Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s the new superman without his underwear!
'Man of Steel' is Still the Best Superman Yet!
It's hard denying “Man of Steel” as the best film version the last son of Krypton has had. Epic in scope and alien in nature, “Man of Steel” catapults onto the screen with raw intent. Thanks to the fresh Christopher Nolan and David Goyer have for the screenplay and the bombastic attitude director Zack Snyder has always been a pro at, the film easily makes us forget Superman was ever a hokier than the comic book character who just couldn't get a decent big screen adaptation.Right from the start,” Man of Steel” trumps expectations. The first 15-20 minutes of Snyder's film shows us a Krypton we've never seen before, a world torn by civil war, and though the planet's fate is certainly sealed well before the Warner Brothers logo even appears, it shows us a series of space battles that amp the suspense to the highest magnitude. This is Snyder's “Star Wars” in the opening moments. The grand scale visuals aren't necessarily what make “Man of Steel” the best Superman movie, but definitely the biggest.Somewhere in the first repetitions of Superman on film the notion that he is an alien being got swept under a rug of righteousness and hokey Americana. Those films gave human beings too much credit, if you were to ask the people behind this film. And with that understanding of Clark Kent's alien nature and mankind's reaction to such a thing comes the science fiction genre Superman has always deserved to fit into. The best decision “Man of Steel” makes.With this the new structure comes “Man of Steel's” biggest flaw. Snyder's pacing is uneven for long stretches of the film, ramping into action as soon as a scene begins as if we've come into the middle of something massive that we don't understand and leaping back and forth, in and out of flashbacks that build the conditioned origin we've seen before.In between those flashbacks and Clark Kent's oddness we're introduced to Lois Lane (Amy Adams, already a comic book character name). Once again, she's the adventurous irritant...er...reporter of Metropolis' Daily Planet, but instead of her knowledge of Clark Kent/ Superman only coming when the man walks through the newspaper'sdoors, Nolan and Goyer allow her to be precisely what she is, a damn good reporter (or annoying depending on which end of the snooping you're on).The action on display in the last hour of “Man of Steel” is among the biggest and best summer blockbusters could possibly offer. Giant ships land on our planet. Massive explosions rip through Clark Kent's world, first his hometown of Smallville and then his future home of Metropolis. We even get the fight-and-flight treatment the Superman films have never been able to perfect, that idea of two characters who can defy gravity beating the hell out of each other in mid-air. Once the blue suit and red cape come on, the excitement takes off, and any issues one might have with “Man of Steel” are quickly forgotten.And “Man of Steel” is flawed to a point. 20 minutes of awesome, 60 minutes of stilted origin, and 60 minutes of incredibly epic action still has parts that feel more wooden-flimsy than metal-solid. Nonetheless, imperfections and all, Man of Steel remains the best Superman film we're allowed to have. Regardless, this fresh, ironically grounded Clark Kent tale Nolan and Goyer have decided to tell is a welcome return for comic book's most iconic figure. With any luck, Snyder will be back to make “Man of Steel 2” just as awesome. So if you have not seen it watch it now!