Warner Bros. made me take down the bootleg Man of Steel video this weekend, which I found silly since they released the actual trailer — two of ’em, in fact — at the same time, but whatever. The two trailers are actually the same, except one has Pa Kent’s voiceover (played by Kevin Costner, above) and one has Jor-El’s voiceover (played by Russell Crowe, after the jump). I see what they’re trying to do there, and I appreciate it, but the fact remains I want to see Superman fishing and hitchhiking about as much as I want my Superman movies to include wistful shots of butterflies caught in swingsets, which is to say not at fucking all.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.