I think pop culture has never really been too kind to AM, always mocking him based on the appearance - underpants, fins, blonde - he was seen as silly, impractical, maybe 'girlie'. Anyone who has read comics in the last 20 know this isn't so. It's basically judging a book by its cover. What this movie did, is it had an actor that is regarded as bad ass regardless of being an actor - like his roles have always been believable and true to his core and he became AM, made the character his own, with thanks to JL for introducing him and not giving us 'classic' AM. So by the time he was wearing the gold, riding a seahorse, people were already into it - it didn't matter. It's almost ironically a reinvention using the source material. I'm so happy this succeeded as i wasn't interested in this movie at all... not one bit. JL had ruined my love for DC and i felt the universe was dying and that the bloggers/youtubers, reviewers were going to slate it and sabotage it, i just couldn't bare to go into a movie, hopefully see enough to like what i saw, then walk out and be told it was terrible by the media and see it flop around me. I wish DC took this approach with superman - before he actually wears the suit, just big him up so much that his character, personality transcended everything, that his disguise worked and that superman and his suit made sense.. anyways, each to their own.