Watching Comics Podcast

Mitchell Roush

Two mild-mannered Geek Dads podcasting on comic book inspired Movies + TV.

Because in the 21st Century — watching comic books is a thing!Member of the GeekDad Podcast Network.

All Episodes

** This episode contains SPOILERS **The next Marvel squad has hit the big screen and lots of people have thoughts.Jake + Mitch dish on Chloé Zhao's bold blockbuster, 'Eternals'. More importantly, they attempt the impossible by bringing nuance into a conversation about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Along the way they ask: - Is the inevitable online discourse fair treatment?- Is Brian Tyree Henry the MVP?- Is Zhao's philosophical lens welcome in the MCU?Ultimately, 'Eternals' delivers on what it set out to do and that matters. And the guys think it deserves better. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Nov 23

1 hr 1 min

How do you make the next awesome show? Well, our guest knows a thing or two about it.Jake + Mitch are joined by 'Y: The Last Man' Showrunner, Eliza Clark, to dish on the FX/Hulu series and her creative process. Because in addition to being fantastic the show has a lot to say about the world today.Along the way they tackle a few key concepts:- Ampersand, what's the real story behind the monkey?- How do you lead the way for better gender representation?- Is there a secret to transferring a comic to screen? Flying under the radar or owning the spotlight, this show is one of the best of the year. So now, we anxiously [and optimistically] wait to see what its future holds. #YLivesOn #InflateTheMetrics Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/GUEST: Eliza Clark - @TheElizaClark HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Oct 29

1 hr 11 min

So many things are happening and we have DC & Warner Bros. to thank.Jake + Mitch build their own podcast multiverse in celebration of all the new announcements coming soon courtesy of DC Fandome 2021. Because what's better than celebrating all the exciting geek-tastic-ness with a bunch of your friends?The guys and guests break it down in four quick conversations:- Superman's New Motto ft. Deidre of Comics Bookcase 
- "Black 'The Rock' Adam" ft. Mike. G of Masters of the Nerdiverse 
- "The Batman" Trailer ft. Thomas of Movies After Work 
- "The Flash" Trailer ft. Matt of Hops Geek News 
Needless to say, we're all *mostly* stoked for all of the shiny new things. Here's to a bigger, better DC movie arena. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/ GUESTS: @deidrefrittatas; @MNerdiverse; @MoviesWork; @GeekHops HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Oct 22

1 hr 13 min

Red pill or blue pill? Jake + Mitch are joined by internet friend and fellow film buff, Thomas from the Movies After Work Podcast, to dish on the 1999 Sci-Fi classic, 'The Matrix'. Because even all these years later, Neo is still the one. Along the way, the guys ask: - Is Hugo Weaving untouchable? - Do we have 'The Matrix' to thank for Christopher Nolan's career? - Which is more influential: 'The Matrix' or 'Blade Runner'? Somehow 'The Matrix' exists as both a perfect time capsule and an intergenerational phenomenon. Indeed, once you venture down the rabbit hole nothing stays the same. #PodcastComfortCorner Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review! https://www.watchingcomics.com/ GUEST: Thomas - Movies After Work Podcast - @MoviesWork HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Oct 15

1 hr 3 min

It's time to re-write film history.Jake + Mitch play a game of recasting couch but with a twist. Because who doesn't love to ask, "Yeah, but what if?" Here's how it works... Pick a movie and re-cast one role.And what do you get?Well, as far as this podcast is concerned, that's how we went up with Sylvester Stallone in the X-Men and Doug Jones added to the Batman universe. Which begs the following questions:- Is 'Logan' better with Stallone?- Could Doug Jones (and GdT) have saved 'Batman & Robin'?Let the great debate begin. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Oct 8

49 min 24 sec

And then there was one . . . or three if you count the two co-hosts.Jake + Mitch dive into the new FX/Hulu series, "Y: The Last Man", and share their early takeaways. More specifically, they break down where the storytelling choices may be headed.Along the way they ask:- Character or Inciting Incident: What's more important?- Too early to declare the show better than the book?- Is "The Walking Dead" really still on TV?Takes are had and deep feelings are felt in the first episodes. Tho it may be flying under the radar, we can't help but feel like this may be one of the good ones.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Oct 1

