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At Popular Science, we report and write dozens of science and tech stories every week. And while a lot of the fun facts we stumble across make it into our articles, there are lots of other weird facts that we just keep around the office. So we figured, why not share those with you? Welcome to The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week.
 
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We cover just how DIFFERENT the Batman 1989 novelization by Craig Shaw Gardner is from the final film, from incorporating deleted scenes to Gardner’s own deeper characterization to the TWO different editions with ALTERNATE endings. Get 20% OFF @manscaped + Free Shipping with promo code JOHNSONSBALLSACK at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #sponsored Become a part…
 
The man in the 1989 Batsuit wasn’t always Michael Keaton! Ben interviews Keaton’s double, Carl Newman, a ballet dancer who was hired to give elegance and athleticism to The Dark Knight. We’ll take you through the whole film, showing just how often your favorite shots from the film were actually Carl in the Batsuit, including a deleted opening shot!…
 
Did you know Jack Nicholson's Joker could have returned for Batman Returns? On the 30th anniversary of the Batman sequel, we cover the MULTIPLE attempts to bring Jack Nicholson’s Joker back from the dead, from Sam Hamm’s pitch for the opening of Batman 2 to hallucinations in Batman Forever & the unmade Batman Unchained to a project...by Charlie Kau…
 
We cover the unmade 1985 Batman treatment by Julie Hickson and Tim Burton, along with the rare concept art by Burton for this version of the story. Learn how it foreshadowed several Batman films and comics as well as what actually made it into Batman 1989. Get 20% OFF @manscaped + Free Shipping with promo code JOHNSONSBALLSACK at MANSCAPED.com! #ad…
 
Steve Younis of Superman Homepage joins us to dive into Superman hidden gems- the greatest Superman comics you've never read! Comment below on the ones you've read and your own recommendations! Thanks, Steve, for joining and be sure to visit http://www.supermanhomepage.com Become a part of the Shasta Army on our Patreon page:https://www.patreon.com…
 
We rank ALL the Gotham Cities in live action, both film and TV, from The Batman (1943) to…The Batman (2022)! Plus, discover the origins of the name Gotham (for both New York City and Batman comics) and check out the more obscure Gotham Cities from Onstar and Turkish Airlines commercials! Become a part of the Shasta Army on our Patreon page:https://…
 
Enjoy this super special bonus episode celebrating Popular Science's 150th birthday! The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us! Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to follow our sibling podcast, Ask Us Anything!…
 
RELEASED FROM THE PATREON VAULT FROM JANUARY 2021: How similar are Batman and James Bond? They may be closer than you think! Ben dives into all the different connections between the Dark Knight and 007, from how one future James Bond was almost Batman to how two Batmen were almost James Bond. Become a part of the Shasta Army on our Patreon page:htt…
 
The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us! You can buy Rachel's book here, and find out more on her website! Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to follow our sibling podcast, Ask Us Anything! -- Follow our team…
 
In celebration of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, we cover the UNMADE Doctor Strange script from 1989-1990, written by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas's Alex Cox and Stan Lee himself! We go into what was in the script, who was under consideration to be Doctor Strange, and whether or not it was better than the Doctor Strange movies we ac…
 
Think you’ve seen every Batman movie? Think again as we dive into the MULTIPLE Batman films made in the Philippines: Alyas Batman at Robin- the Batman spoof that predates the Adam West Batman series! James Batman- a teamup of Batman and James Bond, both played by the Filipino King of Comedy, Dolphy. The epic mashup of Batman Fights Dracula! The Bat…
 
We have an EXCLUSIVE dive into the FIRST DRAFT of Batman & Robin from February 1996, featuring the more Shakespearian sounding Mr. Freeze (that may or may not have been written for Patrick Stewart?), deleted references to the previous movies, Batman 66, & even Clark Kent, less of the film’s notorious gags & one liners, and a DARKER ending. Get 20% …
 
Join us in checking out the costume designs that never made it into the most maligned Batman film of all time, including the insane alternate concepts for Poison Ivy & Batgirl and the (ahem) cooler Mr. Freeze design that didn't make it onscreen. Get 20% OFF @manscaped + Free Shipping with promo code JOHNSONSBALLSACK at MANSCAPED.com! #ad#manscapedp…
 
What exactly IS the "Schumacher Cut" of Batman Forever? We go into all the scenes that were deleted from Batman Forever, the many cut scenes that STILL haven't been released yet, the deleted character arc of Batman, and why fans probably shouldn't expect it to be THAT drastically different of a movie. Get 20% OFF @manscaped + Free Shipping with pro…
 
We return to exploring the concept art of the 90s Batman Anthology with the unused Batman Forever concept art! Check out the original looks for Batman's sonar suit, the Batmobile, Robin, Two-Face, and the Riddler. We also give an in-depth look at the Batman gadgets, early versions of the posters (including ones of the original title Batman 3), and …
 
We dive into the unmade Batcaves that we never got to see. Learn about the deleted lines from Batman 1989 indicating that Bruce discovered the cave as a boy, the original entrance to the Burton Batcave, how the Batman Forever Batcave almost had the giant penny, how Darren Aronofsky’s unmade Year One script foreshadowed Robert Pattinson’s Batcave, a…
 
After the release of The Batman, we rank the different Batcaves across live action film and TV. Which one is the best? Which one gets the "goose egg?" We even include the obscure Batcaves, like the one from the Onstar commercial and the TV ones from Gotham, Batwoman, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and Titans! Comment with your favorite Batcave below. B…
 
