You will give the people of the earth an ideal to strive for. They’ll run after you, they’ll stumble, they’ll fall. But in time, they’ll join you in the sun, Kal. In time, you’ll help them work miracles as ‘s film blog revisits Zack Snyder’s 2013 superhero film for a “cinematic recap.” man of Steel.
MAN OF STEEL
Directed by Zack Snyder
Authors: David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, and Diane Lane
Running time: 143 minutes
Release DATE: June 14thth, 2013
Kal-El (Henry Cavill), son of Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara (Ayelet Zurer), is sent to Earth after his home planet Krypton is destroyed. The couple found a Midwestern farmer, Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent. taught him to hide his powers from a world that cannot understand what he is capable of. Years later, when he took the name Clark Kent, the young man soon became his true personality as he was led to become Superman: a hero committed to the fate of the earth and the harm that threatens it , to protect. However, General Zod (Michael Shannon), a former citizen of Krypton and its military leader, views the fate of the earth differently and decides to use it with a sacrifice for all people. Superman, with the help of current military and news reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams), forges an alliance to prevent Zod from wiping out human existence.
I haven’t done a cinematic retrospective for a while. With the upcoming release of Zack Snyder’s Justice leagueI opted for a cinematic flashback man of Steel, the first film in the DCEU. After the boring and “meh” thoughts after the disappointing 2006 Superman ReturnsI was initially a little skeptical that Warner Bros. would make another Superman movie. With the promise of a new actor as Superman and more of an origin story (rather than continuing with the 2006 version … as originally intended), I was a little intrigued to see what the 2013 Superman role would be about. Also, I’d heard it was made by Zack Snyder, who had made a name for himself since then 300. So I remember watching Man of Steel back when it originally came out in the summer of 2013. I hadn’t had a chance to revisit the film lately. With the anticipation of the new Director’s Cut version of Justice LeagueI revisited the 2013 film. And was it still good? Well, actually yes and I still like to watch man of Steel;; just like I remembered
As already mentioned, man of Steel Directed by Zack Snyder, who at the time had already worked on several hits for the Warner Bros. Studios, including 300, Guardian, and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. Given the success of these films, Snyder was prepared to tackle a superhero film and, despite some grumbling, did a good job. Establishing his iteration of Superman in the cinematic world with numerous entertainment and action sequences abound. The story of the film was also written by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan. This gives the function of creative writing and undoubtedly shows this in the narrative of the film. In truth, the Man of Steel story is very well done (for me), showing depths in many different facets by expanding on certain key events like Zod and Krypton himself and showing more time with Clark as a teenager. It definitely rounds out the story and adds that extra layer man of Steel.
Also, I’ve heard a lot of fans, critics, and moviegoers discuss this film, but most of the people I spoke to about this film were the way Snyder chose man of Steel with a terrific opening sequence. It really jumps up at you and makes you pretty engaged for the first 10-15 minutes of the movie. I mean…. the birth of Kal-El, Zod’s uprising, the departure of Kal-El, the destruction of Krypton … wow!
Even the presentation of the film is great and offers quite a visual spectacle that any blockbuster deserves. Everything about the technical presentation from the production of the film, set decorations, costumes, cinematography and editing is tightly interwoven and creates a very haunting film with all its superhero nuances. This is made even more apparent by the CGI wizardry the film uses and creates a ton of exciting visual looks, especially when it focuses on Superman’s powers and / or depicts Krypton technology (i.e. Zod’s ship, the World Engine, and Krypton itself). Also, I can’t forget to talk about Hans Zimmer’s great score for Man of Steel. It delivers on all fronts and creates several memorable musical moments throughout the film, with some being loud and bombastic while others being quieter and more heroic.
