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Author and comic book fan Perry Constantine is your guide into the world of superhero film and TV! In each episode, Perry and a guest tackle a different movie or TV show and go into detail about what works and what doesn't, trying to focus on the stuff they enjoy as opposed to ranting about the stuff they hate.
 
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Before the superhero cinema boom, there was a smaller trend in the 90s of translating pulp characters into film and TV. This week, Perry is joined by pulp author John Bruening to discuss The Phantom, a kind of bridge character between the pulps and superheroes. The movie's not as bad as you may have heard, but it's not without its flaws. Buy or ren…
 
Before Josh Trank and before Tim Story, the legendary Roger Corman produced the first Fantastic Four film, but was paid to never release it. Now only existing in bootleg copies, Doomed! tells the story of how that film came to be and why it was suppressed for so long. Gordon Dymowski is back to discuss this documentary about the forgotten Fantastic…
 
Superman IV: The Quest For Peace is considered to be the worst Superman film, but returning guest Liam Carrigan is on a mission to defend it as being not as bad as people remember. And Perry takes him up on that challenge with some interesting results. Buy or rent this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to th…
 
2000's X-Men was not the first live-action X-Men film. In 1996, Fox attempted to launch a Generation X TV show based on this made-for-TV movie. Amidst the weird use of Dutch angles, the very low budget, and some really bad acting, there are some interesting things in this film, like the best live-action portrayal of Emma Frost and Banshee yet. Perr…
 
After the one-two punch of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fox's X-Men series got a shot in the arm thanks to Matthew Vaughn's Cold War take on the mutants in X-Men: First Class. Looking back on it, there are some oddities about it amidst a lot of good. Justin and Alicia of The X-Wife Podcast bring their X-knowledge and passion …
 
What if there was a superhero parody before superhero movies were big enough to be parodied? Well, that's exactly what happened in 1999 with Mystery Men. Despite having pretty big comedic names like Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, and Hank Azaria attached, it's a movie that's probably not remembered by most. Michael Hale of the KMP Podcast is the gu…
 
Author Bobby Nash joins the podcast to discuss what many consider to be the crown jewel of the MCU—Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As to be expected with two writers, we dive deep into the characterization aspects of this film and the heavy themes it deals with that are even more relevant today than when this movie came out. Buy or rent this m…
 
All-Star Superman is regarded by many as the greatest Superman story ever published, so to discuss the animated adaptation, Perry is joined by Superman expert (and his former teacher) Bernie Gerstmayr. Listen for a discussion of how the film stacks up against the comic and larger discussions about who Superman is and why he's an important character…
 
There have been a lot of animated Justice League movies, and in this episode Perry is joined by author Gordon Dymowski to discuss one of the oddest ones of all. Justice League: Gods and Monsters featured Bruce Timm's return to the DC characters, except this Justice League is composed of General Zod's son, Kirk Langstrom, and Bekka of the Fourth Wor…
 
The Punisher's had three movies with three different actors, but none have really hit the target. But this week Ashley Stockdale returns to discuss the one that came closest, and that's 2008's Punisher: War Zone. They discuss the elements from the comics that made it into the movie, why the Punisher's such a hard character to adapt, and Ray Stevens…
 
It's Morphin' Time! Writer Liam Carrigan is here to discuss Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie. He and Perry share their memories of watching Power Rangers as a kid, wax nostalgic about this movie, and discuss the things about it that hold up (Paul Freeman) and the things that don't (the terrible CGI zords). Buy or rent this movie on Amazon T…
 
It's capitalism-smashing time! Perry and Stacy Dooks of the Fanboy Power Hour podcast embrace their inner communists for the animated adaptation of Superman: Red Son. We also discuss Mark Millar, the mistakes people make in understanding the Superman/Batman relationship, and other assorted diversions. Buy or rent this movie on Amazon This episode i…
 
Fellow Japan-residing Marvel fan Ashley Stockdale makes his Superhero Cinephiles debut to discuss Black Widow. We've got a lot of praise for Florence Pugh and David Harbour, some criticisms about Taskmaster, and talk about how the timing of this movie could have been a lot better. Buy or rent this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audibl…
 
From best to worst. In the second part of this double-feature, Greg Dunn is back to discuss the last of Fox's main X-Men films—2019's Dark Phoenix. They discuss the issues with the FoX-Men films and why both attempts at adapting The Dark Phoenix Saga were such spectacular failures. Buy or rent this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audib…
 
In the final episode of the season, Kota of the Against Japanism podcast brings his extensive knowledge of Japanese politics and the Japanese left-wing to bear in this discussion of Nagisa Oshima's Night and Fog in Japan. Buy this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, and or…
 
In another double-feature, X-fan Greg Dunn makes his debut appearance on the show to talk about the best adaptation of the classic X-Men story, The Dark Phoenix Saga. It wasn't one of the movies, but the four-part story that appeared in season three of the 1992 animated series! Perry and Greg reminisce over their memories of the show, how it got th…
 
In the penultimate episode of the season, Perry is joined by Japanese film buff Nathaniel de Bel to discuss the classic Japanese film, The Yellow Handkerchief starring the late, great Ken Takakura. Buy this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, and original content. Get a 30…
 
Voice actor David Ellis joins us this episode to talk about the animated Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! We discuss the history of the Turtles, the comic this movie was based on, and how these two seemingly disparate worlds unite in a fun way. This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, a…
 
