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Today in Nerd History | June 28

On this day in entertainment history, we celebrate the return of an iconic superhero to the big screen and a charming musical fantasy that imagines a world without The Beatles. Let’s dive into some “Nerdy Facts” about “Superman Returns” and “Yesterday,” two films that explore themes of heroism and music in their own unique ways.

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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2006: Superman Returns (Theaters)

“Superman Returns,” directed by Bryan Singer, aimed to reinvigorate the Superman saga by bringing back the nostalgic charm of the earlier films while introducing the Man of Steel to a new generation.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Return After a Hiatus: “Superman Returns” was released nearly 20 years after the previous Superman film, “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace,” and sought to act as a sequel to “Superman II,” ignoring the events of the third and fourth films.
  • Visual Spectacle: The film showcased significant advancements in visual effects, including a meticulously crafted sequence where Superman saves a plane, which was praised for its thrilling execution and technical excellence.
  • Casting Continuity: Brandon Routh was cast for his physical resemblance to Christopher Reeve, who famously portrayed Superman in the first four films. This casting choice was intended to evoke the spirit and style of Reeve’s performances.

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2019: Yesterday (Theaters)

“Yesterday,” directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, explores a whimsical scenario in which a struggling musician is the only person who remembers The Beatles, leading to a complex journey of fame and self-discovery.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Unique Premise: The film’s premise offers a creative twist on the musical genre by mixing a love story with the fantasy of a world where The Beatles never existed, allowing the protagonist to reintroduce their iconic songs to the world.
  • Beatles Approvals: The project received the blessing of the living Beatles members and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, which allowed the filmmakers to use the band’s original music throughout the film.
  • Cultural Impact: “Yesterday” not only celebrates the enduring legacy of The Beatles but also examines the effects of global fame and the importance of authenticity in art.

June 28 is a day to remember for fans of both superheroes and classic rock, as “Superman Returns” and “Yesterday” each bring something special to their respective genres. Whether flying high above the skies of Metropolis or strumming a familiar tune that the world has strangely forgotten, these films offer powerful reminders of the heroes and melodies that shape our cultural landscape. Happy Nerd History Day to all who revel in the return of great legends and the magical power of music!

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