How It Happened: Good Evening Mr. J

Based on the church scene from @ThatKevinSmith’s Red State, as preformed by Michael Parks.

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When I first saw Red State, after listening to the Red State Of The Union podcast and seeing all of the Sundance fallout with everybody about Kev losing his fuckin’ cookies, I felt weird.
I had a “we definitely aren’t in Kansas anymore, Toto” moment.
I waited with bated breath and much excitement for every episode of that podcast, and quite often on there Kev would talk about the speech Parks gives.
He talked about it in such a way that actually made me dread seeing it in a way, he’d talked it and Parks up SSSSSOOOOOOOOOOO much that I figured it couldn’t possibly live up to that hype.
I was wrong!

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In my opinion, Kevin oversold Parks, but undersold John Goodman’s performance in the movie, and that’s not me trashing Parks.
But this scene?
When the movie was over I was thinking about this scene and the siege on the compound.
The compound scene stuck out for the very reason Kev said he liked it, because it didn’t feel like something he directed.
It, like the entire movie, was a huge departure for Kev.
But that fuckin’ church scene was riveting!

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Jump ahead about 2 years and I’m making these videos, I’m remaking scenes from Kev’s movies, and this comes bubbling back to the surface.
And come on, you know a scene of pure hate speech is PERFECT for The Joker, just change it from gay bashing to hero bashing and it brings it all home.
I took a look at the scene again and I was really grooving on it, so I talked to and enlisted the help of @ComicWasteland.
And I know I say this a lot about this dude, but he really is a champ.
He did all of the shots I asked for, without complaint and with great skill, but most importantly, the dude did something he did not have too.
After he’d sent me all of the REQUESTED SHOTS and I started my assembly, it still felt a little bland because I was reusing the same few shots over and over again so much.
So I asked @ComicWasteland, way late in the game, after he’d finished and delivered everything, if he could give me 1 more shot to help break up the monotony a bit, and while I would have completely understood if he’d told me to fuck off because he was busy…the dude came through.
So, once again, a big thanks to Brad!
You all really should check out his site and show him some love: https://wordbloonillustration.wordpress.com/

Then there was Mr. Mike (@FromTheMonkey), of Monkey Basement Productions, who once again came through.
It started with that cattleprod as I recall, but then I asked him if he could give me the family crowd/flock.
That cattleprod sounds just fuckin’ brutal and the crowd is perfect.
Show him some a little kindness and give an ep or 2 of his pod a spin: http://justgivemeafewminutes.podomatic.com/

Now go watch the video itself and I’ll tell you about how there was almost a different Ivy!
And stay after the credits for a little extra!

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https://youtu.be/YBKTWC3–

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Fun right?
Now about the Ivy, I can’t quite remember how it came about (it very well could have been just as simple as I was just too nervous to ask @ShariSayz to record anything for me after how poorly I handled working with her on Channel Surfing), but I asked around on twitter and wasn’t getting any bites.
Then I was having a conversation with the lovely and always supportive @_13Chris and we somehow got on the topic of it.
And knowing her how I do, I’m pretty sure I asked her if she would do it (I can almost bet she didn’t offer because she’s pretty private, same as me) and she took a stab or 2 at it.
The only problem is that at the time I didn’t have somebody like @Fitzman73 at the ready to convert different audio files (I’m sure @FromTheMonkey or @SpiderScooby would have done it, but Mike was pretty busy at the time and I didn’t really wanna bother Ross because that dude truly does enough for me) into usable formats for me.
The funniest bit of all of this was that Chris had her husband helping her record and send the files (and this is something that made me instantly love her and her fam).
I get this email from her dude that says something to the effect of “She didn’t want me to send this, but I think it was her best take” with an attached file.
I open it up and it’s him saying the Ivy line “SATAN MOTHAFUCKA, SATAN”…and I lost my shit.
It’s legitimately one of the funniest things to come out of this whole entire video makinimage

g thing I’ve been doing for almost 3 years now.

Now how did @ShariSayz actually come to get involved in this?
I can’t exactly remember.
I do remember giving her the direction to watch Arleen Sorkin for Harley.
I also remember telling her for Ivy I wanted something breathy, sexy, sensual.
On both fronts, she nailed it.
I seriously love Shari’s Harley, and can’t wait to bring that crazy ex doctor out of her again soon.
Once again, go give @ShariSayz a shout or go show her YT channel a bit of love: https://youtu.be/gPyCv8e6NpY

I also remember struggling with a title for this video.
For a while I was calling it Green State, but that just felt super lame.
I think I went through about 6 other titles before finally landing on Good Evening Mr. J, which for the few who haven’t seen Red State is in reference to the part that Mike and his family did.
When Abin Cooper says “Welcome Family” and you hear 1 person specifically say “Good Evening Grandpa”.
I think it fitz.

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Share this post on twitter with the hashtags #HowItHappened & #GoodEveningMrJ.

Also check out the original tweet for this video, from be for the @TSDJAProduction account even existed!
https://twitter.com/TheScoobyDoom/status/507055872028475392

That’s it for this time kids, please go watch, listen, or check out those folks and their links above.
Show them some support for helping me come up with some great content for you all.

And remember, the world is a hard place.
Do your best to make it a wee bit better any way you can, even if it’s just a smile or a kind comment to somebody having a bad day.
It really helps.

Thanks for reading, hope ta see you back here soon.

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Typecast #18: Bat Kat Begins

WHAT’S UP PEOPLE?!?!?
Welcome to the 1st Typecast of 2016, and damn it’s a good one!

Our guest here in my super secret evil hideout in the mountains is a great lady what has helped me in the past and been a pretty good friend.
If you follow her on the tweeters, you know she’s damn smart, wicked funny, easy on the eyes, and a GREAT creative soul.
This month in the hot seat, it’s the 1 and only Bat Kat, @KatLong31.

This conversation appears just as it was had, all spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and any other flaws of any kind intact to maintain the honesty of the whole thang.

Our name’s will appear in red, her’s will link to her twitter, mine will link to my Youtube channel.

Without further ado, take it away me!

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ThatScoobyDoom: Okay, with a nickname like Bat Kat, you must be a HUGE Superman fan, so what are your first memories of big blue?
XD

@KatLong31: That made me laugh a lot!

Actually as a really little girl my cousin love superman and I lived batman.
So we played supes and Bat a lot, we were both so bummed that the under Roos were only for boys we wanted them so much!
I did love the Batman series a lot, watched it often but I loved the Christooher Reeve superman movies too.

I know it’s running joke/ rivalry that I’m not a Supes fan but I do like him.
Like Supes LOVE that Bat!

ThatScoobyDoom: So Adam West was your first Batman?

@KatLong31: Yes as long as I can remember he was/ is my Batman!
I had to have been very small(under 3) when I first watched the Show.

ThatScoobyDoom: Did you ever go through that period that most of the fans of that show went through where they kinda hated it because it wasn’t cool to like it?

@KatLong31: That whole cast of characters was brilliant!
I love them all!
I mean Julie Newmar!
Who is more stunning then her?
And Yvonne Criag will always be my hero!

No, in fact I was/ still am just naturally uncool and like what I like.
And that show will always be one of the best shows in my book.
And yes I did get made fun of for liking it but I never cared about that.
I am used to people not liking what I like.
Even in college I had a chick tell me I wore batman shirts to much that I was an adult now and should act like it.
I laughed at her in a nice way and said he’s my one true love I have to support him 😉

ThatScoobyDoom: Very much like myself in that respect, cause I was getting shredded in 5th grade for my undying Scooby love.

Did you ever get into any of the comics as a kid?

@KatLong31: I was bullied all the time at that age about a million things so why not just let myself like what I like?

No not as a kid.
I was late teens before I came around and even then it wasn’t until I got older that I read then regularly.

ThatScoobyDoom: Totally understand and agree, lady.

Do you remember what your first non 66 Bat story was?

@KatLong31: Yeah early 90’s Knightfall!
I got into it cuz of a guy, who of course friend zoned me.
But I loved that story and crossover.

So you remember your first comic book?

What are your top 3?

ThatScoobyDoom: What a dumbass he was. Haha

Oh shit, no!
I don’t remember my my first comic or even my first bat comic.
My first would have to be an Archie comic or something.
I guess my first Bat comic would probably be one of the B:TAS Tie-In’s, Batman Adventures or whatever it was.

Do you mean top 3 Bat stories or just top 3 in general?

@KatLong31: No not at all I have been friend zoned plenty!

I meant any, not Batman or Batman but just in general

What do you like?

ThatScoobyDoom: That’s criminal.

Well, my 4 favorite Bat centric stories are Mad Love, The Killing Joke, No Man’s Land, and The Long Halloween.
Non Bat, that’s a lot harder for me to nail down.
I know it’s cool to hate it, but I loved Marvel’s Civil War.
I loved the Spidey Tie-In’s to that because I loved the Iron Spidey suit.
I really dug the Death and Return of Superman, I consider that all 1 story.
Can’t think of many other comic stories I’ve really loved.

Gimme some of your favorites beyond Knightfall (which I never got around to getting, sadly).

@KatLong31: Hahaha no not really.
Any or batman?

ThatScoobyDoom: Both.
Favorite Bat and non Bat stories.

@KatLong31: Bat is hard to narrow!
But I like tank girl and XMen it’s tough to narrow it down in general I guess 🙂

ThatScoobyDoom: I hear ya.

So, 89 comes rolling around, you had to have gotten swept up in the Batmania that the rest of the world right?

@KatLong31: I did!
But to be honest I was young at the trailers kind is bugged me, I was shocked that they thought they could touch my beloved Adam West and gang.
However I was not even seated all the way at the theatre and was in love!
That movie only served to stoke my bat flame and seal what has turned out to be a life long adoration for That character!
I was so in awe and thrilled with Keaton and could not see it enough!

ThatScoobyDoom: Do you remember how many times you saw it in the theater?

@KatLong31: Only 2 times I wanted to see it over and over!

ThatScoobyDoom: How about returns?
Did that tickle your fancy any?

@KatLong31: It sure did!
With one exception I have completely enjoyed every Batman film!

ThatScoobyDoom: Really?
I have big problems with the majority of them. Haha

What’s the exception?

@KatLong31: I hate saying the exception I often find people who disagree

But aside from one I am a fan of all the flicks

ThatScoobyDoom: Come on, spill!
If you say the one I dislike most, we may have to make this legal.

@KatLong31: Ok Batman forever, it sure tried to bring the comic genre to life but the execution didn’t work for me.
And Val Kilmer was plain awful!!
Just I can’t say it clear enough he was just abhorrent!
It was tragic!!

ThatScoobyDoom: Huh, that’s interesting.
You are right, most do disagree.

In my opinion, we’ve only gotten 2 great Batman movies, the rest are varying levels of shit.
I would put Batman & Robin lower than Forever, but that’s just me.
I think it was B&R that started my life long dislike of Clooney.

@KatLong31: What two are great in Dooms mind?

ThatScoobyDoom: Batman 89 and Batman Begins.
I truly think Batman Begins would be 100% if Bale hadn’t used that stupid “aruh ruh ruh” voice for Batman, cause that shit is laughable.
But the rest is nerdgasmicly good.

@KatLong31: Oh nice those are my two favs too!
Only I have had a crush on Bale since newsies so when he was cast as batman I went Biserk and I doubt he could have done anything to make me dislike his performance.

