Episode 98 Shanlian On Batman



Episode 98 is live and on this episode we countdown our favorite Batman Animated Films.

Where does Batman: Mask of the Phantasm rank with us? What about the recent Lego Batman Movie? Was our number one animated film your number one animated film? Let us know where you ranked some of your favorite animated films. Make sure you let us know your favorite animated films and tweet them to us our send us a post on Facebook!

Sidenote* Justin Wants to personally apologize for his microphone that echoes throughout this episode. He will have all the kinks worked out for the next episodes to come! Hope you enjoy!!







Episode 96 “Batman and Harley Quinn” Review


Episode 96 is in the bag! On this episode we talk the Casey Affleck news, Wonder Woman surpassing Spiderman at the domestic box office and then we get to the meat of this episode. Reviewing the new DC Animated film “Batman and Harley Quinn.” Make sure that you find time to listen to this episode, it is a great one!

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Episode 95: 100 Days away from “Justice League”




Get ready for Episode 95 of Shanlian On Batman as we talk so many things that are happening in The DCEU! We celebrate Wonder Woman surpassing the $400 Million mark at the domestic box office! Other topics that we cover in this episode include, Justice League being only 100 days away from making its premiere at the WorldWide Box Office, The DCEU Batman and so much more! So strap yourself in and enjoy Episode 95 of the podcast! Thank you for listening and make sure that you follow us on all our social media.





Episode 94 SDCC 2017 & Justice League Trailer!


Episode 94 is coming right at you! On this week’s episode we have so much to chat about and catch you up on! We start this episode out with the news that Danny Elfman is now scoring “Justice League.” Then we bring up that very reavealing article from Kim Masters about Ben Affleck’s Batman being ‘Phased out.’ We finish off the episode breaking down that incredible “Justice League” trailer. Line up the new Justice League trailer, strap in and enjoy the ride with Episode 94 of Shanlian On Batman!


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Review: “Look To The Sky”




Drew Kiess

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see Look to the Sky, the latest documentary from Brett Culp. Batman fans will know Culp from his documentary Legends of the Knight (2013), which looked at individuals who were inspired by Batman into overcoming obstacles in their lives and communities. Legends as a film lead me on an interesting road to learning about story.

Look to the Sky is not a movie that I feel like I can review. Not to say that I have a long list of complaints about how the film was made, because I don’t (I thought it was beautifully constructed and truly inspiring), but I think when a movie or a book or whatever touches you in a certain way, that talking about it on a technical level can be reductive in how we look at story.

The film introduced me to Daniel Taylor, who’s books have been a huge part of my life the past few years. They have given me much comfort in my educational goals and my own personal life. The way he writes about stories and how our lives revolve around them has made an impact that is immeasurable.

This was why I struggled with my Wonder Woman review. That was a movie that I thought was absolutely beautiful, but there were things that happened in that movie that spoke to me on a personal level, and I felt like offering a counter-story was a more honest response at that time.

A counter-story is a term used in narrative therapy when a therapist uses a fictional or historical story to help their client reframe a difficult time that they are going through. I think we all use stories this way. Look to the Sky was no exception for me.

Look to the Sky is about the spirit of Superman. It featured the story of several young people and the adults who surround them and how they had a spirit of heroism like the Man of Steel. I could go through every story and talk about what I like, but I would much rather you experience that when you have an opportunity to see the film for yourself.

I work in a community where I am surrounded by stories of kids who are facing obstacles in between them and success. And going into this summer, I was feeling burnt out. I had come to a place where I felt like I had given everything I could and I wasn’t seeing the kind of results that I had hoped for. There is one story in Look to the Sky about Annaliese Cobb, a young girl who swam across Lake Ontario to raise money for a camp for children with cancer. And things for her didn’t really seem like they were working out at times.

During the night, Annaliese was pushed backwards by strong currents and wind. Even though she was physically pushing herself forward, the water was taking her backwards. She could have quit at that moment, but she kept swimming. And when the weather improved, she began making progress again. I think that this is where I have been, and maybe some of you are there, too.

As superhero fans, I think we all have a natural desire to see things get better, but we are often times surrounded by stories that make it seem like change is impossible. I think what our heroes teach us is that if we persevere in the midst of the worst storms and the darkest nights, we will see change happening at sunrise.

If you have an opportunity to see Look to the Sky in a theater near you, I could not recommend picking up a ticket more. I guarantee you will leave encouraged, and perhaps a bit tempted to go out and buy a red cape. The great things is though, is that Look to the Sky proves that you can be heroic both with or without one. But honestly, the cape could be a really cool look.




