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The Problem With ‘Man of Steel’: Where Does It Go From Here?

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 20, 2013 5:03 PM
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Man of Steel
Is there a more loaded and fractious divide on a tentpole this year than Warner Bros. “Man Of Steel”? Yes, it made a ton at the box-office (though it was only the 15th biggest opening of all time, well below “Iron Man 3”), but audiences and critics have been heavily divided. One could argue that the movie has split people even more than the ending of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” Movie writers have been gunning for each other's throats on Twitter, audiences are tearing each other apart in comments sections -- it’s all a bit of madness. And everyone feels like they have to weigh in. James Franco’s reviewed it, Kevin Smith has reviewed it and so has “Prometheus” writer Damon Lindelof.

The Best & Worst Of 'Man of Steel'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 17, 2013 4:34 PM
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Man of Steel
If you listen to the internet -- and that’s always a precarious thing to do -- Warner Bros. “Man Of Steel” is either the worst movie of all time or the best movie of all time and of course, nothing in between (and lord there’s been some kicking and screaming by people who disagree with one another). It’s either all due Zack Snyder inability to direct or David Goyer’s (and to an extent Christopher Nolan’s) writing genius. Granted some Playlisters did not like this movie much and some of it thought it was decent-to-ok, but we’d still like to think there’s a middle ground to be found when looking at this latest Superman movie (in fact, we’re happy to say our original review does just that).

'Man Of Steel' Director Zack Snyder's 10 Rules Of Filmmaking Include "The Will To Suffer" And Shooting On Film

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 13, 2013 9:18 AM
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Man of Steel, Snyder
With the first wave of mixed “Man of Steel” reviews (here's ours) dropping earlier this week, and Warner Bros. confident enough in its reception this weekend to fast-track a sequel, director Zack Snyder seems to have stabilized a career that was growing shakier by the film. Now, we can look upon efforts like “Watchmen” and “Sucker Punch” as stepping-stones to Superman, and as Snyder approaches his franchise future, he's assembled a list of filmmaking tips to pass onto others.

Watch: First Muscular & Melodramatic Trailer For '300: Rise Of An Empire'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 12, 2013 7:35 PM
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300: Rise of an Empire
The bad news, it's been pushed a whole year until March 2014. The good news is, the new trailer for “300: Rise of an Empire” is here, even if it's now nine months early (maybe everyone figured, "hell, it's done!"). Don't look for many original players (though a few are back). Zack Snyder's not directing (though he is producing), Gerard Butler and all those dudes kicked that can at the end of the first film. Instead you've got indie director Noam Murro, the indie director behind 2008's "Smart People," who must have put together some impressive promo reel to convince Warner Bros. he could go from that tiny, talky indie to this would-be tentpole.

Mixed Reviews Greet 'Man Of Steel' As It Prepares To Fly Into Theaters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 11:04 AM
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Man Of Steel, Cavill
If you were anywhere near the internet late last night, you're probably saw social media light up as the first reviews for the Zack Snyder-directed, Christopher Nolan-produced "Man Of Steel" hit the web. This was just a couple of hours after the news arrived that Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer were going to return for a fast-tracked sequel, and while a billion dollars remains the benchmark the movie has to reach to be a success, it should be noted that after product/promo tie-ins alone (of which there are over 100, take that "The Internship") the picture has already banked $170 million. But wait, what's the verdict on the actual movie?

Review: 'Man Of Steel' Directed By Zack Snyder, Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams & Michael Shannon

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 10, 2013 11:00 PM
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Man Of Steel
In the opening scenes of Zack Snyder's “Man of Steel,” the planet of Krypton announces itself with the director's customary visual smorgasbord: canyons bathed in stark golden light, frenzied aerial battles for the planet's future, and a host of CGI creatures and machinery zipping around. It is a garish, worrying sight, saved finally by silence, as a mother laments her son's future on Earth. “We'll never see him walk,” Lara Lor-Van (Ayalet Zurer) quietly says to her husband, Jor-El (Russell Crowe, solid throughout his considerable role). The line connects, both actors retrieving the film from gaudy chaos for a moment of humanity; the child departs, leaving his parents to their planet's fate. Thankfully, down on Earth, we proceed to see him walk, run, and then fly in Snyder's impressive, bold take on the Superman mythology -- one that strains under its helmer's indulgent action tendencies, but succeeds on heart where brawn will not.

'Man Of Steel' Sequel On Fast Track With Zack Snyder & David Goyer Returning To Direct & Write

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 9:02 PM
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Man of Steel, Snyder, set
How can you tell when a studio is feeling confident? Well, with reviews for "Man Of Steel" officially landing in just a couple of hours (ours too), it looks like a follow-up is not only on deck, but coming faster than... well, you know...

Watch: Final Trailer For 'Man Of Steel' Takes Flight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2013 12:14 PM
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Man Of Steel, Cavill
In one week, late night screenings will begin for "Man Of Steel" as it opens around the world and one last trailer has been pulled together to catch your attention if somehow you're still not planning to see one of the most anticipated movies of the summer.

Zack Snyder Reveals Superhero Easter Egg In 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 12:11 PM
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Man of Steel, Snyder, Kevin Costner
Needless to say, there are going to be spoilers in this post. Don't read beyond this point if you don't want to know about any easter eggs or teasers in "Man Of Steel" and don't come crying if you go on and feel that something got ruined. You have been warned.

Over 40 New 'Man Of Steel' Images; Zack Snyder Suggests A Superman Sequel Must Arrive Before 'Justice League' Can Happen

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 1, 2013 11:21 AM
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Man of Steel, press conf
"I get my evil from Satan. I drink it. It hurts. But then I take some Pepto and the pain goes away," Michael Shannon joked yesterday in typically mischievous fashion regarding his villain character Zod at the "Man Of Steel" press conference in Los Angeles. Yep, Zack Snyder's Superman movie is only 14 days away, press in L.A. have seen it (including us) and reviews should be hitting closer to release. More from the press conference soon, but more immediately, Warner Bros. has released 47 "new" images from the movie, some of them that you've already seen in lo-rez fashion and some that you haven't seen before, period.

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