ThatScoobyDoom: I wanna stick with the bat chat kat, but you gave me a brilliant opening so we’ll get back to the Dark Knight.

Youse big on that thar theater stuff ain’t cha?

@KatLong31: Well I did get my BA in it, and yes it is my passion.
I can’t really act but something about being a part of live theatre is so enchanting it soothes my soul.
Yep that’s dramatic but it is so difficult to describe the joy of live theatre

ThatScoobyDoom: No, you’re not gonna pull that “can’t act” shit around here, lady.
We have proof that you can indeed act.

When did you first get interested in that type of stuff, theater and what not?

@KatLong31: Do you want the long or short answer?

pS thank you!
You know how I feel about your opinion on my acting.

The short answer is always I guess I was always  a ham as my dad puts it and when I was offered a scholarship to change majors from Speech path to theatre it seems like a no brainier

ThatScoobyDoom: Hey, I’ve said it many many times privately, I’ll glad y say it publicly.
You made Love In War what it was, you made it all work.
Was a damn good job.

And the long answer?

@KatLong31: Well publicly thank you!
I was honored you let me work with you!
And it was a fun experience for me!
You wrote a great script and we both know I sent you many many takes so you were very patient.

As I said before I was always a ham.
I was expressive and often flamboyant.
I was a speech pathology major.
And had to take a theatres class as a requirement.
The professor of that class saw something in me, she offered me a scholarship to change majors she put me onstage and then mostly insisted I be her stage manager or assistant director.
I felt at home in these capacities.
I thrived in them, dare I admit I was decent at them.
I can direct and stage manage very well!
Acting is where I find myself second guessing my abilities, but Stage managing and directing, those I know i can do! And do them very well.

ThatScoobyDoom: What exactly is Speech Pathology?

I don’t know jack shit about theater, so how does Stage Directing differ from Film/TV/Voice Directing?

@KatLong31: A speech therapist.

I can’t compare and contrast the two.
But I think one big difference is for a live event you have to block out the moves conscience of the audience in film and TV the can cut away and zoom in so the movements and vocal quality have to be big it is a fine line too, I know live actors often have to pull back when they crossover to film.
And with live theatre you get one shot!
No redo you have to nail it all, and if you don’t you can’t let the mistakes shake you.
I Stage Managed, a show where one actor missed his entrance, so the guy onstage had to adlib for 4 mins ps it was   Merchant of Venice so making up Shakespeare could not have been easy.
Anyway basically you can’t ever mess up and when you do you have to make it look like it was intended to be that way.

ThatScoobyDoom: Oh, so like, helping people with accents or lisps and shit?

Ah, so it sounds like it’s more detail oriented?
Maybe a bit more important to hit marks and what not than in a movie?

Did you ever deal with any stage fright or anything?

@KatLong31: Yeah speech and eating issues, there are a lot of aspects to it.

Yes there is no room for error and when you have one make it look good.
One aspect of stage managing is when the show adds the technical aspects to the acting the stage manager makes every light, sound, prop que call.
I had a flawless record my entire college career until my last show I was late calling a blackout!
Ugh that late call will always haunt me!
*ironically the show was titled “All in the Timing”

Personally?
Or with my actors?

ThatScoobyDoom: That’s cool.

That sounds like a lot of work, but I’m sure when it goes right it’s worth it.
Ooooo, ouch. Haha.

Personally.

@KatLong31: In my world there is nothing like it!

Oh yes!!!
All the time!
Only before the show though.
The second I step onstage I block out the audience and only focus on the moment I wish I could somehow attain that focus preshow but I can’t and when I’m nervous I talk a lot so it worked best if I shared a dressing room with my bestie Trina, if she wasn’t onstage with me she was my dresser if possible she knew how to chat distract me and keep me from hyperventilating or puking.
I never have issues until we are in front of an audience, so I really spent the week before opening honing in on an empty theatre and that helps.

ThatScoobyDoom: There was this one time in school where I had to read this thing infront of the entire school, all 9 grades, and I almost fuckin’ died.
I was holding the paper and I could not control my arm at all, I was just shaking like it was -10° and I was butt ass naked.
It was fuckin’ horrifying.
I have never performed infront of people after that.
Just knew that it was NOT for me. Haha

What was the rush like after you complete a show?

@KatLong31: Here is an odd fact, I can’t perform or give a speech as me.
I can but I shake and get so ill, it’s awful, but I can focus on my character and that is what works for me.
I know that sounds really cheesy but owell.

Indescribable!
It is euphoric and everyone involved has that feeling!
So that backstage energy is electric!
I could go on and on but it’s just the best experience.
And it’s made even better by the fact that the cast and crew naturally become so close in the process and you all feed off each other’s energy.

ThatScoobyDoom: I’m actually sort of similar!
Like, the sound of my natural voice is like nails on a chalkboard, I can’t listen to myself at all because it makes my skin crawl.
But if I throw on a voice, I can listen to that shit all day long.
Even though I can hear myself in every voice, it’s different enough that it doesn’t bother me at all.

That’s cool.

Okay lets get back to the Bat, if you don’t mind.

@KatLong31: It’s liberating I think to temporally shed your own skin.

This is your rodeo DoomADoom whatever you say.

ThatScoobyDoom: That is very true.
Nice to embody somebody you’ll never be.

Okay, so we talked about the movies, lets talk just a bit about my absolute favorite version of the Character.
Batman: The Animated Series.
Where do you stand on that?

@KatLong31: Ugh I’m embarrassed to say I have not seen all of them. What I have seen I liked, it is one of those things I intend to find and watch in its entirety someday.

ThatScoobyDoom: *clutches chest*

@KatLong31: I know I know!
It’s an embarrassing admission.
I wish I was a good liar, I would have loved to coyly say something brilliant that eluded to me enjoying it while I rarely had seen it but alas I’m no good at lying.
*forgive this shortcoming.

ThatScoobyDoom: Okay okay…
*wipes tear from eye*
…how about the animated movies?
You ever get into any of those?

@KatLong31: But if you will indulge me, what do you enjoy about the animated series?

ThatScoobyDoom: The animation, even 25 years later, still holds up.
So fluid, smooth, beautiful.
There is a Clayface episode where they show him transitioning that is a stunning piece of animation.

The voice work is OUTSTANDING!
Just unbelievably remarkable how well they nailed the characters.
Batman, Joker, Two-Face, Gordon, when I think of these characters I think of these versions.
Kevin Conroy was, is, and forever will be the 1 true Bat for me.
Nobody will ever touch what Mark Hamill did as the Joker.
My Joker is just a copy and paste of what Mark did simply because I can not think of anyway to improve on the perfection that he created.

And then there’s Paul Dini and Bruce Timm’s ultimate creation from that series, the lovely Harley Quinn.

@KatLong31: Ugh I need to buy this series!
I do like Arleen Sorkins’ Harley when I read Harley I hear her voice.

ThatScoobyDoom: I love Tara Strong, she has voiced so many great characters I love, but her Harley doesn’t hold a candle to Arleen.
If nothing else, that series is legendary for Harley alone.

@KatLong31: Yeah she is great I think I really enjoy Arleen.

ThatScoobyDoom: So the recent animated movies, have you caught any of those?

@KatLong31: I have seen some but not all of them those have not really caught my interest, any ones that you would recommend?

I think the disconnect on the animated things was they began coming out at the age I lost interest in animation and by the time I became fond of it again it was not as accessible.

ThatScoobyDoom: I hear ya.
I’ve seen a lot of people say the same.

Under The Red Hood and Public Enemies are by far my favorites.
Public Enemies has Kevin Conroy & Tim Daly reprising their TV roles of Batman & Superman.
Red Hood has Bruce Greenwood as the Bat and John Dimaggio as Joker, those 2 are DAMN good together.

@KatLong31: Ok I will find and watch those.
Thank you!

Ok so what inspires you Doom what draws you to create your videos?

ThatScoobyDoom: Be sure to let me know what you think when you do.

I think about that a lot.
At the very beginning it was 100% boredom.
Nothing more.
But now?
There are so many reasons, and I know this will sound so masturbatory, but it’s not.
I’m definitely not a bragger.
I’ve had many quite a few folks tell me that they’ve come home after a shitty day and watch one of my videos and it helps wash away all of that bullshit from the day.
I don’t know how much you listen to Kev (Smith), but I listen to all of his pods and he’s said many times that would happen.
At first I laughed it off, thought “what the hell could I ever make that could help somebody in anyway?”, but the dude was right.
It’s happened quite a few times, and it’s always weird for me.

And then there’s just a love for entertaining.
Whether it’s through something like this, a podcast, a video, or an audiodrama, I just like entertaining.

@KatLong31: I can see a progression with the videos, as you know I’ve watched and rewatched many times in order.
It is interesting to note your confidence and growth. 

That would be satisfying to hear somebody say!

I understand that excitement to entertain!
It’s thrilling for sure.

I have told you before Family dinner is one of my favorites of yours so moving.
And channel surfing shows your range, I know it might be difficult, but of your own videos which do you like best and why?

And which character that you have made up is most like yourself?
Is it Chip Skippy 😉

ThatScoobyDoom: Well thanks.
Yeah, especially since those first few were simply done on my phone. Haha
It is good to hear that folks can see the growth.
Appreciate you watching ’em so many times.

It is, it really is.
That something like me making dick jokes in wacky voices helps folks is damn cool.

I was never one that wanted or got a lot of attention, but I was definitely the kid that tried to disrupt class by making the fuckers around giggle and shit.
It is a bit of a rush.

That is hard to decide, but I have 4 in the order they were released.
Dead Or Dumbass, because the ending was unplanned and I still have scars from it.
What’s Your Name?, because it’s so personal and hilarious.
Beer Run, because it’s just so stupidly weird.
And finally, X-Mas In Da Hood, because I made that for my true first audience, my mom.

That is an even harder question to answer.
Chip Skippy would be the easy answer, but it’s hard.
There are a lot of characters in there, some with only 1 line. Haha
Chip definitely has my anger and hatred for being interrupted…but then, so does Satan…but I didn’t create him, so I guess Chip is the answer.
What about you?
Of all the characters, who is your favorite?

And how did you find my shit?
I remember our first conversation, but I don’t recall how you found it all.

@KatLong31: Of course!
My pleasure!

I could never pull that off but my hats off to you!

I love that you wrote Xmas in the god for your mom.
That is very sweet.

Well I have never written for myself (as you and I have talked about at length) so I doubt I have the connection you do.
But I was Truvy in steel magnolias and I enjoyed that whole process a lot.
My fav character I have read is from a script H’tel Baltimore her name is April she is an aging prostitute with fantastic dialogue.
I directed that show, I wish I had acted it instead.
And working with you was a very easy I enjoyed the freedom you allowed me with CD I really enjoyed her, for all the background work you let me put in.

As to me finding your stuff, I think it was Matt I had Heard the Christmas pod.
You and I already followed one another.
And yes our first convo is vivid in my mind we also had Joser and Matt and it was so fun!

ThatScoobyDoom: I never would have guessed I could do it either, but I needed an ending.
We do what we have to do for our art, right?

It is sweet until you realize how horribly, graphically, filthy it is.
But that just goes to show you the sense of humor of my family. Haha

Cool!
You made my dearest Charlemagne come to life, she exists solely because of you and your notes.
And I won’t ever let you deny or forget that.

