Digital Gonzo 141: The Killing Joke – Director’s Commentary
Jul31

Digital Gonzo 141: The Killing Joke – Director’s Commentary

Grab hold of a copy of the Killing Joke in book form and if you don’t have one to hand, follow this nifty link to an online copy. We’re going to take you through page by page, panel by panel and discuss what it took to turn this into an audio drama and then a motion comic. Joining me I have Matt Ramsey of the Do Try This at Home podcast; AKA Commissioner Jim Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth. Matt’s partner in crime Sharon Shaw who played...

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Digital Gonzo 140: Batman: The Killing Joke [Audio Drama]
Jul17

Digital Gonzo 140: Batman: The Killing Joke [Audio Drama]

Newcomers who want to listen on their iPods, search for the ‘Digital Gonzo’ podcast, this is episode 140.  This is an audio drama adaptation of The Killing Joke: written by Alan Moore, and originally illustrated by Brian Bolland for DC comics in 1988. In the YouTube video below I have added comic panels from the 2008 Deluxe Edition to make the experience as cinematic as possible. This show is dedicated to Mark Hamill and...

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Digital Gonzo 139: Batman: A Graphic Novel History
Jul11

Digital Gonzo 139: Batman: A Graphic Novel History

This episode we present you with Batman’s full comic book career as a chronological reading list. We begin with Frank Miller’s seminal Year One and work all the way up to the current run on New 52. This has been angled to allow newcomers to get an understanding of Batman on the printed page and give you a little after-school reading to do. Joining me once again are David Hartrick and Matt Ramsey. This show has an ending I...

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Digital Gonzo Episode 138: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Jul05

Digital Gonzo Episode 138: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Returning to the seemingly never ending stream of Batman movies ripe for Gonzo review, we’re back to cover the two-part animated adaptation of one of the most celebrated and important graphic novels of all time. The movies are way better than the book and we’ll tell you why throughout this podcast. These are available on DVD and Blu Ray and the second part is better than the first. Don’t wait for the box set. These...

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Digital Gonzo 94: The Making of Batman: Breakdown [Part 2]
Aug13

Digital Gonzo 94: The Making of Batman: Breakdown [Part 2]

This is the second part of the Batman: Breakdown discussion in which we deconstruct the story elements and discuss how said elements were constructed to make this feel like a real part of the Batman story. Discussed here are the later scenes and the climax. At the very end there is a special treat in the shape of EPIC OUTTAKES. As well as this the tantalizing prospect of further installments to this new continuity. Once again a huge...

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Digital Gonzo 94: The Making of Batman: Breakdown [Part 1]
Aug09

Digital Gonzo 94: The Making of Batman: Breakdown [Part 1]

This is the first of a two part epic investigation into the making of Batman: Breakdown. There’s so much detail, so many hidden references and so much forethought behind the writing and production that this ended up needing two shows to contain it. I am joined by Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits who played Robin, Neil Taylor of KDS 2.0 who played Nightwing and Sharon Shaw of Gonzo Planet who played Doctor Jennifer Whitman. There is...

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Digital Gonzo 92: The Dark Knight Rises
Aug02

Digital Gonzo 92: The Dark Knight Rises

We come to it at last. The final review in the Gonzo Batman series. The epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s game-changing Dark Knight Trilogy. It’s definitely not as straightforward as film two in the series because many people hate this film already, and an equal amount adore every inch of it. It’s a tricky balancing act since so much of the most well-crafted and exceptional elements have already been discussed...

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Digital Gonzo 91: The Dark Knight
Jul26

Digital Gonzo 91: The Dark Knight

The tenth of eleven Batman reviews for Gonzo Planet is part two of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Following the powerful set-up of Batman Begins, the production team pulled out all the stops to deliver an epic crime thriller in the style of Michael Mann’s Heat. This is a story of a city in turmoil and a police force struggling to keep order, up against the ruthless mob. At the center are Batman and The Joker, forces of...

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Digital Gonzo 90: Batman: Breakdown [Audio Drama]
Jul22

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...

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Digital Gonzo 89: Batman Begins
Jul19

Digital Gonzo 89: Batman Begins

Finally we get to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. After eight years away from cinema screens, and multiple stalled attempts at relaunching the franchise, Warner Bros knocked the Bat out of the park with the best film so far and arguably the most compelling and mature adaptation of Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego. With me for this super-serious analysis are Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse, Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS...

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