'Man of Steel' Is 'Batmanish,' Says Original 'Superman' Producer

Image: 'Man of Steel' Is 'Batmanish,' Says Original 'Superman' Producer Ilya Salkind

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 10:15 AM

By Michael Mullins

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The "Man of Steel" reboot, which hit theatres in June, received a poor review from Hollywood producer Ilya Salkind, who some 35 year earlier brought several Superman films to the big screen.

Calling it "batmanish" during a recent street-interview ambush by TMZ, the 65-year-old Mexican-born producer expressed his disproval of the film after being egged on by a tall blonde companion who was accompanying him from a restaurant.

When asked by the TMZ reporter what he thought of the film, Salkind said "ahh, its ok," with a shake of the head.

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When pressed by the reporter, Salkind's attractive partner yelled out, "tell him the truth, you think it's too dark!"

Salkind then said, "I think it's a little Batmanish," comparing the new rendition of Superman to DC Comics' Caped Crusader as he walked to his car.

Salkind, whose most recent film was "Young Alexander the Great" in 2010, produced Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), and Superman III (1983).

In January 2011, Salkind, who was born in Mexico City, went missing in his homeland for several days.

He was later found by investigators in a local hospital, where he was under sedation, the New York Daily News reported.

Further details were not reported.

"Man of Steel," earned $113 million in its opening weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates. Since its June release, the film has pulled in nearly $300 million.

Original box-office expectations for "Man of Steel" ranged from $75 million to $130 million.

Starring Henry Cavill as Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane, "Man of Steel" follows the superhero "as a young man, [who] journeys to discover where he came from . . . [before saving] the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind," Warner Brothers writes on its website.

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In July, "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder announced at San Diego's Comic-Con that he was making another Superman film and that it will include Batman — the first time the two superheroes will be united on the big screen.

Warner Bros. later confirmed Snyder's statement of the first-ever pairing of the two superheroes in a motion picture.

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