‘Man of Steel’ Review

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Man of Steel re-imagines the legend of Superman in modern movie fashion – beginning with the story of his home planet, Krypton. We first witness the miraculous birth of Kal-El, son of prominent scientist Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer), who happens to be the first naturally born Kryptonian (i.e., not genetically engineered) in a long time. Unfortunately, Kal’s birth comes just at the time when Krypton’s society is fracturing under the fear inspired by Jor-El’s prediction that the planet’s end is nigh.

An attempted military coup by General Zod (Michael Shannon) sets into motion a series of fateful events that see young Kal-El raised on Earth, where he is warned by his adoptive parents (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) that his god-like alien powers will one day force him to make a choice about how he will change the world for better or worse. And when Zod and his minions suddenly appear in Earth’s orbit, ready to finish what was started on Krypton, Kal-El/Clark Kent realizes that his prophesied moment of choice has now arrived.

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Michael Shannon and Antje Traue in ‘Man of Steel’

As was hoped for by many, Man of Steel is a fine marriage between the rich character-centric storytelling of Dark Knight Trilogy architects Chris Nolan and David S. Goyer, and the signature visual talents of director Zack Snyder. The movie is very much “Superman Begins” in terms of its narrative approach and structure; however, in terms of themes and tone the film achieves its own identity as an insightful, reverent and effectively relatable Superman story. Are there liberties taken with certain details of the costume, origin story or character relationships? Of course. But then again; this is a fresh start to present a new Superman to a modern world – and in that, Man of Steel ultimately succeeds.

Visually, this is Snyder’s most impressive film yet – and it looks pretty stunning in 3D. Everything from Kryptonian culture and technology to the way Superman’s powers (and the impossible physics surrounding them) operate looks on point and believable (enough) in a real-world context. Add to that an abundance of visual iconography and head nods to both the comics and Richard Donner’s seminal films (in particular Superman II) and it’s clear that Man of Steel‘s director has true love, understanding and appreciation for the subject matter at hand.

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The action sequences – while at times a bit too CGI-heavy – are pretty epic in nature and certainly deliver on that perennial fanboy desire to see a film that depicts how super-powered beings would look and feel battling it out in a real-world setting. The wonderful pacing, editing, smart selection of scenes and abundance of action make this two-plus-hour ride go rather quickly; although by the climax, seeing flying men get punched through buildings over and over again might have you checking your watch. The score by Dark Knight composer Hans Zimmer is phenomenal and heightens the film every turn, while also establishing yet another new-age superhero theme to replace a classic favorite (John Williams’ Superman theme from the Donner films).

Script-wise, the story moves at a nonstop pace and should be wholly familiar to fans of Batman Begins in terms of structure; while comic book fans will also recognize several modern Superman stories that were mined for this film’s plot. A lengthy prologue introduces us to the world of Krypton in detailed and imaginative fashion, before we break into that signature Nolan non-linear scene montage format, covering Clark Kent’s life on Earth, past and present. The second act settles back into linear character and plot development (the re-introduction of General Zod), while the third act takes things into a full-on, over-the-top, super-powered showdown.

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Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent in ‘Man of Steel’

In terms of quality, the script definitely has strength and heart in terms of characterization and themes; Nolan and Goyer seem to understand Superman and his origins as well as they did Batman’s, as well as the similarities and the distinct differences between the two characters. The film contains some powerful moments and character beats – particularly where Clark Kent and his human parents are concerned.

At the same time, Man of Steel  is not without some noticeable narrative flaws. The script can be very “comic-bookish” in some scenes of dialogue, and the jumps in time and place during the first act are not as cohesive as they were in Batman Begins. Clever editing and speedy movement earlier on often comes at the price of effective narrative development. In short: if you were one of those people who were hung up on the question of how Bruce Wayne made it back to Gotham after escaping prison in Dark Knight Rises, you’ll find similar gripes with Man of Steel. Thankfully, the studio and filmmakers pull the same magic trick they did with the Batman franchise by casting an impressive array of highly-talented actors, who help elevate the weaker points of the script.

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Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne in ‘Man of Steel’

Henry Cavill’s role is pared-down and restrained much of the time, which, combined with the talent of his co-stars, helps to overcome any deficiencies in his performance and sell him as the new Superman for a new era. By the end, he locks down the role and franchise as his own. Amy Adams (even with her different hair color) and Laurence Fishburne (even with his different skin color) both nail their respective characters of Lois Lane and Perry White and have great chemistry with each other, and with  Cavill. Michael Shannon was the perfect left-field casting choice for General Zod, as he and Antje Traue (as Zod’s lieutenant, Faora-Ul) manage to ground all of the alien fantasy with no-nonsense performances that steer well clear of comic book villain campiness.

