It could be the Superman fanboy in me, but that truly looks like it could be a fantastic comic book film. Many people find the character to be boring. While I understand that perspective due to his vast array of powers I think Superman is a fascinating character. The idea that someone can be so powerful and yet not be corrupted by that power is interesting. As a Christian there are definitely some parallels between the character, Moses and Jesus. Considering Superman is one of the best examples of an ultimate "good" character I do not find that offensive at all either.
The concern here is that "Superman Returns" also looked pretty good in the trailers. Aside from Routh playing a good Clark Kent and Kevin Spacey delivering as Lex Luthor there were a lot of problems with that film. Superman sacrificing himself was also a nice touch I will admit, but let's look at some of the issues:
- Superman as a stalker? Nope.
- Superman leaving Earth for five years to go find Krypton? Absolutely not.
- Superson? Insanity.
One other minor complaint about the new film is that the perfect Superman theme will apparently not be used. That decision boggles my mind although I understand the thought process. It gave us one of the best scenes in Returns and that magic will be left out of what looks to be a great film. It is a bummer, but not a showstopper.
Another promising aspect is Michael Shannon as Zod. While I really liked Kevin Spacey's Luthor a common criticism of Returns and some of the other films is the lack of a really good villain. Specifically the lack of a physically imposing villain that would be able to go toe-to-toe with Superman. Zod in "Man of Steel" certainly seems to fit that bill.
As a bonus the Movie Masters figures look really cool. They look even better in the packaging. I mean look at that classic pose!
At this point I must admit that my expectations are so high I could be looking at a big disappointment in June. Based on everything I have seen though I believe this film will deliver. I certainly hope I am right.
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