04:34 AM

Man, I gotta rewatch this movie! I wonder if the Batman and Robin surf scene outdoes the amazing Kurt Russell surf scene in Escape from LA?

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:47 AM

The woman that plays Gossip Gerty, Elizabeth Sanders, is actually the widow of Bob Kane.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:09 AM

View PostJeff MacDonald, on 07 August 2012 - 05:47 AM, said:

The woman that plays Gossip Gerty, Elizabeth Sanders, is actually the widow of Bob Kane.


D'oh! I was about to point that out too!
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:14 AM

How could you not have mentioned the WORST line of the movie?

"Holy sheet metal, Batman!"

If people didn't know by this point that they were watching a terrible movie with no respect for the source material, this did it.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:37 AM

GREAT episode of a ridiculous film (which I actually remember WANTING to see when I was a kid) Matt Mira is a perfect addition to this podcast. Have him back soon!

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:47 AM

You mentioned the Cage Superman stuff, which I've also gotten a look at, and what a LOT of people don't remember (if you weren't paying attention to comics, you probably didn't even know) is that in early 1997, Supes got a pretty big overhaul. I'll be damned if I remember what brought it about in the story (in the real world, I'm sure it was a sales stunt), but he was given electricity-based powers and an ultra-90's-looking glowing blue suit that didn't have a cape. It was blue and white, and the Burton designs looked a LOT like this look. In the comics, it lasted about about a year (Superman also split into two during this time, into a red and white variant...or something...), it was shit upon by all, and they just brought the classic look back without any real explanation. If WB had gone through with Burton's version, they would have either kept electro-Superman around longer, or (more likely) the film would have already been completely out of date.

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"By the Superman Writers and Artists"? Yeah, no one wanted their name on this shit.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:31 AM

Honestly, I think this movie killed Gene Siskel.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 10:20 AM

I had that Poison Ivy action figure, totally bought right into their merch-pushing scheme.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 10:27 AM

I had the Taco Bell Alicia Silverstone Batgirl cup for a pretty long time. That thing took a beating and tasted every flavor of booze under the rainbow. It was glorious.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 12:25 PM

I'm glad you guys did this movie, its so bad. Unfortunately I cannot stand Matt "Talks Over Everyone" Mira.

Life is all about tough choices.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 01:07 PM

I'm ashamed that I used to have a ladyboner for Chris O'Donnell as Batman.

Did this kill Alicia Silverstone's career?

Edited to add:

http://youtu.be/Iy4Pg1GRT2c

It's the classic "sorry you were offended, not for what I did" apology

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 01:33 PM

View PostRobinH, on 07 August 2012 - 01:07 PM, said:

Did this kill Alicia Silverstone's career?


Alicia Silverstone killed Alicia Silverstone's career.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 02:00 PM

Apparently, Alicia Silverstone wanted to play Robin as evidenced here when she fed her baby like a mama bird.

"Freeze, bird girl!"
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 02:23 PM

This is one of my favorite episodes along with the Wicker Man ep. I remember loving this movie as a kid, mainly because I was 10 and loved all things Batman. From American Silverston in a British family to the super-homoerotic overtones of the director, this movie was BAAAADDD. I loved that Jesse referenced the cartoon spoofing Schumaker with a feminite character in the cartoon (I posted the clip in the comments of the minisode.)

As for this ruining Alicia Silverstone's career, it really did. But to be honest no one outside of Clooney and Thurman came out of this alive. Arnold had a string of horrible movies after this and O'Donnel has only recently made a comeback with NCIS:LA.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 04:49 PM

I'm not sure Silverstone had much of a career before this movie. The only truly popular, breakout role she had up to this point was Clueless. And those Aerosmith videos.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:00 PM

My favorite part of HDTGM: Mantzoukas becomes so enraged that the language center of his brain shuts down, and all he can spit out from between clenched teeth is "THIS MOVIE…IS GARBAGE." I don't think Batman & Robin proved bad enough to trigger a total Zouks meltdown.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:41 PM

View PostDan Engler, on 07 August 2012 - 05:00 PM, said:

I don't think Batman & Robin proved bad enough to trigger a total Zouks meltdown.


Have we yet determined what the biggest Mantzoukas Meltdown is?

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 06:10 PM

View PostRobinH, on 07 August 2012 - 05:41 PM, said:


Have we yet determined what the biggest Mantzoukas Meltdown is?


Battlefield Earth by far was his biggest Meltdown.