36 min 2 sec

Mind. Blown.Jake + Mitch break down Marvel's latest cinematic installment, 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings'. Actually, it's more like basking in its majestic awesomeness. Either way, when the movie's this big and this good there's a lot to cover. Along the way the guys ask the big questions:- Is 'Shang-Chi' a Top 5 MCU title?- What's the subversive secret to the storytelling?- Did Wenwu win the movie?As an origin story, 'Shang-Chi' brings the heat. As a commentary on damaged family, it hits all the right notes. Cheers to Marvel for capturing our loyalty once again! **THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS**Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Sep 17

48 min 23 sec

Spider-Man is back . . . and so is everybody else.Jake + Mitch break down the new trailer for 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'. Because when everyone's favorite neighborhood Spider-Man shows back up, stuff gets real.Along the way they ask:- Will this installment help carry MCU Phase 4?
- What if Molina, Dafoe, and Tobey all come back?
- Why can't Tom Holland get some character agency? Ultimately, the guys agree that Marvel has earned the benefit of the doubt. But if we're taking the trailer in a vacuum, there's just as much to be excited for as there are unanswered questions.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Sep 3

49 min 36 sec

Let's have a Battle Royale, shall we?Jake + Mitch welcome special guest and movie fan, Raf Stitt from the Straight to DVD Podcast. The Mission: Drafting Comic Book Movies. Because the internet needed another movie draft showdown. Takes abound as they dish on some of their favorite comic flicks:- Will 'Blade Trinity' make the cut?- Did 'The Dark Knight' make the industry better or worse?- What's the best Spider-Man movie?- How many Avengers titles earned spots?Five picks a piece and a huge field to choose from. Sentimental picks and heartbreaking cuts are made all-around. And after all is said and done, we'll look back on this as the crossover event of the year.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/GUEST: Raf Stitt - @Straight2DVDPod HOSTS: @Thatjakeownens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Aug 27

1 hr 26 min

What if. . . we told you that Marvel may have found a new way forward?Jake + Mitch recap the first episode and future landscape for Marvel's latest television venture, 'What If... ?'. Much to their surprise, it appears as though the MCU has stumbled upon a new-to-them, vibrant form of storytelling. One episode deep and there's already much to discuss:Does Captain Carter deserve her own animated movie?Are there Shuma Gorath multiverse implications?Could this be Marvel's purest comic-to-screen installment?Although it may be too early to tell if the rest of the season will hold water, one thing is certain – Captain Carter is fantastic. We're all-in for 'What If... ?' going forward.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/ HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Aug 20

38 min 1 sec

Welp, James Gunn has embraced his full James Gunn-ness and it's a lot.Jake + Mitch are joined by friend of the pod, Ashley McKinney, to dish on the latest DCEU installment, 'The Suicide Squad'. More importantly, Ashley accepts her new title as Resident Harley Quinn Expert.Along the way, they hit a few key talking points:- Is Margot Robbie single-handedly holding the DCEU together?
- How do you define a movie that's good but not great?
- James Gunn - Brilliant or Derivative Director? 
Naturally, spoilers abound in this unapologetically unvarnished discussion. Because how do you dish on everyone's favorite colorful mercenaries and keep it "clean"? Either way, 'The Suicide Squad' is better than it had any right to be. This episode contains explicit language. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/ HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoushGUEST: Ashley McKinney - @RealBadRobot *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Aug 13

1 hr 11 min

Watching Comics is back with everyone's favorite segment...IMPOSSIBLE QUESTIONSAttempting to answer daunting questions; or at least re-visiting something we may have underestimated. Quick takes, sharp focus, and endless Twitter-blasting potential.Co-Host Jake riffs on the ultimate quandary facing comics and cinema:Is there a peak for Comic Book Entertainment?In a few quick minutes, Jakes shuts-down the, "comic flicks aren't really cinema" publicity stunt. He also unpacks the Spaghetti Westerns comparison, concern for Hollywood losing mid-level gems, and looks forward to more visionary IP-inspired titles. Is it the take to end all takes? Probably not. But there’s a lot more nuance at play than we typically acknowledge. Be sure to rate, review, and give a listen!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Jul 30

