Early MAN OF STEEL Reactions Mostly Positive, With One "Abysmal"

Aside from one lengthy enough review there's nothing too detailed here, just a few very brief reactions to early screenings from various bloggers and members of the public, but it does serve as an indicator of what we can expect perhaps.

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By Mark Cassidy - 5/31/2013
TMZ's Josh Dickey has gathered together a few early reactions to Man Of Steel. Here's the longest one from Daniel Dalton:

"Short version: Looks amazing, action is awesome, Cavill & cast are excellent. Unlike any Superman film we’ve seen so far…

Long version: More of an origin story of Kal-El than Clark Kent - if that makes sense - from the opening scenes on Krypton to the arrival of General Zod and the threatened genocide of humanity, Man of Steel is about what it means to be human - how Kal-El finally accepts he is Clark Kent, and how human kind accept Superman as one of our own. It’s a film about being an outsider - being different, and accepting yourself whether others do or not. It’s a film about fathers and sons, and - with more than a few sly biblical references - it’s a film about faith. Not necessarily religious faith, but faith in others. Faith in yourself. Negatives would be the lack of character development in anyone other than Kal/Clark - Martha Kent and Lois Lane both suffer from underwriting, and Lois Lane especially is denied the chance to develop beyond two strong scenes, becoming a damsel in distress/love interest by film’s end. Not quite at the same level as Batman Begins, but gives a stronger platform for sequel development than Superman Returns did."

Some reactions from "movie people" and one second-hand account sent his way:

"One dm I got for MOS stated that it made him weep it was that great. He wishes he could write about it and break this embargo."

"MOS is awesome:) Best Summer movie yet.

"I loved MOS. Completely disagree with people nit picking "not enough personality". It's different: Bigger action, tight, VERY focused story.

And now the not so positive. This is a second hand account from an unnamed movie blogger:

"I haven't seen Man Of Steel yet, but from those that have (and are under embargo) I've heard it's abysmal. 4 or 5 said go in with way, way lowered expectation, and that they've removed all sense of character from the film"

And Jenn Murphy writes:

"There's a reason why they told us not to tweet about the movie we just saw: IT'S TERRIBLE!!!

Also it definitely fails the Bechdel Test. Seriously can big budget movies create a decent role for a woman? It's getting pretty ridiculous."

There are bound to be more reactions over the next couple of days, as these are just the first wave. What do you guys make of them?

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ALegendaryPanda - 5/31/2013, 10:29 AM
Abysmal?! LOL yeah right.
Fantine - 5/31/2013, 10:34 AM
Lois was always going to be underwritten. This is Clark's story, how he becomes Superman and Clark Kent. Clark and Lois will take center stage in the sequel.
Dev7 - 5/31/2013, 10:34 AM
One Abysmal? Prepare for a shit storm then.

Jenn Murphy ‏@jambot0110 9h
There's a reason why they told us not to tweet about the movie we just saw: IT'S TERRIBLE!!!

Mike Sampson ‏@mjsamps 6m @NotoriousJLD Feedback I've heard from numerous people is "very good but not great."
ALegendaryPanda - 5/31/2013, 10:44 AM
These negative reviews sound so fake lol
Reasonnnn - 5/31/2013, 10:45 AM
Can the fanboys please declare death threats to critics who don't like the film?

TelaVizion - 5/31/2013, 10:50 AM
Yall can't bash the negative reviews... ppl thought the last Superman was gonna be great, and they all ended up hating it.

Only one trailer tried to give you a sense of what the movie will be like. The first group of trailers gave you nothing but soft music.
thunderforce - 5/31/2013, 10:51 AM
All i have to say is if it is in a DCCU then I will probably like it if it is a stand alone movie then all bets are off .
Viltrumite - 5/31/2013, 10:55 AM
There is literally no need for there to be a strong female role in this particular film considering it's concerned -entirely- with Clark's growth as a person into a hero. Why would that even be considered a complaint?
n1ghtw1ng2832 - 5/31/2013, 10:57 AM
Theyre saying its terrible cause they didnt have enough girl shit. [frick]ing MOrons! THE MOVIE'S CALLED MAN OF STEEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Supes17 - 5/31/2013, 10:58 AM
Goddammmit Warner Bros. not again...
ALegendaryPanda - 5/31/2013, 10:59 AM

Nice job putting After Earth's scores up there for us
Ramiel - 5/31/2013, 10:59 AM
"from those that have (and are under embargo) I've heard it's abysmal. 4 or 5 said go in with way, way lowered expectation."

