EDITIORIAL: Why Man of Steel Could Be One of the Best Superhero Movies of All Time
My view on why next year's Man of Steel will not just be the best Superman movie ever, but one of the greatest superhero movies of all time.
Superman is without a doubt the greatest superhero ever, so why hasn't he been a factor lately? In an age where comic book movies has dominated has 2000, why haven't we seen a great Superman movie? 2006's Superman Returns was in my mind good but not great. Coming next year we will see Superman being rebooted. His first origin story since 1978. Here is why Man of Steel will be one of the best superhero movies ever.
5. It’s A Reboot
Most people would view this as a negative but it’s not. Look at the movies that have been rebooted: Hulk, Batman, Spider-Man, Total Recall and many others. Most of those movies are nowhere near as old as 1978’s Superman. That was the last origin story we have seen from Big Blue. It’s been 34 years! Spider-Man was rebooted after 10. There’s a reason why audiences didn’t go see The Amazing Spider-Man and Batman Begins as much as Spider-Man and Batman. THEY ALREADY KNOW THE ORIGIN!!! Kid gets bite by a spider and becomes Spider-Man. Rich kid’s parents are murder and becomes a creature of the night in Batman. Man of Steel is different from that. Superman is seriously outdated. No one watches that like someone would watch Batman or Spider-Man. This is one of the few exceptions for a reboot.
4. Bow to Zod
Another reason why Man of Steel will be successful is its villain, Zod. Last time we saw Zod on the big screen was in 1980’s Superman 2. Zod is a great villain to have because he has the same powers as Superman. Anything Superman can do Zod can and it causes a conflict where Superman will have to use his brains over brawn.
3. The People Behind It
Just the amount of the people behind this film shows how it can’t fail. You have Christopher Nolan as the producer. However you feel about his Batman movies you have to give him credit with one thing: He successful brought Batman back. Before Nolan Batman was a joke. Everyone laughed at how bad 1997’s Batman & Robin was. No one thought Nolan could bring Batman to the point where he is now. He opened the door to DC heroes coming back on the big screen. Nolan also is writing the script for Man of Steel which is important because he understands the source material. In his 3 Batman movies he drew key elements and situations from the following Batman novels: The Dark Knight Returns, No Man’s Land, Knightfall, Year One, Killing Joke, and The Long Halloween. He could do the same for Superman.
Also we have Zack Snyder at the director’s chair. Zack knows and understands the character. Zack has made hit movies like Dawn of the Dead, 300 and Watchmen. He knows comic books like no other director. He even talked to Frank Miller asking him if one day it would be alright if he director an adaption of Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Miller responded “You can do it anytime you want to, Zack.” Snyder still wants to do it but it shows his love for comics.
2. The Cast
Let’s look at the line up for a second. Now we got Laurence Fishburne as Perry White. Now I know in the comics Perry White is white but look at Michael Clarke Duncan’s (REST IN PEACE MAN) Kingpin in Daredevil. Kingpin was white but Duncan was black and Duncan still pulled off an incredible performance. He was perfect and even went on to voice Kingpin in a Spider-Man cartoon. My point is Fishburne is perfect and can pull off Perry White. Now we got Russell Crowe as Jor-El. You couldn’t pick a better actor to play Superman’s dad. Russell has proven his acting abilities again and again. We got Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent which is just a perfect pairing in my mind probably the best in the cast. Next is Michael Shannon as Zod. A great pairing for this movie. Next we got the lovely Amy Adams as Lois Lane which is a great pairing for Lois. Finally we got Henry Cavill as Superman. While to most people Cavill isn’t a big time star, he is about to be. I was a little worried and I still am but he seems to know Superman and Clark Kent and I think he can pull it off.
1. IT’S SUPERMAN!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a Superman movie. SUPERMAN! The greatest superhero ever created. Nothing can beat Superman. People have said maybe this film won’t do well because not that many people are interested in Superman. YOU KIDDING ME??? Everyone knows and loves Superman. This film looks to bring back what we love about Superman. We haven’t seen a great Superman movie since 1980. Also it could be the beginning of something great if it’s involved with the Justice League movie. What better character to start off than Superman! Now I’m a Batman fan but I’ve been getting a little sick of just seeing Batman get all the love at DC. It’s time we see other characters be great and let’s start with Superman. As a DC fan of have doubts to a Justice League movie but I feel that if Man of Steel is successful then WB’s will let Zack Snyder direct Justice League and if that happens I have no worries about the Justice League movie.
So what do you think? Do you think Superman will soar high like me or fall short?
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