13 min 4 sec

We're all variants here. Jake + Mitch go full multiverse and dish on the latest MCU show, 'Loki'. And after three years of podcasting, they may have finally found their friendly impasse. Taking the whole season into scope, the guys breakdown: - Did they finally give Loki's character justice?- Does high-concept Sci-Fi equal prestige?- What if we re-cast Owen Wilson's character?
Amidst all the uncertainty, we can definitively say 'Loki' elicits strong reactions. As far as this podcast is concerned, it may be impossible to say whether the show was great or not. But, hey, at least we got the incredible Johnathan Majors supervillain treatment.**This episode contains SPOILERS** Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review! https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Jul 23

1 hr 27 min

Better late than never right?Jake + Mitch welcome special guest and MCU aficionado Amanda Guarragi to dish on the latest Marvel cinematic installment, 'Black Widow'. Because even if it's four years too late, it can still be a fantastic flick.Along the way they tackle the tough topics:- Can we declare Florence Pugh the winner of everything?- Taskmaster: Yay, nay, or ...Jell-O?- What if this movie dropped BEFORE 'Infinity War'?Strong family connections, tight action, and utterly entertaining, 'Black Widow' delivers the goods. But with such a complicated [and delayed] release, it's hard not to wonder about its lasting legacy. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/GUEST: Amanda Guarragi - @amxndareviews https://candidxcinema.com/ HOSTS: @Thatjakeownens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Jul 16

1 hr

You asked, we answered . . . again.That's right, Jake + Mitch have opened the mailbag to dish on questions from some of their favorite Twitter followers. True to form, the conversation goes a little off the rails for all the right reasons.A few key talking points include:- What's Doctor Doom's future on the big screen? - What's the best pre-Iron Man Marvel flick?- Do we have 'Hellboy' to thank for the MCU?- Is Snoopy a timelord?And, of course, there's more good, solid randomness unpacked along the way. Because when a corner of the internet is this fun, you go all-in. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Jul 9

1 hr 23 min

Everyone's favorite sub-series is back! And this time we're outside the box. Jake + Mitch strap on their fan-casting capes for another round of, "wouldn't it be cool if this project were green-lit?" Shut-Up and Give it to Me, Vol. VI hits a few wild stops along the way but promises to bring all the randomness home to some legit goodness.Here's a snapshot of what the guys consider their next round of "passion projects":- 'The Wrong Earth': What if Jon Hamm was Dragonfly Man?- Does Ben Platt have the chops to carry 'Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen'? - Can we re-cast comic flicks with The Muppets?Rowdy as it all gets, these projects all feel tangible which only adds to the excitement. So, yeah, a lot happens ...but it's totally worth it. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Jul 2

1 hr 2 min

Welp, it finally happened — Patton Oswalt became a Supervillain. Jake + Mitch dive deep into the bonkers, stop-motion world of Hulu's, 'M.O.D.O.K.'. Because outside of Oswalt's awesomeness, the show is certainly a force to be reckoned with both good and bad.Along the way the guys ask:- At what point does the derivative schtick get old?- Supervillain vs Suburbia: Can we pick a lane?- Is Jon Hamm's Iron Man perfect?All criticism aside, 'M.O.D.O.K.' is incredibly watchable and delivers some of the best colorful banter you'll find this year. But still, perhaps, not quite a home run...yet.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review! https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Jun 18

48 min 44 sec

As far as this podcast is concerned, Keanu Reeves is an icon.Jake + Mitch bust out another hidden gem from the vault and re-visit 2005's dark installment, 'Constantine'. Because, if we're being honest, this film deserves better and it's time we gave it some appreciation.Along the way they ask:- Is this the most overqualified cast for a comic flick?- What happened to single-installment comic titles?- What do we make of Keanu's legacy?Dripping with style and wildly entertaining, 'Constantine' delivers a rare enveloping experience. And, for the most part, it holds up ...Even despite some clunky dialogue.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review! https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Jun 11

1 hr 6 min

The MCU is getting the Oscar treatment.Jake + Mitch share their excitement for Marvel's Phase Four installment, 'Eternals'. Judging from the teaser trailer, we're clearly headed for something that looks and feels different for all the right reasons.Along the way the guys hit a few topics:- Academy Award Winner Chloe Zhao has a distinct style — how will that blend with the Marvel-ness of it all?- Is the world ready for Kumail Nanjiani to go full Superhero mode?- Has Kevin Feige turns us all into better film watchers?Come November, we'll usher-in a new era and we're willing to wager that it'll be majestic. Here's to 'Eternals' changing the game!Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review! https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Jun 4

