After seeing Star Trek: Into Darkness during its opening weekend I was in a bind. All I wanted to do was yell KHAAAAAAAAAAAN (spoiler alert by the way) but no one I knew, except for those I saw it with, had seen it. It wasn’t until a family dinner THIS WEEK that I was able to finally able to geek out about it, hash out what I did and did not like. So instead of waiting I am going to rant about the Superman flick here.
On a side note, if you haven’t seen it yet you brought that spoiler upon yourself.
First of all, over the opening weekend all I heard was hate, hate, hate, hate. There were a couple friends and fellow nerds that had nothing but love for it. Truth be told all I wanted to see was Superman punch someone through the atmosphere and blast Zod with his heat vision.
I also think losing the Quailman red undies outside was a upgrade. In other words, “…that’s a bad outfit!” But enough about the intricacies of the costume (I had to squeeze at least one OG Superman reference into this thing).
The biggest complaint I have heard about this film is that it is too dark and as a result Superman is not represented appropriately when compared to the comics. To which I say: so what?
Don’t get me wrong, I get it. I understand that he is supposed to represent truth, justice and the American way, that “with great power comes great responsibility” and that the final battle ends in a manner that is unbefitting of Superman. I understand this is probably the most classic of superheroes and to mess with his legacy is borderline blasphemy. But did Man of Steel have a negative effect on the franchise? I would argue hell-to-the-no.
Similar to what JJ Abrams did with Trek, it was refreshing (even with the three obligatory save Lois moments). Kal-El/Clark/Superman dealing with who he was, where he was from, the conflict that followed him to Earth, the origin story, the battle against General Zod, his minions and the vast majority of the movie had a pretty decent bow wrapped around it. Not once during this movie did I check out or was otherwise distracted.
If I had one bad thing to say it would be the amount of scene transitions. The movie bounced around a whole bunch. Other than that I have to say that I am very satisfied with how Man of Steel turned out. Similar to the recent Batman trilogy, I feel that it moved away from the Adam West BAM, WHAP, POW side of things.
The movie didn’t mirror everything from the comics, but is that a bad thing? Long story short it was good to see Superman kick some ass.