Superman is still an icon figure, but Man of Steel shows what happens after 80 years of random writers and artists taking their best and worst shots. Man of Steel is mix tape of Superman Greatest Hits with a little bit of everything tossed in for good measure. It wasn’t bad, but it was a little long winded on aspects of Clark Kent’s story that I have to believe anyone with a pulse is already familiar with.
I really liked the look of Man of Steel, until he actually put on the cape and became Superman. Man of Steel feels most like a continuation of Smallville, though to be honest, I stopped watching Smallville a good seven or eight years before it was finally canned. This Clark does look a lot like Smallville’s Clark.
The story is mostly the same old same about Superman coming from a broken home-sorry, I couldn’t resist-and how he had a tough childhood and how good the Clarks are and bad General Zod is and so on and so forth. One of my major gripes about the story is that they go out of their way to show us what a wimp Clark is and how he wouldn’t hurt a fly-then he spends the last half of the movie wantonly destroying every building, train, semi-tractor, and anything else that happens to be in his way. So our Hero thinks it’s ok to wreck buildings?
By the time he’s done with Metropolis the whole city is in ruins and countless people are dead-but hey, he’s Superman so it’s all good.
Easily the dullest parts of the film are the Super Dude Vs Super Dude fight scenes where long minutes of property destruction leave us with draw after draw. The special effects were mostly good, but did I mention there were a couple of hundred skyscrapers destroyed just for the hell of it?
Man of Steel was a good setup for future films, it was just a bit over the top for my taste.