58 min 19 sec

We have a new Captain and a new era.Jake + Mitch finish-up the final three episodes of the MCU Disney+ show, 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'. Interestingly enough, FATWS seems to have found that balance of missing opportunities while packing entertainment at the same time.Taking the whole season into scope, the guys ask:- Again ... Why is Zemo there?- Does this show suffer from overstuffed syndrome?- How stoked are we for Captain America 4?After all is said and done a lot happened, but also not a lot happened. A solid show that could've been better. But at least we have our new Captain now which is fantastic!**This episode contains SPOILERS**Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review! https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush

May 27

53 min 26 sec

"Go, Ninja! Go, Ninja! Go, Ninja! Go!"Jake + Mitch welcome special guests Andrew & Brandon from the Namely 90s Podcast to dish on everyone's favorite mutant sequel, 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze'. Because only one movie could give us Vanilla Ice, Super Shredder, and the Traditional Pre-Fight Donut.Along the way they tackle the tough topics:- What happened to Bebop and Rocksteady?- Worst Movie Trope: Baguettes in Grocery Bags or Empty Coffee Cups?- What's the scientific feasibility of shrinking mutant animals with CO2? From unhinged animatronics to Hollywood golden age references, TMNT II is as fantastic (and ridiculous) as nostalgia gets. And, if nothing else, this movie make life more fun. God bless the 90s, right?Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/GUEST: Namely 90s Podcast - @Namely90s http://namely90s.com/ HOSTS: @Thatjakeownens + @MitchRoush

May 20

1 hr 18 min

Boy, they weren't kidding ... carnage is happening.Jake + Mitch dish on the new, messy trailer for VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE. More importantly, they unpack why Sony is set on complicating what seemed like a slam dunk.Along the way they embrace randomness and posit: - Is VENOM the La Croix of comic book movies?- What if Seth Rogen was Eddie Brock?- Can Woody Harrelson save this thing? Through it all, one thing is certain: Whether uniquely great or fantastically bad, VENOM 2 is going to make a lot of money. But does that make it successful?Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

May 13

43 min 7 sec

The Watching Comics Pod is back with another installment of...IMPOSSIBLE QUESTIONSAttempting to answer daunting questions; or at least re-visiting something we may have underestimated. Quick takes, sharp focus, and endless Twitter-blasting potential.Co-Host Jake shares some game-changing thoughts on his favorite comic book character of all-time:Is the Play Station 4's 'Spider-Man' game the definitive take on the character?In a few quick minutes, Jakes dives into Doc Ock, Peter's classic struggle, and the new refreshing take on everyone's favorite web-slinger. Is it definitive? Maybe or maybe not. But there’s certainly a case to be made. And it brings us back to the great question: Who's the best Spider-Man?Be sure to rate, review, and give a listen!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

May 6

15 min 30 sec

"Walk down the right back alley in Sin City... and you could find anything."Jake + Mitch re-visit a longtime gritty favorite, 'Sin City'. More importantly, the guys litigate whether the film remains special 16 years later or if it has lost its luster.Along the way they hit a few stops:- Did Christopher Nolan hijack the way we view comic book flicks?- Is the noir of it all homage or campy trope?- Why isn't Carla Gugino a household name?Visceral violence, bold visuals, and perhaps the best cast ever assembled for a comic flick— 'Sin City', whether re-watchable or not, carries a lasting legacy. And that is no small thing.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Apr 29

1 hr 9 min

They don't make 'em like they used to.Jake + Mitch welcome special guest Mike G. from Masters of the Nerdiverse Podcast to dish on a true cult classic, WILLOW. Because legacy matters and it's high-time the guys lay down their definitive takes on George Lucas' random epic about wizards and witches.Along the way they tackle the tough topics:- Is WILLOW just a poor man's LORD OF THE RINGS?- Mullet Wars: Val Kilmer vs Billy Ray Cyrus- Remember when good practical effects were a thing?From rich storytelling to traumatized childhood nostalgia, WILLOW really is a miracle of a film. And with a legacy like that it's easy to see how the love for such a wild flick runs so deep.The 80s were a wild time and we're all the better for it. Right?Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoushGUEST: Mike G. - @MNerdiversehttps://www.mastersofthenerdiversecast.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network

