Christopher Nolan's game-changing Batman film, 2008's The Dark Knight, may very well be the only reason this podcast exists. Allen and Steven give a detailed account of their hype for the film, go in-depth with the viral marketing as they experienced it, and all around how the Bat-tastic summer of 2008 cemented a friendship of nearly a decade. Gerald gives his recollections of the time, in stark contrast to the experience of Allen and Steven, though he loved the film just the same. The Bat may never reach these heights again, and we'll never be 18 again, so the hype may never be so real again.
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The boys dig into 2008's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, directed by Guillermo del Toro, and starring Ron Perlman. Superior to the original and all-around well liked, Allen still takes issue with what he considers to be a terrible villain and Gerald finds himself defending a movie that he had initially assigned a lower score than his compatriots.
The boys once again make the Hall Call and tackle 2008's Iron Man. Kicking off a new wave and the current generation of superhero films, Jon Favreau's take on the material and Robert Downey Jr.'s take on Tony Stark laid the foundations for a multi-billion dollar film universe.
The boys welcome John Hall remotely as they finish off Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy with one of the most cringe inducing films ever made. They posit the theory that Raimi sunk this film out of spite, as all previous characterizations are thrown out the window and no one in the film is any sort of likable.