But this Superman isn’t your grandparents’ caped crusader, and that could be a good thing. Especially when you compare it to director Bryan Singer‘s 2006 version that starred Brandon Routh and misfired with both barrels.
Don’t underestimate the teaming of DARK KNIGHT director—now producer and co-writer—Christopher Nolan with WATCHMEN and 300 director Zack Snyder. Their combined mission: Warner Brothers SECOND reboot of the Superman franchise at an estimated pricetag of $225 million.
What to expect from Henry Cavill‘s interpretation as the MAN OF STEEL?
For one, the Snyder-Nolan teaming has taken this DC Comics resurrection down a decisively darker, more violent and intense PG-13 path. If you’re looking for wink-wink laughs and lighter moments, this is not your movie.
MAN OF STEEL devotes its first 20 minutes to a lengthy set-up. Going deep into Superman’s origins complete with the history of the doomed planet Krypton and the events that caused his parents to place the infant into an earthbound space vehicle which would land on the Kent farm in Smallville, Kansas.
“When the world finds out what you can do…it’ll change everything.”
The film deals with Kal’s emotionally troubled growing years as a youth with super human abilities. And the moment of truth when he learns about his past and what’s facing him in the future.
“Someday when the time is right, you’ll be the bridge between two people.”
Come to think of it MAN OF STEEL really plays more like a science fiction entry than superhero movie. Don’t be surprised though to see this incarnation becoming the first of a new trilogy and eventually leading into an all-out combined power play. Kinda like Disney’s MARVEL superheroes came together in THE AVENGERS.
Justice League movie, anyone?
My take on this expensive summer tent pole? For one, the filmmakers seemed to put an incredible amount of effort into the film’s action effects.
CGI toybox overkill?
The movie does feel a bit overproduced and Hans Zimmer‘s musical score sounds overSCORED—if there is such a thing. At a running time of 2 hours and 22 minutes this action-adventure could’ve easily been tightened down to about two hours. But what do I know? I’m just an observer, and it’s always easy to play Monday morning quarterback before the weekend is over.
In the meantime, let’s give credit to respectable performances by Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent. Also Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as his adoptive Kansas parents. Krypton dad Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon as the ferocious General Zod, Daily Planet boss Laurence Fishburne and Amy Adams delivering a nice Lois Lane.
As for the MAN OF STEEL, 3D conversion? Wasn’t necessary. It really doesn’t add that much here. My prediction: A domestic opening weekend box office take of between $80 to $95 million. But whether at the end of the day it’ll top $250 million remains to be seen.
I’m raising 2-1/2 out of 5 fearsome fingers.
(Reviewed at AMC 30, Olathe.)
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