Meanwhile, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe add Oscar-caliber gravitas and heart to the film as Superman’s two sets of parents. Crowe gets a substantial amount of screen time to really flesh-out the character of Jor-El like never before, while Lane and Costner totally carry the family drama subplot, which is the most moving and beautiful element of the story. Even military side-characters like Genearl Swanwick, Colonel Nathan Hardy and scientist Emil Hamilton get a boost from being portrayed by fine actors like Harry Lennix (The Matrix 2 & 3), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) and Richard Schiff (The West Wing), respectively.

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Henry Cavill as Superman in ‘Man of Steel’

On the whole, this movie is exactly the sort of experience that many Superman fans have been asking for, with the added benefit of having some smart storytellers providing fresh insight into why the character is one of the most iconic fictional creations out there. Like Nolan and Christian Bale’s first Batman outing, Snyder and Cavill’s first crack at Superman isn’t a homerun (we’ll call it a triple), but having succeeded in re-introducing the franchise to the masses; crafting a satisfying summer blockbuster; melding real-world sensibility with sci-fi fantasy (better than Green Lantern ever did) AND leaving the door open for an entire DC superhero universe to follow behind itMan of Steel has more than earned its keep, and deserves to be THE iconic Superman movie for a whole new generation. (Sorry, Bryan Singer…)

…And, if the Batman franchise is anything to judge by, imperfections will be corrected and the best is still yet to come with the inevitable Man of Steel 2.

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Man of Steel is now in theaters. It is 143 minutes long and is Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language.

Want to discuss the film without SPOILING it for others? Head over to our Man of Steel Spoilers Discussion. If you want to hear the Screen Rant Editors discuss the film, check out our Man of Steel special episode of the Screen Rant Undergound Podcast.

Our Rating:

4 out of 5
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  1. movie was aweeeeeeeeeeeededdrrsome

  2. if you want a bad movie go watch batman begins you know the reboot?

    • Wait…Batman Begins was a bad movie?

      In which universe?

      • There of course is no universe in which Batman Begins is a “bad” film. That’s ridiculous. Also, it’s kind of depressing that Man of Steel is getting so much enflamed hate from some folks. This is literally the first live action film to really nail the character as depicted in THE COMIC and, ironically, it’s getting panned as “unfaithful”.

        It is true what they say, you really can’t please everyone. No matter how good your product is, someone, somewhere, is gonna find a reason to hate it. Even if they gotta pull those reasons out of the air like a half baked David Blaine magic trick. ;)

        • No need to use the Black Art Language of obfuscation, its unbecomming and speaks volumes on your lack of humanity. Repent and give your fellow reviewer the benefit of the reviewed.

        • It seems that you just said that for the sake of wanting to have something to say. Most of the people on this ‘rant’ that have expressed their displeasure for ‘MAN OF STEEL’ have given clear reasons as to why they don’t like this film and feel it is lacking. I actually read most of them. Most of their reasons are NOT pulled out of the air, but are logical, lucid and straightforward.

          Plus, I think we should put an end to people being judged just because they ‘hate’ or ‘hate on’ anything. We all have access to that emotion and are free to use it when we deem it appropriate.

          (“No matter how good your product is, someone, somewhere, is gonna find a reason to hate it.”)

          How “good” a product is tends to usually be an opinion. To someone else that doesn’t agree with it, the product would be “bad” or “mediocre”…also opinions. All of those opinions have the same weight, so respect the opinions of others they way you’d expect them to respect yours.

    • Batman Begins is not a bad film in general.
      In fact it is better than most films in the genre and out.
      Some of the best points in Man of Steel are actually similar (not cut and past) to that of Batman Begins- structure, narrative approach, themes.

      I actually think Batman Begins is the better of Man of Steel in terms of cohesive character story of the first half, where Man of Steel improves in the second half of action spectacle and developing character drama through action.

  3. So I was reading the terrible IMDb forums,and there was a post asking which actor you liked better as Superman,Routh or Cavill,and that actually got me thinking of something cool.

    The initial question became irrelevant as soon as I thought of this,but what if in the next movie,they actually had the main villain Bizzaro played by,who else Brandon Routh!

    I think I just blew my own mind!

