“Superman Gets Dumped and Batman Returns… Our Phone Call” is unlike any radio show I’ve heard. It is a quirky show hosted by Graphite Girl (Madeline Ewbank) and Wonder Man (Srikar Penumaka) of RadioActive Youth Media. It is mostly fiction and a little journalistic vox-pop tied in.
In the vox pop part of the program, “ordinary citizens” share what they wish their superpowers could be. Many of the responses are classic ones like flying and invisibility, though be sure to listen for some super-cool superpower ideas.
In the next bit of the program, the humor surprised me. Graphite Girl conducted a phone interview with the Batman. While superheroes tend to be charming and sociable, the Dark Knight’s personality is definitely one of a kind. In the interview, Batman was off-putting and seemed to be giving his interviewer a tough time.
Not all of the program was goofy fun. The last story of the program was a serious account about a superhero’s love life. Lois Lane tells her story about what it’s like to date, and break up with, the Man of Steel. Her story is intimate and the details feel real. In the story, Lois becomes insecure. She feels she doesn’t deserve to be with Superman. Though many of us won’t be dating a superhero any time soon, the story is relatable. There are times when we all feel inferior to someone close.
“Superman Gets Dumped…” is entertaining and deep. The producers invite listeners to have fun.