From Superhero-Fiction
Authors Trish Heinrich and Jeremy Flagg Geek Out Over Superhero Pop Culture

S1E20 - Snacking with Supers: A Foodies Guide to Superheroes

June 25th, 2020

For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re always thinking about superheroes. We’re also experts in the snack department, so of course, we have to combine our love of food and heroes. So today we’ll be talking about which food pairs with your favorite heroes.

Pop-Culture History - Summer Blockbuster Edition-the 10’s

  • 2010 Iron Man 2 Trivia: Tony Stark's car was supposed to be Iron Man red but in a very in-character move, RDJ insisted on driving the blue and white one. Scarlet Johansen dyed her hair red before she was offered the part because she wanted it so badly. She also trained for the six weeks leading up to filming as well as the entire six months of filming. 
  • 2019 Avengers End Game Trivia: RDJ was the ONLY  actor that read the entire script (whether due to overachiever OR the fact that everyone didn’t get a complete script), much of the dialogue about time travel was from actual quantum scientists, Evangelin Lilly and Paul Rudd filmed this and Ant-Man and the Wasp at the same time.


Trish - Lucifer on Netflix. Only criticism (and it’s a big one) is that there are not enough people of color who are NOT antagonists.

Jeremy - R.I.P Ian Holmes. In tribute, I watched the first Alien (in 4K) and spent nearly the entire thing reading trivia about the story behind its creation. My love for H.R. Gieger persists.

Deep Dive - Superhero Personalities as...Snacks

We talked about twenty supers, but here’s a quick taste:

  • Wolverine
  • She-Hulk
  • Spiderman
  • Blade

To find out what their snack personalities are and to see the whole list, tune in!

QotW:  What snack will you be eating when you watch WandaVision?


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S1E19 - Superhero Battle Royale: Teams vs. Solos

June 18th, 2020

Today we are going to be pitting our favorite superhero teams and solo heroes against one another, and discussing the victors. But first, a little Pop Culture History.

POP CULTURE HISTORY - Summer Blockbuster Edition-the 00’s

  • 2000 X-Men is released and becomes one of the summers’ top blockbuster films. Trivia: Rebecca Romijn was isolated in a windowless room between takes to keep her look a secret, she endured nine hours of prosthetic makeup application to 60% of her body every day of filming, the contacts were so irritating to her eyes and limiting to her vision that she could only wear them an hour at a time before needing a break. She describes her experience filming this movie as “hell”. Bryan Singer rather infamously was angry that she couldn’t be “more naked” during filming (because he's a toxic douche bro).  Also: Hugh Jackman’s testicles got caught in his harness after jumping off the sets Statue of Liberty during filming. OUCH!


  • 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine is released and is one of the summer's blockbusters, (though no one knows why). Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds were disappointed with this film (you weren’t the only ones!) Reynolds got a second shot at playing Deadpool when the X-Universe was reset (thank god!) Hugh Jackman was offered the role of Tony Stark/Ironman and turned it down to do this film, so Robert Downey Jr. was cast instead. Magneto and Professor X were going to get origin story films but those were scrapped for X-Men First Class.



Trish - I’m late to the party again and have just discovered Avatar the Last Airbender on Netflix. This show is so good! Complexe storytelling, funny, sweet with beautiful world-building.

Jeremy - I’ve been watching some award-winning indie films. The one I’d recommend is Starfish, an apocalyptic end of the world movie starring Virginia Gardner (who you might know as Karolina Dean from Marvel’s Runaways.) 

DEEP DIVE - Team-Up vs. Team-Up & Lone Wolf vs. Lone Wolf? 


Guardians of the Galaxy vs. X-Men
Young Justice vs. Justice League
Avengers vs. Fantastic Four Surprise Win to Franklin Richards
A-Force vs Birds of Prey

Lone Wolves:

She-Hulk vs. Supergirl
Wonder Woman vs. Ms. Marvel
Black Widow vs. Batwoman
Emma Frost vs. Harley Quinn 

QotW: What superhero do you want us to pair up with a food that represents their personality? (Superman would totally be carrot sticks)


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S1E18 - What Makes a Great Villain?

