The John Campea Podcast

The John Campea Podcast


The John Campea Podcast features John Campea and guests as they discuss the news and trends in the world of movies as well as other topics that catch their interest from TV shows to sports to world events.


The John Campea Podcast Episode 42  

The John Campea Podcast recorded Tuesday September 20th 2016

The John Campea Podcast Episode 41 - John Returning To Movie Talk, Leto's Joker  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Monday September 5th 2016) John talks about the following: 1) Ann’s dad 2) John Williams concert 3) New schedule with joining Movie Talk Again FAN QUESTIONS: Philip Dagostino writes: Hey John, really excited you’re making your triumphant return to movie talk this week,but as a long time fan I have to ask: why do you keep leaving and returning? Isn’t this like the 3rd time? Are you sticking around this time? Not trying to give you a hard time, just really needed to ask. Chris Warden writes: What up John? I hope you & Anne had a great summer. Is there any chance you can publicly debunk this rumor going around that Suicide Squad needs to make 800 million dollars at the worldwide box-office just to break even? I personally can't see any studio head greenlighting a film project that needs to make that much to break even as the risk is just too high. John Michael Klobuchar writes: What are your thoughts on people who say Star Wars The Force Awakens, will receive the same backlash as The Phantom Menace over time? Personally I think thats nonsense. Yuhan Houth writes: Just a quick one. What are some films that come to mind whenever someone complains about lack of original content from Hollywood. It really annoys me whenever I see this complaint on message boards. Ben Davis writes: My question is regarding Jared Leto's joker. I'm a huge 30 seconds to Mars fan and a huge fan of Mr. Leto himself so I was pretty excited when he was first cast. Now after the movies release and reception I've had time to reflect upon his performance and I gotta say I loved it! He was in two of the best scenes in the entire movie (club scene/Harley and the chemicals scene). However it seems to me his performance has kind of a split reception with some liking it and some hating it. Do you think this will hurt us seeing him in another movie? Scott Wooldridge writes: Love listening to you talk everything movies! This summer was definitely a little disappointing for movies. My question is... even though we had a below average summer do you think we are in store for an amazingly strong fall? It seems like with Telluride and the Venice film festival, movies like Hacksaw Ridge, Loving, The Arrival, and La La Land are all getting lots of buzz. I feel like maybe more than previous years?

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 40 - Jeremy Jahns  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast John welcomes popular YouTube film critic, Jeremy Jahns.

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 39 - Critics VS Audience Ratings, Where's Gambit?  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Monday August 8th 2016) John talks about the following topics: 1) Delays on Gambit 2) Jimmy Smits appearing in Rogue One FAN QUESTIONS: Winnie Cooper writes: Hi John, I wanted to get your unique perspective on an angle of the DC vs Marvel critical reception that I haven't heard anyone talking about specifically. And that is the critic/audience approval ratings difference for Marvel and DC movies. Let me show you what I mean. When you look at critics vs audience ratings on Rotten Tomatoes for Marvel films they are pretty much in lock step, with most of the films at 0-5% difference between critics and audiences. In fact, in 13 movies only one (Thor 2) has a double digit difference (of +12% for audiences), with Marvel movies averaging +1.77% for audiences. But the differences are drastic with DCEU movies. +20% audience approval for MoS, +38% for BvS and as of the date of this email a whopping +47% for Suicide Squad. That's an average of +35% audience rating for DCEU movies. Meaning that critics like Marvel movies on average almost as often as audiences, but like DCEU movies far far less than audiences. So the question is, why? Are critics being unusually harsh on the DCEU movies or are audiences just more forgiving of weak films? Itamar writes: hi john, about suicide squad, first of all, i didn't like the movie. the bad stuff just was too much for me. but my question is, don't you feel this movie was suppose to be R rated? the entire time, it just felt weird that these group of psychopaths and bad guys never cussed once. felt out of character for them. i feel this should've been a R rated movie not just because the R, but just like deadpool, a R rating would fit these characters and the story. would've been way cooler Ben Rainer writes: Big Fan hear, and I respect your opinion very much. I have seen Suicide Squad already and I really really enjoyed it. Any way my question is do you thing that critics subconsciously review DC movies harsher than Marvel movies. I am not even saying they do it on purpose or even are aware that they’re doing it. I’m just wondering if Suicide Squad Movie comes out under the Marvel name I wonder if it would be getting slightly higher reviews. I am very curious to hear your thoughts, and I am loving your podcast.

