DIRECTOR: Zack Snyder
WRITERS: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan
CAST: Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Diane Lane (Martha Kent, Russell Crowe (Jor-El), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Antje Traue (Faora-Ul)
Now let’s get into this, there were some people who enjoyed it, (like me) and there were of course some that didn’t enjoy it. That’s okay because we are all entitled to our opinions, so I’ll give my two-cents on the matter.
I truly believe Man of Steel was an amazing superhero film to date. How long have we waited for a Superman movie that completely reached our expectations? While some might disagree, I can say that it really was everything I wanted. This film had a great cast, you had Russell Crowe as Jor-El and he brought out the essence of that character very well on screen. Also had Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, there were some tiny flaws I’ll admit, mainly when he told Clark that maybe he should’ve let the kids drown. But his Pa Kent was indeed heartfelt. Amy Adams as Lois Lane was another good performance in my opinion. Throughout the whole movie she did all she can to help Superman, just as Lois in the comics would.
Now onto the two portrayals, Henry Cavill and Michael Shannon’s Superman and General Zod. I felt that both were extremely spot on! Henry Cavill not only gave a superb performance but he also captured the image of our beloved Man of Steel. Michael Shannon’s Zod was a huge outstanding performance that benefitted the movie for me. He was demented and everything he did was for in his mind, for the better good of Krypton.
The story was easy to follow and kept me wanting to see more. For some people, it can get boring at the beginning which later on the film makes up for as every fight scene were really marvelous and intense. It was truly worth the wait. Some of the later fight scenes in the climax caused much controversy to which some critics bashed as well as some comic book readers. But as a long time reader of Superman, it was necessary as to allow room for a more personal fight and push Superman more to stop Zod.
One controversy that seemed to cause a stir was the infamous ‘neck snap’ scene in the final fight. To me, it really wasn’t that much of a big issue. One, Superman was given an ultimatum: kill Zod to save the world or let Zod live and destroy all life. The sadistic General Zod had no reason to live now that he had no way to preserve and rebuild Krypton and that drove him completely insane to the point that he even told Superman that he will destroy humanity on Earth and that the only way for him to stop him would be for him to kill him. So there Superman eventually had no other alternative but to put Zod down permanently.
Many people will complain that Superman would not kill, but he has killed before in the comics. A good example I can bring up would be when he fought Doomsday in the comic book Superman #75. Doomsday was out of control and Superman knew he would not stop until he was dead. With that, Superman gave all he got to take down Doomsday.Overall, I really enjoyed Man of Steel so much and had the privilege to watch it twice when it came out in theaters the first day. People have their opinions, which I respect, some loved it and others hated it. Neither is bad, for me Man of Steel was a huge success.