Fun stuff, dear.

Is there ANYTHING else you wanna say to the good folks reading?

@KatLong31: Well that was mostly you!
But thank you!
I enjoyed it very much!

I want to thank you Doom, I feel enlightened this was fun.
And thanks to anybody who took the time to read this!

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A HUGE thank you goes to @KatLong31 for taking the time out to do this.
This lady has been a great friend and a great help, so go show her a bit of love on Twitter, and remember to stay #BatKatStrong.

Share this post on Twitter with the hashtag #Typecast.

And finally!
Always remember that the world is a really hard and unnecessarily shitty place.
Do your part to help lessen that, because you will never understand just how much something as simple as a smile or a kind word to somebody struggling to keep their head above water can be.

Thanks for reading, hope to see you back here soon.

How It Happened: Channel Surfing

Strap in, cause this is a long ass story!

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I realize I may say this a lot, but this is a video I love and am beyond proud of because I was able to show off my talent on every front.
Editing, Voice Acting, Producing, and Directing.
This is a showcase of just exactly what I can do at my very best!

I want to make this extremely, blisteringly, painfully clear here at the top, I hold no ill will, grudge, or anything else of the sort against the brilliant artist mentioned below!
What I say below is just my perspective on the situation and how I felt at the time.
And I will own it right here and right now, it is my fault and I definitely could have and should have handled it better.

With all of that out of the way, lets get into it, and trust me when I tell you there is a story and a half to be told here.

Some of you may have noticed that all of the female voices in this video are credited to a Twitter account (@Sunnee_dayz) that isn’t really active and there is a reason for that.
The lovely lady behind those beautiful voices is none other than the supremely talented @ShariSayz.
As I recall, this video came together in an extremely short amount of time to meet my fast approaching deadline, I think it was less than 2 weeks for the full production of this one.
And that includes the writing.
So, the idea I had for this thing originally was that a dude was sitting up late one night watching TV, flipping through the channels, and running across all the types of shows and infomercials that we all know exist in those wee hours of the night/morning.
But that felt a little too weak, I needed something to strengthen the video, I didn’t want it to just be a collection of me doing weird voices and shit.
I struggled to come up with a wraparound story to give it all a purpose to exist, and that was when I came up with the closing segment (which had it’s own set of problems that I’ll get to later) of the dude watching a porn on TV and getting caught by his lady.
Ah-ha!
I had my hook!

I knew I needed to write a lady in at this point, which gave me the idea for a new segment to include.
I figured I had to come up with a reason for the wifey to be gone long enough for the dude to flip through all of those channels too, and I’ll admit her having to park down the block is a bit weak but it’s enough to get into the showcase of voices.

As I was breaking and recording the segments, I started thinking of who I could get to help me out with bringing this baby home.
While technically this is the first time I’ve worked with @ShariSayz on something that you guys have gotten to see, I’ve actually written something with her in mind before that kind of stalled out due to my feeling overwhelmed by the story and another actor being hard to reach.
@ShariSayz had recorded and sent me some takes for that and a bit of a sizzle reel of her doing some voices and I liked what she did.

Now this is where things started getting complicated, and as I said above, I could have AND SHOULD HAVE handled it better, but this is how it happened from My perspective.
I DM’d Shari on Twitter and asked her if she would be interested in working with me on a new project.
She said yes.
Then I dropped the bombshell, because I figured if she didn’t want to be in based on what I had to say we could get it out of the way early, no harm no foul.
I broke it down and told her exactly what I needed, being PAINFULLY clear that there was a porn scene.
Her reply was that that was fine, she had no shame.
I was shocked she’d agreed, but she did.
I told her the timeline would be very short as this just popped into my head and the deadline was creeping up fast.
She said she’d do her best.
I was relieved simply because I thought, understandably so, the porn scene would be a hard sell.

So she recorded and sent the audio and it was brilliant!
I don’t say this because she was kind enough to help me or because I’m pretty sure she’ll read this, I say this because it is the goddamn truth, Shari is AMAZINGLY talented and made my work better just by taking part in it.
But I had a slight issue with her initial porn track and asked for a rerecord, which she quickly did for me, and it was perfect!
I quickly set about recording/editing it all together (which was a fiasco in and of itself that I’ll tell you about a little bit later) and that was when I got an email from from Shari that almost brought it all crashing down around me.

2 days before it’s ready to be posted, I’m still editing and recording like a bastard trying to get it ready to post when I get and email from Shari telling me that she’s getting cold feet because of the porn.
She was afraid, and understandably/rightfully so, of the possibility that future employers or, god forbid, her parents would hear it.
I tried my damnedest to talk her down, mostly for the incredibly selfish reason that at the time I had no other lady I could turn to (a problem that persists to this day, with the exception of the lovely Bat Kat), and I will admit that to this day, while I love this video deeply, I do feel a bit guilty for the pressure I did put on her not to drop out on me.
It was insanely selfish, and I’ll felt bad about it for quite a while and it continues to flare up when I’m in a particularly bad mood from time to time.
I’ve mentioned many times the guilt I feel about folks doing work for me for free, and that is something I still battle with.
I still try to do whatever I can without help because of that.

So I convinced her to sleep on it, all the while I was losing my fuckin’ mind on twitter.
The crunched production time already had me on edge and this seemed to be making all of the hard work I’d put in useless.
But thankfully the next day, after talking it over with somebody, she sent me an email and said cooler heads prevailed and gave me the go ahead to use her audio if I put that fake @ on it.
Which was a version of one of the contingency plans I’d posed the night before.
So that was settled.
Now before I go into breaking down each segment I want to make it clear that I only tell this story because @ShariSayz gave me permission.
For that and for doing the video, I thank you Shari.
And I do apologize for putting pressure on you to go through with it.
That WILL NOT happen again.

Now, go watch the video and afterwards I’ll break it down segment by segment for ya’s.
Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/4FWgK3MFycY

Fun, right?
Now lets get into the details!

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Opening: As I said above, that was all just to get the wife/girlfriend out of the house so the husband/boyfriend could do some Channel Surfing.
But there is a bit more to it than you all realize.
When I said above that I had worked with @ShariSayz on something else, the image of Hal’s “qwik check” is a reference to that.
That story was called “Why Us” and featured @TheGuy4420, Shari, and myself in a story full of death, mobsters, and mayhem that I had intended to turn into a trilogy of videos.
It was also to feature @FromTheMonkey as Hal!
It was my little attempt at universe building, trying to connect all of my shit together in a View Askew kinda way.
But as of today, Why Us remains unproduced.
Maybe someday…

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3:16: Any WWE fan knows exactly what this is, but for those of you reading who may not, this is a tribute to Stone Cold Steve Austin’s famous King Of The Ring ’96 promo after he won that basically helped launch his character and career to new heights.
Great promo, check it out on YT.

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Channel 37 News: Obviously, Channel 37 is a reference to Clerks, but the cauterized assholes actually is a sorta reference to something from my childhood.
There was this kid in the neighborhood who had a video camera and a fascination with fire, one dangerously hilarious story had him put his finger into a bottle of finger nail polish remover, he turned the bottle upside down to soak his finger real damn good, he turned the bottle right side up, pulled his finger out, and lit his finger on fire…his finger went up, all of us (including him) laughed...THEN SUDDENLY THE FLAME TRAVELED UP HIS ARM TO HIS ARMPIT!!!
What dumbass didn’t realize was that when he turned the bottle upside down his finger didn’t create a perfect seal, the polish removing liquid leaked down his arm.
After that, we told him someday he’d melt his asshole shut.

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Tube Man: Joke from Family Guy that I’ve always loved.
Everytime I see one of those fuckin’ things I think of that entire bit, and on occasion I break out and do the bit.

Televangelist: You all know late night TV is littered with these fuckin’ DOUCHE BAGS begging for money so they can maintain their goddamn arena churches.
Using the voice of Reverend Tim from Dumbass Poets Society, I did my version…which is, as per my usual, (and to quote @NeilGat)  about as subtle as surprise prison rape, Reverend Tim just flat out tells you to “GIVE ME YOUR MONEEEEY!” sounding a bit like Chris Tucker.

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Music: Ah, now this segment has a pretty good story to it as well, most of which happened after the video dropped.
After @Woody_TESDFan did the song for me for Dumbass Poets Society 2: Fallout we talked about doing more together.
When this video developed I knew I wanted to have a segment with some music in it, so I talked to Woody about it and he graciously provided me with Part Of Life by his band Shoot The Mood.
I asked him for a picture to go along with it, again he came through.
The video got posted, everything went swimmingly…but that fuckin’ song, man!
I couldn’t shake it!
Just something about it kept giving me these flashes of images, images that were slightly depressing but realistic none the less.
You might notice I’m not telling you what those images are/were and that would be because I did a break down, including numerous time stamps, of these images and sent the entire idea of the music video I had playing in my head to Woody.
He talked to the band, said they dug it, and the plan was that he and a few folks he knew were going to go forward and shoot the video, send it to me to edit together, then it would be posted on the Shoot The Moon YouTube Channel and on My YouTube Channel…now somewhere along the way we both got busy with other projects and sadly nothing has happened since.
But, either they way described above or on my own (if they give me approval, obviously) I wanna go forward and make this video.
In my estimation, it’s too damn good not to make it!

Super Bright Flashing Light: This is just me poking fun at the stupid bullshit products they show in late night commercials and infomercials with so much excitement they make you wanna fuckin’ puke.

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Russia From My Backyard: We all remember this particular soundbite of pure stupidity, no need to break it down any further on that front.
But the picture?
Ah, it was actually taken winter 2013/2014 from my back porch during the record snowfall we had.
I thought it was a bad ass pic so I snapped it.
While making this video, I had the idea for this segment and it fit.
I remember the reaction when I pitched it to @ShariSayz because, as detailed above, I figured she’d take issue with the porn right away but this is the one that seemed to stump her the most.
She said something like “I don’t know if I can do that. I’ve never done a Palin impression.” which still to this day makes me laugh.
I remember telling her it didn’t have to sound exact just to have the same feeling, but if she didn’t feel she could pull it off I would do it.
Obviously, she did it and she did it well.

Clouds: This segment here is an almost direct pull (I made 1 slight derivation in the restaurant name) from one of Gabriel Iglesias’s bits.
I have been a fan of Gabriel since his days on All That days on Nickelodeon and wanted to do a little tribute to him.

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Veg-etarian: This I thought was funny simply because it’s not what you expect them to say.
You know you expected some kind of ethicist or homophobic bullshit to flop out of their mouths and it gives you a bit of shock when they pull a swerve and go in a different direction.
And I liked the pic I came up with for it, something kinda peaceful about a crapper at the foot of a mountain.

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Balls Deep: Usually before I record I use songs from Family Guy and The Cleveland Show as warm ups.
So, with that in mind, I figured I’d bring some of the warm up into the work, and since we all know just how much I love doing the voice that Kevin Michael Richardson perfected on The Cleveland Show, I felt there was no better choice than to go with my Favorite Cleveland JR song Balls Deep.
That song is fucking hilarious and you need to search it on YT.
For the image, I took my inspiration from the episode/song itself and made a picture that in some way resembles a ball pit.

