What if Man of Steel was IN (True) COLOR?

VideoLab attempts to turn back time and restore the natural color & brightness in shots from DC’s Man of Steel. Turns out there was a beautiful Zack Snyder movie hiding underneath the bleak coloring.

Would Man of Steel have been more successful at the box office if it wasn’t colored like Schindler’s List? What do you think?

LEGAL NOTE: All © & ™ footage belonging to Legendary Pictures, CBS, Warner Bros. Pictures, Columbia-EMI-Warner, & DC Entertainment is included as a criticism/commentary on filmmaking techniques and has not been reproduced for direct consumption.

PRODUCTION NOTE: We’re big fans of both Superman and the film Man of Steel. That’s why this was a fun project. But Superman isn’t just a brand. He’s a worldwide icon that has lasted 77 years. When you make a Superman movie, and not every kid walking out of the theater wishes they were Superman… you’ve done something wrong. We’re simply asking questions.

WORKFLOW: (For the curious) The results we achieved are obviously a bit oversaturated and contain contrast artifacts. Since our source footage already contained severe color-grading decisions, it was far from optimal and, at best, this is an approximation. If the raw footage had been colored in a more natural and pleasing manner, it would actually look SIGNIFICANTLY better than what you see here.

Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse and some color exclusion adjustments did most of the heavy lifting in our color correction and re-grade, but each clip required a cocktail of secondary corrections.

We did, in fact, put too much green in the savanna, brought to our attention by eagle-eyed commenters.

The orange-tinted sky in the Metropolis aftermath shots and the purple girders behind Zod were actually there naturally. We believe Man of Steel had a more traditional-looking color grade until later in post-production when they decided to go darker. They should have followed their first instinct.

Batman v Superman Trailer leaks online!

The highly anticipated trailer for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” leaked online Thursday for a few minute before YouTube quickly took it down.

Shot on a handheld camera or phone, the leaked trailer featured Portuguese subtitles and may have been taken in Brazil.

Warner Bros. was supposed to premiere the footage in Imax theaters on Monday.

The studio could not be reached for comment.

Featuring voice overs from Holly Hunter and Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), among others, the footage centers mostly on Superman’s questionable place in the universe after “Man of Steel.”

The citizens of Metropolis, amid chants and police altercations, appear to turn against Henry Cavill’s character as a Superman statue has been spray painted “False God.”

“Devils don’t come from hell beneath us,” Luthor says. “They come from the sky.”

Before Ben Affleck is finally shown unmasked as Bruce Wayne, a man says off camera: “That’s how it starts, the feeling, the powerlessness, that turns good men…cruel.”

We then catch several brief glimpses of Batman, mostly in the dark, as the bat mobile later unleashes mayhem on the city before Batman and Superman meet face to face in the same footage screened at Comic-Con last year.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Upcoming Film’s Trailer to Premiere Monday April 20, 2015

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The trailer for the upcoming Warner Bros. film will be shown in select IMAX theaters at a 15-minute ticketed event, director Zack Snyder said Wednesday. Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck star in the film.

Jerry Seinfeld gives his opinion on “Man of Steel”

Jerry Seinfeld, undoubtedly the most well-known Superman fan, gave his opinion of Man of Steel to an open panel on Reddit.4923178595_0d90c4e9cd_o As you may know, every episode of the Seinfeld series had included a reference to Superman.

Overall, Seinfeld wasn't big on all the violence in the movie.

I was so happy that they made another Superman movie! I'm really reluctant to be critical of it in any way. But I thought the glossing over of the figuring out a secret identity and why he felt he needed one was a huge missed opportunity for that character, and one of the most interesting things about Superman is the whole secret identity. So to me it was too much action / violence and not enough character study.

Seinfeld also offers what Superman memorabillia/comics he has in his personal collection.

I have a few old Supermans with the Curt Swan art from the 60's. But nothing impressive. I have a really nice model of Kal-El being loaded into the rocket and then another model of the rocket landing in from of Ma and Pa Kent. Those are my best Superman collectibles.

And regarding Seinfeld's favorite supporting actor? It's Newman! Newman is the villain to Seinfeld much like Luthor to Superman!

Newman would be my favorite supporting character. I mean, when I got to have a real evil nemesis like Superman would have, that was a dream come true for me. There's no superhero that doesn't have an evil nemesis, and I got to have one. And I love that nobody ever asks "Why didn't you like Newman?"

No one ever asks me that, and no one ever questions it. There was no reason, but it was just fun.