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Preview: Man of Steel

Updated on December 12, 2012

Superman has had a rough time at the box office as of late ever since Richard Donner stopped making films starring the Man of Steel. Oddly enough, the man that had just brought the Bat from the ashes is now trying his hand at another DC Comic hero. Christopher Nolan had finished his Batman trilogy last summer and brought his team's attention to the Man of Steel, however, he is taking a break from directing and solely taking his time in writing the script with his brother. Zack Snyder who gained fame in large part due to his turns in visual spectacles such as Watchmen and 300 takes the chair as the director of this film starring Henry Cavill (Immortals) as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams (The Fighter) as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner (Field of Dreams) as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane (Unfaithful) as Martha Kent, Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) as General Zod and Russell Crowe (Gladiator) as Jor-El. Nolan also brought with him Hanz Zimmer who composed the music for his past few movies, namely the Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception. As far as the movie actually stands, of course it seems to have a darker tone then previous Superman films. The overall direction of the story judging by the teaser trailer and the recent trailer that had been released seems to drive home the question that in today's day and age where we can barely accept our neighbor, would we be able to accept some alien with god like powers? It brings up plenty of compelling plot lines that ooze with potential. It is also very relieving to at least me that the origin story of Superman will not include Lex Luthor for once. Maybe that's just me though.

The newest trailer shows Clark growing up unsure of how to fit in when he cannot be himself as if people know him well enough, his powers could lead him into some trouble. However, the good person he is leads him to save people when his school bus crashes on the way to school. This leads Jonathan Kent to ridicule him and explain to him that he has to keep that side of himself a secret, even if that leads to people dying. Clark, being an impressionable child at the time, of course will listen to his adopted father. However, I am sure all of this changes when he finds the remnants of the ship he came to Earth in set with crystals of sorts that lead him to the Fortress of Solitude that allows him to get the answers to the questions he has. Jor-El, his actual father, left remnants scattered throughout his ship to be able to communicate with his son even after his own death and explain to him what lies ahead. Most importantly, how the people of Earth will in time embrace him and be inspired to be more like him.

Clark's quest to be accepted by the people that he loves and protects so dearly will be a tough one. When they see his alter ego's power they will see him as a threat at first, leading him to believe that the best course of action in order to gain their trust is to turn himself into the authorities and explain to them what his motives are. It is a powerful shot on both the trailer and in the theatrical poster for him to be escorted by military personnel while in handcuffs. We all know as viewers that he could easily break out of his restraints and from the military, but that is not the point. As always, Superman does whatever is necessary for the greater good, even if that means no more Superman. The people of Metropolis will then be more inclined to accept him when a great evil such as General Zod comes to town seeking vengeance on the son of the man that threw him into the Phantom Zone, which pretty much serves as hell in the mythology of Superman. Zod brings with him an army to destroy everything that Superman loves, but he won't go down without a fight. Even if it costs him his life. Or does that come later, like with Doomsday? Would that film then be called Man of Steel Rises?


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    • Nickalooch profile image

      Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD

      your completely right about Wonder Woman, as her character has some parallels to even Thor and Captain America. However, there is the "issue" of the character being a woman and seemingly in Hollywood today they would turn her character into more of a sex symbol then a fully realized character. Shes a tragic character, like you said "a fish out of water" ala Captain America. She comes from royalty from another world, ala Thor. So yes, she could work. However, I fear that they would work just the sex symbol and women rights angle in making her the strong, independent kind of woman that you even brought up. There is plenty of potential with each of the characters, but in large part it depends on the writers behind the movies. Marvel took their time in what they did and it panned out great. If WB and DC does not work together to create something as epic and enthralling as Marvel did, then it will backfire.

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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago

      Well to be fair, I think Green Lantern could've worked had the script been a lot better, and it was better directed, as the film itself just seemed to lack a lot of focus. It didn't seem like the movie knew if it wanted to be about Hal Jordan, the green lantern corps in general or both; which caused their only attempt at the character to fail. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad movie to where it needs to be rebooted, as I think a damn good sequel to it could fix it's problems like "Star Trek II" did with "Star Trek I." Many trekkies say the first film of star trek sucked, but luckily the sequel more than made up for it. Maybe "Green Lantern II" might have the same stroke of luck. Key word here is "Maybe."

