My son and I saw an advance screening of Man of Steel earlier in the week. It’s not a perfect film, but we loved it. Man of Steel is a reboot of the Superman series. Clark Kent is still a baby that crash landed on Earth from the planet Krypton. But in the reboot, Clark Kent isn’t the golly gee whiz klutz that we are use to seeing. He’s a reflective person that is trying to act like everyone else even though he’s burning inside to save everyone he can. A lot of the Superman storyline has been changed, but it’s refreshing to see a different take on Superman. Man of Steel (Warner Bros. Pictures) opens today in theaters everywhere on Earth and in the Phantom Zone. Read on to find out about the seven things you should know about the new Superman movie.
7 Super Things You Should Know About Man of Steel
A sci-fi action drama
I’m a Superman fanboy so I know he is from the planet Krypton. But I was still surprise that Man of Steel involves more science fiction elements than any other superhero movies I’ve seen. In fact, it’s more sci-fi than the recent Oblivion film. Man of Steel even began with a somewhat lengthy story about the last days of Krypton. There were all sorts of space crafts, tech gadgets and sci-fi special effects. The Phantom Zone was even changed to involve a black hole in space.
Woman will want to slurp from Superman’s navel
Henry Cavill plays the part of Clark Kent (Kal-El) and Superman. He is one buff dude. No matter what qualities women say they want in a man, I’m sure most of them will go crazy over the new Superman. I think the Superman reboot will do for Henry Cavill what the James Bond reboot did for Daniel Craig. BTW, I think Clark Kent looks better with a beard than clean-shaven.
The Gladiator is back
Russell Crowe plays the part of Jor-El (Superman’s dad). He’s a scientist that tries to warn the council that Krypton is doomed, but to no avail. In this reboot of Superman, Jor-El isn’t just a brilliant scientist. He’s also a fighter. He doesn’t go around chopping people’s heads off, but he can hold his own in a fight with General Zod.
Directed by Zack Snyder, but produced by Christopher Nolan
Nolan is involved in this film, so it’s not surprising that Man of Steel is an action drama. Unlike movies like Ironman 3 and The Avengers, Man of Steel doesn’t mix a lot of humor with action scenes to appeal to as many people as possible. The new Superman movie, like the Batman reboot, focuses on the issues that haunts the main character. In the case of Clark Kent, he struggles with being an alien in a human world. I wonder if it’s like growing up Chinese in a white neighborhood?
You can go poop in the final showdown
The big showdown between Superman and Zod is very long. I can’t see my watch in the dark, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the big fight was 30 minutes long. A lot of the fighting is a big blur because the Kryptonians are super fast in addition to being super strong. You won’t miss much if you need to go to the restroom during the big finale. Heck, you even have time to go poop.
Stan Lee isn’t in this film
Hello, Superman is a DC Comics superhero. Of course, Stan Lee doesn’t make a cameo appearance in the Man of Steel. Stan only appears in Marvel movies. However, the new Superman movie does feature: Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Kal-El), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Russell Crowe (Jor-El), Antje Traue (Faora-Ul), Harry Lennix (General Swanwick), Richard Schiff (Dr. Emil Hamilton), Christopher Meloni (Colonel Nathan Hardy), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Ayelet Zurer (Lara Lor-Van), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent at 13)), Cooper Timberline (Clark Kent at 9) and Richard Cetrone (Tor-An).
Rated PG-13, but OK for young children too
Man of Steel is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language. However, it’s OK for young kids. There isn’t any profanity, nudity or sexual content that I can recall. BTW, the movie is two hours and 23 minutes long.