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What is going on in the Batman Universe? Find out as the TBU staff takes a look at the big news and discussion points regarding movies, comics, television, video games, merchandise, and much more from throughout the Batman Universe and beyond.

The Batman Universe Podcast The Batman Universe

    • TV & Film
    • 4.4 • 97 Ratings

What is going on in the Batman Universe? Find out as the TBU staff takes a look at the big news and discussion points regarding movies, comics, television, video games, merchandise, and much more from throughout the Batman Universe and beyond.

    Episode 255: Revisiting ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Comic & Adaptation

    Episode 255: Revisiting ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Comic & Adaptation

     

    In 1988, Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, and John Higgins would release a one-shot graphic novel that would change the Batman landscape forever. Batman: The Killing Joke was the superstar team-up that solidified Batman’s relationship with the Joker, and it changed the dynamic between Joker and the rest of the Rogues Gallery going forward. Not a book or movie has released since that features the Joker and doesn’t take a cue or two from The Killing Joke.

    Since its release, it has never gone out of print — a rare feat for a comic book. 

    In today’s episode of The Batman Universe Podcast, hosts Scott and BJ revisit one of the most talked-about (and debated) Batman graphic novels of all time. Listen  as the two discuss the book, its enduring legacy, the 2016 animated adaptation with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, and influences in other media.

    Have an opinion? Tell us about it. 

    Join our Discord, and share your feelings about Batman: The Killing Joke or any other Batman story in our TBU Bat-fans channel. Prefer email? No problem. Drop us a line at TBU@TheBatmanUniverse.net. We’ll be happy to read your comment or question on air. Just mark your comment with “OK to Read,” and we’ll respond on an upcoming episode. As always, if you like this episode, please rate, share, and subscribe.

     

    Batman: The Killing Joke Supplementary Reading

    Check out these related reviews:



    * Editorial: Why do we love the Killing Joke? (Or do we?) by Staff Writer D.M. Grant

    * Editorial: The Very Real Problems of Batgirl in The Killing Joke Film by Staff Writer D.M. Grant

    * Read our reviews of each issue of Batman: Three Jokers by Managing Editor Scott Waldyn



    * Batman: Three Jokers #1

    * Batman: Three Jokers #2

    * Batman: Three Jokers #3









    Like our revisiting of this classic graphic novel?

    Listen to our episode on Batman: Year One next!

    Episode 254: Arkham Shadows, Catch-up on News & Where’d We Go!?

    Episode 254: Arkham Shadows, Catch-up on News & Where’d We Go!?

     





     

    In this episode of The Batman Universe Podcast, hosts Scott and Adil pick up after nearly a month away! No worries, nothing bad happened. The hosts dive into why the large gap between episodes and then catch up on all of the DC film, TV, and video game news goodness that happened since Episode 253.

    Tune as Scott and Adil talk about that new Batman: Arkham Shadows game, which is set to take place within the Arkham video game universe.  If you haven’t seen the trailer, check it out below!

     



    Scott and Adil also talk about the lackluster reception of Joker and Punchline. They ask each other, does Joker really need a moll anymore, or he is better as a solo act?

    Other topics include that new Superman suit controversy that James Gunn shared on Threads, that new Joker: Folie a Deux trailer, and the recently announced Batman: Resurrection novel, which is set to take place directly after the events of Tim Burton’s Batman (1989).

    Question: Do *you* think Joker needs a moll, or is he better as a loner villain?

    Let us know! Join our Discord and tell us your answer in our TBU Bat-fans channel, or drop us a line at TBU@TheBatmanUniverse.net. We’ll be happy to read your comment or question on air. As always, if you like this episode, please rate, share, and subscribe.

    • 46 min
    Episode 253: All About The Penguin

    Episode 253: All About The Penguin

     

     

    Waak, waaak, Bat-fans!

    In this week’s episode of The Batman Universe Podcast, hosts Scott and BJ dive into everything Oswald Cobblepot! Naturally, they kick things off with that explosive, dark, and gripping teaser trailer for MAX’s The Penguin show. If you haven’t seen the teaser trailer yet, watch it here:

     



     

    This episode also covers that tidbit about The Penguin show Colin Farrell dished on a recent interview, which you can find here.

    Lastly, Scott and BJ explore the comic book history of everyone’s favorite feathered felon. Starting with Penguin’s depiction in the Golden Age, they discuss a crash-course into the evolution of the murderous crime boss and club owner that Oswald Cobblepot is today, including Penguin’s recent appearances in Tom King’s The Penguin comic book series.

    Unrelated to Penguin, Scott and BJ do touch upon that WonderCon McFarlane Toys news, namely those amazing-looking Batman Forever action figures.

    Question: What Are Your Favorite Penguin-Centric Stories?

