As you may have guessed, I’m firmly a Marvel girl and always have been. In my world Marvel have always overthrown DC with Iron Man beating Batman, The Avengers beating the Justice League and I have never gotten excited about a Superman film. Same goes this time around, none of the Man of Steel trailers really excited me, the promo pictures did nothing to wet my appetite. So, when I was taken to see Man of Steel on Friday night really I wasn’t that excited. It didn’t help that we were sat in the second row back, so were near enough sitting on top of the screen! But I sat back and tried to let Zach Snyder and Henry Cavill win me over.
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind
The story may be a familiar one, how Clark Kent becomes Superman, but it’s very much updated for the younger generations who haven’t heard of it before. The last Superman films came out in 2006, but received nowhere near as much attention as Man of Steel. Bringing Superman into the modern day, with a brand new costume, actors and director – along with help from Christopher Nolan – meant a guaranteed success!
I have to be careful with what I say right now because it may result in fangirly gushing (that may lead to spoilers, and we definitely don’t want that!). That is how good this film is! As great as the most recent Marvel films have been, Man of Steel has well and truly blown them out the water! As an origins story, you expect lots of meaningless time spent with the hero as a child but instead Snyder is much cleverer than that. Setting the entire film in the present day expect for a few necessary flashbacks makes the film flow without feeling like you’re jumping through time zones.
Henry Cavill slips in the rather large boots left by Christopher Reeve with ease, creating his own cool, calm and charismatic Clark Kent. He also looks damn good both in, and out, of the Super-suit! He has the stereotypical “Superman” look, with the chiselled jaw, bright blue eyes and dimpled chin and is winning hearts and fan girls all over the world – myself included! (If you hadn‘t already guessed!). Amy Adams is also brilliant as Lois Lane, the inquisitive reporter who knows Superman’s true identity. In previous incarnations (especially in Smallville), Lois Lane has always been too big for her boots, but this time around she’s just right – brave, sometimes stupidly so, but never playing above her worth.
Russell Crowe as Jor-El is pure awesome. His guidance throughout the film shows just how cool that man is – plus, he’s Superman’s dad, can’t get much cooler than that! Michael Shannon is great at Zod, not the best on screen villain we’ve seen this year -see Star Trek Into Darkness – but nearly on the same level. As menacing as he is, his slight lisp does sounds a tad odd.
It wouldn’t be a summer blockbuster without destroying at least one major city – this time it’s the turn of Metropolis (which like most major film cities, looks surprisingly similar to New York/Chicago!). If after the events of The Avengers, it would have cost $160 billion to rebuild New York, I dread to think how much it would have cost to rebuild Metropolis!
Taking over $110 Million in the US alone on its opening weekend, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Russell Crowe with hopefully be gracing our screens again very soon, though they may want to rethink the whole “glasses as a disguise” thing, it doesn’t really work! Safe to say, Mavel may be big, but DC are doing it better!