    • Routh as Bizarro actually isn’t a bad idea. You could introduce Luthor as the one who steals Superman’s DNA and creates Bizarro as a “Superman” he can control. Just saying….Nolan’s hasn’t been off when it comes to writing yet. I don’t forsee him or Snyder screwing up the sequel, or Justice league if their on board….

    • That would be AWESOME!!

    • +1

  4. Thought it was awesome, and I’m not big on the superhero genre.

    Loved the Krypton backstory and the fact that they heavily emphasised that Kal El came from a very alien society. Loved the flashbacks of Clark’s discoveries as he grew up. Zod was awesome. I almost felt sorry for him at the end because he was just doing his soldier bred duty to preserve the race. Action was crazy. So much destruction.

    This new version makes the original (and the recent reboot) look like a farce to be honest.

    • I had mixed feelings about the movie, but on the whole I enjoyed it.

      I realised at one point that I hadn’t gone in with an open enough mind, because I wasn’t accepting that it was a re-imagining/reboot of Superman.

      I enjoyed the story of Krypton, but I felt it took up a little too much time. I liked the story of how the race were all bred for a purpose, and it made me sympathize with Zod at the end. I really enjoyed Zod’s character and thought the actor who portrayed him did a really good job.

      I enjoyed the flashback scenes of Clark growing up. The only one that pissed off was that Clark let Jonathan die to rescue the dog. I felt it would’ve been more in character for Clark to rescue the dog in the first place and survive. I would’ve rather Jonathan have died in another manner.

      I didn’t like the portrayal of Lois Lane, she felt forgettable. There was nothing strong willed or important about her. I felt there was no real reason for Superman to care about her more than any other human being. It wasn’t Amy Adams portrayal of her, more how she was written. I found her bland!

      I was a bit frustrated by the lack of Clark, but with the ending, I kinda hope that if there is a sequel, we’ll see more of the Clark story, with the Superman story. I see this was the origin story and the beginning of Superman, so I accept the focus was on Kal-El/Superman, so long as we get more Clark in the next movie. I hate when they down play the importance of Clark Kent, because if he was not Clark Kent, the story would be very different!

      I didn’t mind Henry Cavill, when it was announced he had the role I wasn’t impressed, sure he has the look, he’s fit, but I didn’t wanna see him in the role. He swayed me with a few moments during the movie, with Martha and with Zod. By the end I thought, ok not a bad choice, maybe not perfect, but I’m not sure there will ever be a perfect actor for this role, it’s probably impossible to find someone with the right look, who can act out the part to perfection, and even if that happened, someone would be unhappy!

      I definitely enjoyed the last hour of the film more so than the beginning.
      Overall I didn’t hate it, I may even grow to love it, but the success of that will depend on future sequels, if any, if they can succeed in producing a Superman/Clark Kent storyline that is fresh, but also the hero everyone loves, then I think I will love the reboot.

      I’m going 7.5 out of 10

  5. Saw the movie today and it was average at best. Those going to see a movie will love and those a fan of the comics will not. Too much action and not enough character development. Clark Kent is just as important as the Superman character and we only see “Clark” when growing up. They will never get it right.

    • Why do we Comic Book fans need character development? And the geeks like me are mostly giving rave reviews on comicbook sites across the net.

      • …because I’d say about 90% of any series run of a comic book, or any graphic novel is character development.

    • “Clark Kent is just as important as the Superman character and we only see “Clark” when growing up. They will never get it right,”

      That`s why its called a reboot in the first place, the flashback sequence was a good idea besides how many times we have to see the same story (Clark Kent in high school later Daily Planet) the plot was accurate no need to reestablish what we already know. The sequel without a doubt will show more of Clark Kent and hopefully a villain we haven’t seen in the big screen yet

      • good point on the clark kent role, they never do show that character enough except for the dull no one knows im superman by putting on a pair of glasses…I like the movie right up until that part…why do they always have to do it but they should show more of clark kent on the farm and dragging scenes out with him helping people without the suit

  6. Brilliant Movie !
    As a wee boy – I loved the old Superman cartoons on tv…Then I got into Marvel Comics…Superman The Movie came along and blew me away..with Christopher Reeve…never to be forgotten…Now I am delighted as well as having most of Marvels’ stars smashing up the big screen..and Batman doing it for DC…We now welcome back the Grandad of the Superheroes back to join them all in a superb – all action – Superman Movie !!!
    It looks good – the actors are good – the production is good !
    We needed this…no Lex Luthor…just aliens knocking the crap put of one another….!
    Glad the Old Guy is Back ! But….The Hulk -when angry enough…would beat him to a pulp ;) !

