This week, sparked by the controversial (sadly, to some) rumours of Idris Elba’s likely casting as Bond, James Bond, the Smith duo take a look at what makes a character what it is. Race and gender are clearly visible characteristics of any protagonist, but with Thor now recast as a woman, Nick Fury as a black man, is this the time our genre finally makes an earnest effort to be more inclusive?
And have Marvel taken this particular bull by the horns, while DC falter in the distance?
And anyway, how much is the physical appearance of a character fundamental? And what of their origin?
We also discuss why the Joker is NOT a good character after all, and develop our own Triangle-Character theory that proves that Batman needs pointy ears.
Matt drops us some learning in the shape of a baby name gem, and a Man of Steel Easter egg so freakin’ awesome Andrew actually thought, Man, that’s freakin’ awesome.