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'Man of Steel' is too much like 'Batman', says 'Superman' producer

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Man of Steel has been described as too similar to the Batman franchise by the producer of 1978's Superman.

Director Zack Snyder's movie establishes a new continuity away from the first four Superman films and Bryan Singer's Superman Returns.

Henry Cavill in Man of Steel

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Henry Cavill in Man of Steel



Ilya Salkind produced the original Superman film with his father Alexander Salkind and family friend Pierre Spengler.

Salkind was asked to share his thoughts on the box office blockbuster Man of Steel while out in Los Angeles over the weekend.

"It's okay," he initially replied to TMZ.

Salkind was then prompted to speak more candidly by a member of his entourage, who said that the producer actually felt that Man of Steel was "too dark".

Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978)

Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978)



"I think it's a little Batman-ish," Salkind then declared.

Salkind's Superman films were largely lighter in tone than Man of Steel, with the third instalment even featuring comedian Richard Pryor in a prominent role.

Man of Steel director Snyder has announced that his movie's sequel will in fact feature Superman and Batman together for the first time on the big screen.

It has been reported that Man of Steel's sequel will likely be filmed in Toronto in early 2014.

That film is expected to ultimately lead to a Justice League feature. Snyder's Batman/Superman movie will be released in cinemas in 2015.

Watch Henry Cavill discussing Man of Steel with Digital Spy below:



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