Apr 22

1 hr 12 min

How do you create and launch your own comic anthology?Jake + Mitch welcome back friend of the pod, Matt Mair Lowery, to dive deep into his latest creative project, 'ThoughtScape' A sci-fi anthology comic book series in the tradition of 2000 AD, Black Mirror, and The Twilight Zone. Because when an idea for more high-quality "sad boy sci-fi" hits, you run with it.The guys unpack the the process behind crafting the comic anthology approach, getting the gang of creatives together, launching thru Kickstarter, and the importance of stretching yourself creatively. And, naturally, dissecting the nostalgia factor and how it influences future creative pursuits.No doubt, THOUGHTSCAPE is a can't miss project. Be sure to give a listen, rate and review:https://www.watchingcomics.com/And don't forget to check out 'ThoughtScape Comics: A Sci-Fi Anthology Series' on Kickstarter.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mattmlpdx/thoughtscape-comics-1GUEST: Matt Mair Lowery - @mattmlpdx HOSTS: @Thatjakeownens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Apr 15

1 hr

How do we move on after Captain America?Jake + Mitch dive into the first three episodes of the latest MCU television installment, 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'. Charged with laying railway for the next Avengers saga, the show carries potential. But, at least at this point, it seems to be going off the rails a bit.The guys tackle a few pressing questions:- Why is Zemo there?- When are they going to give Anthony Mackie room to operate?- Will we end the show with Sam owning the Shield?Head-scratching as the first half may be, the guys recognize that Feige has earned our collective trust. The action sequences have been solid and there's still plenty of room for key development ... right? Either way, we can be hopeful they'll stick the landing.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Apr 9

1 hr 7 min

DC said, "Let's try that one again", and we couldn't be more excited.Jake + Mitch break down the newly launched trailer for James Gunn's latest project, 'The Suicide Squad'. Because if nothing else, it's got to be better than the first one, right? Along the way the guys ask:- Are we too adjacent to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'?- Does DC have what it takes to give their bench of characters a good turn?- Is Starro the answer?They also share tackle Prince William and his recent "bald" status. Don't worry, it all makes sense ... mostly.Anyway, from talking sharks, to Idris Elba, to classic comic book quips -- 'The Suicide Squad' looks like it hits the right notes. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Apr 2

30 min 41 sec

At long last, Mr. Snyder's vision has arrived.Jake + Mitch emerge from the four-hour behemoth to deep-dive into the pop cultural phenomenon of, 'Zack Snyder's Justice League'. From the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, to the missteps of Wh*don's edition, to Batman, Superman, and the gang, to finally seeing the full epic come to life -- there's a lot to unpack.Along the way the guys hit a few notable stops:- Did we get the closure for Batfflelck and Supes that we needed? - Why couldn't they do more for Amy Adams?- Is it possible to enjoy the flick and still wish it was a bit shorter?- What will ZSJL's lasting legacy be?The episode may be long, but at least it's not as long as the movie. But at the end of the day, it's worth tipping our caps to Snyder. His fully realized edition of 'Justice League' is bold, brave, and wildly entertaining to say the least.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Mar 30

1 hr 33 min

The MCU has gone all-in on TV and we have thoughts.Jake + Mitch break down the limited series, 'WandaVision' and dish on the good and the frustrating from the landmark title. As an exploration of grief the show certainly chose to go deep in between moments of expected energy. But did it stick the landing? Also, the guys hit a few key topics along the way:- Wait, Marvel gave us therapeutic television AND character nuance?- How do we handle Wanda's lack of consequences?- Will we credit 'WandaVision' for changing the way we watch TV?For the most part, 'WandaVision' delivered. It controlled the conversation, it garnered our attention, it packed earned moments of emotion, and it gave us Kathryn Hahn's Agatha. All of which are great things.But the lasting legacy is still TBD.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoushPODCAST TWITTER: @WatchComixPod *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Mar 18

1 hr 6 min

Watching Comics is back with another installment of...IMPOSSIBLE QUESTIONSAttempting to answer daunting questions; or at least re-visiting something we may have underestimated. Quick takes, sharp focus, and endless Twitter-blasting potential.Co-Host Mitch shares his thoughts on a commonly overlooked 90s classic and how it stacks-up against other comic titles:Is ‘Dick Tracy’ the greatest comic book movie of all-time?In a few quick minutes, Mitch shares five reasons why this 1990 gem might be the best from the comic-inspired arena. Is it definitive? Probably not. But there’s certainly a case to be made. At the very least, ‘Dick Tracy’ not only deserves better — it has earned placement in the upper echelon of comic book movies.Be sure to rate, review, and give a listen!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Mar 12