    • no sir, in comics hulk has always lost and movie hulk clearly doesn’t get stronger exponentially like his comic book counterpart.Also their is limit to anger..there is no such thing as “unlimited anger”.

      • No such thing as unlimited anger? We are talking about comic book movies, right? In the CBM world, anything is possible. In the real world, a person gaining a ton of mass in seconds is impossible, as well as a man who is so dense you can’t penetrate his skin with a bullet; such a person would sink into the earth. Also, it depends on the writers who would win; if the writers wanted Spiderman to win over Superman, he would. Of course, we know there is no way Spidey could beat Supes, but it depends on the writers.

  7. Saw the movie yesterday, absolutely loved it. I’ll be going to see it again very soon.

  8. Just saw it again today and it was even better on second viewing.Some critics r saying that this will make money due to all action and spectacle …NO..First half is clearly better and some stupid complains why would a man put his life in danger for his dog, for them go watch discovery, animal planet, people put their life in danger for random animals let alone their own beloved pet.

  9. actually i prefer marvel over dc but man after watching man of steel.

    what can i say i was suprise cause it is awesome

  10. So far, anyone I talk to about this film that hasn’t seen it, I say the same thing, “Do NOT listen to the critics! They’re a bunch of joyless hacks still nostalgically hung up on a 35 year old film that didn’t even get the character right in the first place!”

    It’s one thing to hold up Donner’s film in high regard (I still do in fact, despite its army of flaws!), but it is quite another to judge everything else by the standard of it as if it represents canon. Superman the Movie is not canon. It never was! It never will be. And too fine a point cannot be put on it, the film is 35 years old and it has not aged well.
    Get over it already! Superman never kills? You’re wrong. That’s not an opinion. It is clear fact. Pick up a comic and enlighten yourself. and by the way, someone else posted a good question to those that had a problem with the scene when Supes’ had to make the unfortunate choice to take a life. The question was, in what universe, under those circumstances, would he be justified or embraced for having not killed in that moment?! It’s an irredeemably ludicrous thing to be upset about!

    • I agree with you about the Donner movie. It wasn’t the best movie but was it was pretty good, considering when it was made. This movie is just as good or better I think, but it is no way as good as you and some of the people are making it out to be. I think everyone should see it, it is THAT good, but no way is it SPECTACULAR OR INCREDIBLE OR AWESOME, unless you are strictly talking about the action scenes or the special affects. It was a pretty good flick, but story really dropped the ball in a lot of cases. I would give it 3.5 out of 5 or 7.5 out of 10. I was over it, a good half hour AFTER I walked out of the theater. I really didn’t connect with me the way the Dark Knight or the Avengers did. I saw those movies SEVERAl times at the theaters. This…I will wait for the blue ray.

    • You’re right. In fact, the original introduction of General Zod in the comics ended up with Supes killing him, Faora and Non.

  11. I just saw Man Of Steel,Sat and IMO it was one of the BEST superhero movies that I’ve seen,it was so epic in scale and the action scenes make the ones in The Avengers look like a grade school field trip and feel this movie will certainly open-up the DC Universe to more blockbusters in the future.

  12. For those that saw it in 3D…. Is it worth paying the extra for 3D?

    • I usually hate 3D and only opted for it because my friend would only go on that condition.

      I found it one of the better movies I’ve seen in 3D, I’m not sure if it’s worth extra cos I haven’t watched 2D yet, but it definitely wasn’t awful.

    • It definitely isn’t.

    • I’ve seen it in both ways and I definitely recommend seeing it in 2D. 3D just doesn’t complement the amazing action sequences as well. The action is so face paced and visually amazing that your mind won’t have time to adjust to the 3D and comprehend the fighting at the same time. It gave me a headache. But definitely see the film, it’s so awesome to see Superman actually being super.

  13. MOS = POS = I asked the theater for a refund of my ticket purchase for this scam movie that isn’t about Superman, and THEY GAVE IT TO ME!!

    Ask for a refund of your ticket purchase and by local laws you just might get your money back. I did, and countless scores of others before me and since have done it, too.

    MAN OF STEEL = POS = SCAM OF THE CENTURY

    • Can I get a refund of thirty seconds of my life you wasted with your comment?

