Man of Steel
Times watched: 5
*WARNING SPOILERS BELOW*
I tempered my expectations going into Man of Steel basically due to the fact that its super stupid hard to put a legit Superman on screen. For example, to me, Superman Returns ended after he saved the airplane. That scene was awesome! But the rest of the movie was reminded me of a superhero take on the second coming of Christ. So Man of Steel was probably going to suck, but Im an optimist and thought there was a chance it would be epic.
From the extended opening battle for Krypton to the outrageous fight scene at the end of the movie, they did a great job with the action sequences. It reminded me alot of the Justice League cartoon battles and to some degree with clashes in the comics and thats a good thing. Unfortunately, it almost all goes down hill from there.
My take on the villains:
Michael Shannon played an outstanding General Zod. I thought he did exactly what he needed to do to make that character shine. The problem I had with him was how fast and convient things happened for him. Making the Phantom Zone prision a hyper drive ship? What? How quickly he learned his new powers on Earth, especially how well he was able to fly once that went down. I mean come on, I know its a comics movie but they tried to make it very Dark Knightesque in that its something you could believe. Thats great and all but then dont pull stuff like that.
As for the rest of the baddies, Faora was probably more epic then Zod was in terms of bad assery. She was simply amazing. I think I have a crush on her now or something, its wierd. Think about all the crazy things she could do to m.... sorry getting off topic there. She was outstanding and has already been in a SWATH Tournament if that tells you anything. The rest of the Kryptonians were kind after thoughts though I did appreciate the nod to Non (the big dude in Superman II)
How do people not connect the dots to Clark Kent and Superman??? OMG its the most obvious thing ever! Especially when he tells the military he is from Kansas. Couldnt they just look up where the alien ships landed and be like, oh yeah its probably that dude. F.
The plot leaves something to be desired, but its not terrible. The stuff with Lois is ok, again not terrible. And Morpheus being in charge of the Daily Planet was a nice touch. Overall a decent movie but more importantly its the best Superman movie ever made.
Ryan's rating: 7.5/10
Bonus Scene & Easter Eggs:
Ill be honest, I desperately wanted some kind of tie in to TDKR in the movie. And kept waiting for it to happen and it didnt. I mean how cool would it have been if Superman had pulled Batman out of the Bat at the end of the last movie. Since there wasnt a bonus scene, the subtle easter eggs were the talk of the geek community. The Wayne Enterprises satellite was cool, the Keep Calm and Call Batman poster made me laugh, and all the Lex Corp references were well placed. Oh yeah, and Blaze Comics FTW!