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Man of Steel
« on: June 08, 2013, 01:03:53 PM »
Man of Steel

My Grade: A-

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 Got to go to a screening Thursday night for Man of Steel so, obviously, I took the opportunity and went. Suffered through drive-time traffic to go to a theater on the other end of the city, an area I wasn't greatly familiar with and got turned around getting home but, in the end, go to see this movie two weeks before most everyone else.

 In a word: Decent.

 Our story starts off on Krypton where Jor-El is trying to convince the council to take steps to save what they can of their people because Krypton is about to implode due to over-mining of the planet's core. The council is shooing Jor-El away when things are interrupted by General Zod who's angry with the path Krypton has taken and wants to use a device to raise Krypton in his own way using a genetic lineage stored in the device (the Codec?) It seems Krypton has has no natural births in centuries as each Kryptonian is selectively-bred through genetic engineering to fullfill a specific role in society perfectly. (Hmmmm...) That is except for one, Jor-El has just recently helped birth Krypton's first natural-born son in eons. As Krypton crumbles the baby is placed in a space capsule and sent into space, meanwhile Zod and his followers are eventually captured and banished to serve a sentence and what we all know is the Phantom Zone. Krypton implodes/blowsup.

 The baby, Kal-El, eventually makes it to Earth and is adopted by a farm family, the Kents, and is raised as their son Clark. As an adult Clark lives a secluded nomadic life "of the grid" trying to find out who he is and what his place is in the world. Along this path he finds himself working in an Arctic research station where he meets a young intrepid reporter, Lois Lane, and eventually the answers to questions he has on who he is. Things turn bad when General Zod and his fellow captors turn up at Earth demanding it hand over Kal-El when, really, Zod intends to turn Earth into a New Krypton once he regains possession of the Codec he assumes Kal-El has.

 Intercut through the movie are moments from Clark's childhood, being taught by his father Jonathon Kent and his encounters with Pete Ross and Lana Lang in Smallville, as well are some scenes with Lois and her dealings in Metropolis with Editor-in-Don't Call Me-Chief Perry White. Lois being driven to find the man who had saved back at the research station during an attack.

 Overall, it's a decent movie with a lot of good action scenes and some good character moments for everyone involved, as well as some nice surprises and changes in the lore most are probably used to when it comes to Superman (who doesn't even get his name until a one-off line half-way through.) Superman has some great battles with Zod and the other Kryptonian Criminals, some good interactions with Lois and the hologram projection of his father and there's some nice stuff in the flashbacks to a younger Clark with his father.

 The movie also, however, feels scattershot. Instead of being a building story showing Clark's progression form child, to teen, to wandering adult to Superman it's all sort of shuffled up a bit. I think -like the 1978 movie- being more of a saga through Clark's life would've been more interesting but, granted, short on the action through a good portion of it.

 Everyone does a good job in their performances I think Cavill turns in a good performance and look as Clark/Superman and Adams is great as a Lois Lane, we even get to see her stronger "Army Brat" side to some degree. Good job by the actor who played Zod -but, really, nothing beats Terrance Stamp- and Crow actually works as Superman's father, Jor-El.

 Action was decent if sometimes a bit blurry and hard to follow with the Kryptonians moving at lightning speeds but my seats weren't great so that may have something to do with it. The movie also suffers a bit from the Abrhams lens-flare effect.

 But, how does it set up the road to a Justice League movie/ DC-CU?

(Mild Spoilers)

 Eh..... I dunno. The aftereffects of Iron Man set-up the MCU nicely in a universe somewhat grounded in "a" reality that, granted, slowly introduced the fantastical and made it into a big deal by the time The Avengers came along. Here? We already have the fantastical front and center and with everything that happens this movie, well, the grander scale of the DCU is certainly in play here. It'll be interesting to see how (if) future DC-CU movies follow up. In the wake of The Avengers there was talk with the amount of damage done to NYC in the wake of the alien attack? Here? It's much, much, grander. Be interesting to see how things are worked together but, right now, it doesn't seem like they'll have nearly the cohesive universe the MCU has.

 (END Spoilers)

 Overall I'd recommend it, but I still think there's still a great, awesome, grand, Superman movie waiting to be made, perhaps in a sequel to this one. Is it better than Returns? Oh hell yes. Is it everything a Superman movie can and should be? Not really. It seemed to lack some awe and heart and it lacked really seeing the people of Metropolis or even the world really seeing Superman and getting behind him. Heck, the Series Finale of Smallville played that a bit better.

 That's all I got.

 No stinger after the credits (at least not in the preview I saw) nor is there a scene after title cards before the scrolling credits. Which, really? How is there NOT one in this day and age?

