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Still Watching the Skies: Summer 2020 1990s Pulp Heroes Spectacular

Posted on Jun 15, 2020 by | 0 comments

Robert, Nat, and Cody are joined by returning guest Sean Gerber of Marvel Studios News as we take a trip back to the 1990s and three films that almost duplicated the success of Tim Burton’s BATMAN as part of our Pulp Heroes Spectacular bonus episode.

Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy

First up is 1990’s DICK TRACY. Based on Chester Gould’s comic strip, DICK TRACY lavishly recreates the look of a Sunday comic strip with bright primary colors, grotesque villains, and a square jawed Warren Beatty as the titular hero. We’re dropping this episode as the film hits its 30th Anniversary and there’s a lot to discuss. Who didn’t appear in this adaptation? What’s with Warren Beatty’s take on the character? And, how much do we love Al Pacino as a frustrate choreographer?


Inspired by pulp heroes like The Shadow and The Avenger, not to mention Universal Monsters like The Invisible Man and The Phantom of the Opera, DARKMAN is 100% a Sam Raimi film in every camera shot. With Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand, there are a couple of acting powerhouses in front of the camera too. Perhaps the most successful in inspiring sequels of the BATMAN wannabes, there are plenty of nits to pick here. And plenty of things that put a smile on our faces. Anybody want to talk about the pink elephant scene?

The Mask of Zorro

We conclude our Pulp Heroes Spectacular with 1998’s THE MASK OF ZORRO. Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Anthony Hopkins provide us the most successful set of leads in these films. Martin Campbell has had a hit and miss career as a director, but this definitely counts as one of his hits. Watching it now, it plays as a forerunner of THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. There are nits to be picked, but fond memories also.

We hope you enjoy this nostalgic look back. Give us a play or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

Later this month, we return with two of the most famous movies the podcast will ever cover with James Whale’s FRANKENSTEIN and THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. We hope you’ll join us.

Time tracks: 0:00 to 45:24 Intro & DICK TRACY

45:24 to 1:15:53 DARKMAN

1:15:53 to End, THE MASK OF ZORRO and various thoughts.

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