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The UnPopular Opinion: Man of Steel

Jul. 30, 2014by: Alex Maidy

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

****SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

This past weekend, Warner Bros and DC Comics unveiled the first look at BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE to rabid crowds at San Diego Comic Con. The reveal of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman costume and seeing Batman and Superman share the screen for the first time in a movie was almost too much for most people to handle. Next summer, fans will finally get to see something they never thought would make it to the big screen. But, it all started with last year's MAN OF STEEL, possibly the best Superman movie of all time.

Purists are likely preparing their pitchforks for me after that statement, but in terms of technological achievement, visual prowess, and sheer scope, MAN OF STEEL is the greatest realization we have seen of Superman. As someone who grew up idolizing the Christopher Reeve SUPERMAN movies, I loved Bryan Singer's take on the series. SUPERMAN RETURNS was more of a nostalgic favorite rather than a great movie on it's own, but Zack Snyder brought something new and unique to the mythology of the Kryptonian hero that had been restricted to comic books for 75 years: a distinct and original take on the story.

As long as he doesn't break into song, Russell Crowe is absolutely brilliant as Jor-El.

MAN OF STEEL does not reinvent the wheel as there have been so many variations of the character in the pages of DC Comics that there really should have been nothing shocking about what Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer did to the tale. Warner Bros clearly knew that MAN OF STEEL was their reboot point, a kick-off to a new cinematic universe that would tie together all of the different heroes similarly to what Marvel did with IRON MAN and then THE AVENGERS. The key to their approach was grounding MAN OF STEEL in a conceivably realistic world. While THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy served as inspiration, this new landscape would obviously be inhabited by incredibly unrealistic characters with unfathomable powers. But, the world had to feel real and Snyder achieves that.

Many were annoyed at having to endure another origin story, but the approach to showcasing a fully fleshed out Krypton allowed us, as viewers, a deeper look into the world that Kal-el came from. Unlike Richard Donner's crystalline planet, Snyder's Krypton is a highly evolved world on the brink of destruction. While we only see this place for a short time, it is enough to truly grasp what these people were like and how General Zod (Michael Shannon) became the despot that would attempt to destroy Earth. The xenophobia that Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) experiences growing up in Smallville was not far removed from the brutal class strictures on his birth planet.

I would have the same reaction after getting a bowl cut like that.

Much like how Batman's origin is haunted by the spectre of Thomas Wayne, MAN OF STEEL features two strong father figures in Jor-El and Jonathan Kent. Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner knock their roles out of the park, providing two of the strongest origin characters in any superhero film. As much of an impact that Uncle Ben and Howard Stark represent in the lives of their children, these two paternal figures are so fully developed that you feel the same connection to them from an audience standpoint than any other iteration of the characters through history. Both actors delivered their best performances in years with Costner continuing the restart to his acting career. On the other side, Russell Crowe's delivery as Jor-el is indelibly felt through the entire film, culminating in the fan rumors of a potential prequel focusing on Jor-el and Krypton prior to the destruction of the planet. I for one would welcome such a film as this brief opening glimpse deserves to be fleshed out further.

The entire supporting cast here is solid with Amy Adams playing Lois Lane like a strong woman and yet still incredibly sexy. Margot Kidder and Kate Bosworth both had qualities to their portrayals that fit the films they were in and yet neither fully captured the Lois from the comics. Adams plays well against Cavill as well as Laurence Fishburne's Perry White. It is impossible to dislike Fishburne despite his playing of every character virtually identically in recent years. Diane Lane plays Martha Kent as a much younger mother and more relatable parent to this modern Superman. Harry Lennix and Christopher Meloni play their fearful military roles to the two-dimensional limit but that is all they are needed for in this film. On the villain side, Antje Traue is a great secondary foe as Faora while Michael Shannon brings a menace that is unduly cut short in the final minutes of the film.

Superman was incredibly disappointed by the Mandarin twist in IRON MAN 3.

But it is the ending of MAN OF STEEL that holds the genius of the film. Complaints of the mass destruction of Metropolis and Superman killing Zod are part of an overall plan. Whether that plan included the concrete story that is BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE or the JUSTICE LEAGUE film beyond is unlikely, but Snyder, Nolan, and Goyer knew what they were doing. The sheer annihilation of a major city was not a coincidence and was meant for us to question how Superman's actions could not have repercussions. It is also inherently part of a world grounded in reality that characters with virtually unlimited power would be responsible for unlimited devastation. It affected me watching the film seeing all of those deaths on screen, but it also represents a turning point at the birth of who Superman is that he could not save all those lives and must dedicate his power to never letting such an atrocity happen again.

