This post contains spoilers about Man of Steel, a movie still playing in theaters at the time of this publishing. If you have not yet seen the film and wish to keep the ending a surprise, I suggest you bookmark this article to read after you’ve seen it.
SUPERMAN RETURNS… AGAIN… FOR THE FIRST TIME
Remember Superman Returns? Remember how excited everyone was leading up to it? Remember when we all were swooning over Brandon Routh and how much he looked like Christopher Reeve? Then, remember how terrible the movie was?
It was awful. And worst of all, there was pretty much no real action. Sure, falling planes and giant Kryptonite islands and a kid crushed a dude with a piano, but there wasn’t any real superhero action.
I left the theater kinda disappointed. The movie was beautiful and it took some bold directions, but it lacked the real hero I had come to see.
Basically, Superman Returns did to Superman what Christians tend to do with Jesus: Make him a wuss.
Sure, a powerful and compassionate wuss, but a wuss none-the-less.
So, the next generation of Superman movies was derailed and we had to wait 7 more years to see the next attempt: Man of Steel.
From very early on, this movie looked like it was going to being the polar opposite of Superman Returns. It was starting over from the beginning. It was going to be darker. It was going to have action. It was going to change the way we saw Superman on the big screen in a way that hasn’t been done since 1978.
And it did.
Sure, Man of Steel had some flaws and had a semi-generic story, but this movie is a wonderful start to what I’m sure will be an amazingly successful franchise (and maybe even the start of a whole DC Universe of interwoven movies, a la Marvel’s current success).
And best of all, it really Super-manned up! Fighting, destruction, explosions, weapons, sonic booms, and no cheap usage of Kryptonite.
But… did it go too far? [SPOILERS AHEAD.] Continue Reading