Superman Rountable Review: Hardee’s Super Bacon Cheese Thickburger written by John Bierly June 1, 2013 We showed you the Snyder-directed, Cavill-starring TV spot for Hardee’s new Super Bacon Cheese Thickburger. (Have a coupon on us.) We talked about it on the podcast. We even created a tag. And now, the Gentlemen have joined forces for a tag-team review of this beautiful beast of a burger. Have you had one yet? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments! SEAN GERBER When I launched Modern Myth Media on March 15, 2011, the name was chosen in tribute to and celebration of our modern mythology. At the time, a new film for our original modern myth, Superman, was on the horizon. All we knew at the time was that Christopher Nolan was producing, Zack Snyder was directing, and Henry Cavill was starring. In hindsight, what more did we need to know? Originally, we expected to see the film, later titled Man of Steel, late in 2012. Things changed when Warner Bros. had The Hobbit already set for December 2012 and a vacuum in its Summer 2013 release schedule since there would be no Green Lantern sequel. Alas, we were going to have to wait six additional months. As The Gentlemen of the Modern Myth Media Podcast waited in nerd agony, temporary relief was found in a shared love of cheeseburgers. The heart of our show, John Bierly, was the first to confess his love for the one food as American as Superman, and the rest of us soon followed. Things are finally coming full circle in expected and unexpected ways. We knew Man of Steel was coming and when it would arrive. We did not know how amazing it might be. We knew we could eat as many cheeseburgers as our hearts could take. We did not know, however, that our two favorite slices of Americana would merge to cure the appetites we’ve been building for over two years. Enter Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s with their Super Bacon Cheese Thickburger, which has been paired with Man of Steel in emphatic fashion in a commercial directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill. If ever there was a gesture aimed right at the hearts of the MMM crew, this must be it. Our collective love for Superman and cheeseburgers has been reciprocated, and then some. After all, as delicious as a cheeseburger may be, this is a two-year hunger in our respective stomachs. More was needed; more has been served. Before we fill our eyes and brains with 143 minutes of glorious Superman action, our stomachs have already been filled with one-third pound of beef, lettuce, tomato, bread, onion, and mayonnaise. All of these ingredients are every bit as delicious as they should be, but as I said, this is a rare occasion in which a cheeseburger in and of itself is not enough. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s were perfectly aware of the extra kick needed to make a cheeseburger a Super Bacon Cheese Thickburger. They delivered in the form of six savory slices of bacon. In doing so, half of our hunger has been permanently satisfied. The other half will finally be satiated when Man of Steel, a film we’ve been waiting to see ever since this site began, finally hits theaters on June 14, 2013. JOSH COSTELLA I’m no stranger to Superman. I’m no stranger to cheeseburgers. Thanks to Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s promotion with Man of Steel, I was able to enjoy both at the same time! I recently tried the Super Bacon Cheese Thickburger at my local Carl’s Jr. It’s about as American as you can get when it comes to cheeseburgers. A one-third pound beef patty engulfed in a sesame seed bun; slices of American cheese adorn the perfectly cooked beef; a leaf of crisp iceberg lettuce, sliced onions, tomatoes, mayo, and SIX strips of sizzling bacon round out the toppings of this glorious burger fit for any wannabe Kryptonian. I enjoyed this burger very much in case you couldn’t tell. It’s definitely better than your average fast food cheeseburger. I imagine I will try it again in the coming days. It’s definitely an appropriate lunch to have when you’re on your way to get it line for the midnight show of Man of Steel! JUSTIN BOLGER Approximately 5.4 billion years from now, our sun will become what is known as a red giant. It will expand to devour the innermost planets of our solar system including this tiny, blue sanctuary among the cosmos we call home… Earth. When that fateful day approaches and the end of our civilization draws near, it isn’t entirely outside the realm of possibility that an enlightened individual may decide to preserve the best of our culture before the end. To make sure the culinary miracles accomplished by our race are not forgotten, this individual may decide to send a ship containing the finest cheeseburger known to man across an