Wayne Manor Memoirs
Summary: Wayne Manor Memoirs is a Batman podcast dedicated to exploring all the crevasses of the Caped Crusader’s mythos. Join Joe & Kendall every other Friday as they research everything you need to know about a new Bat-Topic: first appearances, origins, retcons, and more!
Welcome to the final episode of season one, Bat-Fanatics! Prepare yourselves for the chilly history of Mr. Zero (aka Mr. Freeze!) If your personal history with the character stems from the Animated show, fear not! The Golden and Silver age versions of Freeze are nothing like his 90s incarnation! So, put on your rocket skates, don your super thermal-B long-underwear, prepare your best cold puns, and fill your beaker with freezing solution as we take the polar plunge into Kendall’s favorite Bat-Villain! (But, seriously, put a lid on your beaker. Those things have a habit of spilling.) Character Breakdown; Golden Origins: Batman vol. 1 #121: The Ice Crimes of Mr. Zero Silver Crisis: Batman ‘66: S1 E7 & 8: Instant Freeze/Rats Like Cheese; Batman ‘66: S2 E19 & 20: Green Ice/Deep Freeze; Batman ‘66: S2 E59 & 60: Ice Spy/The Duo Defy; Detective Comics vol. 1 #373: Mr. Freeze’s Chilling Deathtrap
Welcome Bat-Fanatics to a highly anticipated topic in the Batman Mythos. Batman: The Animated Series (aka BTAS) defined Batman for many a 90s child. The series was so successful that several aspects of the show were incorporated into mainstream Batman comics continuity. Needless to say, this show is a pretty big deal for a lot of Batman fans. So, Joe and Kendall begin their descent into the “Dark Deco” of Gotham to revisit their childhoods through BTAS. Cartoons were in a pretty bad place before the early 90s and Batman had a major role in redefining what cartoons could do. Load your bat-grapple, attack some innocent thugs walking past a bank explosion, and prepare to be illuminated by dramatic lighting as we examine this sacred cow of the Bat-Mythos! Infinite Origins: Setting the Scene; Development Episode Extravaganza: S1 E1: On Leather Wings; S1 E2: Christmas with the Joker; S1 E3: Nothing to Fear; S1 E4: The Last Laugh
This week, Joe and Kendall discuss the second part of their Kevin Conroy trilogy: this time, covering the man behind the voice of Batman for almost three decades. Kevin Conroy helped redefine the character for a new generation and his presence is still felt today in the animated movies, video games, and consciousness of pop culture. From his fraught childhood beginnings, to finding his “voice” on stage, to the role that would define his career, join us as we cover everything you’ll need to know about the man who IS Batman. Infinite Origins: All about Kevin Conroy Continuity Crisis: Roles as Batman; DC, but not Batman; Not DC at all; and Awards
Hello Bat-Fanatics and welcome to our first video game review! This time Joe and Kendall cover the award winning, game changing, record winning, Batman: Arkham Asylum. This is new territory Bat-Fanatics, so we tackle a few new things in this episode. Relive your childhood as Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Arleen Sorkin reprise their Batman: The Animated Series roles. Experience all of the best aspects of Batman: the detective, the combatant, and the predator. Pummelling henchmen with batarangs never felt so rewarding. So, strap on those headphones and we revisit the Batman game that changed the game, the birth of the Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Also, did you know this had a comic book tie in?! Good luck findinging it… Also, I guess... spoilers? But it’s been out for 10 years now. Seriously, how have you not played this? Infinite Origins: Batman: Arkham Asylum Plot Pandemonium: Batman: Arkham Asylum Inside the Panel: Batman: Arkham Asylum: Return to Arkham
Welcome back Bat-Fanatics to this long delayed, but definitely worthwhile episode! Joe is in Virginia! Kendall has a Stanley Cup winning team! We’re back in business! As a parting gift to Joe, Kendall agreed to watch Batman:The Movie for the very FIRST TIME. That’s right Bat-Fanatics, Joe got to experience all of Kendall’s reactions first hand! Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) star against a quartet of villains played by Frank Gorshin (The Riddler), Cesar Romaro (The Joker), Lee Meriwether (Catwoman), and Burgess Meredith (Penguin). Have you ever wondered “What sits in a tree, weighs six ounces, and is very dangerous?” or how an egg and applesauce represent the United World Organization’s Security Council? We have the answers! So, dehydrate your henchmen, pack your shark-repellent bat-spray, and prime your aquatic animals to explode as we delve into the original Batman movie! Plot Pandemonium - Batman: The Movie
Chris (from the Hey, Do You Remember…? podcast) and Joe get together during a January blizzard in Chicago to discuss the slew of unmade Batman films that existed between Batman & Robin and Batman Begins. A 3rd Joel Schumacher film? Check. Frank Miller’s own script for Batman: Year One? Check. Get ready for a wild ride, Bat-Fanatics! This episode was originally released as a HDYR: Off the Clock Patreon exclusive, so a special thank you to Chris and the HDYR crew for sharing the episode with us. If you haven’t given Hey, Do You Remember…? a listen, go do it! Now! Thanks Chris!
