Christopher Nolan Sneaks Into 'Man of Steel' Screening

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This story first appeared in the June 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Yes, that was The Dark Knight auteur Christopher Nolan looking very self-conscious as he slipped into the ArcLight in Hollywood on the afternoon of Saturday, June 15, to watch -- what else? -- his latest production, Man of Steel.

Nolan needn't have worried: Almost nobody recognized him as he took a seat in the second row of one of the smallest theaters, along with wife Emma Thomas and kids.

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At least the film's writer-producer stuck to his principles: A vocal critic of the stereoscopic format, he opted for the 2-D version of the movie. He once told a crowd at the 2010 L.A. Times Hero Complex Film Festival: "I'm not a huge fan of 3-D."

Nolan, who tested 3-D for his film Inception, decided not to use the format because "we didn’t have time to do it to the standards that I would be happy with."

He added, "The truth is, I think it’s a misnomer to call it 3-D versus 2-D. The whole point of cinematic imagery is it’s three-dimensional. … You know, 95 percent of our depth cues come from occlusion, resolution, color and so forth, so the idea of calling a 2-D movie a ’2-D movie’ is a little misleading."

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