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Episode 93 wsg Mark Hughes


The crew is so happy to Welcome Back one of our favorite guests, Mark Hughes. If you are follower and frequent listener to this podcast than you know that we love to chat with Mark about anything and everything Batman and DCEU related. In Episode 93 the crew chats with Mark about the ongoing rumors that surround the reshooting of Justice League. But first we start off the episode chatting about the tragic passing of Adam West. We also get into DCEU talk and we gush about Wonder Woman and the upcoming film Aquaman!

Make sure that when you are done listening to this episode you check out Mark’s stuff on Forbes and read his reviews and/or articles that he publishes. Or you check our copious back log with Mark Hughes on Shanlian on Batman, you know a Mark Hughes episode never disappoints! So get into your podcast zone and lets Batman out for awhile with Shanlian on Batman featuring our very special guest Mark Hughes!


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Episode 92 WSG Daniel Alter


This week the guys have on a guest that is no stranger to the world of Batman, Mr. Daniel Alter. Dan sits down for an in depth conversation on some of his favorite and not so favorite portrayals of The Dark Knight! Additionally, he gushes over The Dark Knight Returns and gets into some spoiler heavy talk on Wonder Woman, which has just surpassed $500 Million at the Worldwide Box Office.

Daniel also reveals details on what he hopes to see in the upcoming Justice League film, and of course what he wants to see in future solo Batman films . Sit back and put your ear-pods in and enjoy Episode 92 of Shanlian On Batman with the amazing Daniel Alter!



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Shanlian On Batman Episode 91

Wonder Woman came out and it has been warmly welcomed by practically everyone, critics and movie goers alike. The guys of Shanlian on Batman are here to give their reviews of the new film. Three different opinions in the mix make for a very good discussion of likes and dislikes from Justin, Kyle, and Tom. Check out Episode 91 of Shanlian on Batman!

Wonder Woman

By John McGee

Gal Gadot makes her silver screen debut as a major lead in Wonder Woman, and from her first scene to her last you will completely lose her to the iconic titan she so deeply portrays: Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman herself.

The pros:

Wonder Woman is long in the making, but benefits from the wait in terms of anticipation and the visual power of modern special effects. They had years to put this film together and get it right (look out “captain Marvel,” Wonder Woman 2 will be out before you see the light of day) and they delivered big time. The final battle with (spoiler but not spoiler) Ares is rivaled only by the Doomsday fight from Batman v Superman in terms of visual quality and epic superhero action.

Ala Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman also has her signature “warehouse fight” scene. Much in the same way Ben Affleck won over the most vitriolic and vehement of his haters, so will Gal with her passion and fire in this scene, and honestly every scene she graces. I cannot stress enough how much she outwardly adores the role and understands every value the character stands for (and all of her flaws).

As for the supporting cast, Chris Pine does a hilarious and heartfelt performance of Steve Trevor without stealing the show as some critics claimed months ago. He fully embraced the idea that Wonder Woman is the lead in this film and gave it his all. Ares is almost as terrifying as Javier Bardem’s Salazar—they’re a close top 2 on the list of scariest 2017 film baddies.

Whoever wrote this script cannot have had a hand in writing Pan. It’s astounding what a little Geoff Johns can do—the script was tight and well-paced and witty. Hopefully the creative team stays relatively intact for the sequel—they need each other.

The cons:

The only minor gripes I can bring forth for Wonder Woman are timing and set up. The timing is terrible because of the overstuffed money cows coming out this year: Despicable Me, Transformers, Cars, etc. It’s tough to find good release dates, yes, but I’m worried that a sequel might suffer if no one turns out for the first.

The set up is only awkward because I’m seeing Justice League marketing and we just came off of modern day sequels to Man of Steel. In terms of universe connectivity Wonder Woman drags us back and forth between past and present in more ways than its narrative: it’s continuing the modern narrative of BvS and Suicide Squad while giving us past narrative on Wonder Woman. It’s just a bit awkward to piece it together, especially for those new to the DCEU or just watching because it’s a Wonder Woman movie.

In conclusion, it’s a pretty stunning film. You can tell the makers worked hard on it, even though it looks easy due to the quality they managed to produce. Not only does it give the character the platform she deserves, but it’s an excellent addition to an already amazing DC film universe. Get out there and go see it if you want to enjoy your summer movie experience before your kids drag you to the next Pixar or Despicable Me sequel.