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Today in Nerd History | June 14

Today marks a day of high-octane action, epic superhero battles, and gripping survival adventures in the world of pop culture. On June 14, we celebrate the anniversaries of “The Bourne Identity” in 2002, which redefined the spy thriller genre, “Man of Steel” in 2013, which launched a new era for Superman, and “The Last of Us” in 2013, a game that set a new standard for narrative and emotional depth in video games. Let’s delve into some “Nerdy Facts” about these groundbreaking releases.

Inclusion on this list does not imply that the entry is family friendly, only that is was a nerd culture milestone. Parents should, of course, use discernment.

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2002: The Bourne Identity (Theaters)

“The Bourne Identity,” based on Robert Ludlum’s novel, starred Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, an amnesiac spy on a journey to uncover his true identity while being pursued by assassins.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Revolutionizing Action: The film is credited with revitalizing the spy genre with its gritty realism and intense, shaky-cam action sequences, which influenced numerous subsequent action films, including the James Bond series.
  • Matt Damon’s Training: To prepare for the role, Matt Damon underwent extensive training in boxing, firearms, and Krav Maga, ensuring that his portrayal of Bourne was both authentic and physically convincing.
  • Global Shoot: “The Bourne Identity” was shot in numerous locations across Europe, including Paris and Prague, adding a genuine international flavor to the film’s fast-paced and globetrotting narrative.

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2013: Man of Steel (Theaters)

“Man of Steel,” directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, offered a modern retelling of Superman’s origins, focusing on his alien heritage and his struggle to find his place on Earth.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Visual Style: Zack Snyder’s distinctive visual style brought a darker, more intense aesthetic to the Superman story, which was both praised and debated by fans and critics for its departure from traditional portrayals of the character.
  • Soundtrack Power: The film’s powerful score was composed by Hans Zimmer, whose work added epic grandeur and emotional depth to the cinematic experience, distinguishing it from previous Superman films.
  • Box Office Success: “Man of Steel” was a commercial success, grossing over $668 million worldwide, and set the stage for the subsequent expansion of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

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2013: The Last of Us (PlayStation 3)

“The Last of Us,” developed by Naughty Dog, is celebrated for its compelling storytelling and deep character development, set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by fungal-infected humans.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Critical Acclaim: The game was universally acclaimed for its narrative approach, blending survival horror elements with emotional storytelling, and won numerous Game of the Year awards.
  • Voice Acting Excellence: The performances of Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who played Joel and Ellie, respectively, were particularly lauded for bringing depth and authenticity to their characters, enhancing the emotional impact of the story.
  • Impactful Storytelling: “The Last of Us” is noted for its use of the video game medium to explore themes of loss, sacrifice, and the human condition, making it a standout example of video games as an art form.

June 14 is a day to recognize the transformative power of storytelling, whether through the lens of a spy coming to grips with his identity, a superhero grappling with his powers, or survivors navigating a devastated world. Each of these narratives offers a unique exploration of character and resilience, continuing to inspire and captivate audiences. Happy Nerd History Day to all who revel in these tales of discovery and survival!

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