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Original Superman Producer

NOT A FAN

Of New 'Man Of Steel'

7/29/2013 11:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Man of Steel" wasn't fun ... it was too dark ... and felt more like a Batman movie than a Superman flick ... so says Ilya Salkind, the guy behind the Christopher Reeve version.

Ilya is the guy who brought Superman to the big screen way back in the 1970s. He produced "Superman" and "Superman II" ... i.e. his opinion matters.

So when our photog caught up to him this weekend in L.A., he had to get his thoughts on the new, beefed up version ... which has grossed almost $300 million in the U.S. alone.

Salkind however is NOT a fan. First, he says the movie is "okay", trying to keep the peace. But a female friend blows up his spot, shouting out, "Tell the truth!"

And he does. Check it out.

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EMB    

If he was making money off it, then it would be fine.

390 days ago
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_DNP    

"Man of Steel" was better.

390 days ago
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_DNP    

Ilya Salkind seems jealous and obsolete.

390 days ago
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rosemaryxoxo    

Tbh it sucked lol

390 days ago
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CyndiChainsaW    

Agreed. Henry cavill is hot, but no smiling, charming Christopher Reeve!

390 days ago
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PBRstreetgang777    

This is the guy who cheated Richard Donner out of Directing Superman 2

390 days ago
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Eric    

This guy is a joke. He is the one that ruined the Reeve movies. Richard Donnor is the one responsible for making those first two films a success. This ass fired him because he wanted to save money he never understood superman and it shows when he went on to do Superman III, supergirl and the superboy tv shows.

390 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

His opinion doesn't matter since he didn't produce it. Besides, 70's Superman is out and has to be shelved even though it's still one of the best. No more sissy Supes. This time Superman hits back.

390 days ago
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rory    

Love MOS it was fun and cool but I agree the new Superman is not my superman, way too much destruction and neck snapping my Clark protects and teaches. I guess supermans level headed ness was in his red Underware

390 days ago
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brandon    

Ass hole.

390 days ago
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Criss    

Guy's entitled to his opinion. MOS was decent, but pretty forgettable.

390 days ago
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Max Smart    

His opinion matters? No it doesn't. In fact, his opinion is completely irrelevant and has no effect on Man Of Steel whatsoever.

390 days ago
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LordGobblecock    

well his films were totally different they were light and campy. They were perfect for the time but this is 30 years later and they wouldnt work now. But anyways he's entitled to his opinion as long as he's respectful.

390 days ago
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alexreager    

I'm not sure if his opinion counts more than someone else that saw the movie but my thought is simply this, MY Superman doesn't kill the bad guy. Period. He finds a way to outsmart them or sends them off to another dimension or something but again, HE DOES NOT KILL THE BAD GUY!

390 days ago
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ralph    

Ilya Salkind is right man of steel sucks!

390 days ago
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