Digital Gonzo 90: Batman: Breakdown [Audio Drama]

What you are about to hear is my first full-length audio play. It was designed to be enjoyed by comic fans but also to people who are only familiar with the Nolan films the Arkham video games or the Animated Series.

I wanted to write something significant, honest and authentic about the Batman legend and with a lot of help from long-time serious Bat-fan, David Hartrick, I was able to shape a series of ideas into a hopefully coherent story. None of the cast, including myself are professional actors, but we all worked very hard to capture the essence of the characters we portrayed.

The writing, organisation and editing all of this together took dozens of hours, but it’s been equal parts exhausting and rewarding. I’d of course ideally love to see this adapted into a comic mini-series or animated movie someday (hint, hint, DC).

Oh and for Batman enthusiasts, take note, this is an Elseworlds tale that takes place after the 2005 storyline Under the Hood, but before the 2006 storyline Infinite Crisis.

This is Digital Gonzo Episode #90

Script: Alex Shaw
Story: Alex Shaw & David Hartrick
Editing: Alex Shaw


Bruce Wayne/Batman: Alex Shaw
Barbara Gordon/Oracle: Leah Haydu
Dick Grayson/Nightwing: Neil Taylor
Tim Drake/Robin: Daniel Floyd
Clark Kent/Superman: James Batchelor
Diana Prince/Wonder Woman: Tara Nelson
Selina Kyle/Catwoman: Cassandra Corgard
Alfred Pennyworth: Matthew Ramsey
Doctor Jennifer Whitman: Sharon Shaw
Cops: Matt Whetter/Sharon Shaw/Alex Shaw
Thieves: Neil Taylor/Matt Whetter/Alex Shaw
Bank Clerk: Cassandra Corgard
Estelle: Tara Nelson

For those unfamiliar with the cast and crew, my name is Alex Shaw. I’ve been podcasting on movies, video games and Geek Culture since early 2007, first with the Digital Cowboys Podcast and then Digital Gonzo. In late 2011 I started the Geek-culture website Gonzo Planet, which presents my regular Gonzo review podcast and also showcases the work of other podcasters and writers.

One of these is my very patient wife Sharon Shaw, who writes for the site and guests on many of the podcast episodes.

David Hartrick writes for In Bed With Maradona, the award-winning home of World Football,

Also the website 500 Reasons to Love Football.

You can buy his books on football at Ockley Books.

You can see Daniel Floyd‘s fantastic animated lectures on the video game industry over at Extra Credits on Penny

Cassandra Corgard and Tara Nelson produce a geek and gaming podcast; The Most popular Girls on the Internet.

James Batchelor and Neil Taylor run a podcast named GameBurst

If you like this production and you believe, like we do, that as many people as possible should hear this then please suggest it to everyone you know who likes a good Batman story. Tweet about it, make a big deal on FaceBook, post YouTube comments, leave an iTunes review, get this thing heard.

Because I want there to be demand for more.

Author: Alex Shaw

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  1. I can’t believe it has taken me a year to listen to this. It’s brilliant!

  2. Thank you Ben. I’m hoping this is going to be a project that gathers momentum and fans over the years to come. Do tell all your Batman-loving friends about it.

  3. I really, really, REALLY liked the end of this story. Tim and the Bat Family hunting down Jason-Joker–brilliant.

    Now, I love standard Batman, but I’ve found the comics’ exploration of a post-Bruce Batman to be a massively rewarding and somewhat untapped world of storytelling.

    As such: are there any plans to do a follow-up audio drama following Tim?

  4. Oh HELL YES there are!

    After Hush and Identity Crisis I will be releasing a project currently code named Tim Drake: Year One. It will be a two-part epic that should round off this elseworlds story in one way… or another.

    Coming 2014.

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