This is a hard one for me to write. I discovered the BOF in 2008 around the time when THE DARK KNIGHT came out, and soon afterwards found the podcast and began listening. It was great! It featured Bill, Sean Gerber, and an assortment of other guys. I appreciated their in-depth analysis and insight, as well as how they would show no hesitation in sharing their love for Batman and what they loved about the films they discussed. I've continued to follow Sean Gerber as he's developed his career as a website host and runs multiple podcasts of his own.
Unfortunately, this "second volume" of the BOF podcast has really lost a lot of what made it great before. The podcasts are a lot shorter (I preferred when they were longer), and Jett always seems to be trying to rush through their discussions on the given topic. In general, the tone that these guys have taken is much more cynical. Rick and Shew tend to be more negative in their outlook for the DCEU going forward in the wake of the fallout of Batman v Superman. While I appreciate them speaking their mind and not sugar-coating things, they let their negative attitude overrule any positive opinions or perspectives that might be had. I am one of the fans who loved BvS, despite it's flaws. Honestly, there have been times when I have felt bad for loving it as much as I do as a result of listening to this podcast. I know they always say, "If you like it, that's great. BUT. . ." So even though they encourage fans to like BvS and be ok with it, Jett and Rick's overall negative tone makes it hard to maintain that. The BOF crew would rather spend more time talking about the things that they didn't like or be naysayers about the future of DC on film. They are not very optimistic or hopeful when it comes to future DC films, except for Ben Affleck and Suicide Squad. It would mean a lot more to me if they bothered to take the time to discuss things they perhaps liked about BvS or other things going forward. I hope they take the time in future episodes to celebrate the things they like, or at the very least allow someone with a different (perhaps more positive) perspective discuss their take on things.
For me, a lot of what made this podcast special was lost whenever Jett and Sean had their "breakup." I have no idea what happened, but they have clearly gone their seperate ways, and that is a sad thing. Even in the latest episode, Jett made a point of thanking all of the past contributors to BOF and naming them, expect for Sean, and very poignantly stated "I'm going to leave someone out so I'm gonna stop." I much prefer Sean Gerber's podcast the Batman-News podcast, as well as Andy DiGenova's Holy Batcast podcast. Both of those shows are much more positive in their overall outlook on all things Batman and DC. Even when Sean expresses his disappointment in Batman v Superman, he at least is able to celebrate that other people (like his co-host Andy) really like it and allows that space for it in his show. This is something that Jett and his crew do not do well, in my opinion.
This podcast is still in my subscription feed, but it is not a podcast that I look forward to anymore. I used wait for the latest episode very eagerly. So this show is still ok, and I think Jett and Rick and their crew all mean well. It's just not as fun to listen to anymore for me. I just wish they would drop the cynicism and negative outlook and try to be more positive overall. Minor quibbles: I think the applause sound effect is annoying, I'm not into the Batman 66 background music, and I would rather they just dive into the discussion rather than Jett doing an unnecessary intro. Like I said, those are very minor issues.