The importance of Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel"

Why Superman must return the right way...

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By jdog127 - 12/29/2012
Next summer, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel will finally hit theaters, thus giving Superman yet another opportunity to win back the crown as the world’s best superhero. Many people have speculated why Superman fell out of good graces with fans and let characters like Batman, Spider-man, and Iron Man steal his thunder. Some have said that his core concepts of “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” have lost their zeal, as displayed in Perry White’s line during Superman Returns (“Truth, justice, and all that stuff”). Some have suggested that it’s Superman’s near invincibility, which has created somewhat of a lack of potential danger during his many adventures. Whether it’s that he’s too powerful, too invulnerable, or too perfect; I think they’re all somewhat right, but mostly wrong. I’ll explain…

Since Sam Raimi’s Spider-man hit theaters back in 2001 and broke records on opening weekend, comic book superhero movies have been an annual occurrence, and each character that was displayed on the silver screen was instantly transformed into a more recognizable pop culture property; simply because Hollywood has a much farther reach into the mainstream than the comic book industry. So, it was only natural that the world’s “first” superhero get his proper due, and out came Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. If there was one thing (among the many) that especially pissed off the CBM fans that saw the film it was that Superman, throughout the entire film, did not throw a single punch. Returns received a general sense of disappointment from audiences, and thus propelled Superman to the bottom of mainstream superheroes. Superman had his chance to reclaim glory, and blew it.

So, what was the reason for this overwhelming feeling of disappointment? Many claimed it was the disjointed, “pseudo-Richard Donner Superman sequel” vibe the film gave off. Others pointed to the odd idea of Superman having a son with Louis Lane. Most fans just wanted to see Supes duke it out with some super-powered baddie in all of the technological beauty that modern-day CGI effects are capable of; and not a single soul got that. Superman in Superman Returns = All saving, no fighting. Superman has arguably the most powerful of super powers amongst commonly known comic book characters, and all he did was lift stuff up.

Now, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is poised to hit theaters this summer, and every Superman fan out there is holding their breath. We just want to see the Superman commonly seen in the source material. I always tend to think of Dragonball Z’s Goku as sort of the Japanese version of Superman. Both characters are aliens from a different planet that look human, both crash-landed here as small children, both have immense power, both came from dying civilizations and are among the last few of their kind, and both grow up to protect Earth from evildoers from their home planet and beyond. The one aspect that I would love to see nailed in Man of Steel that Dragonball Z got perfectly is the concept of the hero’s anger. Goku is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet, much like Clark Kent. When he’s not saving the world he has a fairly normal life, and would go out of his way to help anyone who needs it. However, if you piss him off enough, he will rip you in half…literally. It’s not just blind rage either (like Hulk early in his superhero career), it’s a controlled rage, and it’s always directed at a character that can hold their own in a super-powered, super heroic battle. Queue the arrival of General Zod; Dragonball Z translation: Vegeta.

This, in my opinion, is the reason the character of General Zod was chosen as the main antagonist in Man of Steel. Like Vegeta, Zod shares a history with the story’s protagonist, and can act as a catalyst in the formerly “normal” life of the alien trying to fit in with society. On top of all the drama Zod can bring to the story by reintroducing Krypton into Superman’s life, he’ll also be able to punch him through a friggin’ building. This will be able to both bring drama into the story and the much needed action. Thus, we may finally get the modern Superman movie we’ve been waiting for; and if we don’t, than we might as well forget about seeing a Superman movie in theaters for a while. There’s no doubt that any story involving a dude that can fly, shoot heat rays out of his eyes, run super-fast, and blow freezing air out of his mouth will create a hell of a huge budget; and Warner Bros. may not want to keep flushing money down the toilet without any real payoff. So, this is it. Man of Steel needs to get it right.

Now that we have a second trailer (that was pretty friggin’ amazing), those of us that are looking forward to Man of Steel have much more of a reason to do so; however, great trailers do not always represent great movies.

Richard Donner (and whoever directed Superman 3 and 4), we love what you did with Superman (or at least our parents did), but it is time for us fans to move on. There are so many great Superman stories that have been told throughout the years, and it’s time we get to see one of those stories adapted to the big screen with a unique style and direction. We enjoyed your “Blue Boy Scout,” but we’re ready to see a more flawed Superman; one we can relate to, one that has red, glowing eyes when he gets really pissed off. It is time for Man of Steel to usher in a new era of cinematic Superman storytelling…and no, it won’t include throwing plastic-wrap “S” shields or giving mind-wiping kisses.
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LEEE777 - 12/29/2012, 9:58 AM
Yeah CAVIL will own! ;)