Cooking Show: Cooking shows are every fuckin’ where, man.
You flip the channel any which way and you have some goofy asshole in a hat telling you how you cut an onion wrong.
So there’s that.

Joker: As said previously, I love my Joker voice.
I imagined this segment as “The Joker enters the house in the pilot of his own sitcom finding Harley right where he left her…tied to a chair for the last 4 hours”.
Not sure if anything similar to that came across, but that’s what it’s meant to be.

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Porn/Close: Besides everything listed above, this segment was the biggest pain in the dick.
The editing on it was a headache because for some reason I could not get that porn audio to work right.
As you’ll notice if you really pay attention to it, my part of the porn audio starts really loud then fades to nothing and Shari’s does the exact opposite, starts at nothing then ramps up to a huge crescendo.
What I was trying to do with it was layer them evenly so we both maintained a consistent volume.
If you don’t mind me getting technical, the way it should work is I lay her audio into the timeline with a photo that doesn’t matter so I can publish it as a video.
Then I take the video version of her audio and lay it into the audio portion of the timeline, lay my version into the audio portion of the timeline, edit and sync my audio to fit with hers, then publish that as a video to have our audio perfectly in alignment and lay it into the Official video’s timeline as audio…but no matter how many times I tried this process (which, trust me, is way easier than it sounds) it would not fucking work!
I later got it to work flawlessly in the ending of Dumbass Poets Society 3: The Return, but back to Channel Surfing, I kept trying like a bastard with no result.
So with the deadline looming, I took the lazy way out and just slid her audio file on top of my own which created the cheap fade.
This is one of the very few things that I would go back a fix George Lucas style if I could, because it really bugs the fuck out of me cause I know I can do it better with a little more time.

Credits: Here, just for shits and giggles, I felt it appropriate to revisit Reverend Tim 1 last time for a wee bit more fun.
Then, as my credits and thank you’s rolled, I decided to give @Woody_TESDFan and the @Shoothemoonband gang one more chance to shine and played a bit more of Part Of Life.
Thanks for the great song, lads!

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And that’s it gang!
That’s the entire breakdown for this behemoth!
Since you’ve all made it this far, I’ll give you the inside scoop on the next Typecast!
If you follow me on twitter (@ThatScoobyDoom & @TSDJAProduction) you’ll know I’ve been teasing that it would be late this month because it’s being “worked on”…that’s because Typecast 16 will be another PODCAST!!!
That’s right kids, @Fitzman73 is hard at work editing our next conversation together.
Look for it real soon!

Screencaps provided by @ThatJoser and @JoinedToFollow.

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And finally!
The world is a hellish place full of a lot of assholes, do whatever is within your power to combat those pricks and spread a little bit of joy.
You never know how much it can help.
Thank you for reading, I’ll see you real soon right back here!

How It Happened: The Flying Batmobile

This here is one of my absolute favorite things I’ve ever done simply because it’s based on one of my absolute favorite things @ThatKevinSmith has done.

Back when Kevin was doing press on Jay And Bob the folks over at The Tonight Show asked him if he’d want to do correspondent pieces for The Show.
He said yes and that he’d love to do what would be the first ever short film to air on The Tonight Show.
He would later go on to do correspondent pieces with Andy McElfresh, some of which can be found on the Jersey Girl DVD.
Anyway, The Flying Car was the first thing Kevin ever wrote and directed without his View Askew Co-Founder and SModcast partner in crime Scott Mosier at his side as his producer.
It reunited Kevin with Jeff Anderson for the 2nd time since Clerks (not counting the animated series) and with frequent collaborator Brian O’Halloran, and it probably started planting the seeds for Clerks II.
Shot in a Middletown parking lot next to a Soccer field for just $15,000, it debuted on The Tonight Show in February 2002.
You can watch that original short and Kev’s entire visit by going to http://viewaskew.com/tv/leno/flyingcar.html.

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I first saw the short on the Clerks X DVD and I immediately dug it.
It has the classic, rapid fire, quick witted dialogue that Kev is known for writing so well.
Funny, Filthy, and Full of nerdom.
And as with most things back then, my liking of it ended at just watching it repeatedly.
But once I started making these higher quality videos, and especially after Kryptonite Condom, I knew I wanted to tackle this short eventually and put it through my comic loving filter.

With Shit Or Get Off The Cobblepot I’d perfectly set the roles of Dante as an exasperated beatdown Batman and Randal as…well, basically Randal with green hair, red lips, and white face paint…AKA, The Joker!
I talked with @ComicWasteland, my brilliant artist from Kryptonite Condom, and he was on board with coming back and doing the art for me again (while I’m talkin’ about Brad, go check out his site https://wordbloonillustration.wordpress.com/).
And as good a job as he did on Kryptonite Condom, what he did on this video made that look like cave paintings.
I told him all the shots I needed and he knocked it out of the park!
I can’t remember if it was this video or the next View Askew/Batman video (hell, it could be both), but I asked him if he could give me another shot or 2 to give me a little more variety and with ZERO complaints he did.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, @ComicWasteland is the secret weapon of these VA/Bat videos.
A great collaborator that I’m proud to have worked with 4 times…so far.
Thanks alot, sir.

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So I started my recording and got the idea to add in just a tiny bit of traffic sound to help bring you into the world.
And usually when I need sound effects I turn to the maestro of Monkey Basement Productions, @FromTheMonkey!
And as with Brad, I laid out my vision for what I needed and Mr. Mike elevated it to the next level as he usually does.
He’s another one of the folks that no matter how many redo’s or curve balls I throw at him he just takes it all in stride and excels at executing my vision better than I could expect.
So Big Thanks to Mike too (and give his Podcast Just Give Me A Few Minutes a listen).

Anyway, I finished my recording and my final edit and I started wondering how the 2 compare time wise.
I popped in my 15th anniversary blu-ray of Clerks and watched the original Flying Car short and was pretty impressed with my edit, I think mine runs just about 5 seconds longer but for the most part they line up pretty damn well!

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So for your viewing pleasure, I present to you The Flying Batmobile!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuTim4M0GBs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Really quick, this has nothing to do with this video but everything to do with this site so I wanted to mention it.
Yesterday a really cool lady, @ShannyEdge, on twitter made a trip to Jay And Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red, Bank New Jersey and she put up a tweet saying she was taking requests for “The Table”.
“The Table” is the poker table that the fellas of Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave record at every week.
I asked her if she’d put either my hashtag or @ down.
Here’s what she did…

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I just wanted to say thanks to her yet again for that, so thanks @ShannyEdge!

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And finally, the world is a hard place full of people that can be shitty and against everything you’ll ever do for no reason other than they can.
Combat that by spreading a little bit of good, even if it’s just a simple smile for somebody having a hard day.
Thanks for reading!

How It Happened: Batman: Aftermath

If I recall right, this story goes back to summer 2013.
There was lots of craziness at the time so it’s hard to remember.
I think this is also probably the first thing I ever wrote digitally…
Yes kids, I still write with Pencil, Paper, and an Eraser!
*pauses for sharp intakes of shocked breath to cease*
Foley style, yo!

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So we were riding down the highway (not going to a show, sadly) and I see this huge railway bridge over the road and I get this image in my head that looks like it was shot from a helicopter of smoke and fire, twisted wreckage, destroyed cars, shattered glass, and the railway bridge collapsed in the middle of it all on top of yet more mangled cars, trucks, vans, SUV’s and assorted bits of transport.

And I see the start of what would eventually turn into my opening crawl.
Because as you all well know, at that point (Summer 2013) I wasn’t making videos on my laptop yet, I was still recording shitty audio on my phone.
So this was probably just going to be a story that I wrote for myself that would be born in the notepad on my phone then live and die in a dusty old notebook like alot of stories I’d written.

Anyway, I get this opening that starts forming, and from notepad to notebook, it barely changed at all.
Sadly, I deleted the notepad entry so I can’t post the 2 for you to compare, but trust me the opening is basically the same.
The only thing that did change were the numbers.
I think at the start the numbers of “200+ cars” and “Death Toll 569” were probably close to half of what they became, but I remember feeling like if the conversation that followed was going to have any real weight I had to cause even more destruction than what my mental image showed.

Brace yourself, cause it’s gonna get morbid.
To show you how much thought I put into this: I figured each of the 200 cars had 2-5 people in them.
The cars under and closest to the train, on both sides of the highway, were crushed, killing the occupants instantly.
A train landing on 4 lane highway, each way, could probably catch 8-10 cars as it hit the ground, so you have 20-40 in those cars.
Factor in a 65 Mile Per Hour speed limit and the next 20-30 cars, each way, slamming into the 8-10 + the train and you have close to 80 cars full of dead folks which equals about 200-230 dead based on my math above.
Then I figure there’s probably 200 folks on the train, added the 230 and the 200 then sprinkled 130 more on top to give me the beefy 569.
Plus the 120+ vehicles that saw the train fall then slam into the cars ahead but couldn’t hit the brakes fast or hard enough gives you the 200+ for the pile up.
That’s alot of thought of destruction for a story that at the time I thought would probably never see the light of day.
Probably all those hours of playing with Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars as a kid.

So, moving on, I get the idea to basically have Batman driving The Joker to Arkham after Mr. J caused all of this mayhem and questioning him to figure out why the fuck he would do all of this damage to all of these people.
There must have been some reason beyond “well, ya see Batsy, I thought it’d be fun ta let loose a bit!”.
To have Joker just sorta talk in circles, bring up a valid point or 2, but in the end, the truth is…there is no possible logic, reason, excuse, or meaning for what he does beyond the plain and simple fact that The Clown Prince Of Crime is completely, utterly, and 100% fuckin’ crazy!
The dude is cuckoo for cocoa puffs and has impulses to do dangerous, insane, harmful shit because he’s probably bored.
Sherlock Holmes got bored so he did coke.
The Joker gets bored so he goes on a psycho killing spree in an inventive way, probably a side-effect of the chemicals that turned him into the chalky skinned emerald haired monster he is today.

I get the video recorded and edited together (I have a funny story about that after the video link below) and start working on the opening and closing credits.
As was, and still is, my usual, I was scrolling through my Font and Title Animation options when I stumbled across this one that beautifully encapsulates the Batman: The Animated Series feel that I go for (after all that is to this day my absolute favorite version of Batman and the Batman Universe, clearly since my Joker is basically a Hamill impression).
On my laptop, it’s called AR BONNIE.
It’s not exactly the same font that B:TAS used, but it’s in the style so I ran with it.
Then I was searching the animations and found this one called “Scroll, Perspective” that is pretty much a passable facsimile of the Star Wars opening crawl.
Again, since my Joker is just an imitation of the legend that is Mr. Mark Hamill (without being nearly as great as his is) I figured “what the hell, I’ll throw this in and see if anybody puts 2 and 2 together. It’s not like I’ll ever tell a Star Wars story”.
As I recall, nobody really picked up on it.
But, thanks to @_13Chris, I was 100% wrong about ever making a Star Wars video.

