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Director Zack Snyder's big budget attempt to wipe our collective memories of Watchmen and Sucker Punch is finally here. Yeah, that's right — Man of Steel. This darker, edgier depiction of Superman has easily been the most anticipated geek movie of this year thanks to a series of well-timed trailers. And early numbers indicate those trailers have been mighty effective at putting butts in seats.
Online 'guesstimations' place the budget for this reboot featuring the Last Son of Krypton at right around $225,000,000. So far, it's done $245M worldwide. Not bad for just ten days work. By the time the Blu-Ray/DVD comes out in November, it will likely be considered a success if not a bona fide hit.
But setting aside box office concerns — is Man of Steel a good movie? More specifically, is it a good Superman movie? And does it hit where Bryan Singer's Superman Returns spectacularly missed back in 2006?
The average ticket buyer (that's code for non-geek) will probably enjoy Snyder's new film with no problems. Sh*t blows up real good, super-powered characters knock each other through buildings, and the CGI definitely isn't in need of more cowbell.
That said, since its release the nerd community has been hopelessly split. Most hardcore comic books fans agree that Man of Steel has plenty of raw entertainment value, but about half of us think it still has issues. (And by issues, we are not talking the bagged and boarded kind.) There are crits galore out there from various geek pundits concerning character portrayal, story cheats, and the final epic battle between Kal-El and the villainous General Zod.
On this episode of SiDEBAR, the fellas and I chop all that stuff up and leave our general impressions on the mics. We call it the good, the bad and the ugly. Let us know what you think, 'Nation.
***"Man of Steel" starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Russell Crowe opened on June 14th in theaters everywhere.
This one goes a little long, folks. And yes, there IS an Easter egg.