Excerpt: Whenever you dramatize one of the most beloved characters in all of popular culture, you’re going to elicit a lot of strong opinions. Many folks seem to either love or loathe Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder and producer/co-writer Christopher Nolan’s major reboot of the Superman franchise.
Excerpt: Nothing can quite compensate for the abandoned sequel to Bryan Singer's great Superman Returns , but judged on its own merits, Man of Steel proves an excellent entry in the pantheon of oversized blockbusters, given Zack Snyder's great eye for kineticism and how beholden he is to rousing moral codes.
Conclusion: I have to admit. After not being much of a fan the first time around, I had a blast watching this the other day and asking fellow WSB reviewer Gerard Iribe what was the meaning of this scene and so on. It was almost an educational experience. Thanks G!
Summary: The film is certainly entertaining. If you’re tied too closely to the comic mythology, you’re going to have fits. I’m OK with most of the rewriting of Superman history. Hell… Smallville really played with the continuity, and look how beloved that show has become.
Excerpt: Superman. Just saying the word evokes images of a flowing red cape, jet black hair and the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound. And, let’s face it, this is probably one superhero that pretty much everyone has heard of.
Excerpt: That’s part of a conversation had between a young Clark Kent and his adoptive father Jonathan Kent ( Kevin Costner ) after Clark saves a bus full of kids from certain death, and a good indicator of what kind of movie Man of Steel , the latest take on iconic superhero Superman, aims to be.
Conclusion: A character with as much history as Superman ensures that his every big screen incarnation is worth a look. Sadly, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is not much more than that. It's a slight improvement over Superman Returns and presumably the maligned latter two of Christopher Reeve's outings.
Conclusion: Man of Steel shows tremendous potential throughout but squanders its dramatic promise on action that spills from one kinetic act to the next, sometimes with barely a breath between beatdowns.