Needless Things Podcast 188 – Justice League

November 24th, 2017
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The Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to discuss the newest entry into the DC Comics movieverse, Justice League!

Starting with Man of Steel in 2013, Warner Bros. has been trying to ape the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite having an available roster of arguably the best-known superheroes, the films have struggled to find acceptance, much less the acclaim of the MCU.

After a major course correction with this year’s Wonder Woman, WB has been attempting to right the ship with a lighter overall tone and more fan-pleasing interpretations of the characters. Leaving behind the darker, more grounded influence of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the marketing of this newest film has been promising more action and high adventure, as well as some much-needed levity.

Listen in as Dave and the rest of the Irregulars discuss the highs and lows of Justice League in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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Needless Things Podcast 145 – 2017 New York International Toy Fair

February 24th, 2017
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The Needless Things Irregulars assemble for their annual look at the New York International Toy Fair!

The 2017 New York International Toy Fair was held from February 17th – 19th so that toy manufacturers from all over the world could get retailers and journalists excited about their offerings for the upcoming year. Hasbro, Mattel, Funko, NECA, and many more all bring out their prototypes, concepts, and newest licenses to display in the biggest toy-oriented gathering of the year!

Listen in as Phantom, Needless Things’ Head of Research Ryan, The Belligerent Monkey, and Josh Wilson of The Oncoming Storm Podcast discuss the coolest collectibles that will be unleashed in the coming year!

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Needless Things Podcast 138 – Batman Returns Needless Commentary

December 16th, 2016
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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

In 1992 moviegoers and comic book fans were treated to Christmas in June with the follow-up to Tim Burton’s mega-successful 1989 Batman. The sequel featured Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader squaring off against Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, Danny DeVito as Penguin, Christopher Walken as Max Schreck, and hundreds of puppet penguins with missiles strapped to their backs!

Phantom Troublemaker is joined by The Rad Ranger, Arian, Ryan Cadaver, and special guests Nicole Gould and Mike Gordon for this installment of Needless Commentary!

Grab your DVD, Blu-ray, or Betamax cassette and follow along at home as the gang share their thoughts about one of the greatest Christmas films of all time!

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Needless Things Podcast 118 – San Diego Comic Con 2016 Part 2 – Movies, TV, & More

August 4th, 2016
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It’s time once again for the Needless Things Irregulars to discuss all of the biggest movie and television dorkery to come out of San Diego Comic Con!

Every year at Comic Con Hollywood busts out teasers, tidbits, and trailers for the biggest upcoming genre projects. This year was no different, with clips for Doctor Strange, Luke Cage, Wonder Woman, and even the forthcoming Justice League! All of this and more generated huge levels of excitement amongst the fans and con-goers in attendance. If, like the Needless Things Irregulars, you weren’t there, you can find out about all of the hottest stuff in today’s episode!

Listen in as Phantom, Head of Research Ryan, and Belligerent Monkey Jay talk about the glitz and glam of SDCC 2016!

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Needless Things Podcast 115 – Animation vs. Live Action

July 7th, 2016
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Phantom Troublemaker and Mike Gordon compare storytelling in animation versus live action!

Over the years it has been every fan’s dream to see their favorite comic book characters adapted into cartoons; be they ongoing or feature-length. From there the next step was live action movies. Adapting original cartoons into live action movies has also been an exciting and anticipated development. To fans, it often felt like acknowledgment or validation that their franchise was important enough to be portrayed in a “real” medium for a mainstream audience.

But over the last two decades animation has evolved into a serious medium unto itself. With visual possibilities that go far beyond what any live action could offer and a storytelling style that can be adapted for everything from kid-friendly content to adults-only stories like Batman: The Killing Joke, is animation now a superior medium to present to fandom?

Listen in as Phantom and Mike debate the pros and cons of animation and live action and take a look at each medium’s service of genre storytelling over the years! Plus, the guys discuss Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso's new graphic novel, Dark Night: A True Batman Story.

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Needless Things Podcast 108 – DC Comics Rebirth

May 19th, 2016
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Phantom Troublemaker and Mike Gordon discuss the past, present, and future of DC Comics, including the upcoming “Rebirth” event!

