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Bill Nye And The MythBusters Ponder How Superman Shaves

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In only a few more weeks, Warner Bros. and DC Comics will release another Superman reboot film with Man of Steel. The movie studio and comic book publisher are going for a darker and grittier look at the Last Son of Krypton. They brought on Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan to produce the new film, while Watchmen director Zack Snyder helmed the iconic superhero movie. A few weeks ago, the Internet almost shutdown because of the excitement over the film’s first trailer, which led to some interesting questions about the Son of Jor-El. For instance, how does Superman shave?

Razor blade manufacturer Gillette has joined forces with Warner Bros. to launch an interesting viral marketing campaign called “How Does He Shave?” Gillette has rounded up some scientific celebrities and geek icons including Bill Nye, Kevin Smith, Mayim Bialik, and MythBusters‘ Adam Savage & Jamie Hyneman to offer up their theories on how Superman shaves his face.

Under the light of our yellow sun, every part of Superman — including his facial hair — increases in strength and durability. At the beginning of the first Man of Steel trailer, Clark Kent works as a fisherman (start the Jesus Christ comparisons now!) with a full, scruffy beard. By the end of the trailer, he’s the clean-shaven superhero we know and love. So how did he do it?

The group of celebrities Gillette recruited offer up some interesting theories, which include grinding his beard off, using the material from the rocket he travel to Earth in, using enzymes to breakdown his facial hair, and using the Large Hadron Collider. How do you think Superman shaves?

Man of Steel is the re-telling of the Superman origin story. Before his home planet of Krypton was destroyed, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) sent his only son (Henry Cavill), Kal-El, to Earth. Once on our planet, he is adopted by Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha Kent (Diane Lane), and Kal-El becomes Clark Kent, who eventually becomes Superman, Earth’s greatest protector. Oh, and Michael Shannon plays General Zod.

Man of Steel will hit theaters everywhere on June 14, in 3D and IMAX. You can watch the Man of Steel trailer below:

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