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 38 - Getting To Know Ann Campea & Her Thoughts On Suicide Squad  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Saturday August 6th 2016) John is joined by his wife Ann Campea as the two talk about seeing Suicide Squad last night, how they met and how their relationship ticks.

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 37 - Suicide Squad Review, Idiotic Rotten Tomatoes Petition  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Wednesday August 3rd 2016) John is joined by writer/director Jon Schnepp and together they discuss: 1) Suicide Squad thoughts 2) Rotten Tomatoes petition FAN QUESTIONS: Rox Baicea writes: I know you liked Suicide Squad, but judging by what other people are saying I feel like half the things we've seen in ads, trailers and behind the scenes footage are not in the movie - Joker slapping Harley and her pointing a gun at him, Joker throwing a grenade and disappearing into the background, the line where he says "I can't wait to show you my toys", Joker patting a black case, Joker looking at his phone, Harley choking her bat like a gun, the scene where she asks everyone what they'd like to drink - apparently none of these things are in the movie. My question is how can we explain this? Why would WB release an incomplete Suicide Squad movie after releasing an incomplete BVS movie and being criticized for it? A Klay writes: Does The Jungle Book have a shot at being an Oscar contender? I feel like it absolutely deserves it based on its groundbreaking visual effects and it's strong direction and writing. However, I fear that it will be overlooked. Thanks! John Feinstein writes:As I'm sure you've noticed, the early Suicide Squad reviews were pretty negative, and that kinda brought everyone's spirits down. However, now that Jeremy Jahns has given the movie a pretty good review, a lot of his fanboys are flocking to anything Suicide Squad-related, saying things like "Jeremy said it was good, so fuck the critics." I would love to hear your thoughts on these people who seem to hold one man's opinion in higher regard than the opinions of 50 certified RT critics. (No hate for Jeremy, I just don't think he's the messiah of movie reviews)

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 36 - Suicide Squad Expectations, Where is Mickey Rourke  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Tuesday August 2nd 2016) John talk about the following: 1) Channing Tatum in SPLASH remake 2) Suicide Squad 3) GSP coming back to UFC? FAN QUESTIONS: Kathy Lin writes: Considering MOS (which i love, made me love superman), kick-started the DCEU, i cant help but feel sorry for HC and superman, getting pushed aside in favor of batman. HC's superman just don't get enough love with many hating his superman portrayal. His performance was so forgotten and underappreciated by many with many calling him a bad, bland, wooden actor. Lately, i read that WB suggested having HC to be Tarzan but David Yates didn't want him because of his high profile. I cant help but think of the number of projects he might have missed out on because of his fame or 'infamous' as the cinematic superman everyone in Hollywood seems to dislike or care about. As much as i love him as superman and very excited with the DCEU, but i'm worried for his career. Thoughts? Tom Shotter writes: I listened to your podcast about comic con moving to Vegas and it makes perfect sense. However, do you think comic con is under pressure from San Diego city council or whatever it's called over there because if you move comic con to Vegas how much money will the local businesses lose? SamDean writes: Hello John loving podcast, with Warcraft failing to make the $500,000,000 that needed to break even, does mean future in film for now is dead. Thanks & May Force Be With You! Dejan Borjanovic writes: Where is Mickey Rourke? He had a long-time absence but then had a great resurgence with 2008's The Wrestler and then Iron Man 2, but now he has disappeared again. Why do you think that is?