This week, Joe and Kendall plumb the seedy, vaguely pasta smelling underbelly of Carmine “The Roman” Falcone’s Gotham City. For as influential as both Joe and Kendall believed Carmine to be, they were surprised to find they could count the number of times he’s appeared in the Batmythos on one hand. So let's get the freaks out of Gotham as we follow the rise, fall, and return (possibly negating the fall entirely) of the original crime boss of Gotham City, Bat-Fanatics! Infinite Origins: Batman #405 - 408 (Batman: Year One), The Long Halloween Continuity Crisis: Batman: Eternal Outside the Panel: Batman Begins, Gotham, Batman: The Telltale Series
Brace yourselves Bat-Fanatics, never before have we laughed so much during a recording… too bad Joe jacked the sound quality… Kendall and Joe visit the post-apocalypse in Jack “the King” Kirby's longest running DC comic, “Kamandi: the Last Boy on Earth.” Roman Tigers? Check. Ape Town, USA? Check. Captured shirtless blond kid? Check. Seriously this comic is nuts, but in all the best ways. So protect your supplies from the Rats, herd your humans, and set your cyclo-heart to fission as we examine life after the Great Disaster. Infinite Origins: Kamandi: the Last Boy on Earth #1 - 6 Outside the Panel: Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Joe and Kendall welcome Kristen (of the Sunnydale Stacks) as they tackle the Batgirl soft reboot known as “The Batgirl of Burnside”. Babs gets a new practical purple (!!!) costume to kick baddie butt in the trendy Gotham burb of Burnside! Watch her start with hero-ing back at square one , build a super heroic social media presence, and go brain-to-brain with a villain you’ll never expect. The redesign is a lot of fun and we’re excited that we were able to share our enjoyment with Kristen. Secure your data Bat-Fanatics, we’re about to fight crime Millennial style! Plot Pandemonium: Batgirl: Batgirl of Burnside (Batgirl vol 4 #35-40)
With what one might call “electric” excitement for the new SHAZAM! movie, Joe and Kendall decided to look at the complex history of one of their favorite characters: Captain Marvel. From his humble beginnings at Fawcett Comics, to the decade of litigation, to new beginnings at DC, to even newer beginnings at DC, and finally even newer newer beginnings at DC, find out everything you need to know about Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Shazam!, before (or after) you see the movie. Infinite Origins: Whiz Comics vol 1 #2, Marvel Family vol 1 #1, Shazam!: The New Beginning Continuity Crisis: Justice League #7-11, 0, 14-16 and 18-21 Extras: Captain Marvel Adventures #1 - 150 (1941), Shazam!: The Original Captain Marvel #1 - 35 (1973), Legends 1-6 (1986), Justice League vol. 1 1 - 6 (1987), War of the Gods (1991), Power of Shazam! 1-4 mini (1994), Power of Shazam! 1 - 49 (1995), Kingdom Come (1996) 1 - 4, Shazam! Power of Hope (2000), JSA vol 1 #26 - 78 (2001), Superman/Shazam: First Thunder 1 - 4 (2005), Day of Vengeance 1 - 6 (2005), Trials of Shazam! 1- 12 (2006), Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil 1 - 4 (2007), Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! 1 - 21 (2008) - all age stories, The Multiversity: Thunderworld #1 (2015), Convergence: Shazam! 1 - 2 (2015)
Hot on the heels of Hey Do You Remember...?’s coverage of the 1994 movie “The Mask,” Joe & Kendall cover that one time The Mask crossed paths with Batman. Oh you didn’t know that happened? Great! That’s what we’re here for! Find out what happens when the Joker takes possession of the mythical Mask and becomes a (somewhat more) maniacal villain with limitless powers in the last Mask story ever written! Sound too good to be true? It might be. So, put on your yellow zoot suit, paint your head green, and prepare to live out all your cartoon fantasies in this bombastic episode of Wayne Manor Memoirs! Plot Pandemonium: Joker/Mask 1-4
Straying from their formula of focusing (almost) exclusively on the more obscure aspects of the Batmythos, Joe and Kendall jump headlong into the beloved The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. If you had ever hoped for a proper Year One follow up, Bat-Fanatics, this is it! Be sure to pack a windbreaker because Joe and Kendall race the Flash through the plot as they make their way back to the Batcave. Why the Batcave, you ask? Because they’ll need the finest Batmicroscope to complete their (far too) in-depth analysis! Pull out your copy of The Long Halloween and listen to the results . . . you won’t want to miss it! Plot Pandemonium: Batman: The Long Halloween
Well, it took 14 episodes, but Joe and Kendall FINALLY decided to dedicate an entire episode to discussing Batman: The Brave and the Bold! Did you know they liked this show? They start by discussing the creative team and premise behind the show, then dive into the first EIGHT (!!!) episodes. Bat-Fanatics, prepare for the epic tale of Jaime Reyes (the 3rd Blue Beetle), hear the awesome adventures of the BEST Aquaman (sorry Jason), journey to exciting outlandish locales with Gorilla Grodd, and discover the lapse in Joe-knowledge that is B’wana Beast! Look forward to more episodes in this series Bat-Fanatics. They plan to cover the WHOLE series… just not back to back... Plot Pandemonium: Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1 Episodes: “Rise of the Blue Beetle!”; “Terror on Dinosaur Island!”; “Evil Under the Sea!”; “Invasion of the Secret Santas!”; “Day of the Dark Knight!”; “Enter the Outsiders!”; “Dawn of the Deadman!”; and “Fall of the Blue Beetle!”
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Joe & Kendall decided to turn back the page on Bruce’s love life. There are more relationships than you can shake a bat at, so we ended up choosing our favorite 10. Grab your box of chocolates, light some candles, and snuggle up with your partner for this lovely episode.
This week Joe & Kendall are joined by special guest Chris, host of the podcast Hey Do You Remember, and discuss the first volume in the Batman Earth One line. What happens when DC Comics decides to shake things up and forgo continuity in the hopes of bringing on new readers? Well, it’s akin to adding lime to a coconut: a new twist on a familiar taste. Witness the new, yet older, Detective Jim Gordon (still rocking the sweet ‘stache); the handsome, Hollywood Detective Harvey Bullock; the grizzled, war vet Alfred Pennyworth; and the non-monstrous looking Mayor Penguin. Oh, and there’s Batman. Close your eyes and blow out your birthday candles before the Birthday Boy closes them for you.