I like it more on reflection but it just lacked... "something" there's also some Status Quo/mythology changes I'm not so sure about. Anyway, I can't wait to see it again on release. Maybe a second viewing in better seats will change my opinions on it. There's not much about the movie I didn't like (hence the high grade) there's just also not much about it I was gaga-over that made me go "That's Superman!" hence the apathetic review. I will say that Clark wearing a Royals t-shirt in one of the scenes got a great reaction from this audience, as did the "I'm from Kansas, sir." Both of those really made me smile.

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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2013, 01:44:27 PM »
any truth to that batman cameo that has been going around?
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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2013, 04:02:47 PM »
None whatsoever.


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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2013, 08:42:53 PM »
there is a new rumor floating around about a scene in which involves General Zod in space and a satellite that says "Wayne Incorporated" on it.
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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2013, 03:17:24 AM »
That may have been the case, I didn't see Wayne's name on the satellite but my seats were fairly close so such a detail could've been missed.  There were tanker trucks, however, with "Lex Corp" on them.



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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2013, 09:46:36 AM »
I went to go see Man of Steel but it turned out to be something else. 

His kryptonite turned out to be vagina but fortunately he lived under a yellow son.


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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2013, 10:07:14 AM »
So how much of this movie is the origin? We don't have to wait a whole hour to see him in the suit, do we?



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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2013, 06:14:51 PM »
No, it's setup very similar to "Batman Begins" the first half hour or so deals with Jor-El on Krypton but once the action moves to Earth Clark is already an adult -but not yet Superman- stuff from his childhood and younger years are intercut as flashbacks. Maybe half way through/hour in he's donned the suit and we get into more Superman stuff but between the beginning of the movie and that moment there's a lot of good stuff. No watching him grow up for the first half of the movie.  It *could* be argued the whole movie is the "origin" as by the end of the movie he's established as a hero for humanity and has fully donned the Superman name.   But, like I said, more set-up like Batman Begins than Superman: The Movie.

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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2013, 08:01:07 PM »
That's cool. Although I am still waiting for a movie studio to realize that with some of these established character you don't HAVE to show the origin.

Now that I think of it, the ONE superhero movie (live action) that didn't have an origin story was Hancock, and that was a new character!



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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2013, 01:48:07 AM »
That's cool. Although I am still waiting for a movie studio to realize that with some of these established character you don't HAVE to show the origin.

Now that I think of it, the ONE superhero movie (live action) that didn't have an origin story was Hancock, and that was a new character!

Hancock had plenty of origin, it was just handled crappily in bad dialog crammed into the last half hour.
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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2013, 08:15:54 PM »
‘Man Of Steel’ Sequel Underway With Zack Snyder And David S. Goyer
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This isn’t exactly a surprise given the hot anticipation and theatrical buzz awaiting Man Of Steel‘s limited opening Thursday and wide release Friday. But I’ve learned it’s official: Warner Bros Pictures is fast-tracking the Superman reboot sequel with its successful twosome already in place: Zack Snyder reprising as director and David S. Goyer repeating as screenwriter. What is a question mark next time is the role Christopher Nolan will fill. For this 3rd Superman franchise, Nolan stepped in as producer and mentor and story co-writer. I’m told that next time Nolan’s producer role won’t be as “full blown”. Hey, he’s busy working on other projects and now the sequel is on firm footing just as the first’s grosses start rolling in. There’s also a Justice League movie with Superman plotted.
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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2013, 02:28:33 PM »

I am wondering, though, because Lois knows who Clark is from the get go... how will their inevitable Daily Planet work bits pan out in the sequel? Usually Lois is telling Clark how much of a failure he is and then fawning over Superman. I think I might actually miss that. What will they replace it with? Lois looking lovesick at Clark as she types odes to him? I digress.


To be fair, it's been about 20 years since Lois discovered that in the comics. The duo was married for about 15 years. (They're not right now, because DC did an idiotic reboot of the universe.) And she's known in Lois and Clark. (She didn't in Smallville or S:TAS, IIRC.) She knows in 75% of the animated movies as well.

Oh, and the jerk who wasn't Jimmy?  This guy?


Steve Lombard. Reoccurring character in the Superman books whose main characteristic is "He works with Clark and Lois and is a jerk." He actually came off pretty well in Man of Steel compared to, say, the released earlier this year film Superman Unbound.

Personally, I liked it. It's a good film. I'm just not sure if it's a good Superman film.


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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2013, 04:05:53 PM »
Since the DC New-52 reboot, Lois Lane no longer knows Clark is Superman.  As a matter of face she's engaged to someone else and, for now, Clark has moved on and is dating Wonder Woman.


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Re: Man of Steel
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2013, 04:07:17 PM »
Great movie. Loved all of it. Seeing it again later.


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Re: Man of Steel
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