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 35 - Sausage Party, Female Directors  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Saturday July 30th 2016) John is joined by Collider Video's own Wendy Lee and together they talk about the following: 1) Sausage Party thoughts 2) Spoiler news about Suicide Squad 3) The following questions from the listeners: Patrick Sowemimo writes: I am a big fan of your reviews and always value your opinion before seeing a movie. My question for you is the concern I have for the Flash and Arrow tv series. Both shows are great but a major concern I have is that the heroes always question every decision they make and it really gets on my nerves. when it was introduced I liked it because it kind of made them relatable but as I kept watching it showed a lack of character development because if a hero questions every decision why did they become heroes in the first place. Brian Knight writes: After all the great trailers and teasers from Comic Con, both DC and Marvel, and the poor showing at Star War's Celebration does Disney and Lucas Films need to put out a trailer for Rogue One soon? I think Rogue One anticipation got buried after all the news from Comic Con this year. josh tedeschi writes: After Brie Larson was announced/confirmed as Captain Marvel at Comic Con, almost immediately I was seeing people offering up suggestions for who is going to direct and write this movie. The majority of the suggestions I saw were for female writers and directors. I guess my question is, does the director of Captain Marvel(And other big blockbuster female lead movies) need to be helmed by a female director? Personally I don't think it HAS to be, it just needs to go to whoever at the time is the right director for this sort of project. Justin Fawcett writes: Just wondering if you've noticed the lack of Mel Gibson in the poster and trailer for Hacksaw Ridge. On one hand I can understand it, maybe even Mel agreed to keep his name off of the marketing...keep the initial focus being on the film itself. On the other hand, I'm very angry about this...I think this is BS and they should've put his name front and center. Curious on what your thoughts are, you do work for Lionsgate so I understand if you'd rather not get into specifics. But I believe you're rooting for Mel as I am, we love our comeback stories! Braveheart was a coming of age movie for always will be, nothing can replace it.

The John Campea Podcast Ep 34 - Wonder Woman Excuses Who Won Comic-Con  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Wednesday July 27th 2016) John talks about the following: 1) People making excuses for some not liking Gal Gadot’s acting 2) Other Comic Con Trailers 3) No Charlie Hunnam for Pacific Rim 2 (John Boyega) 4) The Joker isn’t Jason Todd FAN QUESTIONS: After Comic con and Star wars celebration I have been hearing many stories of people waiting over 7 hours and still not get in to see certain panels. That is a really long time where you could be doing something else and enjoy the rest of the convention. Personally, I find this to be one of the biggest reasons to separate the cons. I get the allure that everything is in one place but is it worth it if all you get to see is one thing all day. ~Raymundo I know you are a huge fan of the TV Flash, which I am as well it's my favorite comic book TV show, my question is do you think Flash are becoming over reliant on Speedster villains? and do you think it could put casual fans off watching the show because it's the same formula? ~James Hope you had a great Comic Con! I thought all the trailers that were released at Comic Con by Marvel and DC were great with the highlights being the Wonder Woman, Dr. Strange and my favourite being the Justice League footage and the first group photo of the Justice League together! But being in the midst of it yourself, which studio did you feel have the most buzz going... or in other words, who do YOU feel won Comic con? ~Faiyaz Amit A non sdcc their prime Boxer vs. MMA. Mike Tyson vs. Brock Lesnar? I'll with MT. My thought being Brock is to ground based. ~Joe

The John Campea Podcast Ep 32 - Chris Hemsworth Returns In Star Trek 4 Ghostbusters 2 Coming  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Monday July 18th 2016) John discusses the following topics: - New Netflix series STRANGER THINGS - Star Wars Celebration letdown - Han Solo funeral in Episode VIII - No opening crawl for Star Wars Rogue One - Ghostbusters 2 almost confirmed And the following questions from the viewers: With Matt Damon recently saying he would join a superhero project if Ben Affleck were to direct him, do you think there is a possibility that he might show up in Affleck's 'Batman' film? ~Lewis McAllister My question is what are your special SDCC "surprises"(something unexpected that blows everyone's minds like the BvS announcement or Godzilla 2k14 in previous panels) that you would like to see announced this year? I would personally love to see WB finally put some clarity on their Mortal Kombat reboot after all those years of rumors. ~R Crz Hi John. In the past you have talked about Movie Pass. I was just wondering if you had any thoughts on the new pricing structure that they are trying to implement. I do not recall if you stated you stopped using the service or if you continue to use it. do you think this product can actually work? ~Fred Tuytens What's up John? Hope you are well. With CBS announcing a new Star Trek tv series for 2017. Do you think Star Trek Beyond will be the final film in this current film universe starring Chris Pine? ~Chris Warden Follow John on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram @JohnCampea Subscribe to Comic-Con HQ at:

