Podcast Picks: How Did This Get Made?
Hosted by: Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael // Earwolf
In a recent episode of the decade-running podcast, How Did This Get Made?, Zack Snyder's Justice League, the supersized, super-serious, superhero epic, makes for perfect podcast fodder. From its bizarre (and heartbreaking) origins to Snyder's peculiar treatment of the DC mainstays, you can peel back the layers of the 4-hour experience in both humorous and fully sincere ways. The "Justice League" episode of How Did This Get Made? manages to do a little bit of both, assisted by #TheTwoFriends, Griffin Newman and David Sims of the Blank Check podcast. In typical HDTGM? fashion, there's a healthy dose of fun outrage (can you say Icelandic folk song?), but it pairs well with their surprising appreciation of the completed vision. A common refrain in the episode is that Snyder's approach ONLY works in 3-4 hour long movies, which morbid curiosity has me on board with. And all four contribute some knowledge of DC Comics, but it certainly wouldn't be overwhelming to more casual fans. Other highlights: the dissection of Amber Heard's changing accent, the noting of the very literal Nick Cave needle drops, and the show's traditional "Second Opinions." I think one Griffin Newman comment rings especially true for both the film and perhaps podcast: he admits the "buy-in on this thing is huge," but if you give yourself over to the craziness, you'll enjoy yourself immensely.
— Christopher Lantinen