MAN OF STEEL Gives Warner Bros. High Hopes – and High Stakes – For Their DC Movie Future

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Superman may be able to leap over tall buildings in a single bound, but can he match the expectations of Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, and critics?

That’s the question on the minds of writers of the articles that are coming out in the build-up to the June 14threlease of the movie Man of Steel. After the lackluster performance of Superman Returns in 2006 and the blockbuster superhero machine Marvel Studios has turned into, Warner Bros. and DC are looking for their heroes to do much the same thing – and if anyone can do it, it’s Superman.

Online movie ticket site Fandago reported on Wednesday that advance tickets for Man of Steel were outpacing all previous 2013 summer movies at that point in it’s release cycle. With comics being an industry all too familiar with pre-orders, that means Man of Steel has outsold the current highest-grossing film of the summer – Iron Man 3 – which ended up grossing $1.2 billion worldwide.

$1.2 billion sounds like a lofty achievement, but Variety has said that Warner Bros. motion pictures group president Jeff Robinov has predicted that Man Of Steel will not only top $1.2 billion but go over $1.3 billion, the number for which WB’s previous highest grossing movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 achieved in 2011.

And as if those expectations weren’t enough, Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder are defending their decision to keep a scene in Man of Steel which shows a deadly tornado ripping through Oklahoma – a haunting scene that mirrors real life events that occurred just weeks ago in real life. In an interview published by Entertainment Weekly, Snyder says that the film doesn’t shy away from realism – despite the superhero tag attached – and that the scene would stay.

“[Superman is] changed by those events,” Snyder is quoted as saying. “If anything, we feel like our Superman has a connection — not to make light of it — to the kind of grief that happens during those kinds of natural disasters. Also, in a sad way, even Superman can’t change that.”

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