Yesterday, it became clear that DC and Warner Bros. were intent on following the Marvel model for successfully building a superhero movie universe. So does that extend to ripping off Marvel's fondness for teasing their upcoming projects with a 'Man of Steel' post-credits scene at the conclusion of the film? The answer may surprise you.
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With the arrival of 'Man of Steel' in theaters this weekend comes the next major superhero franchise, as well as the first legitimate step toward an eventual 'Justice League' movie. So are we soon going to see different DC Comics characters make their way to the big screen? Indications are yes, but how soon?
For eagle-eyed fans, 'Man of Steel' is filled with all kinds of tiny easter eggs that suggest a larger universe. For starters, the Wayne Enterprises logo appears on a satellite, while the LexCorp logo can be spotted on a building and a few tanker trucks. In other words, should the opportunity arise, the new Superman movie is quietly laying the groundworks for a larger DC cinematic universe ... a universe that may include the superhero Cyborg, if we can believe everything screenwriter David S. Goyer says.
With 'Man of Steel' hitting theaters this week, now might be a good time to catch up on all the previous 'Superman' movies. And what better way to do that than with the 8-disc 'Superman' anthology that collects all of the previous 'Superman' movies in one massive box set. Lucky for you, we're giving a copy away!
"Superman! Champion of the Oppressed, the physical marvel who had sworn to devote his existence to helping those in need!"
That's how the Man of Steel was described in his very first appearance, from the untitled cover feature from 1938's Action Comics #1 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. This week, the Man of Steel comes to 'Man of Steel,' the new big budget extravaganza directed by Zack Snyder ('Watchmen') and produced by 'The Dark Knight' director Christopher Nolan. It will no doubt feature the greatest cinematic representation of Superman the physical marvel to date. But the greatest cinematic representation of Superman, champion of the oppressed, may still be 'Superman and the Mole-Men,' a mostly forgotten 1951 feature that is the first superhero film to hit movie theaters.
One of Superman's most interesting struggles has always been whether to follow the example set by his human, adopted father, Jonathan Kent or his long-dead natural father, Jor-El. In 'Man of Steel,' we know that "Pa" Kent (Kevin Costner) teaches him his core values, but it looks like he inherited all of his ass-kicking abilities from his actual daddy (Russell Crowe), as this new clip shows us that Superman won't be the only one kicking butt and taking names in Zack Snyder's film.
Are you excited for 'Man of Steel'? You should be, because it could've been Ashton Kutcher in those red and blue tights.
Before you go see Henry Cavill try his hand at playing the son of Jor-El, look at all the other dudes who were almost Superman. Some of them are quite troubling, like the aforementio