I had started up the NerdNumbers podcast a while back, before I ended up doing the Boxscore Geeks show weekly. Well, the NerdNumbers show is coming back. Who better to have on than E.J. Fischer, star of the infamous “lost episode”.
This Week’s Show
The NerdNumbers show is back! We have a special guest, who’s on to discuss Batman vs. Superman and everything else.
E.J. and I have podcasted before. In fact, there’s a “missing podcast”, I never ended up posting back in the day.
Indeed, Eugene is a popular holiday location.
We decide to talk Batman vs. Superman, which I recently wrote about. That was the plan anyway.
We discuss the depressing nature of DC comics. Also in a weird turn we actually suggest taking Orson Scott Card and Frank Miller off your reading lists!
One of my favorite series: Impulse, ended with the authors complaining about executive meddling.
We end up discussing Big Hero 6, which is amazing! Seriously, check it out! Although, as E.J. says, you could rename the movie: “Hardware solutions to software problems.”
Ratatouille had massive rewrites in the middle of production.
Reminder, Avatar: the Last Airbender is amazing.
The Harvard Implicit Association Tests are great to make you realize how you may have subtle biases you don’t realize.
The “10% of your brain” myth infuriates me. It’s wrong. Screenwriters please stop using it.
E.J. made a map of rhetorical relationships between genres.
There are pervasive ideas in mainstream media. I feel it’s naive to think we’re immune to this.
Whitewashing the Mandarin in Ironman 3 may have been justified given the character’s racist origins. However, replacing Ricardo Montalbán with Benedict Cumberbatch though? Unacceptable.
Superman is Moses. I’m dumbfounded I never realized this. Also, we talk a lot about how Superman should be an interesting character. Sadly Zach Snyder doesn’t get this.
I wrote about why Superman is interesting a while ago.
E.J. did not like Man of Steel, at all, like at all.
Marvel’s Joe Quesada had an interesting metaphor for D.C.’s inability to make good things.
DC couldn’t let Batwoman have a lesbian wedding. However, they’re completely fine with the current storyline (content warning if you click on link.)
We originally decided to talk Exterminite, a new series by Mikey Neumann, Len Peralta, and Kris Straub. Check out the first issue here! Only the “pilot” episode is out. We agreed we liked it, but that didn’t make for compelling podcasting. We’ll talk more as the series unfolds.
E.J. has a short story coming out in the April-May issue of Asimov’s magazine. I’ve committed to reading it and having E.J. back on the show to talk about it.
E.J. won the “my move sucked” contest.
Dan O’Brien has a hilarious video about being awkward.