20th Century Popcast is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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UNSOLICITED COMMENTARY:  "Holy this isn't Batman Returns, Batman."  (1997)  Comic book movies are an inarguably divisive lot.  But at least we can all agree that "Batman And Robin" was an overly neon-lit pile of pun-ridden guano.   Well, except for Tim who, on today's episode, is going to try to argue that Joel Schumacher's camp-fest was actually an intentional piece of comic book commentary 21 years ahead of it time.  The text says "argue" but ... really ... he's the only one talking.

00:00:00  STREPPED DOWN BEGINNINGS - an abbreviated briefing on Bob's whereabouts
00:05:03  BAT-SYNCHONIZE YOUR BAT-WATCHES - Tim's complete audio commentary for BATMAN AND ROBIN
02:06:02  CLOSINGS (DURING THE CLOSING CREDITS) - Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase

Read Aaron Couch's 20th Anniversary oral history of the film HERE.

Witness the trailer that mistakenly got Bane co-creator Chuck Dixon excited for the not-yet-unleashed film HERE.

Experience a little what it is like to watch this movie by sitting in a chair through the entirety of this sequence HERE.

Be touched by this humanely character driven scene between Bruce and Alfred that somehow made it way into this film HERE.

Shiver at cool, cruel line-readings of this former California Governor's tragic portrayal made all the more tragic HERE.

Go behind these surprisingly self-aware scenes with an excerpt from the Shadows Of The Bat; The Cinematic Saga Of The Dark Knight HERE.

See if some of this maybe READS better with a draft of the original screenplay by Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman HERE.

And then imagine a world where Joel Schumacher made the ultimate Batman film with DEN OF GEEK's look at the abandoned fifth film Batman Unchained HERE 

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“Super Poupi ” and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   

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20TH CENTURY POPCAST will return next week perhaps with that same bit of Tom Hanks originally intended for this week.