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Man of Steel (2013 film)

Director Zack Snyder's 2013 film based on the DC Comics character

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A "Darker" Superman Works Well As A Film!

  • Jun 17, 2013
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Those of you who remember Christopher Reeve's "campy" Superman films of the 1970's can forget anything you saw in those films.  There is nothing "campy" in this film and that is ok by me.  The film opens with the birth of Kal-el on Krypton.  His father has hidden Ka-el's birth because he is the first natural birth to happen in a few hundred years.  Like the book Brave New World all babies are born in a laboratory and conditioned to have specific careers.  As Krypton is in its last days Kal-el's parents want him to start Krypton over with "free choice" on the Earth.

General Zod learns what the els have done and comes to steal Kal-el.  He and his forces arrive a minute too late as Lara has sent her son to the heavens in a ship bound for Earth.  Zod kills El and gets ready to intercept Kal-el's ship but he and his forces are caught and are exiled to the Phantom Zone.  Shortly after Krypton self destructs.

We see an adult Kal-el on Earth using varous identies and going from place to place (like David Banner in the old Incredible Hulk tv series) each time someone suspects something about him.  He has several flashbacks to growing up under the tutelage of Jonathan Kent who kept telling him that nobody must know of his special abilites because he will be feared.

He will later learn of his Krypton birth and will discover an ancient outpost where he can insert a special key that was sent with him in the ship by his Krypton father.  This key activiates the ancient outpost with a holographic image of his father complete with his father's memories.  He will also be provided the costume that we have come ot know.

Of course the baddies led by Zod will escape the Phantom Zone and learn where Kal-el is living and come to threaten Earth.  It will be up to Kal-el to make some serious decisions.  Does he defend his Earth identity and the only planet that he knows or should he go with Zod and further his plans for a new Krypton.

This movie is filled with a lot of inner turmoil and like Bruce Wayne in the Nolan Dark Knight films, Kal-el must dig deep down and figure out who he is and what he wants to be.  Lois Lane is also in the film and she tries to help Kal-el with solving his identity.   She is on thin ice with her newspaper and her editor (played brilliantly by Larry Fisbourne).  I thoroughly enjoyed the film from start to finish.  Some people complained that the special effects and fight scenes were overdone.  I did not get that but maybe because I only saw the 2D version. 

My only complaint is that Lois Lane seemed to be able to get to places quickly that maybe she shouldn't have been able to get to.  As weveral people have mentioned, we do so a fuel truck with "LexCorp" on it so maybe a sequel is in the works with a very familiar Superman foe.

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June 18, 2013
Totally agree! This is a film that will stand the test of time, because it's approach is that of an intelligent SF movie, not a nostalgic comic book adaptation. (I had been convinced that Hollywood had abandoned injecting brains into their action flicks, because their focus groups told them that audiences just want dumb movies with lots of explosions. The fact that this movie is doing extremely well at the box office proves me wrong and that there is still hope for us as a civilization.) Humanity is dubious about having such a powerful E.T. among them, and as events unfold, it seems that their worst fears are confirmed. I love how we finally get an intelligent Lois Lane, for once. Maybe she is a Rose Tyler rub off effect? (Doctor Who. Have you noticed that the companions have gotten a lot smarter, of late?). Yes, this movie gives us a gritty new take on this hero, and it does feel a lot more like how a situation like this would actually go down, rather than the Big Blue Boy Scout version we've come to know over the decades. Yes, he can kill. But he is not cold-blooded about it, and he is anguished over needing to do it. I can respect this a lot more than what has been the standard cliche of "he always finds another way."
June 18, 2013
Spoilers for anybody reading this comment ----- What did you think of how Superman disposed of Zod at the end? I don't think Superman ever killed anyone intentionally in the history of the franchise. Maybe it was payback for the way Zod killed his father?
June 18, 2013
Actually Supes killed Zod and his two other cohorts because he had no choice (in the comics). Yeah, Zod came back at a different form, but yes, this act that he took made him question a lot of things....
June 18, 2013
Have not read that one. Was it anything like the end of Superman 2? I do remember in a George Reeves episode that he leaves two people who learn his secret identity on a frozen cliff and tells them he will come back to them with supplies and they die falling off the cliff.
 
June 18, 2013
I liked this movie a lot (reviewed it also) and I was very happy to see DC go for a much darker comic book like tempo than Marvel uses in its films (I hate the way they rely on comedy than character building). The one thing I can say is that its fragmented style of storytelling can distance some viewers.... nice one
June 18, 2013
I guess since we know all the Superman details already, this might not have bothered us. I really like how as a boy he was overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds (like Sookie in the True Blood series sometimes gets as a mind reader) and that he was seeing people as skeletons. Nice touch that his mother told him to follow her voice to get himself back.
 
June 17, 2013
Still not the original Clark Kent!
June 17, 2013
He is very rarely referred to as Clark Kent in the film.
June 17, 2013
That's to be expected because Clark Kent was a creature of the old style Superman in the '50s.
June 17, 2013
What was interesting is as Kal-el's heightened senses are developing (super hearing and vision) he experiences sensory overload and has to train himself to perceive things normally.
June 18, 2013
Just amazing!
 
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Man of Steel is an American superhero film project, slated to be produced under the development of Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Superman, the film is a reboot of the Superman movie series.

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Director: Zack Snyder
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: David S. Goyer, Jonathan Nolan
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Studios
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