      • MovieGoers Now is right. MANY, MANY people are doing that, it’s unprecedented. It’s become second nature with this movie to want your money back. 8(

  14. I don’t get why many people wanted to dog this film. It had great actions and great characters and the ending defined what Superman had to do to save those people. But of course the critics don’t like it because of many reasons. To me I think that they blow stuff outta their asses because they want to. I mean its a movie and we should just watch it and enjoy it. It was a great film with a great theme. Plus it showed us a superman who was more realistic and vulnerable. Many people wanted him to be like reeve, all don’t worry I will save you kind of attitude, but he’s not that knd of superman. Cavill, in my eyes, is Superman because he is a hero who reacts the same ways as how we would react as a hero. He makes choices and sometimes is horrified to some of the choices he has to make. He is one of, if not, THE BEST portrayal of Superman I have ever seen.

  15. What a bad, terrible movie. This wasted my money and my time. They led us on with this lie and they stole money from us. What a scam this Superman movie is. It is the WORST movie ever made. As bad and worse than Iron Man 3.

  16. This is a well written, balanced review.
    I have made it public of my excitement over the film after watching the film in the advanced screening of the world premier and after watching the film again midnight premier in IMAX 3D I must say that while my issues in the film are still present, I enjoyed it even more the second time!

    I personally believe Man of Steel is the type of film that benefits from multiple viewings. The more I think about the film, the more I like it. I think that while the film has received an aggregate mixed reviews, over time people in general well like the film more.

    Man of Steel is not without issues and I can definitely agree with the more reasonable negative reviews in terms of some of the technical aspect of the film or execution of some of the stories idea that should have played out in a more cohesive, effective way. However, I feel that some of these issues only prevent the film from being better than actually harming the film greatly as what some critics make it seem.

    Pa Kent was right- the world is not ready for this Superman. In time, I firmly believe that people would accept the film which, while not perfect, finally brought Superman in a bigger way that embraces the character’s essence and mythology.

    Man of Steel is not the Superman film we needed, but the one we deserved.

    Man of Steel finally embraces a serious take of the character from the comic books and animated series, and shreds away the sillier concept of the character. I feel most may not like the film, on a superficial level, because this incarnation of Superman is not necessarily the one people know and recognized. People are not always willing to changes and new direction.

    The acting is phenomenal.
    The score is powerful.
    The action sequences were spectacular and exciting, the quieter moments are heartfelt and emotional.
    The action and scale in the film is massive and relentless.

    The film could have played out more the trials of Kal-El becoming a beacon of hope and the aftermath of the biggest destruction and collateral damage seen on film. Some of the pacing and editing has definite hiccups in places. The character development is subtle and expressed through action or expression with the side character commenting on the actual thematic journey of Superman.

    The film has a great mix of thematic elements, grounded character exploration, and comic book mayhem. Superman is still a beacon of hope in a modern context. The film is the Superman that not everyone expected, whether they wanted something closer to Donner or preconceived notions of what the film should have been, but despite a need “polishing up”, Man of Steel brings to life a true interpretation Superman that is fresh, timely, and exciting.

    I would like to go into a more details and have been wanting to post my thoughts earlier, but this is good for now.

    Man of Steel is the best and true Superman to date and a step into the right direction for WB/DC.
    4.5 out of 5
    9 out 10

    • Great review,The Archer,and after seeing it Sat I totally agree with it,Man of Steel was truly EPIC in scale and the action scenes have raised the bar for superhero movies from this time going forward,sorry The Avengers,but the battle of New York was NO MATCH for the fight in Metropolis.And the winna is MAN OF STEEL.

    • Reading some of these comments on this film, I wonder greatly if there are paid employees from either DC Comics or Warner hyping this film in order justify the unjustifiable. I am more than willing to entertain others opinions as I realize everyone’s are important. However, trying to convince people that didn’t like the movie too much to see it again…? That has me raising an eyebrow.

      There have been many movies that I’ve seen in the past that I went to see again and again. Never minding how much money I spent on admission or concession. Take ‘The Matrix’ for example. I went to see that 11 times in the theater…why? Because the film blew me away! NOT because someone ‘suggested’ that I see it again in order to like it more. It was a clear example of what happens when you mix a beautiful, well though out, extravagant storyline with great action, a kick-ass musical score and beautiful CGI.

      The Matrix had it’s flaws too. However, they were eclipsed by the efforts that wet into telling the story. It was so immersive, you almost didn’t care about the flaws. THAT’S what a real film should be.

      All of the arguments about people hanging on to a film that came out in ’78 although it did not adhere to canon, are rubbish. “The Crow” is another film I went to see multiple times in the theatre. It was NOWHERE NEAR canon! However, it was beautifully done and Brandon Lee played the hell out of that character!