More after you watch the video, but now, for your listening pleasure, I present Batman: Aftermath…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YogImJEanig&feature=youtube_gdata_player

That final tag of “Ah, I’m just bustin your Bat Balls” got a strange reaction from somebody (sorry, I can’t remember who) when I posted this.
They felt that by adding that I pretty much cheapened what the thought was a good, interesting, deep look into Batman and Joker’s relationship/rivalry, but I maintain that it actually strengthens the story.
In a way, the whole thing is just Joker saying shit to screw with Batman.
The end has them come to this point where Batman thinks he’s gotten an insight into Joker, he feels, while it’s nuts, Joker thinks he’s a hero.
It’s like the bit in Mad Love, Joker twists Harleen Quinzel around his finger by telling her the circus story.
But it’s complete bullshit, he tells her whatever he can to warp he into Harley Quinn.
Batman isn’t as easily manipulated as that.

I’m not afraid to say this is one of the videos I’m most proud of, I think I really knocked Joker out of the park on this one.
I’m not sure if I’ve reached the same level as Mr. J since this attempt, not for lack of trying.

Now, 2 last things to wrap this all up in a purty little bow, 1 of, which is going to be my closer, is the only regret I have about this video.

1st, the funny story promised above.
If you skip to the 1 minute 33 second mark, you will find an unexpected cameo that is probably one of the funniest, most well timed things ever in any one of my videos…that happened completely unintentionally.
If you put some headphones on and listen really closely, just before Batman says “Those animals, they are why I’m here!” You will hear one of my dogs bark.
I almost edited it out, but the placement in the recording was too damn perfect and I love it.
Makes me giggle like an idiot everytime I hear it.

2nd, my regret.
While you can probably make the arguement that the Batmobile is sound proof, I really regret not asking Mike, AKA @FromTheMonkey, to give me the sound of a jet engine to lay under this and add a little bit of depth.
I think that would make this thing sing in a way it doesn’t.

Here’s something fun to do at home though, if you have the Danny Elfman Batman 89 theme, role this and play that softly in the background.
It totally fuckin’ works, man.

Welp, that’s all I’ve got for ya this go round kids.
Come back next time to read How It Happened…the It being yet another of my wacky little videos.

Huge thanks to @TESDGroupie for the screencap of my Title Card.
Groupie, you my dear Rock as hard as the Rockstar that is J Sarge!
Thank for the help, yet again.

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Now finally, and sometimes most importantly, the world is a hard place full of people who suck.
Try to do whatever you can to combat that by not being a dick.

Abandoned Superman Story Conclusion

Immediately after the Lex opening, which you can read here, I switched to Metropolis for a little fun with Kalibak.
I was trying to add alot of details from the comics as a nod for any hardcore fans, but I think it does more harm than good.
Slows the story and bogs it down with unnecessary details.
This part has alot of the references I was talking about in my first post.

Anyway, without any edits, lets get to it…

A Boom Tube opens outside of Clinton Towers on the corner of 344 Clinton Street and Brown Blvd on the upper eastside of Metropolis across from centennial park.
People scream as Kalibak stepped through it and takes a whiff of the air.
“Disgusting creatures!” He said loudly as the Boom Tube snaps closed behind him.
He sniffs again and walks towards a manhole cover, sniffs once more, then bends down.
Groups of 3-10 people start to gather, watching the strange giant ape like man.
Freaks weren’t strange to Metropolis, but this…thing was different!
Kalibak thrusts his hands into the street, grabbing the cover, to gasps from the growing crowds.
Then he hurls it like a discus down the street where it becomes lodged into the side of a large SUV.
Looking pleased with his work, he jumps, with a deep chuckle, down into the sewers, sending cracks through the streets as he goes.

Then we shift to Superman on the other side of the planet.

“Phew, that was close! Second day of the yead and this is the fourth disaster I’ve stopped so far.” Superman thought as he pulled 5 cables back to the support beams and spot welded them on Yangzhou China’s Runyan Bridge.
“Well, fifth if you count Ms. Harding’s dear old cat Mr. Boots.” He laughed at that last thought, Ms. Harding always acted as if it were some infinite crisis when Mr. Boots got himself stuck somewhere he shouldn’t be.
Beads of swear started forming on his forehead, had it already been 12 hours since he’d seen the sun?
He quickly finished the Runyan job, he really needed to see the sun, and Lois, to recharge his batteries.
Those 3 minutes it would take to get back to Metropolis always made him feel like a small child on Christmas morning, what with the anticipation and all.
Even so, he figured he’d take the long way, might a crime or 2 that way or, who knows, maybe even turn back time.
Again, he chuckled to himself at that last part, then found himself wondering if Kara had ever thought of something that wacky.
It had been 11pm when he’d left China which meant it was 10:02am in New York when he’d heard the crack of the pavement and gasps from Metropolis.
Thank god the sun was up in America or he might have collapsed before he could get home.
9:03am, touchdown in Metropolis.
Finally he’d made it, but it seemed he was too late.
An SUV was flipped over and it looked as if there was something sticking out of the 2 drivers side doors.
Then there was also the hole in the street about the size of a Mini Cooper.
A lady yelled “Superman, that thing went inti the hole” so he X-Rayed the street, seeing nothing but more cracked concrete going in both directions, and jumped into the hole.
To his left there were what looked like the paw prints of a Grizzly that went about 75 yards, to his right the same but he saw no end in sight.
He could tell from the strides that this creature was big and fast, the prints looked like they were 4-5 inches deep and 6 feet apart.
He’d follow them later, but chances were they just lead to Hob’s Bay, maybe Bibbo saw something.
First he had to head up top and see what help he could offer.
He jumped back to the surface and a kid with a skateboard ran up and asked “Did you get that fool, Supes?” yet again, he chuckled.
He heroes in New York had such cool nicknames while he got landed with “Supes”.
“No, young man” what, am I turning into Ma and Pa? “I didn’t, but I will.” He told the kid.
“Yeah well, I seen that ugly sumbi…I mean, I saw that thing…sir.”
Clark often wondered why people seemed so afraid to use so called “foul language” around him when ever he put the cape on, after all words were just words.
But he always came to the same conclusion: damn that Boy Scout image, if only they had seen the months I’d spent in this very city when I was on Red K that summer.
“And what did it look like?” Superman asked, finally he could hear the sirens as the police left the station.
“He kinda looked like a shaved Gorilla Grood…if Grood got beat with 12 ugly sticks.” The kid replied.
“Be sure you tell that to the police when they arrive.” He said looking back at the hole.
An ugly, shaved Gorilla Grood?
Yeah, he made a mental note to ask Bibbo about that one!
Turning to the crowd he asked “Does anyone need immediate medical attention?” 3 people raised their hands, so he set aabout flying them to Ellwortg Memorial Hospital, only 11 blocks away, then he came back to assist the police as much as he could.

And that’s it, that’s all I’ve got on this one.
I hope it wasn’t too boring for ya.
I wish I could have kept my outline from getting to bloated, because with some edits, I feel like I could have made this work.

Anyway, let me know what you think in the comments.

Until next time, there’s enough assholes on the planet, try not to be one of them.

How It Happened: Kryptonite Condom

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Still getting comfortable with the new set up.
I wanted to do another scene from a @ThatKevinSmith movie, and I figured my second View Askew video…why not do a scene from the second View Askew movie?
And I’ll admit, still to this day, Mallrats is one of my favorite movies that Kev and Crew have done, so it was a natural and perfect fit.
So I went through the movie looking for a prime candidate to put through the wringer.
Sadly, at this point I can’t remember what my alternate scene were, but I finally landed on the Kryptonite Condom/Cookie Stand-Food Court debate scene.

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But I had a problem, at this point I don’t think I had a logo yet, and I didn’t know if I could make a video with no imagery.
Do I took to Twitter and asked if there was any artist out there that would like to work with me, but they had to be a Kevin Smith/View Askew fan…I got 1 response, just 1.
@ComicWasteland!
I described what I wanted: T.S. as Batman and Brodie as The Joker, them walking away from the cookie stand, and I think I gave him a rough number of images that I wanted.

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So he grabbed his sketchbook and got to work, I grabbed my mic and did the same.
I was pretty impressed with what the dude came up with, the condom specifically is impressive too me.
So he sent me all the art, and I loved it, still do, but once I had it on my laptop almost every single one of the pictures had some fuzzy “digital noise” that bugged the living shit out of me.
As you can see in some of the pix I sprayed over them in paint to try and fix that but I’m not sure it worked.
I also had to split and “edit” the Batman/T.S. pictures to make it into two pics, no big thang.
Easy peasy.

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So finally, I finished it up and got ready to post.
We’d gone to visit my Grandparents grave and I took a stab at uploading it at this Mickey D’s that we always stop at to stretch our legs.
It took nearly a half hour to upload, but it finally finished, I pressed play…and I had 2 minutes of the Kryptonite Condom with the title credits…that’s it!

FUUUCK!!!

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So we loaded up and hit the road again.
Load road home, but we had to stop at Wally World before we made it back to my humble Castle of Doom.
Just across the lot is the big red bullseye that I normally post my videos from, it took another 20 minutes but HUZZAH this poor bastard finally uploaded in crystal clear…or as close as I can get…quality!
And without further ado, here she is…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rr1l2UGtqE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Pretty cool right?
This was my first major collaboration and it really couldn’t have gone any smoother.

And another fun bit of info, as he was finishing up he told me he’d even done a little extra piece that was up to me to use or not.
So, without @ComicWasteland, this scene wouldn’t have been in the video…

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Here’s my string of tweets from last year explaining this video: https://twitter.com/TSDJAProduction/status/432263526997311488

Share this post on twitter with the hashity tagger #KryptoniteCondom

Typecast #7: A Hero Returns

WHAT’S UP PEOPLE?!?!?
Damn, I launched on your asses, but for good reason cause this is a good one.
Back is the man without whom none of this exists, dude what we’ve had round these parts before, SpiderScooby returns…and so do other heroes!

This time we talked about The Avengers…alot!…Agent Carter, and a homecoming that nobody expected so soon.

His parts of the conversation appear with his name, SpiderScooby, in red and link to his Scooby site, ScoobyFan.net.
As usual, this conversation appears just as it was had, all spelling fuck-ups intact, just to maintain the honesty of it all.

Take it away me!

ThatScoobyDoom: Last time there was 1 movie we left out, The Avengers.
For me, and I know this is going out on a limb, this is the best film of Phase 1.

I’m gonna guess you liked it too?

SpiderScooby: How about best superhero movie ever made?

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ThatScoobyDoom: Pretty much.
I don’t know about you, but for me that was the movie of a lifetime.

SpiderScooby: Yeah, despite some small issues here and there, it really deserves all the praise it gets.

ThatScoobyDoom: Issues such as…?

Just seeing those characters on screen at once was mind blowning.

SpiderScooby: Hawkeye for one.
Generic invading aliens for second.

It’s amazing they pulled it off too.
This could had easily ended up being Iron Man and His Amazing Friends.
But I think they made the right call hiring Joss Whedon, someone who knows how to work with such a big cast.

ThatScoobyDoom: I don’t think Hawkeye was bad or anything just under utilized.

Yeah, there was really no preamble there just “ah, the aliens are here cause Loki brought ’em”.

Totally, dude deftly spun dem plates.
Brought his energy, experiance, and humor to it in perfect quantities.

SpiderScooby: He wasn’t bad, but he definitely got the short end of the stick here.

Yeah, you could really throw them in any alien invasion movie and you’d get the same result.

He also gave us the best version of Hulk on screen.
I know you’re not a fan of Ruffalo, do you agree?

ThatScoobyDoom: He did, but not in a way that brings things down.
He just had no development.
You can see they tried with the Black Widow backstory but it was pretty much too little too late at that point.