    Let us know! Join our Discord and divulge your answer in our TBU Bat-fans channel, or drop us a line at TBU@TheBatmanUniverse.net. We’ll be happy to read your comment or question on air. As always, if you like this episode, please rate, share, and subscribe.

    • 37 min
    Episode 252: How Has Batman Fared at The Oscars?

    Episode 252: How Has Batman Fared at The Oscars?

     

    With the Oscars moment between Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Arnold Schwarzenegger lighting up Batman and comic book social media a week ago, it begs a certain question from us at TheBatmanUniverse.net. With so many Batman films hitting theaters over the last few decades, how many nominations and Oscar wins has the Batman franchise earned?

    Join hosts Scott and BJ as they look at each live-action film in the Batman franchise fared at their respective Academy Awards events. Learn about some of the surprise upsets, the competition certain Bat-films were up against, and how The Dark Knight (quite literally) changed the landscape of the Academy Awards forever! It’s a fun episode that any Batman film fan doesn’t want to miss.

    Other topics include The Batman Part II release date delay, and the LEAKED villains list rumored to appear in Batman: Caped Crusader on Amazon Prime.

    Question: Which Batman movie do you think should have been nominated for more Oscars, and which film do you think deserved another win?

    Let us know! Join our Discord and tell us your answer in our TBU Bat-fans channel, or drop us a line at TBU@TheBatmanUniverse.net. We’ll be happy to read your comment or question on air. As always, if you like this episode, please rate, share, and subscribe.

    • 46 min
    Episode 251: Revisiting the Batman: Year One Comic & Adaptation

    Episode 251: Revisiting the Batman: Year One Comic & Adaptation

     

    Released in 1987, Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli is arguably one of the most famous Batman stories ever printed. It has frequently been cited as a source of inspiration for films like Batman Begins and The Batman, as well as other media adaptations.

    With the Joker: Year One storyline having just been released, TBU hosts Scott, BJ, and Adil revisit Batman: Year One, both the comic book and its cinematic adaptation from 2011.  They discuss likes and dislikes from the point, examining the narrative from a fresh perspective that can only be found on the TBU Podcast!

    After listening to the episode, we have a question for you, our Bat-tastic audience!

    Question: Do you consider Batman: Year One an essential storyline, and if so, where would it fall on your essential reading list?

    Let us know! Join our Discord and divulge your answer in our TBU Bat-fans channel, or drop us a line at TBU@TheBatmanUniverse.net. We’ll be happy to read your comment or question on air. As always, if you like this episode, please rate, share, and subscribe.

     

    Looking for commentary on Joker: Year One?

    Check out the TBU Comic Podcast, or read our comic book reviews below:



    * Review of Joker: Year One Part One

    * Review of Joker: Year One Part Two

    * Review of Joker: Year One Part Three

    • 47 min
    Episode 250: Is Batman & Robin (1997) Really That Bad?

    Episode 250: Is Batman & Robin (1997) Really That Bad?

     

    It’s the 250th episode of The Batman Universe Podcast! What a milestone! In this episode’s forecast… a FREEEEEEEZE is coming! Hosts Scott and BJ get an important newsworthy item out of the way, and then the rest of this landmark episode is spent diving into Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, a cinematic experience of the senses that ended a film franchise that began in 1989. Though a proposed sequel was immediately canceled after Batman & Robin‘s debut, this misfortune cleared the way for Christopher Nolan to come in with his own trilogy nearly 8 years later.

    Ready your ice puns! Dress up in your finest purple gorilla suits. We’re about to subject ourselves (in Scott’s case, more than once) to a film that, over 25 years later, is getting a new lease on life. I mean, look at the glorious McFarlane Batman & Robin figures, OK?!

    Bonus Reading

    BJ had a great TBU Five Things Article that highlighted some of the finer points of Batman & Robin. Read TBU Five Things: The Good in Batman and Robin (1997).

    Do you think Batman & Robin is still the worst Batman film ever?

    Tell us about it! Join our Discord and let us know in our TBU Bat-fans channel, or drop us a line at TBU@TheBatmanUniverse.net. We’ll be happy to read your comment or question on air. As always, if you like this episode, please rate, share, and subscribe.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Viking1961! ,

Review

The hosts give insight in a formative and relaxed manner. Love this show

NamHienNguyen ,

Pretty good, respectful, knowledgeable podcast

Pretty good show, even if they seem to have stopped updating a long time ago. These guys are knowledgeable of everything Batman related and respectful of the various interpretations and adaptions. They are good fans.

Cmj1923 ,

Lacking knowledge in current topics

As a massive Batman fan and all things DC. This show is awful. Everyone that comes on here doesn’t do any research and has zero clue on what’s really going on. If you’re gonna do a podcast about a topic, find people that know what their talking about. This is really bad and a giant waste of time.

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