      “Man of Steel is not the Superman film we needed, but the one we deserved.” is a terrible excuse to make a mediocre movie with a legendary character.

      Here’s another fairly good example. ‘Blade’ could probably have been described as a 4th string character in the Marvel Universe…until Wesley Snipes got a hold of him (speaking primarily of Blade 1 and 2). THAT’S the way you treat a character! Most people didn’t even know who Blade was. In addition to that, the movie was again…FAR from canon. However, the treatment of the story, the cinematography, the emotions that connect you with the characters AND grounding the fiction into a realistic paradigm made those films.

      When I see what Amen Ra films did with a character like ‘Blade’, a character that was off the radar for most…how dare Warner Bros and DC Comics slap other on the rear for taking an ICONIC, FIRST STRING, LARGER THAN LIFE character, and making an ‘O.K.’ movie!

      The acting was not phenomenal…it was fine.
      The score, I believe I can agree with you on.
      The action was good, but not too much of a departure from any other action movie. The quieter moments in my opinion just felt…quiet.

      But the biggest problem that I see in you suggesting that people see this movie again if they didn’t initially like it, is that numbers are numbers and will not take into account that people are going back to ‘give it another shot’. The numbers will say that the film was a HUGE success based on the dollar amount earned…a portion of which would be ethically undeserved if based on “maybe I’ll like it the second time around”. Just let nature take it’s course. If people like the film, they’ll see it again. If not, they can wait 7 or 8 years for the next reboot.

      • Really late in replying.

        No, I am not an employee just a fan of Superman and film in general.
        I rather one not make those comments as I or someone else can easily say that every critic of this film is an employee of Marvel Studios.

        It is neither true, or smart to make those assumptions. Even in a joking manner.

        I do not require the film to adhere to any particular canon,
        as long as it respects and honors the essence of that source material to tell a new story. New being a relative term.

        As I said, I recognize the flaws and can agree to an extent to much of the reasonable reviews that are out there. There is however a portion of negative reviews that are not logical nor reasonable, obviously biased and close-minded. Granted it is not a huge amount or a majority of the negative reviews, but that section is definitely the loudest.

        I was not suggesting to watch the film multiple times to anyone in particular, especially those who disliked or hated the film. I will not watch a film again so soon if I totally disliked or hate it. Even for free. I will only rewatch films I either loved or like even a little.

        What I was commenting on was just as there are films that age well over time, for other films time is not so merciful. I firmly believe Man of Steel will survive the age of time and may be better reviewed in hindsight overall.

        I say this primarily directed at fans who think the film “ruined” or “dishonored” their character. Like you said, films do not have to follow any particular canon directly.

  17. They misled the audience by telling them that this is a Superman movie. It’s an alternative universe version of Superman, not a story about Superman. Boy, oh boy, were the audience in the theater mad as hell when they started playing this thing!! 8(

    • Maybe in yours.
      In mine they loved it.

      • In mine they walked out. Literally over half the theater emptied. This damn movie was crap. It’s not even about Superman. It’s about some kind of alternative universe Superman. F**K THIS S**T MOVIE!! Save your money and spend it better on something you need. Nobody needs this junk.

        • It’s not about Superman?

          This is exactly why this movie is getting crap.

          The world is infested with people who think they know what they are talking about.

        • Stop posting the same thing under different names… Its annoying

          • yeah this is clearly the same person posting multiple times.
            If you want to come across as someone else trolling then at least change your wording.

        • Even if everyone hated it, no way people walked out. You’re so full of it.

        • Even if everyone hated it, no way people walked out. Why lie so obviously to make a point that you have bad taste?

        • I’ve been hearing a lot the audience walks out. It’s unfortunate. I won’t defend any side but the audience should never be given reason to walk out.

          • Link or it didn’t happen. ” I heard ” doesn’t cut it. At least give a source, like my friends or something.

            Try Harder.

    • Don’t ever watch Smallville then.

    • Are you by chance someone from MARVEL or Disney? Stop trying too hard, man. In fact, just stop trying at all.

  18. By the way, big thanks to Kofi Outlaw and the rest of Screenrant for this review!

    Before I saw it a second time, reviews had me feeling that maybe I was going to like the film less a second time and have my problems with the film increase to the point. Maybe even dislike the film.
    While the film has its flaws, the film succeeds more than fails. The flaws doesn’t bring down the film for me but rather just prevents the film from reaching that level of greatness I expected it to be.

    While I am sure we will see some different opinions of the film in the podcast, I am happy to see at least Kofi enjoyed it. I am happy that once again I am at an agreement with this site.