21 min 59 sec

At long last a Superman reboot is coming.Jake + Mitch dish on the newly announced Supes flick. With Ta-Nehisi Coats tied to write the screenplay and J.J. Abrams slotted to produce, it's hard not to get excited. Even if the project is barely off the ground, the guys do their best to fan cast the hero himself and the film's director. Along the way they ask:- Who's your Superman: Michael B. Jordan or Trevante Rhodes?- Does Miles Teller deserve another shot at being a Superhero?- Pick a director: F. Gary Gray or Lorene Scafaria?No matter which way the creative team goes, one thing is certain -- a new look Man of Tomorrow is on the horizon. And, as far as this podcast is concerned, it ought to be magnificent.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Mar 5

46 min 2 sec

Good, bad, or simply mediocre? X-Men Month continues with Jake + Mitch pitting two titles against each other. Because, at long last, the world deserves to know, which is better?:'Days of Future Past' or 'Apocalypse' Between sloppy dialogue, fantastic moments, and a lot of uncertainty, the guys attempt to break down the age old struggle of expectation against reality. Also, along the way, they ask a few questions:- Is 'Days of Future Past' a "Big Mac" movie?- Why didn't get Kitty Pride a better opportunity?- Is 'X-Men Apocalypse' a fun genre romp or just plain bad?No matter where they land one thing is certain -- the X-Men cinematic universe has a wide range of hits and misses. But there's never any shortage of takes to be had. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Mar 2

1 hr 2 min

Wolverine got the Western treatment and we felt things ... well, maybe.X-Men Month continues with Jake + Mitch breaking down Wolverine's dramatic final chapter, 'Logan'. Between our favorite mutants going Western, to the inevitable tragic coda -- the film certainly wants to be taken seriously. Almost to a point where it must be asked:Yes, 'Logan' is good ... but is it great?Also, along the way, the guys hit a few other stops:- Does the movie earn its Oscar moment?- Is James Mangold the Tom Petty of Hollywood directors?- Where does 'Logan' rank in the field of X-Men cinema?Widely beloved as this one is, the guys ultimately admit they're take is likely wrong. But at least the conversation was stimulating, right? Either way, 'Logan' goes for grit and it mostly sticks the landing. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Feb 23

53 min 17 sec

Is it possible to love and movie and still want it to be better?X-Men Month continues with Jake + Mitch diving into the new-but-old line of mutant flicks, 'X-Men: First Class'. Between the bold recasting and the familiar tension of Xavier + Magneto, this film found a way to both entertain and while leaving us wanting just a little bit more.The guys ask the important questions as they unpack the flick:- Is Fassbender a modern-day Brando?- Why can't the X-Men movies do right by their leading ladies?- Where does 'First Class' land in the field of X-Men cinema?Ultimately, this one delivers on its promise and it still holds up even ten years later. So maybe there's room for 'X-Men: First Class' in the upper tier after all. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Feb 12

55 min 22 sec

Once upon a time, the X-Men movies were the cream of the crop.Jake + Mitch launch X-Men Month by taking a deep-dive into one of their favorite titles, ‘X2: X-Men United’. Because, if for no other reason, a little bit of history needs to be re-written as this flick clearly deserves better.Along the way they tackle key questions:Are the X-Men better off without Cyclops?How much Wolverine is too much?Is ‘X2’ a top 10 comic book movie of all-time?The mutants on both page and screen have stood the test of time. For all of their creative ingenuity and social commentary there’s always richness to be found with the X-Men. But nearly 18 years later, it’s time we accepted the truth: ‘X2’ is top-tier.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Feb 2

1 hr 6 min

How do you expand something that was already perfect?
Damon Lindelof knows how.Jake + Mitch take a deep dive (finally) into perhaps the best comic inspired TV installment of recent memory, HBO’s ‘Watchmen’. More importantly, they try to figure out an original sequel to a masterpiece graphic novel could wind up being this good.Along the way they tackle a few questions:- Is ‘Watchmen’ an era defining show?- What do we make of the ‘Dr. Manhattan does love’ angle?- Is this what perfect casting looks like?They also dish on their all-time favorite shows and the importance of Alan Moore’s genius wizardry. Because that’s what happens when a show this good grabs your attention.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Jan 22

