Its commentary time again in order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Superman the Movie, Do You Expect Us To Talk? sat down with Charlie Brigden to watch the classic from 1978. You can find our original review here.
Sit back and listen to Becca, Dave, Chris and Charlie as we discuss the lack of sex in brief encounter, our hot take on the Goonies, Superman ignoring crimes while trying to get laid, John Glen directing the double-taking pigeon and just how iconic the music is.
Is it bird.. is it a plane… no it’s a film franchise crashing and burning. This week we continue with the story of the Man of Steel as he takes on a nuclear weapons with a budget of £10.50. When a school kid (who’s even more annoying than Ricky from the last film) writes a letter asking Superman to rid the world of nuclear weapons, Superman does just that with no issues from other nations. However Lex Luthor has other ideas and plans to cash in and makes a naw super being Nuclear Man (not Dolph Lundgren) using a lunchbox and a strand of hair.
Join Becca, Dave and Chris as we talk about what the hell we just watched, Superman abusing Lois, how exactly does Nuclear Man has Gene Hackman’s voice, just how much Christopher Reeve really wants to be here and how many times we see that same shot of Sups flying towards the camera.
Is a bird… is it a plane… no it’s superman carrying Richard Pryor for artistic reasons that baffle us all to this day. This weeks episode we continue in our flight with the third superman adventure and ponder what was going through their heads as they were making is.
Christopher Reeve is back as the man of steel as it quietly pushes Lois out of the story so he can romance out high school crush Lana and her annoying brat of a kid. Meanwhile Gus played by Richard Pryor finds out he’s a computer genius by accident and is used by not Lex Luthor to help control coffee and oil using a machine that controls the weather.
Listen as Becca, Dave and Chris talk about this Richard Pryor comedy classic, Superman’s priorities attending birthday parties, what were they thinking, why Gus just doesn’t make any sense, just how that super computer was built, the greatest opening to a movie ever and just what exactly where they thinking.
This episode of Do You Expect Us to Talk continues with the Superman saga with Superman 2. Arguably the most popular superman film, Christopher Reeve returns with a comedic slapstick director taking over Richard Donner and adding goofy shit. General Zod and his goons break free from the phantom zone and fly to earth to rule. While this happens, Clark contemplates the price of being the saviour of the planet and give it up for love with a high cost.
Join Becca, Chris and Dave as we talk about the differences between the original and the Donner cut, just how fast Lois can fly to France, the problems with honeymoon rackets, made up super powers and of course fruit.
Is it a bird…. is it a plane…. it’s a man wearing bright blue spandex and a red cape? No it’s another episode of Do You Expect Us to Talk as we start another franchise with arguably the biggest superhero of them all…. Superman.
Please note that we’re not covering Man of Steel and Batman Vs Superman… we’ll save that for the current train wreck that is the DC universe films (quality of the future of said films may or may not have changed at time of writing)
Directed By Richard Donner, Superman The Movie tells the full origin of how Superman came to earth to become the saviour of the planet and fall in love with Lois Lane. Join Becca, Dave and Chris as we fly around the world to turn back time to revisit Christoper Reeve still being the best on screen superman, Lois dressed for Hi Di Hi, Clark grabbing muff, Brando playing it like a bagel, a new segment of the show involving fruit and how the ending makes not one like of sense no matter how you look at it.