WB’s ‘Man Of Steel’ More Powerful Than? How Henry Cavill Saved And Transformed The Legend Of Superman, Box Office Report, Highlight Hollywood News

Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan‘s Man of Steel is on course for a North American debut in the $122 million to $125 million range after topping Friday’s chart with $44.1 million, putting the tentpole’s early total at $56.1 million (the film grossed $12 million Thursday night from special Walmart screenings).

Coming in No. 2 Friday was Sony’s innovative end-of-the-world comedy This Is the End with roughly $6.9 million. The R-rated pic, opening Wednesday and marking the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, should cross $30 million by Sunday.

 

 

Man of Steel appears to be a notable win for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures as they try to resurrect the marquee superhero franchise. Directed by Snyder and produced by Nolan, Man of Steel should easily race past the $200 million mark globally by the end of the weekend.

 

 

And why is this? Two words; Henry Cavill. The handsome and talented actor, who is best known for his role in Showtime’s The Tudors, really worked hard to make Man of Steel a hit.  Yes, it’s true Warner Bros created a genius promotional roll-out, even adding tacky Walmart to its plan.  But it was Henry who spent the time to not only prepare physically for this demanding role, but he worked on his acting craft, and somehow for two hours, he transforms himself into Clark Kent, and without any hiccups, he manages to make Superman real again.  This after failed upon failed characterizations of the superhero over the past two decades.  Each leading man before just seemed to not be suited, literally for the role. They just didn’t look or act the way we needed them to, and Christopher Reeve’s version until this weekend was the quintessential version moviegoers talked about, which Warners actor George Reeves literally began in the 1950s heyday of Warner Bros. studio.

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Somehow Henry Cavill plays it with an edge, a modern-tone, but still the nostalgic bigger than life hero.  Zack Snyder’s version is more adult, it’s much more in-your-face, bigger villains, and yes, 3D helps.  Though Cavill manages to make this his role, he makes Superman more real, even more human than anyone ever has accomplished.  In short, Henry Cavill is the best Superman who has ever been on the screen, in my opinion.   His fans get to see a sex symbol on the big screen without one bedroom scene, or “artsy” nudity.  Snyder manages to not only pay homage to Superman, but does so without cheap writing and making it ultra glam for the moviegoer.
Having Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner in key roles was absolutely a great decision.  However, who knew that without even trying Henry Cavill would outshine Oscar winning actors in this role?  When a superhero film is rolled out, one expects explosions, special effects and mediocre acting.  Cavill however delivers an Oscar-worthy performance and proves that you can have a pretty-face and still be more talented than anyone ever dreamed.
If you haven’t seen WB’s latest epic Man of Steel, steal a few hours from your Sunday schedule, and head out to the theater and be blown away!
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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