MAN OF STEEL (2013)
Director: Zach Snyder
Writer: David S. Goyer
Cast: Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Chris Meloni and Laurence Fishburne
Studio: Warner Brothers
“Man of Steel” suffers from carrying the banner of a 75 year old icon. Will there ever be a perfect film adaptation? Probably not, but it doesn’t mean that they should stop trying. We’re approaching 7 years since the last outing with the underrated Brandon Routh. That being said, Cavill isn’t a bad Clark Kent/Superman. He just becomes Fightman when it becomes relevant that character development isn’t the strong suit of this production team. Sure, they keep it up through the Krypton sequence and the Smallville early years. What happens is that the sheer concentration on relationship building comes apart when Jonathan Kent’s character motivations go to hell during a sequence with a Tornado.
What ultimately kills the film is its schizo nature, as it wants to stay relevant and yet continue a proud legacy. The Kents want to turn Clark into a shining beacon in-line with Jor-El’s deepest wishes. But, they are also scared of losing their foster child to the government. The sense of caring and the struggle to fight against the darkest elements of nature is there. However, the film feels like it is running through a checklist rather than laying the groundwork for a successful rebirth on film. DC Comics by their nature is about revamping for each new generation. Unfortunately, this allows the uninformed masses to assume that means inconsistency. It doesn’t.
Goyer lifts bits from past runs from Grant Morrison, Mark Waid and Geoff Johns. Unfortunately, he does none of the leg work to get to that point. A lot of people would put that weight back on Zach Snyder and Chris Nolan, but the fundamentals begin with the script. This isn’t anything but an Elseworlds tale, but all alternate histories for myth begin with a respect for a shared framework. Whether you see him as Space Moses or the Big Blue Boy Scout, Superman exists to fulfill a need. The presence of an ever-loving God in a world where science routinely crushes all hope for the fantastic. The fact that he is an alien from a super evolved world makes the irony that much richer.
Will this movie win over new fans? Sure. I’d just like to be the Democratic response standing in the corner to suggest better takes. Nothing is wrong with this take, it’s just that it needs a counterbalance. Jonathan Kent wants his foster son to be a role model. Superman doesn’t kill unless he has absolutely no other choice. Lois Lane is good, but she’s not going to undercut intelligence efforts to find a secret identity. Martha Kent can’t take a beating from a Kryptonian and survive. Plus, the heat signature from a giant alien vessel moving around the Arctic would warrant a response from any of the G8 nations. Outside of that, “Man of Steel” is still the second best Superman film ever.
RELEASE DATE: 06/14/2013
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