  19. With the massive colossal failure of Man of Steel, does this put superhero movies in jeopardy with such historical financial and critical losses inflicted on them and the studios. The answer is a resounding and undeniable YES.

    • Failure?! The film may be a disappointment to some but financially, I’m sure it will be a success. Will it make TDK maney? I doubt it but it will make a profit.

      • I agree 100%. I actually hope it does very well, so that a sequel will be made pretty soon. Hopefully, it will be better and the franchise will grow and we’ll see much better as they go along.

      • “2nd biggest opening of a non-sequel” doesn’t sound like a flop to me.

    • It broke the june opening weekend box office record with 125.1 million. So that’s a big fail to your theory. Better luck next time.

      • This movie is now considered a massive financial and critical failure. A big stinking BOMB!!!! So his post is a whole lot more than just theory. He’s basing much of that on plain and obvious common sense. Why so defensive, especially when you know it’s all true??!!??

        • This is the first weekend dbag. The next weekend will be the one that will be the true test and with all of this back and forth between nerds the Gen pop will go and find out what all the rumpus is about. And who is considering this film a bomb? You? Debbie downer.

  20. This movie is worse than Steel and Watchmen combined, or at least as bad. Avoid this unbankable mess with your lives!!!!

    • Watchmen was incredible… I don’t understand your comment.

      • I know right. That film was as good of an adaptation you could get from that book. I think the haters of that film are Alan Moore junkies who would rather miss out on something they might like, for a guy who screwed himself when at DC for the writes to the ip. Here’s a pro tip Moore contact lawyer.

  21. BTW it was just reported that Man Of Steel has made $125.1 million at the box office this weekend,congratulations DC/Warner Bros,now you can wash away the stink of Green Lantern and move onward to The Justice League,good luck.

    • More Hollywood book cooking, at best, from the industry that cooks the books the worst. It’s better for them to claim earnings than to face the reams of disappointed audience members who were duped into paying their money to see this sinking stinking disaster movie. Save your money. Buy something actually worth the money you spend it on. Brilliant idea, Genius!!

      • I will spend my money on another viewing of this fantastic film. Thanks for the advise.

      • ACCOUNTANT A is unfortunately quite correct. 8(

  22. My family and I are huge action movie, sci-fi, fantasy and comic book movie fans. Our favorite comic book movie now is the Avengers. We just saw Man of Steel yesterday. After the Avengers, we talked about for three days. After Man Of Steel, we ..were over it in a half hour. For me, great action, great special effects, incredible in 3D. The Krypton scenes were some of the most imaginative I have ever seen. But for me, it really lacked strong character and story development. Love Amy Adams as an actress, not as Lois Lane. I think everyone should see it, it is good enough for that; just not the best I have ever seen seen

  23. My family and I are huge fans of action, sci-fi, fantasy and comic book movies. We have seen most of everything. Especially in the last 20 years. After watching the Avengers, we raved about it for a couple of days, we were so blown away. We saw, Man of Steel yesterday and we were done talking about it after a half-hour. As for the action scenes, I think they were easily some of the best. This was the first movie since the original Superman: The Movie that really, really showed the epic scope of Superman’s powers. The special effects and the 3D were great. Zach Snyder clearly loves this stuff and you can see Nolan’s influence. By the way, A+ on the Krypton planet scenes…easily some of the most imaginative ever. Having written all that, the story development wasn’t really there for me. Too much was flung together and the Lois Lane/Superman relationship seemed a little TOO fast and unrealistic and poorly developed for a movie with Nolan involved. So, for me, I think everyone should see this movie…it really is that good, but just not the best I’ve seen. I liked the Avengers, The Dark Knight and Iron Man more as far as story and script. Maybe when I get the blue ray, it will grow on me.

  24. MOS IS POS

  25. Just got back from seeing Man of Steel and its strong on all fronts. The script, direction, performances from the cast, and film score all come together for a really solid outing. I love Amy Adams in anything and she was great to watch here. Michael Shannon was a worthwhile villain as Zod and delivered! I was really impressed by Faora-Ul. I thought she was fantastic and kicked more ass then Zod. Russel Crow, Costner and Lane were great as well. Henry Cavill IS Superman in the same way that Christian Bale IS Batman in Nolan’s trilogy. Highly recommended.

