Episode 036 – You’ll Believe a Man Can Fly

“Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!” Tonight’s podcast is all about the indomitable Man of Steel as played by the legendary Christopher Reeve in four different films. The legendary Marlon Brando played Jor-El, Gene Hackman hammed it up as the maniacal Lex Luthor, and Margot Kidder fawned over the last son of Krypton from the moment he arrived. The series also starred Jackie Cooper, Terence Stamp, Susannah York, Marc McClure, and many more! Tonight, it’s all about SUPERMAN!

First, we’ll be focusing on Richard Donner’s iconic first film and the second major motion picture featuring the character of Superman (behind 1951’s Superman and the Mole Men). We’ll look at the good and bad features of the film, and ask whether or not the film still holds up even today. Then, we’ll take a look at the sequel, Superman II. Nick forced himself to suffer through the original Richard Lester cut, but both of the guys have seen the Donner cut that was released in 2006. Which is better? 
Then, we’ll take a turn toward the darker days of Superman with Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. While Christopher Reeve was still in the title role and gave it his best effort, many would agree that both of these films (particularly four) destroyed the Superman brand in film and caused him to be absent from it for nearly twenty years. What went wrong with these sequels? We’ll analyze them both!
Along with our analysis of all four of these films, we’ll also be rating them and discussing other great aspects of the productions, such as John Williams’ iconic score to the legendary Marlon Brando starring as Superman’s father. And not to worry, though we are not discussing Superman Returns this week, we’ll be featuring a discussion on that film in two weeks with the guys from the Countdown, Paul and Wayne. 
Last but certainly not least, we’ll briefly touch on our thoughts of the Oscars and of the winners and losers. Remember, you can see all of our Oscar picks and the winners at our website, http://www.epicfilmguys.com/oscars-2016. We’ll also discuss Justin’s appearance on the Picture Lock show last weekend, and look ahead to some upcoming appearances as well. No Epic Previews segment this week, sadly, but look for it to return next week when we tackle the upcoming trailer for Ghostbusters, which should land the same day as this podcast!
How to find us:
We’re still in the process of turning http://www.epicfilmguys.com into our main hub, and you can definitely link to anything through there. Most importantly, if you are a fan of the show, please head over to iTunes and rate us and leave a review! With every review we’ll be better able to reach a wider audience that we are proud to include you in. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/epic-film-guys-podcast/id1027239734. Listen to us weekly at http://epicfilmguys.podbean.com, or at Stitcher and Spreaker. Thank you for your support!
Justin guested on the Picture Lock Show, which airs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station. You can find their videos over at https://www.youtube.com/user/PictureLockShow, and check out their website at http://www.picturelockshow.com and find information about their podcast and much, much more. Thanks so much to Kevin Sampson and everyone over at Picture Lock!
Podcasts promoted in this episode: 
Simply one of the best podcasts you could ever listen to. Check out our good friends, Wayne and Paul, on the Countdown Movie and TV reviews podcast! You will not regret it. Find them and rate them on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/countdown-movie-tv-reviews/id979577413.
One of the most entertaining shows on the web. Rick and Paul will take the world’s problems one by one and they’ll heal them! From art, to exercise, sleep, and Christmas shopping and more. Find them at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rick-and-paul-heal-the-world/id1037716176!
The guys over at This Freakin’ Show describe themselves simply as “A little bit o’ somethin’ and a whooole lotta nothin’.” You can find them on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/this-freakin-show/id1076478974!
The Three is Comedy podcast is a variety comedy podcast featuring podcast comedians Jason, Bob & Mindy. You’ll be laughing from start to finish! Check them out on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/three-is-comedy/id982835564.
Other Tidbits:
View our website! http://www.epicfilmguys.com! You can find links to all of our social media and our previous podcasts. The site is still under construction, please bear with us!
Join the discussion about the latest film news over at http://www.facebook.com/epicfilmguys!
Follow us on Twitter (Nick) and Instagram (Justin) @EpicFilmGuys!
Also, check out our video reviews over at http://www.youtube.com/epicfilmguysny. 
Intro music “Superman Theme” by John Williams. 
Outro music “Batman & Robin Main Title” by Elliot Goldenthal. 
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