1 hr

The MCU has returned, but this time on the small screen.Jake + Mitch fire-up Disney+ and dive into the first two episodes of 'WandaVision'. Because homage is a wonderful thing and this show is taking it to a whole new level. Plus, the guys hit a few notable fan theories along the way:- What do we make of Wanda's delusion?- Will Kathryn Hahn be the low-key MVP?- Could this be the gateway for Mutants to the MCU?Delightful in every way and also not at all what it seems on the surface, it seems 'WandaVision' has set the stage beautifully for what's to come. We are stoked to see where it leads.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOST: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Jan 18

42 min 34 sec

Once upon a time, a couple of friends thought it'd be fun to go on a summer trip ... and they nearly ended-up causing an international incident.True Story. To celebrate eclipsing 500 Twitter followers, Jake + Mitch share a special story from their college days.Back in the summer of 2008 the guys travelled to China. As wide-eyed, naive twenty-somethings they thought it'd be the time of their lives. And, well, it was but for all the wrong reasons. Upon arrival, one of them made it through customs with no issue. The other one accidentally ended-up a VIP guest of The People's Republic of China ... in government sanctioned quarantine. Who do you think it was?The story is too absurd and too hilarious to not be real.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Jan 15

35 min 45 sec

Well, we traveled back to the 80s and a lot happened.Jake + Mitch dish on the latest DCEU film, 'Wonder Woman 1984'. Despite the whirlwind of Twitter noise surrounding the flick, the guys seek to answer one looming question:Is 'WW84' a good movie or a problematic one?Because with the first installment setting the tone, expectations this time around were sky high. Along the way they also hit a few key topics:- Have Pedro Pascal + Kristen Wiig elevated comic book camp into an art form?- Just how bad was Diana's character regression?- How will we view this movie three years later?True to form, there's never a shortage of stuff to unpack when the DC canon is involved. This one, amidst all the vibrant colors, had its fair share of issues too. https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Jan 6

57 min 23 sec

Because it's time to re-shuffle the list.Co-Host Mitch dives into the trend of updated rankings for the DC Extended Universe. Now that 'Wonder Woman 1984' is officially in our lives, for better or worse, some things had to change. Mitch makes the case for a three-tiered system and why the top two titles are unassailable. Of course, 'Suicide Squad' sets at the bottom, but where does the rest of the field end up?That's what makes it interesting.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/And don't forget to share your updated DCEU rankings with the guys on Twitter: @WatchComixPod.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Dec 2020

28 min 27 sec

It's judgement time.Jake + Mitch dive into the realm Judge Dredd and all of his pulp action awesomeness. Because someone's got to hold the great debate, right? With Stallone's JUDGE DREDD and Urban's DREDD serving as a perfect double-feature, the guys hit ask a few notable questions:- Remember the Rob Schneider renaissance?- How did makes Stallone's flick achieve pulp perfection?- Does Karl Urban capture the character best?- What if Zack Snyder directed DREDD?In true Watching Comics fashion, takes are had and random asides abound. But in the end, they land on the same side in selecting the best of the Judge Dredd flicks.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Dec 2020

59 min 20 sec

More and more and more projects are coming!Jake + Mitch try to make sense of all the announcements from Disney Investor Day. More specifically, they dish on the new projects they're looking forward to most. Along the way they issue a few important questions:- Can Jon Watts resurrect the Fantastic Four?- Is the world ready for the Willow Extended Universe?- Christian Bale to 'Thor 4' = Perfect casting?- Could Teyonah Parris be the MVP of 'Captain Marvel II'?In grand IP fashion, there's no shortage of exciting stuff on the horizon. The guys are eager to see how it all shapes-up. But more importantly, they're ready for the Willow Hive to rise-up and seize their moment.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Dec 2020

40 min 1 sec

Wonder Woman 1984 is hitting HBO Max and Christmas 2020 has been saved ... or has it?Jake + Mitch dive-into the loaded conversation surrounding the innovative release model for the latest DC movie property. Their excitement for the movie aside, it's impossible to look at the landscape and not ask the daunting question:What will this mean for the future of post-pandemic movie-going?The guys share takes on the importance of cinema as an art form and a worthy industry to support. Along the way they also discuss a few pain points:- Are IP-driven "event movies" to blame for movie theatre struggles?- Remember MoviePass?- Just how successful will WW84 be?
Of course, there's no clean answer to any of this ... but the conversation persists. One thing is certain, however, the movie theatre industry will undoubtedly look different if it's going to survive. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Dec 2020