The Suicide Squad improved on pretty much every aspect of the original film, but we still found plenty to go back-and-forth on in this episode. Adam Lance Garcia returns to Superhero Cinephiles and he brought Steele Filipek as a date. NOTE: Steele's audio couldn't be heard in an earlier upload. That's been fixed now and you should be able to hear t…
 
Today is a special episode of Superhero Cinephiles. A long while back, Perry and Derrick once discussed doing an episode focused on politics and superheroes, but unfortunately never got around to it. But in light of some recent controversies over politics in comic books, Perry has invited Van Allen Plexico—superhero author, host of the White Rocket…
 
In 2001, Grant Morrison took the reins of the X-Men comics and began a run that remains controversial and impactful to this day. Now 20 years later, three X-fans look back on his run, going issue-by-issue and discussing it in depth. Listen to E For Evolution: X-Amining Grant Morrison's X-Men at eforevolution.transistor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or whever…
 
Kelen "B-Hyphen" Conley is back for the second part of our double feature and in this episode, we discuss The Amazing Spider-Man 2! And despite some great performances from Garfield and Stone, the rest of this movie is pretty much a total mess. Buy or rent this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands …
 
Podcaster and musician Kelen "B-Hyphen" Conley joins Perry for a double-feature! In their first movie, they watch The Amazing Spider-Man, a movie Kelen was prepared to eviscerate. But you know what they say about best-laid plans... Buy or rent this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands of audiobooks…
 
Demond Thompson of the Demond Does Podcast stops by the show for a discussion about the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. But in true Superhero Cinephiles fashion, we also go on a number of tangents about Milestone Comics, memories of Derrick, and many more! Buy or rent this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can lis…
 
Mike Blanchard of the GeekCast Radio Network is the show's latest guest, here to discuss what is certainly the best Batman/Superman movie ever made—the three-part team-up that originally aired as part of Superman: The Animated Series. Perry and Mike talk about how the film nails the relationship between Superman and Batman, as well as the DCAU and …
 
Japan On Film is back with a new season! Perry is joined by new guest Dan to discuss Takashi Miike's adaptation of the Yakuza video game. This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, and original content. Get a 30-day free trial with Audible, which includes one free audiobook and two free Audible …
 
No one can replace Derrick, but he would have wanted the show to continue, and so it does. In the first episode of this new format, Perry is joined by author and video producer Adam Lance Garcia and they tackle the Snyder Cut. And in true Superhero Cinephiles fashion, there's plenty of other digressions about Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the DCEU…
 
Superhero Cinephiles continues to celebrate the life of the better half of its host. In this special episode, Perry is joined by Thomas Deja, who hosted the Better in the Dark podcast with Derrick for seven years. They share their memories and stories of Derrick, what they loved about him, and how we can all honor his memory. If you would like to s…
 
Derrick Ferguson, who had appeared on several episodes of Japan On Film and also co-hosted Perry's other podcast, Superhero Cinephiles, passed away on April 4, 2021. To honor his memory, we're releasing a supercut episode of Derrick's appearances on Japan On Film, discussing Seven Samurai (and its western remake, The Magnificent Seven) and Unforgiv…
 
Derrick Ferguson passed away on April 4, 2021. Perry shares some of his thoughts and memories of his friend and co-host. If you would like to share your own memories of Derrick, please send audio and/or video recordings to superherocinephiles@gmail.com. We are currently unaware of any funds or memorials set up in Derrick's name, but will pass on th…
 
We've had some scheduling difficulties this week, so even though we've both seen Zack Snyder's Justice League, we haven't had a chance to sit down and talk about it. So instead, we're re-broadcasting our episode discussing the theatrical cut of Justice League. Listen again to prepare yourself for our upcoming discussion of the Snyder Cut! ★ Support…
 
Now that WandaVision is complete, we revisit the film that introduced the Vision and Scarlet Witch. We talk about why even though many consider it the redheaded stepchild of the Avengers films, we both love it. We praise James Spader's underrated performance, discuss how Hawkeye is the glue of the Avengers, and explain why we think Aaron Taylor Joh…
 
With the Snyder Cut release upon us, we look back at the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman and find it's still pretty much as terrible as the theatrical cut. From everyone in this movie being a total asshole to the plot holes and the head-scratchingly bizarre portrayal of Lex Luthor, the only real bright spots are Ben Affleck, Jeremy Irons, and…
 
Batman Ninja is an anime take on the Dark Knight in feudal Japan and it was met with near-universal acclaim. We did not feel the same. While there were things we liked about the movie, ultimately it felt like a lot of poor storytelling by people who have never read a Batman comic matched with some pretty visuals. Buy or rent this movie on Amazon Th…
 
Our black superhero spotlight ends on a high note when we watch Guillermo Del Toro's pitch-perfect Blade II. There's not a lot we don't discuss, from the wonderful direction to the performances with special emphasis on Snipes, Perlman, and Kristofferson, and why Marvel can't seem to make Blade work in the comics. All this, plus we talk about the on…
 
Our black superhero spotlight continues as we watch Project Power, the recent superhero film from Netflix. There's a new drug on the streets of New Orleans called Power, which gives users superhuman abilities for five minutes. Although billed as a Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie, the real star is Dominique Fishback's performance as aspiri…
 
1992's Minbo is a satire of Japanese criminals trying to strong-arm a hotel. It so angered the real yakuza that they mounted a direct assault on director Juzo Itami. Japanese cinema professor Patrick returns to the show in order to discuss the film's multiple layers and its clever subversiveness. This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can …
 
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