I got home a little over an hour ago from watching the midnight release of The Man of Steel, the new Superman movie starring Henry Cavill. Now from the start, I wasn’t too hyped about seeing this movie, because lets face it, Superman movies never do that good. Unlike DC’s other major hitter, Batman, Superman has fallen short. The most recent to miss hitting the nail on the Head was Bryan Singer and Brandon Roth’s 2006 Superman Returns which supposedly takes place after the last Christopher Reeves Superman movie. That was a mistake from the start… trying to continue a storyline that began in the 70’s!
Needless to say that the 2006 film fell short on many different areas. I mean, am I the only one who wanted to pull Roth’s little curl? It was annoying! But aside from that, Roth’s Superman didn’t embody what Superman should.
This years film with Cavill hit the mark from the start in terms of casting the Man of Steel. Once clean and shaven, Cavill really embodies Superman, and in a way is a nice similarity to Christopher Reeve’s Superman. Cavill LOOKS like Superman, or as he should in my head.
The suit… I still wish they’d leave it red and stop with this use of Maroon, however it was MUCH better than Roth’s.
While many of us Smallville fan’s would have loved to see Tom Welling, those of us who grew up in the 90s, grew up with Tom Welling as our Clark Kent. We can’t say he was our Superman because until the end, he didn’t don the suit. He was through and through our Clark, but I think Henry Cavill could take that place, he can be this generations Superman, as Reeve’s was the 70’s and 80’s, and Dean cain was the Superman/Clark for the 90’s.
This is also the first Superman to show a darker less cheesy Superman, in my opinion. At the end of the film, it really comes though, as he does something that goes against all of Superman’s beliefs. I won’t say what, but you’ll know when you see it. You will also see at times a resemblance between Welling and Cavill when Cavill is dressed as Clark, especially when he don’s the glasses.
If film history Batman has always done better at the box office, while Superman did better on TV, starting with the 1950’s George Reeve’s TV Show. We’ve not had a Batman TV show in a long time, and I think we should get it. We’re getting a SHIELD TV show, why not Batman? Why not see Bruce as a younge 20’s guy battling with himself being the playboy and the man in the cape? We saw this with a young Dean Cain on Lois & Clark. We got to see Clark & Superman in tandem here, unlike in Smallville, which we only had Clark.
But back to Superman…
The special effects in this film are also top notch. The way he moves, fly’s, and everything else, was done very nice. Unlike some of the effects in the 2006 film. To be honest Smallville had much better effects than the 2006 film as well. With a Superman movie there are four major things that can go wrong, casting Superman, casting Lois, the Suit, and the special effects. I think The Man of Steel did well in all four. However it did take me watching the film to accept the suit.
In this film, we get I think for once, what we should in a Superman movie in current time. There’s no having to suspend belief… after the initial, he’s an alien… ha! It’s set in realistic time, much as The Avengers and Iron Man are. In terms of that if IT WAS too happen, we could believe it. Unlike the 90’s Batman movies with a penguin… and such. We get a Lois who isn’t over the top, or desperate. We don’t get a stupid story line that tries to continue after 20 or so years. We get a fresh start, what Singer and Roth’s should have been, but wasn’t. I also feel that while there has always been a stigma with playing Superman, which some say are reasons Welling had in his contract no tights, no flights. I do not think Cavill will fall to this Hollywood curse. I don’t think it will hurt his career, or typecast him. He plays it in such a way that, well, it works really, really well.
If you’re on the fence about seeing this, go ahead. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Especially with the young Clark’s as they were cast I think, also very well.
For now, this is all I will say until people have a chance to see it. Then I’ll go into more on what happen’s and the plot. So go on and see it!