Pop quiz, movie fans. Which superhero opus was Peter Guber talking about?
"[The director] knew that the heart of storytelling was to invest yourselves in the characters and the narrative. He never took his eye off of that. He never let the frosting of the sets and the design, even the special effects, overwhelm the story. And that's what he kept center stage. And that's why it was successful. If it was the other way around, it might have been a good trailer, but it wouldn't have been a good movie." - Peter Guber
It wasn't Tim Burton's Batman (1989), which Guber produced. Not that that wasn't a good movie, too.
And it definitely wasn't this summer's Man of Steel. Great trailer moments, sure. Or as David Denby put it, "Endless declamation, endless violence." Film critic Keith Phipps said it offered "much spectacle, but little wonder." Brian Gibson calls it "self-suffocating grandiosity." And according to Matt Neal it's "a humourless, melodramatic mess of explosions."
Man of Steel wasn't universally bashed, but the classic Guber was referring to is 1978's Superman: The Movie, directed by Richard Donner.
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