DC Comics has a history of enacting and embracing change. Not just in the status quo of its characters, but in the very context of the universe(s) those characters inhabit. From Crisis on Infinite Earths to the alternate worlds of Watchmen and Elseworlds to the Vertigo imprint, one of DC’s trademarks is change and diversity of vision.

Change is once again coming to the DC Universe in the form of “Rebirth”,an event that will alter the continuity in the hopes of attracting new readers and bringing lapsed fans back into the fold.

Listen in as Mike and Phantom talk about the legacy of DC Comics and their hopes for the future of the brand!

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Needless Things Podcast 102 - Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

April 7th, 2016
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Phantom Troublemaker, Head of Research Ryan Schweck, and the Belligerent Monkey Jay Hornsby discuss one of the most divisive superhero movies of all time - Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice!

We've all been waiting countless years for the Man of Steel to meet the Dark Knight on the Silver Screen. In 2016, Warner Bors. finally got its shit together and gave us the cinematic team-up that the world had been waiting for. But was it truly what we wanted? Was Zack Snyder the right man to deliver the goods? Could Ben Affleck actually turn out to be the greatest movie Batman of all time?

This movie is fraught with contradictions and encompasses hearty helpings of both good and bad. From some of the best Batman scenes ever committed to celluloid to some of the msot baffling Superman sequences to date, Dawn of Justice requires viewers to reckon with a vision of the DC Universe that shouldn't be surprising, but that isn't what most audiences expected.

Listen in as Phantom, Ryan, and Jay break down the good, the bad, and the Doomsday in this epic episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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Needless Things Podcast 76 – The Horror of the Batman!

October 8th, 2015
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Phantom Troublemaker and Mike Gordon talk about the horror-infused history of the Dark Knight Detective in the newest Needless Things Podcast!

From the villainy of The Monk in Detective Comics #31 to Doug Moench and Kelley Jones’ landmark Red Rain to the unlikely popularity of the fan film Batman: Dead End (that inspired a line of licensed Predator figures from NECA!), elements of the supernatural and macabre have always been right at home in Gotham City and the world that the Caped Crusader inhabits.

Listen in as Mike and Phantom visit the darker corners of the Bat-verse!

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Needless Things Podcast 72 – Dragon Con 2015: Toy Stories

September 10th, 2015
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2015 Dragon Con coverage continues on the Needless Things Podcast as we look back at the events! In this week’s episode, Phantom hosts a live panel called Toy Stories!

Everyone has a toy story.

Join Phantom Troublemaker and a selection of special guests as they share reminiscences about the playthings they grew up with. Each speaker will present a tale attached to a specific toy from their life. Members of the audience will be asked to share as well, so be sure to bring that My Pet Monster or Green Ranger with the broken leg or pristine Strawberry Shortcake that you can’t bear to take out of the box.

Listen in as Phantom, Michael Bailey, Jay Hornsby, Shaun Rosado, Gary Mitchel, and members of the audience share the stories behind their favorite toys!

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Today's episode is sponsored by Underoos, The Underwear That's Still Fun to Wear! Listen in to find out how you can win a pair in the size and style of your choice!
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Needless Things Podcast 66 – Figures Toy Company Returns!

July 31st, 2015
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Chris DePetrillo from Figures Toy Company returns to the Needless Things Podcast!

A lot has happened – and been announced – since the last time Chris was on the show, so Phantom invited Figures’ Chief Marketing Officer back for an update. Chris had big new about Ring of Honor and Legends of Professional Wrestling, Hanna-Barbera, DC Superfriends, and more. If you love retro-themed toys, this episode is a must-hear!

Listen in as Phantom and Chris discuss licensed toys and Figures Toy Company’s slate thus far for 2015!

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Today’s musical selection comes from Atlanta ska legends, The Go-Steadys!

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The Needless Things family would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Roderick “Rowdy Roddy Piper” Toombs. News of his passing due to a heart attack broke during the recording of this episode.

Here's hoping they have enough bubblegum in Heaven.
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