We dive into what real life and historical figures/events inspired The Batman. What renowned film noir and crime thrillers helped inform the Matt Reeves take on Gotham? We then go further in the Matt Reeves-Christopher Nolan comparisons and why the “Nolan 2.0” criticisms are bullshit. Plus, we cover the comic book influences that we missed last tim…
 
Leigh Cowart, science reporter and author of Hurts So Good: The Science and Culture of Pain on Purpose, joins Weirdest Thing for the season finale! The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us! Click here to learn more about all of our stor…
 
After a non-spoiler review, we dive into full spoiler territory on all the comic book influences on The Batman, including the LESS obvious comic connections. What Batman 66 references were subtly included in the film? How does Batman’s wingsuit stay true to the 1940s Batman? And what elements from unmade Batman scripts made it into the movie?(Recor…
 
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Leading up to The Batman, we dive into the unmade attempts to cover Batman's origin, including the insane Tim Burton & Julie Hickson concept of a teenage Joker gunning down the Waynes from an ice cream truck, the Batman Year One script that predates Joker and The Batman (2022) in its Taxi Driver influence, and the deleted backstory details of Micha…
 
This episode celebrates our latest digital issue going live! The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us! Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to follow our sibling podcast, Ask Us Anything! -- Follow our team on T…
 
Continuing the lead-up to The Batman, we’re covering the unmade versions of The Riddler. Learn about which 1966 Batman episodes were originally meant for Frank Gorshin’s Riddler, dive into the original version of the Batman Forever Riddler- Lyle Heckendorf- that was written for Robin Williams, and peek at Jim Lee’s redesign for the Riddler for Zack…
 
Before you see Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman in The Batman, learn about the unmade versions of Catwoman: the Catwoman who killed the Graysons, the serial killer Catwoman of Sam Hamm’s unmade Batman 2, the dominatrix Selina from the unmade Batman Year One, and the different actresses who almost played the role, along with the truth about those Carla Gugino…
 
The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us! Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to follow our sibling podcast, Ask Us Anything! -- Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Sara Kil…
 
It's a Batsuit ranking video unlike any other as Batsuit expert and sculptor Shawn Reeves of ReevzFX joins us to discuss his top Batsuits and share behind the scenes insight into the making of the different versions of the iconic costume. We then rank ALL the live action Batman costumes in film and TV, including the obscure ones in the Zayre and On…
 
The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us! Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to follow our sibling podcast, Ask Us Anything! -- Follow our team on Twitter! Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Produce…
 
After Mask of the Phantasm, Michael Reaves wrote a treatment for an unmade Batman: The Animated Series episode called "Vigil" that expanded on Batman's origin and his relationship with Alfred. We dive into the treatment and how it connects to the rest of the DCAU Batman's timeline. Become a part of the Shasta Army on our Patreon page:https://www.pa…
 
Batman: The Animated Series is a classic, but have you seen what the iconic characters COULD have looked like? Join us as we dive into the original designs and unused concept art for B:TAS, including very different takes on villains like an all black suited Catwoman, a Golden Age style Two-Face, and a far scarier Man-Bat. Become a part of the Shast…
 
The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us! Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to follow our sibling podcast, Ask Us Anything! -- Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Purbita …
 
We return to Batman 1989 to cover the storyboards of deleted scenes/subplots! Check out Robin's deleted origin, learn Alexander Knox's original role in creating a vital part of the Batman mythos, and check out the alternate cathedral confrontation where Joker has a different (and arguably cooler) death! Become a part of the Shasta Army on our Patre…
 
We cover the concept art developed in the 10 year journey to bring Batman 1989 onscreen, including Tim Burton's own art for the 1985 treatment where Joker ran for Mayor, how the Batsuit almost had a BLACK utility belt, the main three influences on Gotham City, and the unsung hero of the Oscar winning production design- Nigel Phelps! We then end on …
 
Arielle Duhaime-Ross—host of Vice's A Show About Animals and Vice News Reports—joins the show this week! The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us! Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to follow our sibling podca…
 
How does the unmade Batman Vs Superman script (2002-2004) compare to Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice? It’s Andrew Kevin Walker & Akiva Goldsman vs. David Goyer & Chris Terrio as we compare the surprising similarities of the two scripts and vote on our preferences! Plus, learn how the unmade BvS tied into the Burton/Schumacher films…
 
The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us! Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to follow our sibling podcast, Ask Us Anything! -- Follow our team on Twitter Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman Sara Cho…
 
It’s the 80th Anniversary of the Penguin and what better way to celebrate than to dive into the secret origins of Danny DeVito’s take from Batman Returns?! We cover the attempts to bring Penguin to BATMAN 1989 and early versions of him in “Batman II.” Then we cover the deleted backstory of Penguin being Max Shreck’s secret brother as well as the in…
 
To celebrate the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Zack takes us through the concept art for unused Spider-Man suits, including the ones for the unmade 1980s-1990s Spider-Man films leading up to the Sam Raimi movies and the different Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland suits that didn't make it onscreen. SpiderMan #SpiderManNoWayHome …
 
This episode celebrates our latest digital issue going live! Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"? The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us! Click here to learn more about all of our stories! Click here to …
 
Calling all Batman Returns fans- Check out the unused concept designs for Penguin, Catwoman (with Annette Bening's cowl!), and even the Bat Ski Boat that originally had a seat for Marlon Wayans's Robin! We dive into the cut scenes, including production photos of the Batman Store, Michael Keaton's deleted Wayne Industries business card, storyboards …
 
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