That for me is the only down side, I didn’t like his Hulk or Bruce Banner at all.
For one, the way he kept saying “the other guy” just sounded stupid and childish.
Almost as bad as “red in my ledger”, both are annoying phrases that grind my gears everytime I hear them.
For two, I hated how apelike he was.
I always saw Hulk, in away, as a monster of confidence and making him kinda drag his knuckles was a switch in body language that just read as weakness to me.

Better than Bana but far worse than Norton in my book.

SpiderScooby: I feel like he was completely useless.

I disagree.
Hulk is my favorite thing out of the entire movie.
Better than Norton, even better than Bixby.
This is the defenitive version of Hulk on screen.
My favorite moment of the movie is Ruffalo’s “That’s my secret, Cap.
I’m always angry.” line.
And then he changes into The Hulk and smashes the alien ship.
I loved how Ruffalo and RDJ play off each other.
As for Hulk himself, I didn’t mind that he was ape like.
I felt they found a good balance between the savage and intelligent Hulks.
The CGI for Hulk is also top notchn
The CGI doesn’t hold up in either Hulk movie.
He looks fantastic in Avengers.

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ThatScoobyDoom: He was basically there to try to force emotion in Act 3.
He could be cool I bet, they just need to try harder in Age Of Ultron.

While I did like that line and the CGI was good (I think TIH’s CG is damn good, BTW) I just do not buy Ruffles as a meek scientist.
The dichotomy of Banner and Hulk, the thing that makes it all work is that Banner is physically weak, Mark Ruffalo looks far to imposing to even attempt to pull that off.
At times he even came off slightly wooden.
I have nothing against him as an actor, but he just doesn’t fit the part.
Norton did.
Norton is a small dude and that works.
The whole relationship between him and RDJ only came off so well because RDJ did all the heavy lifting.
I mean, come on, he had 2 movies to charm us and win us over before Avengers.

SpiderScooby: I get what you’re saying, but I don’t mind him being imposing(that scene with him and Black Widow in the beginning really works for me).
I think he does the scientist thing well.
But it’s more of a nerdy kinda scientist than meek.

ThatScoobyDoom: That scene with Widow was good…but that was the first indication I had that I wasn’t going to like his Banner.

And that’s why it fails, he’s meek for a reason.
He does whatever he possibly can to avoid triggers unless he runs across an injustice ie that chick getting hassled in TIH.

SpiderScooby: Wouldn’t you say he had enough control to where he wouldn’t be set off by such triggers?

ThatScoobyDoom: Not really, he kinda lost it when Loki attacked the Helicarrier.
Remember how he was struggling to stay in control before he roared at Widow?
He even mentions it being a bad idea when he first gets on the Helicarrier.

SpiderScooby: Yeah, but there’s a big difference between pointy things and big explosion.
Remember the “I’m always angry” scene I mentioned eariler?
He clearly is able to change at will.
ThatScoobyDoom: My point is he’s in control, but now 100%.
Shit can still go down and catch him off guard and send him into a rage, as shown in the scene on the Helicarrier.

What did you think of his antagonistic relationship with THOR?

SpiderScooby: Yeah, kinda my point.
He has control until something like that comes along that causes him to lose control.
Of course I gotta think some of that was Loki contoling him.

It made for some good comedic moments(Hulk punching Thor).

ThatScoobyDoom: That it did, and the fight they had on the Helicarrier was great.
I especially liked Hulk attempting to lift the hammer and (obviously) failing.

Who was the stand out character in Avengers for you?

SpiderScooby: I think my favorite moment was Hulk punching Thor.

You mean other than Hulk(because he was truely the stand out character to me)?
I love how the movie follows the POV of Captain America.
It really feels like a sequel to The First Avenger.

ThatScoobyDoom: It was a great moment, and that whole shot leading up to it was awesome too.

Cap did use the spotlight well, it felt like a third Iron Man 3, a third Cap 2, and a third for everybody else.

Was it just me or did Tony end up with alot more screen time than they lead us to believe he would get?

SpiderScooby: Out of all the characters, Iron Man is the most popular, so no surprise there.
Which is funny, because it doesn’t feel like Iron Man 3 to me.
That was one of my worries going in.
That this would be Iron Man & Friends.
Thankfully it doesn’t come off like that despite all his screen time.

ThatScoobyDoom: Well, at times it felt like they were a bit afraid to get away from him for too long just because he is so popular.
I would’ve liked more THOR, a character I’ve really grown to like the more I think about it.

SpiderScooby: I think they found a good balance between most of the characters.
I, too, really liked Thor.
Especially his relationship to Coulson.

ThatScoobyDoom: I do too.
I don’t mean to sound like I’m saying they didn’t, I think it just felt like they were relying on Cap and Tony just incase it didn’t work…or maybe to ensure it did work.
But with Joss Whedon at the helm, shouldn’t have been a fear.

I wanna get to Coulson in just a minute, but I’m drawing a blank.
Did he and Thor have much interaction?

SpiderScooby: They have a few moments together, yeah.
Right before Loki reveals his plans.

ThatScoobyDoom I really don’t remember that.

Were there any characters from the previous films that you wish they would’ve used?
For me, I wanted to see Rhodey. I know they did a prequel comic that explained why Rhodey wasn’t there, but they didn’t even really reference him.
Plus, with all that shit going down, you’d think it’d be all hands on deck.

SpiderScooby: Rhodey would’ve been nice, but he is in Age of Ultron so there’s that.

ThatScoobyDoom: Indeed.

Was there anybody that was missing for you?

SpiderScooby: Rhodey was the big one.
The movie is crowded enough already, I don’t know if we needed anymore characters.
Even Pepper disappears for most of the movie.

ThatScoobyDoom: Well, at least a mention.
Rhodey didn’t get a mention (that I can recall at least), Betty didn’t get a mention, at least Jane did.

So, Coulson, what did you think of his overall arc through the movie?

SpiderScooby: I really liked Coulson in the movie and his interactions with the team{him being a Captain America fanboy was great}.
I do feel like Agents of Shield has cheapened his death a little bit, but I’m willing to forgive that.

ThatScoobyDoom: Yeah, him not really being fazed by Thor but getting kinda giddy about Cap (that creepy line about being there when he woke up comes to mind) was good.

I don’t feel it cheapened it really, I see it as correcting a mistake.
Whedon likes to fuck with his fans and their favorite characters (RIP Wash, RIP Shepard Book) so it didn’t bother me.
Plus, it’s been a good ride seeing how he came back.

Were you shocked by his death?

SpiderScooby: Like I said, it doesn’t really bother me, but I would’ve liked it if he stayed dead.
I do wonder if he’s ever gonna interact with the team again.
Because up to this point, they don’t know he’s still alive.

The first time, yes. I was really trying to avoid spoilers with that movie.
So it was a complete surprise.

ThatScoobyDoom: I was gonna ask you that, a few things about that.
1. Even though S.H.I.E.L.D. is underground at the moment, don’t you think he would or should contact his best asset?
Which might be the Age Of Ultron tie-in, who knows?
2. How pissed do you think Tony will be?
I’m sure Fury will have tried keeping an eye on the team, you can’t just drop all that on a dime.

Agreed, I didn’t see the movie until almost a year later and it was still a shock to see.
What’d you think of Fury manipulating the team with the cards?

SpiderScooby: I think because of the whole Hydra thing, he wants to stay as underground as possible.
Contecting one of the Avengers could possibly jeopardize their cover.
2. I’m sure Cap will have a few words to say, lol.

It was a good motivator.
As Fury said, they need the push.

ThatScoobyDoom: I totally understand that, but when the threat is big enough he will hafta pull out the big guns.
He literally did it with Loki.

You think Cap will be the one to watch in the reunion?
Tony actually knew the dude.

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I guess he had to stoop that low, but seems kinda dirty.
I’m with Hill on that.

SpiderScooby: That was before he was presumed dead.

I think they both will give Fury the beatdwon.

ThatScoobyDoom: Okay, we can come back to this in a minute.

The big news broke a day or 2 ago.
A certain Amazingly Friendly Neighborhood Wallcrawler is headed to the MCU!
Thoughts?

SpiderScooby: I am off the wall excited.
Spider-man in the MCU is someting I’ve wanted for a long time but didn’t think it would ever happen.
There are a couple things about the deal that give me pause{Sony having final creative control}, but I’m super excited.

ThatScoobyDoom: I’m 100% with you brother.

I saw the Tweet from Marvel the second it went up and clicked the link to Marvel.com and the site was down.
The wording was kinda funky to in the tweet so I was trying to not get my hopes up but as soon as the site loaded…I had goosebumps like I did watching the Episode VII trailer.
Just complete and total excitement!

What are you most pumped to see from it?

SpiderScooby: I almost didn’t see it.
I was about to go to bed, but I figured ” Oh, I’ll check ComingSoon.Net real quick and..Spidey joining the MCU…wait, what?”.

Having him in Cival War.
Now I don’t think he’ll have as big of role as he did in the comics.
But it’s nice to see they’ll be able to tell that story with him in it.

ThatScoobyDoom: It was almost 20 minutes before they got it, I was surprised it took so long.

That is up there for me too!
With him being involved it that I hope we see my favorite Spidey suit (besides the classic), I would need a change of undies if they use the Iron Spidey suit!

Are you worried like everybody else seems to be that we’ll get his origin again?

SpiderScooby: I think I saw it a couple hours after it was posted.

No, I don’t think they’re gonna do the origin again.
I think the ideal route would do it in the opening credits like TIH.

ThatScoobyDoom: Exactly, folks seem to forget how smart Marvel is.
Hell, didn’t they say Doctor Strange was going to be established?
If any character needs a damn origin movie surely it’s Doctor Strange, no???

What do you think of the Miles Vs Peter argument that’s begun already?

SpiderScooby: They mention Doctor Strange by name in Winter Solider so clearly he’s on Shield’s radar.

It’s not gonna be Miles.
They specfically mention Peter in the press release.
I have zero problems with Miles Morales.
But I think they should hold off on him for now.
This is Marvel’s flagship character coming into one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, it needs to be the main Spider-man.
Introduce Peter.
Then in Phase 4, you can introduce Miles if you want.

ThatScoobyDoom: Of course, but I mean from the filmmaking standpoint, you ask a random fan of the MCU with no comic knowledge about Doc Strange and they’ll have no clue about him.

We’ve had this conversation privately almost as many times as we’ve discussed Nolan’s Bat movies (I say shitty, you say good) but lets have it here for these good folks.
I agree, but not about Miles in phase 4.
To me, Spider-Man is Peter Parker, Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
Full stop!
Miles, Miguel, All these other none Pete Spider-Men in Spider-Verse, not a single one is Spider-Man.
So to use anybody but Pete is not doing Spider-Man.
What do you say about that?

SpiderScooby: This is true.
I think the bigger question is what happens to Black Panther in Cival War.
Because he was supposed to have a big role in that.
Will audainces care as much if Spidey’s in there?

Frankly while I prefer Peter Parker, I don’t care who is Spider-man.
If you have a well written and engaging character, I could care less who is wearing the mask.
I have not read any issues with Miles Morales, but he is a very well regarded character from what I have seen.
I see that as no different as Wally West replacing Barry Allien or vice versa.
As for Spidey 2099, I see him more like Batman Beyond than anything else.

