It’s Coming: ‘Man Of Steel’ (2013).

2 Apr

Time for something new! I thought I’d kick things off with a fresh segment in which I take a look at trailers for upcoming movies, and furiously prejudge them. We’ll see if it works out!

Zack Snyder is back, and this time he’s not making films about zombies or owls… But he is making one about a guy in a silly costume! This time, he’s taking on possibly the most well-known superhero of all time? Man of Steel shall be the first incarnation of the caped crusader since 2006’s Superman Returns, and also since the conclusion of the long-running Smallville TV series, which chronicled his rise to superherodom. Man of Steel shall be a standalone feature, however, completely unrelated to previous filmic depictions.

The trailer makes it look like quite an epic. The first half seems to denote a coming-of-age style drama as a young Clark Kent slowly realises just how powerful he is. However, it soon looms into traditional Nolan-style action, with seemingly massive set-pieces, explosions and CGI spaceships. It’s being marketed much in the same way as Batman Begins et all were; as a serious, adult-oriented film about guys in ridiculous suits saving the day though perhaps with a less gritty tone. Is this to keep the classification low, so that it can compete with the likes of Iron Man for ticket sales? Who knows; either way, the director clearly has a knack for complimenting epic tales with crowd-pleasing action, as Watchmen and 300.

Expectations are naturally high, but there is one glaring flaw which could possibly sink the whole ship: not an awful lot of people actually like Superman as a character. I mean, how many ‘fans’ of Superman do you know? People find him kind of dull; perfection is never particularly interesting, and his one weakness is inescapably arbitrary. Kryptonite? Imagine a superhero in which their Achilles’ Heel was beryllium; it’s silly. Now, Man of Steel is unquestionably an attempt to restore his popularity, but the aforementioned problems with the character, combined with the even-more-ridiculous-than-Batman outfit could signal negative tidings. I also have this sneaking suspicion that DC are preparing for an eventual Justice League movie, following Marvel’s successful plan of giving each Avenger a film of their own. Who’s next, after Superman? Wonder Woman? The Flash? Aquaman!? (That’d be awesome).

Regardless, I’m looking forward to this. Though I’m less than enamoured with Superman as a character, Henry Cavill seems like a capable guy for the job, although his acting repertoire isn’t particularly impressive (Hellraiser – Hellworld…). Amy Adams should be a great fit for Lois Lane, and I look forward to seeing Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner too.

‘Man of Steel’ is hitting the USA, the UK and Ireland on June 14th, 2013.

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