Man of Steel

Man of Steel (2013)


Directed By:

Zack Snyder


Henry Cavill

Amy Adams

Russell Crowe

Kevin Costner


A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extrastellar origin when Earth is invaded by members of his own race.


The minute I saw the first trailer for this movie I was apprehensive. With all the grey I knew they were going to make Superman gritty and realistic, as realistic as possible anyway. That works fine with Batman, he has no superpowers, but I didn’t think they’d be able to do it with Superman. I still planned on seeing it in theaters, until Entertainment Weekly spoiled the ending for me. It infuriated me that they had Superman kill. Superman does not kill any more than Batman uses a gun.

I am not a Superman expert. All I know about him is what I’ve seen in the movies and what I read in a year of buying comics (I had to quit because it became an incredibly expensive addiction). I do have certain ideas that I think Superman should live up to though. This movie did not live up to those ideas.


My first reaction to the movie was Superman had some very obvious manscaping going on. Things just went downhill from there. The constant flash backs were annoying. The grey filter was overused. The fight scenes looked like video game cut scenes. Lois Lane kept popping up, sometimes with no reason. How the hell did she wind up with him there at the end? Superman, at least the Superman I know, is not vindictive. Also, gaping plot holes.

The movie wanted you to believe that he was just learning how to control his powers. That he was raised on a farm and then traveled the world doing odd jobs. Yet he was somehow able to defeat General Zod? Someone who had literally been bred to be a warrior. Even with his slight advantage of being more familiar with his powers Zod should have still been able to wipe the floor with him. They were over ambitious using Zod in the first movie and because of it he went out like a bitch. You’re telling me that a man bred to fight can’t get out of a choke hold? He has the same powers as Superman but with decades more fighting experience.

Maybe it’s not fair of me to review this movie since I went into it with such hatred. Whether it is or not I’ve done it.