ThatScoobyDoom: I think he’ll still get some shine, because if he was supposed to have a big role it was to expand the MCU to a new country/culture/hero.
Doubtful that they’ll pass up that chance just because they get to add in a hero that everybody knows.

The go to, especially these days, is that I don’t like Miles as Spidey because he’s black/hispanic.
But the fact of the matter is Dick Grayson isn’t Batman, Bucky Barnes and The Falcon aren’t Captian America, (this one has a better reason than “I don’t like it”) Beta Ray Bill and this New Chick aren’t THOR, some characters are just too iconic to screw with.
It would be like making Scooby a *note* the rest of my message was chopped off and I can’t remember what it was. *end note*

SpiderScooby: Yeah, but it sounded like he was gonna fulfill the role that Spider-man played in the comics.

Lady Thor and Falcon Cap are gimmicks though that probably won’t have any lasting impact.
Miles doesn’t feel like that{maybe at first, but not anymore}.

ThatScoobyDoom: By unmasking?
That seems rather stupid given nobody knows who he is.

I don’t know if Lady THOR is a gimmick, she’ll be around for quite sometime I think.
Falcon will probably drop the Shield though.
Even from the beginning I don’t think I would have called Miles a gimmick.
Maybe calling him Spider-Man is a gimmick, but just as a character, no.
I think he should’ve been given another name, Spider-Boy, Spider-Lad, Tarantula (I don’t think that name is taken in the Ulti-verse), or anything Spider-themed would be fine by me.

SpiderScooby: Not necessarily having him unmasked, but having him there as a big presence.

All deoends on what happens after this Secret Wars thing.
I don’t mind him being called Spider-man.
If Ultimate Peter was still Spider-man, I might agree.
But right now, he is Spider-man in that universe.
No need to call him something else.

One solution I mentioned over on my blog is to do a Miles Morales tv series.
Keep Peter Parker on the big screen and Miles Morales on the small screen.
This way, you can have the best of both worlds without having to pick either one.

ThatScoobyDoom: Gotcha, I’m sure he’ll still get some spotlight before his solo movie comes out.

Well, it seems pretty much like Miles is in the 616.
But after Secret Wars, which is supposed to collapse everything together, then what?
You can’t have 2 Spider-Man’s swinging around.
Peter or Miles, one of them has to give up the title.
Miles is gonna have to drop it.

Eeeeeeee, I don’t know if I like that idea either.
Plus, an idiot studio exec would say that that would cheapen the name value by having him on TV and Film.
But even if you go with that, how do you solve the name issue?
They’re trying to make everything one single story, so it can’t be an alt-universe show.
And besides, it kinda pisses me off that we’ve never gotten a good Spider-Man live-action series.
He’s a character that would really fit it.

I was wondering, do you think they’ll tease Spidey in an after credits scene on Age Of Ultron?

SpiderScooby: I hope so.
I would hate for him to be pushed to the side just for Spider-man.

But you already have two Spider-men running around{not counting Spider-Verse here}: Amazing and 2099.
So it’s not impossible to have two different Spider-men in the same universe.
Sure, they should probably call him someting else if they bring him into the 616 universe, but I don’t care either way.

I don’t know.
I feel like Marvel is much more lenient about using their characters on TV.
It doesn’t need to be an alternate universe show.
It would be best to wait till Phase 4 to do something like this.
But it can work while having Parker exist in the same universe.
As for the name, they can just call it “Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-man” or something like that.

That’s what I’m hoping.
If you’re gonna do a Spidey after credits scene, Ultron makes the most sense.
I can imagine a post-credit scene like this: Tony is talking to someone off screen.
We pull back and we see the Spider symbol.
Fade to black.

ThatScoobyDoom: Is 2099 actually in the present day 616?
Because that falls under the same catagory of stupid as having Miles in the 616 and calling him Spidey in my eyes.

When I say the name issue, I mean calling him Spider-Man period.
Again, a stupid studio exec would say something like “it will create confusion in the marketplace” you’ve gotta remember man, we went through this same shit with Smallville.
They said that Batman being on would create confusion in the marketplace.
They tried saying that same shit around the time that Superman Returns came out.
Then you’ll have the folks who havr never read a comic book in their lives and only watch the Movies and TV shows (who, lets be honest, they make all of this shit for because it’s a bigger audience than comic book readers) wonder who the hell Miles Morales is because they’ve watched 5 Spider-Man movies and never heard the name.
That’s one of those things that makes me wonder if recasting any of the major MCU roles would work, folks have gotten used to all of these people in these roles if suddenly you change actors they may think “hey, Chris Hemsworth is THOR who the hell is this guy?” it’s slightly different but it’s the same thing in principal.

That would work, puts Spidey in the MCU and gives the change to cast him without a rush too.

SpiderScooby: It’s not stupid at all, because it’s not like 2099 is getting in the way of Amazing
{and 2099 is a better book than ASM right now}.

If this was DC we’re talking about, I would agree.
But I would hope Marvel would realize that the general audiance is not that stupid.
See, introducing him on TV would be a way of introducing him to that wider audiance.
Have him on TV first, then bring him into a movie later.

As for recasting, just look how many times they have recast James Bond.

ThatScoobyDoom: We’ll just have to come to the conclusion that I’m stubborn and bullheaded on that front.
As for 2099 being the better book, as much as I hate 2099, I don’t doubt that.

Never EVER doubt the stupidity of a Studio or TV exec, I don’t care which studio or what the track record is.
Remember, and this was admittedly pre-Disney, they had problems with Norton because he (alledgedly) wanted to have a few more character/story moments than just all
***BOOM***
***SMASH***
***ROAR***
in HULK and any of the potential sequels.

That has been a big part of Bond though, and just because it’s worked for Bond doesn’t mean it’s great for every franchise.
I don’t want an Indiana Jones recasting just because Bond did it.
Ford wants to do another movie so let the old bastard do another movie and get off his fuckin’ lawn!

SpiderScooby: I like 2099 as a concept so admittidly I’m biased.

Yeah, but a lot of the problems directors/actors have had with Marvel is that they try to mandate certain things to keep to their vision if that makes sense.

We haven’t really seen someting like that outside of Bond though.
There has nver really been a recasting in a big franchise and have it still be in the same continuity.
The one exception being Brandon Routh in Superman Returns, and he was the best thing about that movie.

ThatScoobyDoom: I like Peter David but, with the exception of the afore mentioned Batman Beyond, I’m not into the whole techno future bullshit thing.

They gave Norton alot of control on the first HULK, if memory serves.

What about Batman?
With the same Alfred and same basic Batmobile, wasn’t that the same continuity?
Routh was great and got landed with a fucked up script.

SpiderScooby: Batman Beyond is definitely better, I’ll say that.

He did, but in the end he didn’t have the creative control he wanted which is why he left.
I know a lot of stuff got cut.
Wasn’t there a cut of the movie that was like 3 hours long or something?

Yeah, but we’re not gonna count those two if you get my meaning. “wink”

ThatScoobyDoom: Beyond is definetly better!

I’m not sure…but I’d like to see that if true.
See, I understand Marvel has a vision for where their Universe is headed, but to stifle these great creative minds is a misstep in my eyes.
That’s why Edgar Wright left Ant-Man…which reminds me…hey internet.
You guys know that Ant-Man can work without Edgar, right?
I love Shaun Of The Dead, but the dude isn’t the end all be all of film makers.
Give the fuckin’ movie a chance!

*throws hands up* And why the hell aren’t we.
*mumbled* Your no fun!

Now lets get back to Avengers, we covered Coulson, who do you want to talk about now?

SpiderScooby: Oh, I agree.
While the Ant-man trailer did absolutely nothing for me, I’m still going to give it the benifit of the doubt.
And let’s not forget people were poo-pooing Gurardians of the Galaxy, and it was the biiggest movie of last year.

What can I say?
I don’t consider bat-ass to be canon.

I can’t remember if I mentioned this or not, but I wish the aliens weren’t so generic.
I mean, I can go with it because that last half is just so epic.
But the villians just so forgettable.

ThatScoobyDoom: It wasn’t a great trailer by any stretch of the imagination but it peaked my interest.
Very true, folks said a talking Tree and Raccoon in space would never work, so why can’t a tiny hero?

Define canon?
It’s pretty clearly the same continuity as the Keaton Bat flicks, those movies just got progressively weirder.

I don’t think you did, but I 100% agree.
Those aliens were just canon fodder.
The whole entire focus was on Loki and his taking control to become King of the world, they were basicly an after thought.

SpiderScooby: And it was only a teaser.
So future trailers could change my mind.

I know this isn’t a Batman typecast but it’s like they said “Batman Returns was too dark so let’s make them more like the old tv show”.
I enjoy Batman Forever but B&R just took things too far.

If Loki wasn’t there, this movie would be a whole lot weaker.

ThatScoobyDoom: Totally, like the Star Wars teaser.
Folks were bitching because it only had quick flashes of shit…I’m like “are you retarded? Do you not understand what TEASER means???” folks just like to bitch, can’t stop it, brother.

I think that’s exactly what happened, because there was a GROSS overreaction from Returns to Forever.
As for this being a Bat Typecast, did you not read the 2nd Typecast?
That was supposed to be about Star Wars and we went off on a tangent about Metallica. Lol

Without question it would be weaker, folks grew to love Loki so they kinda put all of their time and energy into making him the star.
They always say a hero is only as good as his villain, and this proves it.
By focusing on him it made you believe that this motley crew might not win…you knew they would!
But there was a sliver of doubt.

SpiderScooby: I like a trailer that doesn’t give the whole movie away.
I thought the Ep7 teaser was just fine.

In that case, can I just say that Forever is highly underrated?
It’s a entertaining movie, even if the performaces were over the top.

It helps when you’ve cast such a charming guy.
I just hope they don’t end up overusing him in future movies.

ThatScoobyDoom: Me too, like A Million Ways To Die In The West, Christopher Lloyd being in it as Doc Brown was supposed to be a surprise, but the trailers ruined it.
Seth posted something snarky about it on twitter too.
I hate that.

I used to like it, but I’ve kind of grown to hate it.
I like the first on that Burton did, but after that they just completely went off the rails.

True.
Was he a main focus of THOR 2?

SpiderScooby: Kinda like the Amazing Spider-man 2 trailers that spoiled the ending, And I don’t just mean the death of Gwen.
I mean the FINAL SHOT OF THE MOVIE!

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I’ve never been a huge fan of Burton’s movies anyway, so I never minded it.

He had a pretty big role.
And going off the events of that movie, he’ll have one in Thor 3 as well.

ThatScoobyDoom: Which was…?

I like the first one, still the second best Bat movie IMO.

And what happened that makes you say that?
Just so folks know, that last MCU movie I saw was Iron Man 3 and I only saw it once in the theater.
So phase 2 is all new and unseen to me.

SpiderScooby: That shot of Spidey and Rhino coming at each other, about to fight?
That’s the final shot of the movie.

I’ll take Batman Begins, B:TAS, and Batman 66 any day of the week.

So Loki fakes his own death and is posing as Odin at the end of the movie.

ThatScoobyDoom: Not really a big spoiler though, is it?

I’ll take Begins and B:TAS, you can burn 66.

I think you told me that.
My question is what the ham and eggs happens to Odin?