That doesn’t mean that the film has problems and man of Steel isn’t quite the epitome of a superhero movie it wants to be. First, the pace of the film is pretty bad. Despite the opening volley on Krypton, the rest of the first and almost all of the second act slows down; Provides more moments of character and narrative interaction instead of splicing action bits. There are a few, but nowhere near as many. Perhaps Snyder believed the ending of the film would benefit, which leads me to the other big review in man of Steel… The excessive destruction. Yes, the movie is pretty intense in its plot, but the entire third act continues its plot, causing chaos and destruction. It all gets pretty repetitive and I felt like I was watching a Roland Emmerich film rather than a Zack Snyder film. The movie could have benefited if it had been shortened during this section for a leaner cut of the movie (about 10 or 15 minutes shorter).
The occupation man of Steel is solid with almost every actor and actress doing great across the board. Of course, Henry Cavill is excellent as the title character in the film and convinces Kal-El / Clark Kent. Of course, the character isn’t the most evolved character beyond their initial setup, and their character dialogue is kept to a minimum, especially when compared to other previous iterations of yesterday’s Superman. Thankfully, Cavill is ready for the job and physically embodies the role. The overall look of him as Superman is amazing, and the special effects they use to capture his unique powers are a visual feast for the eyes. All in all, Cavill creates a memorable portrayal of Superman … undoubtedly.
Likewise, Amy Adams performs well as Louis Lane. As the famous love interest character of Superman, Adams makes a great portrayal of Louis and appears to be more of a capable / convincing character in the role than the stock-like “virgin in need”. Also, seeing Cavill and Adams on screen together is great as I could easily buy my way into their chemistry. As a side note, I liked how the film stated that Lois (as a character) knew of Superman’s identity from the end of the film, rather than that she never really knew that much about Clark / Superman (despite the eerie similarity).
In the Villians category, Michael Shannon is great as the main antagonist, General Zod. Knowing how to play the role of a villain, Shannon sinks his teeth to play Zod as a near-megalomaniac zealot who makes it hell to get his plans through … regardless of the cost. In truth, Zod’s machinations for Relatable and almost entirely arguments behind them, although he is taking the more hideous and cruel avenue in dealing with the situation. No matter what they say about this movie (good or bad), no one can deny that Shannon is as memorable and funny a villain as General Zod.
Even players like Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, and Diane Lane are great as Kal-Els / Clark’s parent characters in his life (i.e. Jor-El and Johnathan and Martha Kent), with the three acting talents lending their seasoned theatrical weight in their supporting roles. As a side note, I thought Antje Traue was a great minor villain in the role of Zod’s sub-commander Faora-Ul.
The legacy of man of Steel was certainly a quick thing for the DC Comics fans out there. While it can’t beat Nolans The dark knight Trilogy as everyone’s fan favorite, you can’t simply deny that it was a pretty good movie and probably a bit more than other superhero films of the era (i.e. characters, story, drama, building the world, etc). . The film’s success also cemented Snyder’s vision for the DCEU’s coming. Introducing a cinematic superhero universe that, while paving the way, has brought us some fun endeavors with the most notable release of 2017 Wonder woman and 2018 Aquaman.
Overall, after visiting the film again, I still like 2013 very much man of Steel. It’s a fun Superman movie that has something pretty interesting and entertaining about it. Though the film stumbles upon some of its endeavors, these flaws can still be overlooked thanks to the film’s cast, some great imagery, Zimmer’s solid score, solid storyline, and Snyder’s direction. With the upcoming release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League It is still unclear whether Snyder himself will continue his director’s path with the DCEU and with a possible one Man of steel 2 or even a Justice League 2. I just think time will tell Anyway, Zack Snyders man of Steel is a great visual blockbuster adventure that I think deserves as much praise as the viewer points out the movie’s flaws. Whatever your stance on film … man of Steel rises more than it falls.
Cinematic Flashback Score: 4.3 out of 5
Fun Fact: The Kryptonian ship still had one capsule open before Clark entered. In a promotional comic for the film, it was revealed that the ship was once manned by Clark’s cousin Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl), possibly hinting at her appearance in an upcoming episode.