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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, Jamelle Bouie joins to weigh in on Batman v Superman. What made this movie such a critical dud and such a box office smash? Next up, the gabbers check in with Samantha Bee’s late night show, Full Frontal. Is this show a fresh revelation or just a good late-night show still finding its way? Finally, Wesley Morris joins to discuss his recent article in the New York Times Magazine that takes a close look at the deployment of the word bro in culture. Calling someone a “bro” is a way to challenge power, but does it ultimately harm male friendship?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Green Lantern, a DC movie from 2011
- Recent Marvel fare including The Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy
- Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and the Culture Gabfest episode with our Man of Steel segment from 2013
- Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
- Kingdom Come, a more complex comic about the Batman vs. Superman rivalry from DC
- The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
- Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
- Wesley Morris’s essay “ ‘Bro’-liferation”
- Seth Stevenson and June Thomas’ Downton Abbey podcast
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