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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Sonny Bunch (The Washington Free Beacon)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Sonny talk Man of Steel (includes spoilers) and offer an intellectual defense of Zack Snyder, the film’s much-maligned director. They discuss what Man of Steel gets right about female characters, and whether mass-casualty action sequences have gotten out of hand. Can Hollywood drop the three-part origin story and start telling superhero stories in better ways? Plus: Could patrons like Samsung and Megan Ellison make pop culture more interesting?

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Recorded:Jun 19    Posted:Jun 21, 2013
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Critic Proof | Jun 21, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Sonny Bunch

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