Since I published my scathing review, folks have been asking for details about what I dislike so intensely about the abomination that is Man of Steel, so I will hit the highlights here, in an extraordinarily spoilerific post. Though I do not think this movie can be “ruined,” I will show MoS more courtesy than it shows Superman (or his fans) by not spitting on it without fair warning.
So, if you want to read what I have to
say bitch about, make the jump…
It turns out there was a very good reason that this movie is called Man of Steel instead of using some variation of Superman in the title: There’s barely any Superman in it. Sure, the main character comes from the planet Krypton and wears blue longjohns and a cape — but he only very rarely behaves like Superman.
The movie opens on Krypton — which has been reimagined as a hybrid society of Game of Thrones and The Matrix, where liquid-metal robots exist side-by-side with dragons a man can ride to his high-tech cave — a doomed planet where scientist Jor-El (Russell Crowe) wants to save the planet’s genetic information from destruction, and General Zod (Michael Shannon) decides to stage a military coup even though the planet is falling apart around him. Defeated, Zod and his forces are exiled to the Phantom Zone just minutes before Krypton is destroyed. But not before Jor-El sends his newborn son to Earth (along with the Codex, the genetic that could one day rebuild Kryptonian society).
Wow. Just… wow.
Man of Steel opens next week.
Will Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel finally be the Superman movie we’ve all been dreaming of — the film that Superman fans deserve? The latest trailer certainly makes it look that way…
Krypton, Russell Crowe, Lois Lane, Zod, mournful piano music that grows into a stunning heroic theme — and an explanation for the S shield? (Plus, the best acting of Kevin Costner‘s entire career in the one line, “You are my son.”) What more could we want?