      As for Wonder Woman, I think they can make a good movie about her, but the problem with superhero movies featuring women as the main protagonists is that many writers don't really know how to develop them well. Granted, there's been other movies that feature strong women in leading roles like the Kill bill series, the alien movies, the underworld series, and etc. However, when it comes to superhero movies specifically like "supergirl", elektra and seems like hollywood tends to develop them as "strong independent women" before ever bothering to developing them as characters. I think the Nostalgia Chick said it best in her video reviews about that if you want to check it out:

      Anyways, I think wonder woman could work in a movie, but they need to get away from using her as a symbol for equal rights among women like she was in the 60's. Yes, it was part of the reason she became an icon in pop culture back in the 60's, but if they were to try to do that again in today's era, then it would just come off as too preachy. Not saying that women's rights aren't important, as they certainly are. I'm just saying how it'll come across in the film version if a wonder woman movie happens. i think one aspect that hasn't been explored about wonder woman in film, or even the tv series (i think), is possibly explore her roots connecting her to many greek mythology. Correct me if im wrong here, but doesn't wonder woman's origins connect to mythology like Hades, and etc? If that's the case, then there might be a lot they can explore with that. Plus, when she gets to our world, there's always the plot device of "fish out of water" that can be explored with her character. Showing princess diana's fascination with man's world, yet disgust over how we take it for granted each day. Your a film maker, and i'm sure i don't have to tell you how much a "fish out of water" concept can be used to make a film great.

      As for Martian Manhunter, I think it could work theoretically, as his character is somewhat of an outcast on Earth being the only Martian. Plus, unlike Superman that grew up on Earth, Martian manhunter never did, so he's really isolated and a "fish out of water." I think it really depends on the screenplay though for that character.

      As for Aquaman, I agree with you completely. I honestly don't see how his character would work on the big screen. Maybe as a TV series maybe, but I just can't see it. I think Marvel has a better chance at making a decent Namor movie than Aquaman if you want me to be honest.

      As for tone of the characters, I think your right, as I know Marvel was great in making sure all the characters in the avengers had the same tone and style in the solo films leading up to it, so audiences could buy into it easily. However, that's kind of why dc and marvel are so different. When wolverine and spider-man do a crossover, nobody really cares, or makes that big of a deal out of it because they meet up all the damn time. All the marvel characters, or most of them, live in the same city, so it's kind of expected. Whereas dc whenever superman and batman crossover, its' like an event for comic book readers because of two characters with drastically different tones are coming together.

      I think your right that it's going to be hard pulling off the "Justice League" since they're not going to have the luxury of having solo films leading up to it to establish the key characters. However, it should be interesting, and I hope brainiac turns out to be the real villain in the man of steel movie too, but somehow i doubt it though...

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      Ayo-Italiano 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      can not wait for this movie! the arguement that i have for comic book films that try to root themselves in realism is that they are still false; but on that note trying to place this fantasm into a modern era is not a bad thing because the thing that connects these beloved heroes is that what it all boils down... it's how their parents raised them and their morals

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      Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD

      I agree on a lot of accounts. I don't think it'll be uber realistic like the dark knight trilogy simply because, they are two completely different beasts. I like where they seem to be going with this film though. As for Lex, I think it is fair to say he'll be the villain for the second movie (Joker, the nemesis of Batman showed up in the second) Me personally though, I'd be much happier if Micheal Shannon is actually Brainiac instead of General Zod.

      As for the Justice League rumors. I think it is very interesting how JGL is rumored to be Batman following the ending of TDKR mixed with Nolan's involvement in now Man of Steel. It almost fits to perfectly. You look over at Marvel and how they have Whedon front running everything for the Avengers essentially in terms of story. What if Nolan has started that with the ending of TDKR? I doubt it, but what if? What if JGL shows up at the end of Man of Steel?

      It'll be interesting know the less to see how it pans out, but I do feel like the Justice League movie is a knee jerk reaction that they are rushing into. I'd rather them build the characters up then make the JL movie. Also the other issue with this though, is that each of the characters have much different tones making it much harder to bring them all together without being campy. Avengers did it perfectly. I have a hard time seeing them make entertaining and engaging Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman and Wonder Woman movies. Green Lantern however, I do think is the easiest to make of all of them, but their recent attempt was one big fail.

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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago

      It should be interesting to see how this movie pans out, as I'm all for the darker tone of the film, as long as dark doesn't mean uber realistic like "the dark knight trilogy" was. not saying it's a bad thing, but there's only so much realism you can add to superman without it being...absurd.... I honestly don't mind if they had included lex luthor in this one, as long as they don't portray him as the greedy campy landlord type again. Plus, I think if Lex does show up in the sequel to this, I vote for Daniel Day Lewis to play him. After I saw "There Will Be Blood", I was like..."Now that's how Lex should be like in a Superman movie!" lol.

      Anyways, have you heard about the latest justice league rumors? granted, they may not be true, but they're still pretty cool. I know there's been various sources that claim WB might get Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play batman in the justice league film. Plus, they're saying that Darkseid might be the main villain in it. Although my only concern about that is how Darkseid is almost too damn similar to Thanos in a lot of ways; which will mean most mainstream audiences might see Darkseid as a rip off of Thanos.

      Of course, you and I know different, but lets be honest. Most average movie fans aren't going to be too familiar with those characters, so more than likely unless there's some creative writing involved, most audiences might perceive it as WB ripping off Marvel. Not saying they are, but just saying if you look at it from a non comic book readers perspective.

      anyways, i hope you have a great holiday in case i don't see ya