The John Campea Podcast Ep 31 - Rogue One Trailer Fail Wonder Woman Pics  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Saturday July 16th 2016) John discusses the following topics: 1) Star Wars Rogue One missing trailer 2) Rebels season 3 trailer 3) Wonder Woman pictures 4) Suicide Squad tracking for $125 million 5) Transformers: The Last Knight And the following viewer emails: What do you think about Tim Duncan retirement? ~ B Wayne What do you think will be the better showcase for Andrew Garfield; Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge", or Martin Scorsese's "Silence"? Keep up the awesome work, you're one of the best! ~Aaron Teters Hi John. I'm really excited for Justice League with all the news and stuff but my fear is with all that fun and light tone in the movie do you think that they will ruin the character of Ben Affleck's Batman? Like in Batman & Robin. ~Vader Little I have a question for your podcast next week. I know you liked the movie Batman v Superman despite its flaws and I agree with you that despite those flaws it isn’t that bad of a film. My question for you is what would YOU have done to make the movie better? What would have taken out or in to the film to make it a hit at the box office? ~Jim Gillentine Follow John on facebook and twitter at @JohnCampea

The John Campea Podcast Ep 30 - WB Games Bribes, Pokemon Go Movie  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Wednesday July 13th 2016) John talks about the following: - WB Games pays some YouTube reviewers - Pokemon getting a movie in development - Movies as dates - Batman's role in Suicide Squad - and a whole bunch more!

The John Campea Podcast Episode 29 - Ghostbusters Troll Babies Gambit Still On  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Monday July 11th 2016) John talks about the following: - Is the Gambit movie still on - Secret Life Of Pets dominates box office - UFC 200 - How will Ghostbusters do at the box office - The pathetic trolls trying to sink a movie they haven't seen yet - and a whole bunch more

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 28 - Suicide Squad worries, Top 5 of 2016, UFC 200  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Saturday July 9th 2016) John talks about: - Legit reasons to be worried for Suicide Squad - Best 5 movies of 2016 so far - UFC 200 - Questions from the fans Make sure to find The John Campea Podcast in iTunes so you can rate and comment on it! Follow John on all social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) @JohnCampea

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 27 - Cinemark vs Victim's Families, BVS Ultimate Edition  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Tuesday July 5th 2016) John talk about the following issues: - Cinemark going after shooting victim's families - Batman V Superman Ultimate Edition - Game Of Thrones going to IMAX - Kevin Durant - UFC 200 - and much more!

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 26 - Game Of Thrones Season Finale, Independence Day Struggles  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Monday June 27th 2016) John is joined by Kristian Harloff and Wendy Lee and together they discuss: - The Game Of Thrones season finale - Favorite TV of all time - Independence Day struggles and a whole bunch more!

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 25 - Justice League Set Reports, Independence Day Trouble  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast, John is joined by his FILM HQ co-star Josh Macuga. Sign up for Comic-Con HQ today and watch John's show FILM HQ!

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 24 - Anton Yelchin, Warcraft Bombing, Game Of Thrones  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Monday June 20th 2016) we talk about: 1) The sad passing of Anton Yelchin 2) Warcraft bombing in North America 3) The NBA finals 4) The CRAZY episode of Game Of Thrones 5) Your twitter questions!

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 23 - Commissioner Gordon Is Jacked!  

On this episode of The John Campea Podcast (recorded Wednesday June 8th 2016) John is joined by Collider's Wendy Lee and take listener topics and questions.

The John Campea Podcast: Episode 22 - Summer Sequel Struggles  

On this episode of THE JOHN CAMPEA PODCAST (recorded Monday June 6th 2016) John discusses topics and questions brought by listeners. Follow John on twitter/facebook/youtube at johncampea Sign up for Comic-Con HQ now at

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