Returns still beats the last 3 seasons of crappy Smallville... just saying :p


Cool

Spideyguy94 - 12/29/2012, 10:06 AM
Superman returns was basically just a remake of superman 1. It relied too much on nostalgia and never had any identity of its own. It also tried to do something that can't be done and that's make superman relatable. One of the things with superman is that he is not relatable, Clark Kent is relatable but superman Is not. The only thing I'm worried about with man of steel is it might be too similar too superman 1&2 and make the same mistake TASM did.
thunderforce - 12/29/2012, 10:19 AM
You missed the main reason that I want this movie to do well , if the rumors are true than it is the start of a DC cinematic universe so it has to do well for that reason alone .
Spideyguy94 - 12/29/2012, 10:35 AM
@thunderforce yeah if this movie doesn't do well that's it for all DC characters on the big screen except batman.
jazzman - 12/29/2012, 10:44 AM

Goku is a Japanese version of Superman and Chinese Monkey King.
ManofSteel22 - 12/29/2012, 10:47 AM
I thought it was obvious that they only put zod in so he could fight someone,and its lois not louis lol
DrDoom - 12/29/2012, 11:22 AM
Spider-Man actually got released in 2002.
Albie - 12/29/2012, 12:18 PM
@dickbelt

That's why it was filed under editorials. Good contribution, yourself, though, deep thoughts there.
HEHE - 12/29/2012, 12:35 PM
JokerFan- In a recent interview with Snyder, he said, "“I don’t know how ‘Justice League’ is going to be handled. Honestly, I don’t. But ‘The Man of Steel’ exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that,” and claimed that Warner Bros. expects him to "keep them on course" as regards to a potential cinematic universe".
Parker2017 - 12/29/2012, 12:37 PM
waht i don;t get is why do superman fans say all sueprman films suck? I really liek parts 1 and donnors aprt II.
Parker2017 - 12/29/2012, 12:38 PM
@sPIDEYGUY94 gOT ONE WORD FOR YOU: Samllville. that made superman relateable. So it could work. if done right.
Spideyguy94 - 12/29/2012, 1:00 PM
@Parker2017 no it made clark kent relatable, superman didn't show up until the last 10 mins of the last ever episode. Look at my comment again i said superman is not relatable but clark kent is, there is a difference between them. Superman is the ultimate image of perfection that he puts on for the public, clark kent is who he is. Clark Kent has problems and flaws and is the human element of superman we relate to. Also smallville sucked.
bazinga85 - 12/29/2012, 1:38 PM
@spideyguy94
Agreed, smallville sucked
HEHE - 12/29/2012, 2:17 PM
Bazinga85- How exactly did smallville suck. You probably heard this before but every hero has a journey, and smallville showed us his journey. Clark didn't just grow up and say, "I'm going to save the world". He had a destiny and smallville took us through his destiny.
Spideyguy94 - 12/29/2012, 3:34 PM
@MarvelDCfan100 except I don't remember superman going up against 90% of his rouges gallery, meeting the legion of super heroes, meeting lois, lex, jimmy and becoming part of the daily planet, before becoming superman. i also don't remember Jonathan Kent being more or less murdrered by joe-el. The only thing I can say good about smallville was that rosenbaum was awesome as lex, brainiac was well written and acted fantastically by James marsters (that is his name right), and Erica durance was good as lois. Apart from that smallville was badly written, badly acted and lasted about 7 seasons too long.
Spideyguy94 - 12/29/2012, 5:28 PM
@JokerFan I thought season 1 wasn't too bad, but after that i only watched it mainly for Lex, and during season 5 for brainiac as well. As soon as rosenbaum left I didn't even bother to watch it anymore except the finale. It's a shame rosenbaum's lex was wasted on this show. Because it would been amazing to see him play lex in a superman movie.
GuardianDevil - 12/29/2012, 8:30 PM
I'm really hoping that Man of Steel does awesome, I'm a Supes fan and he hasnt really had a good film since the 70/80s. My big problem with DC right is now is that every non-batman film in the last 15 years has been an epic fail. Superman deserves WAAYYY more stardom than Batman & Ironman and at least as much as Spidey is getting. Hoping and praying that this movie brings back Superman to his former popularity.
GuardianDevil - 12/29/2012, 8:36 PM
I also don't think that Superman should be relatable, he's really not relatable and he's great that way, I don't think lack of relatability was the problem with Superman Returnd because if that was the problem than Thor would have done terribly as well.
Spideyguy94 - 12/30/2012, 3:02 AM
@Fenix agreed. Superman is someone who you should want to be, clark kent is the human side of superman who is relatable. I hope this movie doesn't make him a bumbling idiot like in the previous movies, i hope they make clark the real personality while superman is a persona he puts on.
Facade - 12/30/2012, 8:30 AM
Santa's red jacket, white beard and jolly 'ol elf shtik doesn't fit with todays society...reinvent him to be relevant...dumb!

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