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Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is a strange beast of a summer film. It’s based on one of the most popular characters in fiction, yet its director is one of the most polarizing filmmakers in Hollywood. It’s guaranteed to make money, but the film’s ridiculously bloated budget of around $225 million is a daunting number to try and recuperate in a summer that has plenty of other blockbusters to go around, especially when one considers Man of Steel’s promotional campaign isn’t even a part of that money.
The transmissions coming through the film’s Deep Space Radio Wave (DSRW) Project website are now seemingly complete, with the static eventually revealing itself as a message, decoded as “You Are Not Alone,” which sounds like just the kind of ominously veiled threat that General Zod would be sending Superman. The Man of Steel website still has a static video – probably featuring Zod’s shield – and apparently the page’s source code includes a timer that is ticking down to 5pm PDT today. It’s thought that a third trailer for the film could debut tonight, perhaps coinciding with Henry Cavill presenting at the MTV Movie Awards.
And if that’s not enough, keen-eyed Los Angeles residents sent pictures (seen above) to the Man of Steel Facebook page featuring two billboards that Warner Bros. set up. One features a distorted image of the Superman emblem, but the other is a series of Kryptonian numbers, the same used for the DSRW website. It turns into the IP “126.96.36.199,” which leads to Iwillfindhim.com, but for now, that just immediately redirects to the Warner Bros. website. I think you’ll agree it’s pretty disappointing to get a dead end like that, especially since a billboard is advertising this thing. Superman may be faster than a speeding bullet, but his marketing team is slightly rough around the edges.
Stay tuned to Cinema Blend for all your Kryptonian translation needs, and we’ll hopefully have something more to show you later tonight. And maybe once the film finally gets released on June 14, we can finally see if all this expensive advertising was worth it.