June 11th, 2020

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This month in Pop-Culture History- Summer Blockbuster Edition 1990’s


  • 1993 Jurassic Park is the third highest-grossing film of the decade. The T. Rex occasionally malfunctioned, due to the rain. Producer Kathleen Kennedy recalls, "The T. Rex went into the heebie-jeebies sometimes. Scared the crap out of us. “
  • 1994 Forrest Gump is the fourth highest grossing film of the decade. Tom Hanks was not paid for the film and instead took percentage points which netted him 40 million dollars
  • 1997 Men In Black is the ninth highest grossing film of the decade. Vincent D’Onofrio researched bugs for his role, he wore knee braces and taped his ankles to get the iconic gait that he had. Also, Will Smith did not believe that Steven Spielberg was on the phone offering him the part.


Geek Outs!

Trish- Schitt’s Creek: frigging HILARIOUS!!! This show featuring a real life father and son team is both outlandish and humorous. It’s a feel good watch that keeps it light. This is a family you love to loathe.

Jeremy- To celebrate Pride Month, Jeremy is binging Queer Eye. It’s the perfect feel-good show that has plenty of moments that cause happy tears. It’s a great offset to rewatching every X-Men animated series ever made (he’s obsessive, he knows that he needs help.)

Deep Dive- What Makes a Great Villain?

Note: We want to include a trigger warning as one of the villains discussed has a horrific rape plot point.

It’s not enough to have an outstanding hero, there needs to be an antagonist that can truly stand out in the plot. We remember these duos long after we forget about plots. This is just as important in superhero novels, sometimes even more so since the villain must shine beyond their powers.

When a villain is executed poorly, we gravitate toward the other characters. We delve into the female villains who gain agency and command their sexuality. Then there is a lengthy discussion about villains designed to be hated versus villains with an almost redeemable quality. 

QotW: What hero would you want to be, and what hero would you most likely be?

S1E17 - What Makes a Good Superhero?

June 4th, 2020

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Trish- Still working on Fire and Ice, but seeing progress!

Jeremy - Finished the Eleanor Trilogy and has begun editing. But why focus on that, he’s already a quarter of the way into a futuristic sci-fi novel!

This month in Pop-Culture History- Summer Blockbuster Edition!

  • 1975 Jaws, one of the highest-grossing films of all time, was released. It is considered one of Hollywood's first true blockbuster films and is thought to be the birth of the Summer Blockbuster
  • 1981 Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark premiered. It is the fifth highest-grossing film of the decade and the highest-grossing film of 1981. 
  • 1982 E.T. is released. To this day it holds the record for most weekends spent at number one in the box office: 16. It is also the top-grossing film of the decade at $435 mil
  • 1989 Batman starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson premiered. It’s the fourth highest-grossing film of the decade. Actors considered for the role of Batman included: Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, Tom Selleck, Bill Murray, Harrison Ford, and Dennis Quaid. For the Joker: Tim Curry, David Bowie, John Lithgow, Ray Liota, and James Woods. Robin Williams is reported to have lobbied very hard for the part.

Geek Outs!

Trish- Hannah Gadsby, of Nannette fame, has a new comedy special called Douglas on Netflix. It is damn near perfect. 

Jeremy- On Saturday Jeremy watched the SpaceX launch, sending Bob and Doug into space. It was amazing to see the advances in technology both from the launch room to the spaceship itself. Jeremy will admit, the space suits were pretty epic sci-fi technology.

Deep Dive- What Makes a Good Superhero?

There are a lot of things that go into making a unique character, but there are some things that get emphasized when the hero has uncanny abilities. For this we decided to pick a couple of the traits we find interesting as readers. We found we loved a flawed hero who finds their moral compass sometimes sending them off course. We also love a hero who doesn’t always see things as black and white and walk a comfortable space in between right and wrong. Lastly, we delve into the duality of heroes and specifically heroes in juxtaposition with their abilities. Some Mentions: Wonder Woman, Squirrel Girl, Magneto, Colossus, Captain America, and Jessica Jones.


QotW: What hero would you want to be, and what hero would you most likely be?

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