Have we covered Avengers, or was there more you had to say about it?

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SpiderScooby: No, but it’s still pretty lame if you spoil the end of your movie.

Them fightin’ words, man!
Them fightin’ words!

Ah, but we don’t know.
We gotta wait till Ragnarok to find out.

Where to next?
Tony Stark 3 Iron Man 3?

ThatScoobyDoom: I guess.

Bring it on.
*grabs pom poms*

Well shit, was there any indication as to what happened to Odin?
Any point in the movie where you could conceive of Odin getting replaced?

Uuuuuuuh my memory of that is so fuzzy, if you don’t mind, I’d rather go to Agent Carter.
The Season finale is this coming Tuesday after all.
*note* And I missed the fuckin’ thing too! GGGGRRRRRRRRR!!! *end note*

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SpiderScooby: Only the one scene of Loki disguised as a guard walking up to Loki.

Okay, sure.
Agent Carter.
Fun show.
It’s nice revisiting that Captain America time period again.

ThatScoobyDoom: It’s nice to see Peggy getting the spotlight too, she was definetly one of my favorite First Avengers characters.
Now you know where this is going since we’ve had this conversation privately, but uh…did YOU happen to have any problems with the first few episodes?
<__>

SpiderScooby: You mean the whole men being sexist thing?
Didn’t bother me so much, but I do see where you’re coming from.

ThatScoobyDoom: This may be long, apologies all around.

It normally wouldn’t bother me either, but it’s so one sided, and how woman are forced to be portrayed these days is totally unfair to themselves and to reality in general.

If you portray woman today as a flatout villain you see articles and assholes pop out of the wood work acting as if no woman ever has treated anybody like shit.
Bullshit.
If a man can be a villain so can a woman.
So to have the double standard of woman can only be portrayed as smart, wonderful, well thought out characters but men can be portrayed how every is bullshit.

I know for a fact that woman were treated like shit back then, it’s well documented that they, like children, were supposed to be seen and not heard, but this penultimate episode had a beat that drives my point home.

***SPOILER ALERT***

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Okay, they spent the first few episodes having every man but the crippled dude, Howard, and Jarvis do everything but pat her on her ass and ask for a fuggin’ sangwidge.
Her boss was a piece of shit…but the penultimate episode has him throw himself out a window just to save everybody.
Now I don’t know about you, but after how he acted my very first reaction was “good, he was a piece of shit anyway.” and they were trying to give him a heroes send off.
Didn’t work.
Fuck that guy.

I hate that the PC Pussification of the 21st century has lead me to think like this about shit.
That people can’t just sit down and what a fake fuckin’ TV show or a movie, shut up, and enjoy it.

It’s as stupid as Marvel breaking up Spider-Man and MJ’s marriage because it was unrelatable.
I don’t watch and read superheroes to relate, I engage in it because I want to see some cool shit happen.
Not be preached to about some political stance.

End rant.

SpiderScooby: Well…I certainly haven’t been taking it that hard, lol.
I haven’t seen the most recent episode, so I can’t comment on that.
But whatshisface had a pretty nice redeeming moment a couple episodes back.

It does get grating after awhile though.

ThatScoobyDoom: Like I said, I notice this shit now because you always have these assholes whining about this shit from the other side.

Like, you hear these dumb assholes saying only women should write female characters.
If that’s the case then only men should write men characters.
And if I’m not mistaken a woman wrote Guardians Of The Galaxy…a movie about a mostly male cast. Hmm, if we’re going to play by those rules we need to burn every copy of Guardians (a movie I haven’t seen and desperately want to) because a woman wrote it.
It’s a completely fucking ludicrous notion perpetrated by attention seeking morons with far to much free time to think up and spew this brainless nonsense.

Which whatshisface?
We’re like J.K. Simmons in Extract at this point. “Tell Dinkus I want to talk to him.” Lol

SpiderScooby: I tend to ignore people like that.

“Ms. Brant, get me a violin.”

ThatScoobyDoom: You can’t miss it on twitter, man.

Wrong movie!!!

Despite how it sounds, I love this show.
I love Hayley Atwell, I love Peggy Carter, I love Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter.
One thing that legit bugs me is I wish they would have cast this dude as Jarvis for Iron Man.
I think it would have been a great piece of symmetry and a nice nod from Tony to this man, that I’m sure will end up being a big part of his life, to use his voice for his digi-Butler.

SpiderScooby: That’s why I block them!

Sorry, can’t help quoting J. Jonah.

As the voice of Jarvis you mean?

ThatScoobyDoom: I get tired of blocking everybody, best to take a break. Lol

Yeah, and that’s not me slamming Paul Bettany.
He does a great job as Jarvis, I just think it would have been a cool way to tie it all together.

What did you think about Howard Stark’s arc?

SpiderScooby: That’s one of my problems with the show.
Because the SSR should’ve stopped looking into Stark by the end of the series.

ThatScoobyDoom: Did you watch this weeks episode yet?
I don’t want to spoil it any more than I already did for you.

SpiderScooby: Oh no, I haven’t gotten the chance to yet.

ThatScoobyDoom: Say no more.

Just really quick, you’ve seen the Agent Carter One-Shot, how does this series compare to it?

SpiderScooby: They actually used shots from the one-shot in the pilot.
But techincally, it suppose to take place after the series.

ThatScoobyDoom: Really?
I know nothing of that short, can you give me a break down of it?

Given what you’ve seen of the series, would you want to see it come back next year?
Because I sure would.

SpiderScooby: She overhears the men talking about a mission, and she decides to take on said mission herself.
She kicks some ass.
That’s about the extent of it.

Sure.
Or if they want to do something entirely different, I’d be okay with that too.

ThatScoobyDoom: And it’s set after this?
After she kind of spends 8 episodes trying to prove that she can handle a mission?

I’d dig it just because I like the character.
I’d love to see her running around in the early days of the Marvel U kicking off shit that pays (or will eventually) of in the movies or on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Is there anything else you want to say about this or anything else we talked about, man?

SpiderScooby: Yeah, I believe that’s what they said in interviews.
But if you really wanted, you could probably just ignore the One-Shot.

How would you like it if they picked it up for a full season?

No, but can’t wait to talk some Phase 2/Agents of SHIELD with you{even though you haven’t seen most of the films}.
We got Age of Ultron coming out and that’s gonna be amazing.

ThatScoobyDoom: Well, based on what you’ve told me, it seems they may have some slight continuity problems.

Hmm, that’s a tough question to answer.
I’d obviously love that because I have a mega crush on Atwell and I do like that character…but keeping it down to so few episodes makes it easier to concentrate and make the episodes better, ensuring a higher quality.
So if they do pick it up for another season my hope is that they don’t go 16-24 eps, but instead for 10-13.

How about the next time we talk MCU, we go indepth and you walk me through Phase 2, we talk Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., and we cover the One-Shots, sound good?

SpiderScooby: 13 episodes would be ideal.
How would you feel if each season took place decade by decade?

ThatScoobyDoom: That’s a cool idea, would really lead to more universe building than just sticking to the 40’s, but I think jumping ahead so much could well be a little jarring.
Maybe if they jumped say 5 years each season it would be better.
Because think about it, in the last 20 years we’ve had amazing developments to contend with that are hard to keep up with, imagine how it was back then for them to deal with huge leaps forward.

SpiderScooby: I don’t know, it worked for X-men: Days of Future Past.
But yeah, five years would probably be better.

ThatScoobyDoom: Which I haven’t seen…

But look, we already know that Howard tried introducing a flying car, and after season 1 of AoS, and succeeded, imagine all of the other techno stuff that could have happened!

SpiderScooby: Oh yeah, that reminds me.
I guess you could say the One-Shot takes place after the series because Howard calls Peggy about forming SHIELD.

ThatScoobyDoom: Why do you think it took so long for them to call it SHIELD?
Cause remember Coulson said in Iron Man “we’re working on the name”.

SpiderScooby: Good question.
I think if Marvel could change one thing, they would change that.
Cause at the time of Iron Man, it wasn’t certain if the MCU was gonna work.

ThatScoobyDoom: You’re probably right, the phone call may have been an attempt to retcon.

Listen man, thanks for coming back to do another one of these.
Was alot of fun, sir.

SpiderScooby: Can’t wait till next time.

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Thanks for reading and remember, the world sucks enough so don’t add to it by being a dick.

How It Happened: Shit Or Get Off The Cobblepot

This may well be one of my shortest How It Happened posts as I really don’t remember much about how this one came to be.

If what I do remember is accurate, I was watching Clerks one night and I was tweeting about it and I got the idea for BatDante and JokeRandal, I think those are the Hashtags I used.

I also kinda remember talking to @SteBoost, while I was Twatching the movie, about different scenes to do and this is the one I settled on.

https://youtu.be/Vz98CvdcSD0

Much like Mr. J’s Toxic Blues, I spent sometime in my recording booth…aka, the car…and I struggled a little bit to get Joker to the level that he was in Toxic Blues because the Bat voice is a bitch and a half!

You may be wondering “then why didn’t you just do another Bat voice then, dumb dumb?” well that’s because I could either mimic Christian Bale and have nobody question it, everybody knew what I was doing.
Or I could do my own, in which case everybody, including myself, would have compared it to the master that is Kevin Conroy.
Sure, my Joker is an admitted bad impression of the one true Crown Prince of Crime Mark Hamill…but I do my version of that voice, in my opinion, perfectly.
It fits.
But to try and dig a new Batman voice outta my ass?
Nah.

So anyway, I did both of these voices in one take with with my phone’s shitty sound recorder.
No trickery.
The bouncing back and forth in the moment makes this one of the hardest videos I’ve ever done.
To pump all the energy needed for the Joker into one breath and then drop as deep and throat tearingly gruff as Bale Batman in the next breath left me with a sore throat for a few days, not too mention sweaty as hell once again.
And if I remember right, I had to do at least 5 takes.

I think that’s it.
Let me know what you think of this post and video in the comment below or in the comments on Youtube.
To see what I’ll be talking about in future How It Happened posts go watch all of my videos here.

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Bat-Verse Story Exerpt

Below is the final little extra goodie I have for you crazy kids from that tweeter deal last week.
It’s a Batman Universe story I wrote coming up on two years ago that I’ll hopefully be turning into an Audio Drama next year starring @NeilGat.

And now, for your reading pleasure…

In the past 2 weeks there’ve been at least 25 bombings or explosions or booms or whatever the hell you wanna call ’em. Whatever they are, there message is delivered loud and clear.
He’s out…and he knows I’m close!

We all know he’s not the type you flip on, I don’t know what the fuck I was thinking.
They promised me more than some little shithole apartment in mid-town.
Looking back, I know I screwed up and now I know the devil’s on his way to collect with a smile on his face.

When I first met the Clown I was getting my ass handed to me by him and his girl Harley.
I was working for one of the other big bads in town, Two-Face, trying to steal Two twin barreled Gatling guns when, appearently, The Joker decided he wanted ’em too.

The ruby red lips and green hair look goofy from far off, but when he’s swinging a goddamn chainsaw at your head they kinda make you wanna shit yourself. Same goes for Harley and her get up.

Hope you enjoyed it.
As soon as Neil gets some free time we’ll get to it.
This is one that I’m really proud of as well so I can’t wait to have it completed.

Until next time:
The world sucks enough, don’t add to it.