ocean of stars to a less advanced world, giving them a succulent something to strive towards. This cheeseburger, between the last buns of Earth, must be a paragon of palatableness. It must speak to your soul as it is consumed and wrap your stomach in a warm embrace as it settles for digestion. It must call to you when you least expect it. It must overwhelm your better judgment during those times when you know you shouldn’t partake of its piquant pleasures. But it shouldn’t be the new Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s Super Bacon Cheese Thickburger. It just isn’t that good. Imagine every cheeseburger you’ve had from Carl’s Jr. or Hardee’s. Now imagine it with six slices of the same thin, bacon like substance (more suited to Krypto’s Bacon Bits) you find on their morning sandwiches. Congratulations, you’ve now experienced the Super Bacon Cheeseburger! The only part of the experience that’s missing is the puddle of liquid fat left behind as the only evidence (aside from that feeling of shame you now have) that you consumed this monstrosity of marketing. So follow my lead, and break from your circle of friends as they heap ludicrous amounts of praise upon a mediocre cheeseburger that doesn’t really deserve it. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you… at the table of an In ‘N Out Burger if you’re lucky. JOHN BIERLY When director Zack Snyder and our Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill, heeded the call of cholesterol to create a TV spot for Hardee’s new Super Bacon Cheese Thickburger, I knew this was a sandwich I’d gladly follow into the sun. An icy tundra of crisp lettuce, the burning red suns of two succulent tomatoes, dreamy (Truth, Justice, and) American cheese melted with ease, glistening cosmic seas of rich mayo above and below, and enough bacon (six thick slices!) to outweigh Zod’s evil space machines combine to create a lip-smacking Fortress of sesame-bun enclosed Solitude around a one-third pound patty so juicy it seems to have been perfectly seared by heat vision. As someone who doesn’t like mustard or pickles on burgers, I was pleased to find out that, unlike other Hardee’s burgers, this one comes off the assembly line with neither. It’s as if they designed it specifically for me. I did think it was missing just a little something to complement its mountain of meat, so I added a spritz of ketchup for extra zip and zest. (Notice how Superman is punching the calories away from my heart on my shirt.) Superbly accented by crispy fries and a tall, cold Coke, this is one meal that hits the spot faster a than locomotive. It leaps tall buildings in a single bound of flavor that will fill you up and leave you begging for the next time you’re hungry enough for another. I don’t know how long these will be around, so soar on over to your local Hardee’s or Carl’s Jr. before they’re gone! I’m going back as soon as I can, 90-minute round-trip commute be damned. We now return you to your regularly scheduled Modern Myth Media programming. 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It’s a shame I don’t have a Hardee’s in Aurora, IL anymore so I guess I’ll have to settle for seeing MOS until I’m blue in the face …such is life 🙂 Pete Just had to say, I love you guys! Keep up the phenomenal work of entertainment and analysis (food related and other) 🙂 Drew I’ve never laughed so hard (or had my stomach growl as loudly) while reading any MMM article as I have for this one. This is simply amazing- unfortunately we don’t have a Hardee’s (or Carl’s Jr, or In N Out..) here in NYC. We do have a Five Guys, but from what I understand that’s a distant 4th. Please, guys, have some more cheeseburgers for me! T.J. Hardee’s says, “Eat Like You Mean It.” Modern Myth Media says, “Geek Like You Mean It.” Paul Justice You guys greatly overhyped the burger far more than the commercial did with the size of it. it’s thier normal burger with 3 more strips of that thin bacon. Loved the commercial, but was disappointed by the burger. But I did get a Superman figurine out of it. So not too bad. Denny L. Why can’t they have cool promotions like this here in Quebec : ( Stock That Looks….Terrible. I hate movie promotions anyway. Buy this…Superman eats it! The downfall of this country continues. Makes you want to root for Zod. Pingback: Review coming soon … | John Bierly() J Rocka Had it today…it was pretty bleh. I will hit up a Carls Jr every once in a while. I believe their Western Bacon Cheeseburger to be the best hamburger to eat if you must drive and eat at the same time ( the tasty bbq sauce is pasty enough to hold it all together and not drip) But this Super Bacon Cheese Thick Burger was like a Bizarro version of what it could be. I will have to rectify this with a trip to In-N-Out tomorrow.