Ep 56: OMG, Daredevil Season 3

Jacob and Matthew are just a little excited about the upcoming new season of Daredevil. They dive into some of the questions they hope to see explored in this new season, such as did time in prison change Wilson Fisk, why was Veronica such an important character, and will we see more of her, and why Matt’s faux death at the end of Defenders bothered us so much.



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Ep 43: The Punisher

PunisherWhat makes Netflix’s The Punisher so good, and so troubling, at the same time? Can you tell a story about the evils of guns and violence, while glorifying gun violence? And can anyone explain the concept of collateral damage to Karen? Special guest Jessica Plummer joins Jacob and Matthew as we dive into these questions and more.

Jessica is a writer, podcaster, and superhero obsessive. She’s written about the Punisher here and here. You can find her on Twitter, or follow her Superman movie podcast, Flights and Tights.


Is Magneto Right?

DoesMagnetoIs Magneto a villain, or a hero? Can we agree with his goals, even if not his methods? How does the fight for mutant justice echo similar discussions in our own world? Paul and Matthew talk about Magento and the X-men movies, up to and including the recent, Logan.


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What do you think? Should Magneto be the hero, not the villain? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!

Podcast Episode- What Makes a Good Villain

maxresdefaultThis is the first of two new podcast episodes that have gone up in the last weeks. You can find them below, or subscribe by searching for Superhero Ethics on Itunes. Give them a listen, and please leave a comment to let us know what you think, give any response or suggest ideas for future episodes.

In episode 3, Suicidal Villans, it’s just your loyal host, Matthew, going deep on Suicide Squad and the good guy/bad guy trope. Spoilers for Suicide Squad, Batman, and lots of other things.



First Podcast! Who is my Batman, Part I.

batman-microphoneSuperhero Ethics is launching a podcast to compliment the blog!

Our inaugural podcast is a discussion between myself and author and fellow superhero enthusiast, Paul Christopher Hoppe, about one of our favorite charecters- Batman. We cover Batman’s ideas about violence and killing, the difference between vigilantism and vengeance, and who did more damage to the Batman brand- Snyder or Schumacher. 




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Check it out, and let me know what you think!

Fighting Crime vs. Fighting Criminals; Why I Don’t Want to Know who Killed the Waynes

Warning: Major spoilers for Gotham, and many other Batman movies/TV shows.

WaynesI’m the child of two lawyers, and they’d often talk to me about the legal system, not just how it worked, but why- the philosophy as much as the ins and outs. One day when I was a kid we watched some TV show where a character was put on trial for murder, and I was confused as to why they announced the case as The State of NY vs. (name of the accused.)  A man had been killed, shouldn’t it be his family vs the accused? Wasn’t he the one who was wronged? I will never forget my parents’ explanation that the goal of the court system is justice, not vengeance. We talked about how angry anyone can become if someone we love is hurt or killed, and how justified that anger may be, but that it cannot be the source of a legal system. The family is angry, but it is the state that can dispassionately pursue justice.

This is why I’m annoyed at Gotham. I don’t want to know who killed Batman’s parents. More importantly, I don’t want him to know.