Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama on March 25, 2016:
BATMAN V SUPERMAN - The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel face off in "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice." But some key characters from the DC Universe also join the fight. The story picks up in Metropolis, where concerns of Superman's unchecked actions leave many skeptical, including -- Bruce Wayne and the manipulative Lex Luthor. Tensions mount, culminating in an epic battle between the two superheroes. It is rated PG13. Mike and Sarah talked with Stan Daniel from Kingdom Comics about the film. He says Ben Affleck is hands-down the best Batman yet. As a matter fact he thinks that Affleck's performance as Batman is the primary reason you should go see this movie. He says, in all honesty, the movie is not as bad as the professional critics are making it out to be. If you're a fan of this genre then you should go see it if for no other reason then it is the first time in a live-action movie Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are together. He also says the best way to experience this spectacle is at the McWane Center IMAX which throws you right into the middle of all the action. Having said that, he adds the movie does have a lot of problems. It is disjointed and tries to bombard you with pieces of different puzzles that you have to take on faith will that at some time in the future, fit together and make sense. It doesn't right now, but maybe some day.
Another major problem is the film's main villain Lex Luthor played by Jessie Eisenberg. He is, at the same time, the catalyst for the entire movie and the most annoying part of it, and that's saying a lot. There are so many flash forwards and flashbacks without proper segues that you have to wonder if the editors even knew what was supposed to be happening. Stan says this leads us to the film's biggest problem, Director Zack Snyder. Zack is so busy with showing us beautiful shots of mayhem and destruction that he forgets about character, specifically Superman's. The film never really engages you emotionally, nor does it give you reason to cheer or hope... And that is what Superman is at his core, hope. Zack doesn't get that, and that's a shame, as well as the glaring flaw that stops the movie from being the epic it should be. Stan says to sum up, it's a mindless spectacle that is not worthy of these characters, with the exception of Ben Affleck's Batman performance. There was only one curse word which was used comically but there is tons of bleak violence - basically a really expensive, sometimes confusing video game. Go see it for Batman and the visuals, try to ignore Eisenberg. In a scale of 1 to 10... Stan gives it a 5.5.
BBJ - Mike talked with Ty West from the Birmingham Business Journal. They discussed job market – currently and what the future holds, Southern Light's fiber internet plan coming to town, and the trend with Birmingham's apartment scene. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.
NEW YORK AUTO SHOW - Mike talked with Automotive Expert Mike Caudill at the Javits Center in New York City for the New York Auto Show. He previewed the final new car introductions of the year including new reveals from Buick, Hyundai, Jaguar, Acura, Jeep, Mazda and other news coming from the show. The show opens to the public today through April 3rd. Ushering in the latest automotive trends, the 2016 New York International Auto Show will showcase an incredible collection of cutting-edge design and extraordinary innovation. More than four floors of displays from the world's automakers will feature the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars. Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display at North America's first and largest-attended auto show dating back to 1900. For more info visit http://www.autoshowny.com/
ZOO CREW - Rebekah Daniels joins us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mickey to a Greater Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to www.birminghamzoo.com.
SEVEN WONDERS - From New York Times bestselling author, Peter Lerangis, comes epic final installment in the action-packed SEVEN WONDERS series, Seven Wonders Book 5: The Legend of the Rift. This fast-paced tween series about four friends on a quest to unlock the secrets of the ancient world comes to life like a movie and is perfect for fans of Indiana Jones and Percy Jackson. The first four books in the series were a great success, spending a total of 14 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. This edition begins right after Aly has been kidnapped by King Uh'lara and pulled back into Atlantis. The rift is guarded by a behemoth and Aly simply cannot be rescued easily. Frantic, the kids come to believe that their only hope is to find the rest of the lost Loculi in order to rescue Aly. With that, it's off to the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, where they have to face-down the armies of Artemis, and then to the Lighthouse of Alexandria, where they wind up in the belly of an unimaginable beast. And then finally, back to the Karai Institute for a final trip back to Atlantis to save Aly, the world, and themselves. Janice talked with Peter Lerangis about the book, the series, and the interactive website, www.sevenwondersbooks.com.
SKINNY SUPPERS - Like many new moms, former NFL Cheerleader and Fitness Universe Champion, Brooke Griffin struggled to lose nearly 70 extra pounds after giving birth to her son. During a time of personal trial, Brooke decided to make some changes. She worked to lose all the baby weight and started SkinnyMom.com to help others struggling with similar issues. Now reaching an audience of over 6 million each month, Brooke gives readers "the skinny" on healthy living while empowering them to spend quality time with their families over healthy and delicious suppers. She told Mike about how she designed her book for families who juggle hectic schedules. SKINNY SUPPERS helps them eliminate the question of "what's for dinner?" and take the first steps in preparing tasty and waist-friendly meals for their families, with recipes that are simple satisfying and lower in fat and calories -most under 350 calories per serving! All feature easy-to-find ingredients and are quick to prepare, making it possible for even the busiest parent to find time to get a lightened up, homemade dinner on the table. Here are a few examples from the book:
• Blackened Fish La Tortilla Factory Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw
• Cajun Al Fresco Chicken Pasta
• Skinny Broccoli Salad with Sargento cheese
• Spicy Cashew Pork Stir-Fry over Uncle Ben's rice