54 min 15 sec

A true legend has left us.Jake + Mitch discuss the near mythological career of the late Sir Sean Connery. Whether it be the definitive 007, a late career action star, a nuanced leading man, an Oscar winner, or a pop-culture icon -- the man accomplished what few ever could ... he accomplished it all.Along the way they also re-visit a not-so-bright-spot on Mr. Connery's career as they break down, 'The League of Extra Ordinary Gentlemen'. More specifically they ask:- Why didn't Justice League for English majors work?- Did Connery save it?- Whatever happened to Stephen Norrington?Every icon has a flop or two, but LXG ultimately ends-up as evidence to the power of Connery's star power. The man was simply unmatched.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush

Nov 2020

56 min 7 sec

From 1963 and back to 2019 … Well, sort of. Jake + Mitch dive into the last six episodes of UMBRELLA ACADEMY S2. With Vanya's amnesia colliding with her self-discovery, Diego + Lila's toxic love, The Handler's dastardly deeds, and a slew of surprises, this season held nothing back.  So what are the biggest takeaways?:- Could season two be the best of the bunch?- Did Kate Walsh take home the MVP award?- What do we make of Number Five: Perfectly crafted character or too over the top? Tasked with stopping yet another apocalypse, UA seems to have found the secret sauce to character study in between zany music queues. Overall, the rest of the season brought the goods and then some.But one question remains: What secrets will Season Three hold?Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network

Nov 2020

44 min 15 sec

Do you remember the 5th of November?Jake + Mitch (finally) dive into one of the finest comic book flicks of recent memory, 'V for Vendetta'. Fifteen years later and the film still feels fresh and timely. But even thru all deserved critical acclaim and cult status, there are still a few key facets worth unpacking.- Is 'V for Vendetta' the 'Good Will Hunting' of comic book movies?- Could Natalie Portman be the MVP?- Who does this movie belong to?: The Wachowski Sisters or James McTeigueA bold, stunning, and herculean film all-in-all; the guys ultimately share the lukewarm take that 'V' delivers the goods. Also along the way, Mitch recalls tales from high school dating and Jake shares the brief history of his baldness.Be sure to rate, review, and give a listen!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Nov 2020

56 min 5 sec

The Watching Comics Pod is back with another installment of... IMPOSSIBLE QUESTIONS Attempting to answer daunting questions; or at least re-visiting something we may have underestimated. Quick takes, sharp focus, and endless Twitter-blasting potential.Co-Host Mitch shares his thoughts on an overlooked mid-80s flick and where it ultimately stands in the landscape of comic book cinema: Is ‘Superman IV: The Quest for Peace’ a good movie or bad movie? In a few quick minutes, Mitch shares why simply deeming this movie “bad” may not be fair. He argues it may be more a question of “How do we look compare comic book movie eras?”. Because, in the end, Superman deserves better. Be sure to rate, review, and give a listen!https://www.watchingcomics.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Oct 2020

16 min

Can a movie be underrated and forgettable at the same time?Jake + Mitch take time to re-visit the second installment of the Marc Webb Spider-Man universe with fresh eyes. Because a movie with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone has to be good right? Well, yes ... and no. There' certainly no shortage of stuff to unpack with this bloated title:- Are Garfield + Stone the best leading duo?- Where does this movie go wrong? - Where do we stand on Foxx's Electro and his reported return?'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' has a complicated legacy, but ultimately, it gets more right than it does wrong. Definitely worth a re-watch.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Oct 2020

49 min 14 sec

What's the best of the Bat?Jake + Mitch close out Batman Month in grand fashion by debating the Top 5 Batflicks of all-time. Because, well, the internet needed another top five list and as far as The Caped Crusader is concerned, there are plenty to choose from. Along the way they posit a few questions:- Does Lego Batman understand the character best?- Which is better 'Batman (89)' or 'Batman Returns'?- What happens if 'The Dark Knight' doesn't take the top spot?With such a daunting task at hand, the guys hit a few other flicks along the way as well. But don't worry, the definitive list(s) emerge in the end.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*

Oct 2020

51 min 7 sec