“People are afraid of what they don’t understand” — Man of Steel

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While Superman Returns was a disappointment to Warner Bros., the Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan was a huge success. Meanwhile, across the metaphorical aisle, Marvel’s cinematic universe was taking the world by storm, and Warner thought they should be able to do something similar.

So in 2013, they kicked off their own cinematic universe, leading off with the guy in red and blue who started it all in 1938, working off a script by the two guys (David S. Goyer and Nolan) who wrote those successful Bat-films.

Initially, the sequel to Superman Returns was also to be called Man of Steel, but ultimately Warner Bros. decided to consign that movie to the cornfield and start all over again. Particularly since that movie was so tethered to the 1978 and 1980 Super-films, they decided to start afresh so they could build up what is now generally referred ...