We’ve entered the month June, and that means it’s time for Claire and Kyle’s “Birthday Spectactulars”! Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns is one of the most influential works in the history of Batman and of comics. It also arrived in the world the same year Claire did! That makes it a perfect pick for her birthday special. Claire describes the enormous impact the book had on the industry and explains how the censorship that was plaguing comics set the stage for Miller’s work to be such a noticeable departure. Kyle continues with a look at how a young Miller came to be trusted with so much creative control over Batman, and what led him to use it the way he did. Our hosts conclude with a discussion of Batman’s enduring appeal, their favorite Batman villains, and their thoughts on the graphic novel.
Dread Nation is a new young adult novel by Justina Ireland that imagines what would have happened if zombies had risen immediately following the American Civil War battle of Gettysburg. Kyle takes a look at the history and use of zombies in American popular culture going back to their origins in the Haitian Sugar Plantations. Claire takes a look at Ireland’s writing career, twitter scandals in the YA community, and how Pride and Prejudice and Zombies inspired Justina to write about the undead. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the book, its protagonist and the tricky beast that is Twitter.
Marsfall is a science fiction audio drama set in a future in which humans are attempting to create a new home on Martian soil. In this special creator focused episode, our hosts are excited to be joined by Sam Boase-Miller, Dan Lovley, and Erik Saras to discuss the development and production of the show. Our guests describe the variety of media that influenced them and explain how they hoped to both include and subvert beloved tropes of the genre. After discussing what it takes to actually engineer and produce a science fiction soundscape, our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the series.
In 2008 Marvel Studios released their first film, Iron Man. 10 years and 18 films later, in Avengers: Infinity War, the heroes of the MCU will face their most formidable villain yet, Thanos. This movie, which involved over 60 characters and took 19 movies to build up to, is the largest cross over event in the history of cinema. Claire delves into the definition and history of “crossovers”, discussing their roots in mythology, literature, and eventually the monster movies of the mid 20th century. Kyle takes a look at the path of the man who brought this ambitious idea of a shared cinematic universe together, Kevin Feige. The hosts wrap up with their thoughts on the film, and a reflection on their favorite MCU movies.
AMC’s hit, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, martial arts show Into the Badlands is about to start it’s third season. James Fouhey and Claire White are beyond excited to delve into it. James begins by describing the genre Wuxia, from it’s ancient origins in Taoist tradition to it’s realization in Hong Kong films. Claire then explains why AMC would invest so much money into a genre show with no recognized IP material. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the show, the action, the acting, and how much slow motion is too much slow motion.
Stephen Spielberg’s latest adventure movie is here and it’s based on the best selling, wildly successful, first novel of Ernest Cline. Kyle Willoughby is joined by DSRA’s producer and guest host, James Fouhey, to discuss virtual reality and the process behind turning a reference-rich science fiction novel into a producible film. James begins with virtual reality’s conceptual and practical origins and connects it to the latest surge in hardware for the home. Kyle then describes how Cline went from being a dissatisfied screenwriter to an author with a book being made into a Spielberg movie. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the film and the novel.