    4/5 stars

    • Amy Adams was terrible as Lois Lane. I love Amy Adams, the actress and I have enjoyed everything she has done up to this point. She was almost as far from Lois Lane as you can be. More pushy than smart and aggressive. Way more girly than I have always read or seen Lois Lane to be. I understand different actors or actresses will always bring a different spin to an Iconic character but if the role is done well, they will make you accept the character in THEIR version. For example, Daniel Craig is an excellent James Bond even though he is nothing like Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton or Roger Moore. I have always liked the previous Lois Lanes for the most part. Amy Adams just didn’t click for me in this role. I personally would have liked to see Olivia Wilde maybe.

  26. Regarding the “Under developed characters”: I didn’t see it that way. The way I saw it was, everyone was standing back to let Superman take center stage. It was always his show. Characters from his world were there, but not distracting from the real drive of the story; his character. I have heard people say that they thought “anyone could have played those parts.” Again, not the way I saw it. Everybody played their roles very well, IMO, but they avoided stealing the show from Superman. One of the reasons that I don’t like The Dark Knight as much as Batman Begins is that the villain completely outshines the hero. I don’t want to like the bad guy. I want to be happy when Superman punches him in the face, and I was!

    • I disagree. You should look up sites about writing scripts and you’ll discover that really good scripts have a character in one point of view or with a need at the beginning. during the course of the movie, things will happen or one or more characters do things that causes a fairly logical common sense string of events that usually result ultimately in the character having a change of view and/or achieving his initial goal. In this movie, you had to leave your brains at the door to accept some of the things happening or accept a few ‘coincidences’ to accept what was happening in the film. Then, you had to accept major changes in the original Superman mythology to accept the changes, LIKE for instance Lois Lane tracking down Superman or the was Zod and his people escape the Phantom Zone. I can list at least 15 things in the movie that made absolutely NO sense whatsoever and that doesn’t include the really, really weak character development.

      • I’ve taken 3 courses on scriptwriting. Trust me, I know how to structure one. But, I like that they did something different here. It wasn’t conventional, and I thought it worked. I know many people disagree, but I’m just giving an example of another way of looking at it.

      • And besides who decides the rules of what is right or wrong? Film making is an art, and art has no guidelines.

        If you don’t like it that’s fine. Your opinion is your own, and I respect that. I do. But don’t try to “school” me.

  27. Very disappointing. Like a cross between The Dark Knight, Wolverine and Star Trek with scenes stolen straight from The Hulk (jumping on the front of an F-15, ripping the cockpit off?!) There is nothing fun about this movie. And by the way, the first rule of being Superman is that Superman does not kill people.

    • Actually, in the comics, Superman did, in fact, kill Zod. As a matter of fact, up until the 60s Superman killed people all the time.

  28. No idea why people keep saying, “Not as good as the Avengers.” Of course it’s not, IT’S AN ORIGIN STORY! Was Iron Man 1 as good as the Avengers? God no. Was Thor 1 as good as the Avengers? Definitely not. The Avengers was so good because of the ANTICIPATION! You were slowly drawn in by the individual movies and then BOOM! Avengers explodes in your face with awesomeness. Man of Steel was so incredibly phenomenal, but when Justice League comes out, THAT’S what needs to be compared to Avengers. Man of Steel should be compared to Thor and Captain America and Iron Man, not an epic film including ALL THE MAJOR MARVEL SUPERHEROES.

    By the way, Man of Steel blows all origin stories out of the water, so so so amazing.

    • I cant Agree anymore with you

  29. I should start by saying that I was wrong about one thing concerning MoS. It won’t be the 1st Superhero film nominated for Best Picture. So I’ll happily admit I was wrong about that.
    Other than that I have to say I LOVED THIS MOVIE!!!
    The closer we came to the release I started to worry about the negative reviews because if I’m being honest with myself normally I will agree with the general critical response to any given movie. So yeah I was worried.
    After seeing the movie though my first thoughts were “Wow! That was insane” and then “I can’t believe this is getting a bad wrap”.
    Everything that I was excited about in the trailers delivered and then some, the action was insane and the origin story was executed effectively.
    I’m not gonna say the movie was perfect, IMO I’ve only seen maybe a half-dozen movies that can make that claim but for me this is how I like my Superhero movies. I don’t care that it’s become clichè, I like dark and gritty, I like the drama, I like consequences.
    I’m not stupid. I know Superman wasn’t going to die but that didn’t stop me from getting wraped up in the drama.
    Also, the fight sequences were absolutely insane. It boggles my mind to hear people saying they went on to long. WHAT???
    We have superpowered aliens battling it out, of course the battles will be long…
    I’ll end my rant now. ;)

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