Superman is the unique superhero that is born with natural powers versus Spiderman, Batman, or Ironman. These superheroes have adopted their powers through an accident or a difficult backstory mix with genius. The other differences between those superheroes versus Superman are since the original Superman with Christopher Reeves in 1978, the franchise has been a dud. Can ‘Man of Steel’ break the streak and join in as a great franchise once again?
To bring the Superman franchise up Christopher Nolan who jump kicked the Batman series and did Inception. Nolan teamed up with Zack Snyder who brought to the screen 300 and the impossible book ‘The Watchman’ to the screen. They start the movie from the planet Krypton. It is a planet that is falling apart since they misused the planet, and it becomes unstable. Jor-El played by Russell Crowe (Robin Hood, Les Miserable) is the lead scientist warns the destruction of their planet. At the same time, the General of the military named Zod played by Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Mud) starts a hostile takeover against the government to find ways to preserve the people.
The people of Krypton had stopped giving natural birth. When Jor-El and his wife Faora-Ul played by Antje Traue (Pandorum, 5 Days of War) gave birth to Kal-El also known as Clark Kent on earth. They shot him off to earth, before General Zod could take him. Zod swears that he will find Kal-El, and seek vengeance upon the family of Jor-El.
Through the now Clark Kent’s time to grow up on Earth, with a step-father Jonathan Kent played by Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves, Open Range) who tries to hide his powers for Clarks own good, and to help him find himself. Through the flashbacks of his childhood and his trail of solidarity, he finally hears about ship that is found in the ice up in Alaska, which the Government keeps as a secret. At the same time Lois Lane played by Amy Adams (The Fighter, Trouble with the Curve) is a journalist trying to find the next hottest scoop.
The story goes on. I love how the movie is set up. No Lex Luther and a solid foundation for things to come. Now, let me explain why I am happy there is no Lex Luther. There is so much rich story of the beginning of Superman, that adding in Lex Luther is just too much. That is what I felt that other Superman films overdid themselves. Nolan/Snyder brought a firm foundation, with a story on how we come to accept the man of steel on the screen. I expect to see Lex Luther in a sequel, which will be done with more story than before, (and hopefully not cheesy).
We have seen a more mature side of Zack Snyder than what we have seen in is earlier films. I am thrilled that ‘Superman’ suit isn’t just a man in tights, but rather a great suit that can withstand the brutal use. Also without giving anything away, I love the concept of his powers, and how he came to use them.
As long as this is the first chapter in the story of Superman, this is a great start. It was just as great as the original Superman in 1978 with Christopher Reeves, and even showed an ode of respect for it. I am excited to see where they will take it from here. Must see!
If you liked this film, I recommend:
Batman Begins (2005)