4 out of 5 have said go with "lowered expectations"? Oh, oh! Movie looks great though. Sucks if it isn't any good.
Chewtoy - 5/31/2013, 11:00 AM
I'm interested in it but keeping low expectations and reminding myself that Zack Snyder has made plenty of films with great trailers but never score more than 75% on Rotten Tomatoes with any of them.
SageMode - 5/31/2013, 11:01 AM
hartley07 - 5/31/2013, 11:02 AM
Supes17 - 5/31/2013, 11:02 AM
Lmao [frick] you sagemode :P
SpectacularJoShFest - 5/31/2013, 11:03 AM
It doesn't matter if it sucks ass, Nolanites will praise it till they [frick]ing die any way.
Other than that...I'm still excited to see this movie.
SuperSomething616 - 5/31/2013, 11:03 AM
I very much doubt that even any negatives will be actually Abysmal...

The guys over reacting to get a mention...which clearly it worked!!!
Supes17 - 5/31/2013, 11:03 AM
Yeah I'd be pissed if she ends up saving his ass by killing the main villain
TheDARKestKNIGHT - 5/31/2013, 11:05 AM
I honestly don't want too much screen time wasted on Lois in this or the sequels anyway. These are superman/Clark kent movies and that's who I came to see.

The Reeves stories were gushing with flimsy romantics between Clark and Lois. Partly adding to the supermen being boring reputation.
DarkKnight7 - 5/31/2013, 11:05 AM
I saw it 2 weeks ago at a screening, I don't get the reviewer who said it was abysmal.A lot of comic book movies have damsel in distress, It was a good movie, thats all I have to say.
TheDARKestKNIGHT - 5/31/2013, 11:06 AM
ALegendaryPanda - 5/31/2013, 11:06 AM
I'm gonna wait for some REAL reviews before I get any more or less excited.
Mike89 - 5/31/2013, 11:06 AM
Abysmal? How did Intruder get an early screening?
faver - 5/31/2013, 11:07 AM
Why are people posting those fake screens of RT and metacritic? Don't you have anything better to do?

Also, failing the Bechdel Test doesn't mean at all that the movie is bad. Just that it doesn't have strong roles for women (which is a completely different discussion). A lot of great films, like The Social Network, failed that test. The Avengers failes too, but I don't see a lot of people calling the film 'bad' because of that.

I'll wait for real reviews. If they happen to be bad, well, better luck next time DC.
BreadPitt - 5/31/2013, 11:07 AM
Jenn Murphy, just because youre not gettin' any super dick lately doesnt meant you gotta bash the movie, with the guy you would fuk til kingdome come
GhostZero - 5/31/2013, 11:08 AM
I didnt believed the reviews that said that TDKR was shitty, I was wrong. Hope this doesnt happen this time...
BreadPitt - 5/31/2013, 11:08 AM
Spoilery early review of MAN OF STEEL!!
TayDee - 5/31/2013, 11:08 AM
Most CBM's get great reviews before they come out. Look at IM3. I wouldn't feel so confident in this.
Earth69 - 5/31/2013, 11:09 AM
Lois must make Superman a sandwich at some point for this feminist broad to have gotten her panties in a bunch.

Either way the movie is about Superman, not Lois Lane or Ma Kent, so that idiots complaint is null and void.

Im with whoever said that people haven't really seen it yet either. Test screenings arent supposed to start till early June, so that makes me slightly suspicious.
BatsFan - 5/31/2013, 11:10 AM
Jenn Murphy should get dead treat from angry fans.
DrDoom - 5/31/2013, 11:12 AM
Jenn Murphy sounds like an angry feminist
BreadPitt - 5/31/2013, 11:13 AM
Man of steel review (not mine) MILD SPOILER ALERT
Superman1974 - 5/31/2013, 11:14 AM
The one negative review is probably from a batman fun lmao
JDUKE25 - 5/31/2013, 11:15 AM
So an unnamed movie blogger who hasn't seen the movie has only heard its "abysmal". Lmao ok, seems legit.

Even if the story isn't amazing or whatever, the action alone with be worth watching. Look at Avengers.

Anyway, I'm staying away from reviews, CBM, and pretty much anything talking about Man of Steel for the next two weeks.
Angelus - 5/31/2013, 11:15 AM
As always, I will wait and see for myself before I make any ridicoulus judgements. I highly doubt this will be another Green Lantern. I CANNOT WAIT FOR MOS!!!
PsyGuy - 5/31/2013, 11:15 AM

you scared me! that was evil.
ibravosp5 - 5/31/2013, 11:16 AM
Come to think of it, I think there's not one movie with all positive reviews.....it's impossible to make a perfect movie....
Ocelot - 5/31/2013, 11:19 AM
I'll judge the movie for myself thank you
Chewtoy - 5/31/2013, 11:19 AM
The Bechdel Test isn't really about individual movies... Failing it isnt necessarily a black mark against a particular film. It's simply about showing how marginalized women are in pop culture in general. The point is that it purposefully sets the bar for passing so low that its notable that *so many* films fail to pass it.
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