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There are scenes in Man of Steel that give me goosebumps, and that visceral reaction can even happen in 16-month-olds. YouTube user Iribbit filmed his son watching Man of Steel, specifically the scene when Superman takes his first flight. The kid reacts in an insanely adorable fashion. He cheers and claps and basically does the kid version of a fist pump. That moment had the same effect on me.

What the father didn’t film was his son cowering in fear of Superman and crying after the events at the end of the movie.

Watch the video after the break.

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Once again the folks at Screen Junkies have given us a hilarious Honest Trailer. This time it’s for Man of Steel in all it’s super destructive, super mopey, super depressing glory.

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The latest from Hot Toys is this 1/6th scale General Zod action figure based on the character’s appearance in Man of Steel. The sculpt is modeled after actor Michael Shannon and comes with an interchangeable armored head and several hand grips. This will be a great addition to the Superman and Jor-El figures they’ve previously released.

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You read that right. Ben Affleck will be taking over the role of Batman for the highly anticipated Man of Steel sequel. Shocked? So is pretty much everyone. From Variety:

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some,” WB president Greg Silverman said in a statement.

Directed by “Man of Steel” filmmaker Zack Snyder, the Superman-Batman feature will open worldwide on July 17, 2015, with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane reprising their roles.

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne,” Snyder said in a statement. “I can’t wait to work with him.”

Now, I really don’t have anything against Ben Affleck – he’s come a long way since Daredevil – but it seems likely that the majority of fans aren’t going to be on board with this.

So what do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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If you really want to avoid any and all Man of Steel spoilers, stop reading this.

Okay, still with me? Good.

Whether you’ve seen Man of Steel or not, you’ve likely caught on to some of the controversy involving the insane amounts of destruction created by the final battle between Superman and Zod.

In fact, it’s been estimated at something like 2 trillion dollars.

If the name and description of DC Comic’s writer Kyle Baker’s new game Mass Murderer Of Steel is any indication, he thought that was just a tad much and decided to give us a cheaper super hero battle with all the pew pew!

Enjoy high-flying mass destruction as you ignore the hideous death screams of the millions you are pledged to save! Use your super powers to wage a never-ending battle for self-important allegorical bombast! Bludgeon your senses into numbed awe!

You can check out the game here and have fun destroying everything!

(via Kotaku)

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It was almost impossible to walk out of the theater after watching Man of Steel and not wonder just how much all that on-screen damage would cost in real life. Superman and Zod spend a good portion of the film tossing each other at skyscrapers with wanton abandon so the cost in dollars, and lives, would have to be huge. Charles Watson of Watson Technical Consulting took the time to actually figure out those costs.

The numbers are frightening. The loss of life would be at least 129,000 with 250,000 missing and over 1 million injured. Physical damage would cost about $750 billion, but when the full economic cost of the damage is totalled you’re looking at a cool $2 trillion.

The WTC wrote their report on the damage as if it was an editorial from The Daily Planet’s Perry White and, like all good reporters, he sees the potential for corruption in the recovery process.

The dust from collapsing buildings had not settled before LexCorp’s infamous Kinetic Assessment Cartel (KAC) were spreading across the city, calculators in hand, tallying the damage and, no doubt, getting a jump on their potential competitors for lucrative post-apocalypse recovery contracts. KAC’s initial estimate of over $750 Billion in direct physical damage is truly astronomical, and probably correct, but not as astronomical as the profits these vultures hope to reap from the city’s misfortune.

Thank goodness this is only a movie and we won’t have to watch that drama unfold.

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I was a huge Superman fan growing up. In fact, I wouldn’t go to school willingly unless I had my Superman shirt on. If they had figures like this one back in the day, I would have flipped out.

Even now, when it arrived in the mail I kinda flipped out.

This massive Man of Steel action figure from Jakks Pacific clocks in at a whopping 31-inches tall with 7-points of articulation.

I loved it… but my dog wasn’t so sure. Check out more photos after the break.

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Man of Steel hits theaters tomorrow, and Mondo has some snazzy new posters to mark Superman’s return to the big screen. They have two designs available in two variants. And yes, both are ridiculously limited and will probably sell out in about a second. If you really want one, just check eBay later.

The above poster featuring a young Clark Kent is by Ken Taylor. The image after the break is by Martin Ansin and is evocative and stunning and about a million other positive adjectives. Make sure to click the images to enlarge.

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Banking on a success that hasn’t even happened yet, Warner Bros. has given the thumbs up to a Man of Steel sequel. Zack Snyder will again be directing with David S. Goyer returning as screenwriter as a part of his 3-picture deal with Warner Bros. The deal includes Man Of Steel, its sequel, and Justice League, at least according to this tweet from Latino Review:

It makes sense that Goyer would screenwrite a Justice League movie given his attachment to Man of Steel and its sequel, but it’s still just a rumor at this point, albeit a very plausible one.

(/Film and Deadline)

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The most recent Man Of Steel trailer is gritty, explosive and gives every indication that this is not the Superman and Zod fight we all remember as kids.

But if I don’t hear “Kneel before Zod”, I’m gonna be soooooo peeved.

Check it out after the break.

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