Superheroes are the dominant film genre in Hollywood, but the path to their current popularity is complex and uneven. Join Mike-EL, Joshua Murr-VELL and Champ-Ian as they discuss superhero movies & TV shows from DC Comics, Marvel Comics and more! Each episode features one film or TV episode featuring an iconic superhero, reviewed by passionate fans of the genre.


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Episode #16 | Superman II

Richard Donner vs. Richard Lester! At one time considered the greatest superhero film ever made, Superman II was a hodge-podge of footage filmed by two different directors that still managed to become a financial and critical hit. 25 years after release, a drastically different cut was released to the public, to critical acclaim. But the story doesn't end there! In this episode, we discuss the reason for the two different cuts, and the possibility that there could be a 3rd edit on the horizon. Jordan joins Joshua Murr-VELL, Champ-Ian and Mike-EL for another superhero movie chat.
01:18:00 12/21/2023

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00:44:44 12/20/2023
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Champ-Ian joins Mike-EL and Joshua Murr-VELL for another flash back to the past. Your pals at Taped Crusaders sit through another 90 minutes of 70s TV, so that you don't have to! The original Buck Rogers comic strip may have inspired legions of science fiction imitators, but someone forgot to tell the producers of this particular project, because the last thing they had in mind was honouring the legacy of a classic hero. Gil Gerad, Erin Gray, and Mel Blanc (!) star in this two-part pilot episode that, against all odds, was also given theatrical release.
00:39:18 12/19/2023
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Champ-Ian joins Josh & Mike! Warmed over leftovers from The Six Million Dollar Man are used for the basis for this TV-movie that has almost nothing to do with Jack Kirby and Joe Simon's comic book creation. Our review is half as long as the movie, but twice as entertaining!
00:49:50 12/18/2023
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Jordan, Marshall, and Helen join Josh and Mike to review the #1 box office smash of 1978. Is Superman "the perfect movie"? The Gone With The Wind of superhero films? Or are we just too attached to our favourite film from our childhood? Find out here.
01:50:40 12/17/2023
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Paul Zettel joins us for a look at the ill-fated TV movie. What the hoggoth is this thing? Peter Hooten, Clyde Kusatu, Jessica Walter, and Eddie Benton star in the fourth Marvel property to be adapted for the small screen.
00:34:28 7/3/2023
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00:36:48 6/26/2023
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Kyle Van Dongen joins Mike-EL for a look back at the most successful Marvel adaptation of the 70s. Kenneth Johnson reimagines The Hulk for 1970s TV! Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno and Jack Colvin star in the hit show that defined the Green Goliath for a generation of fans.
00:57:30 5/29/2023
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Champ-Ian joins Bex Luthor, Joshua Murr-VELL and Mike-EL for another jam-packed discussion about 70s superhero fun. Nicholas Hammond hams it up in this, um, thing-that-exists adaptation of Marvel's flagship character. Featuring J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Robertson, Aunt May, not Mary-Jane, not Gwen, not Liz, not Betty, not Harry, and not Flash.
00:56:06 5/15/2023
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00:47:06 4/24/2023
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00:52:09 4/3/2023
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00:48:06 3/20/2023
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wsg Barry Helmer, our resident Wonder Woman expert. The Amazing Amazon makes her small-screen debut, and uh...well, you'd better just listen for yourself. Starring Cathy Lee Crosby, Kaz Garas, Charlene Holt, Ricardo Montalbán, Richard X. Slattery, Andrew Prine and Anitra Ford.
00:45:45 2/27/2023
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01:12:09 2/6/2023

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