It can be distracting, i remember watching a Robin Williams movie once, can't remember which one, he had his shirt off and i have never seen so much body hair on one human being, not saying there is anything wrong with body hair but it gave me nightmares for many weeks afterwards, so much so i have forgotten the film that featured the scene and i hope i never ever remember.
Actually I think it was the Fisher King with Jeff Bridges. (; Great movie, frightening moment. But back on topic...
I think Man of Steel has potential. But whether it can be a film that climbs to the levels of Dark Knight is a feat I'm not so sure it can remotely achieve. Why? Well what struck me as odd was the opening weekend gross for Superman Returns. At this point, we had a near 20 year hiatus since the last Superman installment. Reviews were plenty solid enough that you would think between extended absence and positive reviews, that opening weekend would have reflected alot of pent up demand for the Krptonian hero. But it didn't. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't stellar either. And what hurts is that the people that DID see it walked away with a pretty mixed opinion about it. So fastforward seven years later. Another reboot with another actor taking the lead. This movie has none of the advantages SR had, plus carries the negative backage SR left behind.
So whether the film is actually good or not, may not dictate whether an audience shows up to see it. Because this time around, those opening weekend receipts will be influenced by attitudes about the previous SR entry, effectiveness of the current promotional campaign, and whether critics like this better or worse than the last installment. And with another crowded summer where theaters rotate their large venues for the next big opener every week, I'm not so sure Man of Steel has time to build a following if that audience isn't filling the big house seats on that opening weekend.
So am I suggesting it could bomb? Well, I would certainly hope nothing to that extreme. Right now I think it can only do about the same money as the last one. But based on practical industry measures, and the recent history of the brand, I would say it has a steeper uphill battle than what some may think. And with Warner Bro. execs placing so much weight on it's success as to whether a JLA movie gets made, the film just took another hit for having to rise to greater numbers than what is likely possible. So for all the internal hype this film has received, lets hope audiences respond early and critics do it justice in their reviews. This film will need every advantage possible to meet the lofty standards placed upon it that only the original from '78 has ever achieved. Tough duty.
Edited by Classic44, May 01 2013 - 08:47 AM.