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Fatman on Batman
Fatman Beyond
Presentation
Hosted byKevin Smith & Marc Bernardin
GenreComedy, Commentary
LanguageEnglish
LengthApprox. 1 Hour
Production
Audio formatMP3
No. of episodes403 (as of 07/03/2023)
Publication
Original releaseJune 1, 2012
ProviderSModcast.com

Fatman on Batman is a podcast and video series in which hosts, filmmaker Kevin Smith and writer Marc Bernardin explores their geeky interests, originally focusing on the DC comic property Batman. The podcast was retitled Fatman Beyond after Smith's weight loss. The show is part of the SModcast Podcast Network.

Show History

Paul Dini joined Kevin Smith for the first Fatman Beyond, originally called "Fatman on Batman" was released on June 1, 2012.[citation needed] The episode focused on Dini's experience writing for Batman: The Animated Series. Many of the early episodes centered on Batman: The Animated Series featuring guests that worked on the series. While Smith has been a lifelong fan of the Batman, he maintains a strong connection to Batman: The Animated Series. Smith often notes that Batman, as voiced by Kevin Conroy and written by Dini, is his touchstone for Batman. During the progression of Fatman on Batman Smith has been joined by a variety of guests including past and present DC Comic authors and artists, voice actors, live action actors, iconic members of the comic community, individuals who have added to the Batman mythology, Smith's friends with a devotion to Batman, and longtime friend and colleague Scott Mosier. Fatman on Batman directly addresses the personal impact the Batman mythology has had on individuals on the show. Guests have noted that they have found strength, hope and solace in the ideals espoused in the mythology of Batman. On several occasions Smith has been moved to tears describing attributes of the Batman.

In 2015, Smith, along with Marc Bernardin started streaming a video version of Fatman on Batman on Smith's official YouTube channel.[1] Guests include Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, David Dastmalchian, Paul Dini, Chris Daughtry and more.

Format

Fatman on Batman is primarily an interview-oriented dialogue between Kevin and a guest of his choice. Episodes follow a loose structure where Smith explores the guest's background, personal connection with the character and, if applicable, how the guest became involved with the Batman mythology. Recurring guests delve deeper into personal histories, expand on how the character impacted their lives or discuss their contributions to character. While several guests have reappeared in episodes, as of February 17, 2015, the most frequent guests are Paul Dini and Marc Bernardin. Smith and Dini dive deep into all things related to Batman: The Animated Series, while Smith and Bernardin provide commentaries on Batman films.

Fatman on Batman Guests

An individual who has been affected by or influenced the Batman mythos often joins Smith on Fatman on Batman. Guests include actors who have portrayed Batman and other characters in the Bat-verse, writers and artists involved with DC Comics as well as others who join big Kev Smith in his love of Batman. Guests include: Paul Dini (Writer for Batman the Animated Series / Creator of Harley Quinn); Bruce Timm (Producer of Batman the Animated Series), Adam West (Batman, Batman '66), Kevin Conroy (Batman, Batman Animated Series), Diedrich Bader (Batman, Batman: Brave and the Bold); Mark Hamill (Joker, Batman Animated Series); Scott Snyder / Gregg Capullo (Writer / Artist of DC Comic's New 52 Batman); Stan Lee (Not Batman Related–it's Stan Lee[a]) and Jamie Walton (President, Wayne Foundation). Complete guest list and episodes appearances:[2]

Guest Episode(s)
Paul Dini 1, 17, 18, 20, 21, 51, 52
Mark Hamill 2, 3
Tara Strong 4
Arleen Sorkin 5
Walt Flanagan 6, 10, 50
Bruce Timm 7
Scott Mosier 8
Ralph Garman 9, 12, 40, 66
Kevin Conroy 11
Adam West 13
Marc Bernardin 14, 25, 46, 47, 49, 58, 59, 75
Diedrich Bader 16
Scott Snyder 19, 48
Kyle Higgins 22, 23, 42, 43
Grant Morrison 26, 27, 44
Geoff Johns 28, 29
Christopher Drake 30, 31
Jeph Loeb 32, 33
Stan Lee 34
Dan Didio 35
Jim Lee 36, 37
Greg Capullo 38, 39, 48
Marc Tyler Nobleman 53
Neal Adams 54, 55, 56, 71, 72
Denny O’Neil 60, 61, 62
Joe Quesada 63, 67, 80
Chris Daughtry 64
Dean Trippe 65
Jamie Walton 70
Burt Ward 74
Brett Culp 57
Ming Chen 50
Bryan Johnson 50
Mike Zapcic 50
Live Panels 24, 68, 69, 73
No Guest 41, 45

Kevin Smith connection to Batman

Smith is a strong advocate and Vice President of The Wayne Foundation, which is led by Jamie Walton (founder and president). The Wayne Foundation is committed to spreading awareness of commercial sexual exploitation of children and domestic minor sexual trafficking (DMST) occurring within the United States. The Foundation's goal is to provide young women in the United States who have fallen victim to DMST with a means of leaving the sex industry for good by providing a safe home environment with rehabilitation services.[3]

Smith has separately worked with long-time friends Walt Flanagan and Ralph Garman on two Batman projects for DC Comics. Flanagan and Smith created the Batman: Cacophony (2008–2009) and Batman: The Widening Gyre (2009-2010) arcs, while Smith and Garman worked on Batman ‘66 Meets Green Hornet (2014).[4]

DC tapped Smith to chair or take part in several panel discussions held as part of DC Comics’s year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of Batman (2014).[5]

Actor Ben Affleck, a long-time friend of Kevin Smith, played Batman in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Smith, often attributed with helping to jump-start Affleck’s career, notes his continued support for his friend, stating, "Now I know a dude who plays my favorite character on the planet, and this is an actor who I believed in from the jump, and everything he performed in I was a big fan of, and still remain a fan of." Smith currently resides in the home formerly occupied by Affleck. The home sports a 'Batcave entrance', which Affleck, a long time Bat-fan, had installed prior to Smith's ownership.[6][7]

Notes

  1. ^ Stan Lee did, however, create a version of Batman for DC's Just Imagine... series

References

  1. ^ "FAT MAN ON BATMAN LAUNCHES AS FLAG SHIP OF THE KEVIN SMITH CHANNEL". Smodcast. December 16, 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Fatman on Batman". Podbay.fm. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  3. ^ "The Wayne Foundation". waynefdn.org. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Justin (20 May 2014). "Kevin Smith, Ralph Garman Dive into 'Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet". LA Times. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  5. ^ Hennon, Blake (20 April 2014). "WonderCon: Batman 75 celebration has Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Kevin Smith". LA Times. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  6. ^ Stern, Marlow (9 September 2014). "Kevin Smith's Marijuanaissance: On 'Tusk,' 'Falling Out' with Ben Affleck, and 20 Years of 'Clerks'". The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  7. ^ Child, Ben (1 October 2013). "Ben Affleck's Batcave entrance 'cost $50,000', says Kevin Smith". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 22 February 2015.