September 24, 2012
SNYDER THINKS OF himself as a “self-conscious” speaker. Seconds before he went onstage, he received a text message from a friend. It read, “Good luck, dude, try not to fuck it up with the whole world watching.” There were eighty thousand people in the stadium, and hundreds of millions watched on television. “That was what I was thinking as I started speaking: Don’t fuck it up with the whole world watching.” In Spider-Man Underoos, clutching his red Peanuts lunchpail, Snyder read his lines. When he finished, a hundred-foot-tall puppet of Pulchrov rose from the stage floor.