MAN OF STEEL is dark, brooding, and absolutely not what Superman fans expected from their hero. But, it is also the genesis of what DC Comics will become. Where Marvel has built their Cinematic Universe on the backbone of human adventures rooted in the world of comic book heroes, DC has rooted theirs in a realistic world of heroes populated by humans. The difference will become more evident as these films continue to be released, but for now, Zack Snyder and company have won me over completely. I know the future of DC may seem to be lagging behind Marvel, but MAN OF STEEL is a much stronger debut for a multi-film franchise than IRON MAN was and BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will hopefully build on that strong foundation.

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6:46PM on 08/02/2014
Personally, I'm worn out from specifically explaining why I love this movie. I acknowledge its faults but they don't break this film for me. I go to the cinema for some escapism, and this movie achieved that extremely well in my book!
Personally, I'm worn out from specifically explaining why I love this movie. I acknowledge its faults but they don't break this film for me. I go to the cinema for some escapism, and this movie achieved that extremely well in my book!
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6:52PM on 08/01/2014
Whens the reboot?
Whens the reboot?
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3:10AM on 08/01/2014

well i still liked it.

i will consider this as a superman film. of course it has its ups and downs, but still entertaining. though, there's a couple of things that kinda bothers me in the movie...it's not superman, it's the people of metropolis or rather the people itself. there's a giant ufo on top of the city and i don't see a mass evacuation of the city, no armies on the ground, no cops, no medic to help. don't tell me that the entire army were fighting the aliens above. no one ever bothered protecting and
i will consider this as a superman film. of course it has its ups and downs, but still entertaining. though, there's a couple of things that kinda bothers me in the movie...it's not superman, it's the people of metropolis or rather the people itself. there's a giant ufo on top of the city and i don't see a mass evacuation of the city, no armies on the ground, no cops, no medic to help. don't tell me that the entire army were fighting the aliens above. no one ever bothered protecting and assisting the people below? zod's people caused mass destructions on smallville and there was no news about it, no cops, no nothing? military just came to attack and leave. no one even bother to help people. not to mention, when supes and zod were fighting each other on the far side of the city, i see that there were still people there just working, walking, driving, etc. no one was evacuating the city. and again there were no cops, military assisting the people and enforcing the people to leave. the only who was doing most of the protect, defending, securing, and help was superman. and he's really the one should be blamed? to me, i think the people failed themselves, especially the military. with their control, they could have warned the media, planned an evacuation and rescue plan. instead, they just attacked and attacked.
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11:33AM on 07/31/2014
Man of Steel was great, I seriously don't understand the hate for this movie...a fresh, original look at Superman was what I was waiting for. The older ones are ok, but they're just too cheesy and fluffy for me. I mean, Superman finally punched things in Man of Steel... Also, I love the dark tone, the score was amazing, the blending of cgi/real effects was second to none, cast was superb, Shannon was a great villain, and the story was spot on. About the destruction of the city...so what? That's
Man of Steel was great, I seriously don't understand the hate for this movie...a fresh, original look at Superman was what I was waiting for. The older ones are ok, but they're just too cheesy and fluffy for me. I mean, Superman finally punched things in Man of Steel... Also, I love the dark tone, the score was amazing, the blending of cgi/real effects was second to none, cast was superb, Shannon was a great villain, and the story was spot on. About the destruction of the city...so what? That's what happens when a superhuman is functioning in a realistic world. Bad things happen. Plus, Superman was just beginning to get control of his powers, so it's unlikely he would've saved everyone. He had to learn to cope with the consequences of the devastation and realize the cost of what it means to protect a society. I'm fine with it, because that's how Snyder set it up. All in all, I loved it, and I think it's the perfect Superman movie.
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5:27PM on 07/31/2014
But we're shown in the first act him rescuing people off the oil rig and the bus when he's 13 and he somehow forgets all of that in a moment of crisis?
But we're shown in the first act him rescuing people off the oil rig and the bus when he's 13 and he somehow forgets all of that in a moment of crisis?
7:51PM on 08/03/2014
Apples and oranges-- two different scenarios. Supes was able to save everyone on the oil rig because there were far fewer people and no imminent threat from a villain. On the other hand, the city had thousands of people and Zod was on Superman's tail the whole time. So, it's highly plausible that he wouldn't have saved EVERY civilian during the city destruction.
Apples and oranges-- two different scenarios. Supes was able to save everyone on the oil rig because there were far fewer people and no imminent threat from a villain. On the other hand, the city had thousands of people and Zod was on Superman's tail the whole time. So, it's highly plausible that he wouldn't have saved EVERY civilian during the city destruction.
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8:59AM on 07/31/2014
Batman is the only reason I'm watching the next Superman movie...I tried watching Man of Steel again, thinking maybe I just had too high of hopes and couldn't even finish it.
I think it was visually stunning, but the story was terrible and I can't stand what they did to Mr. Kent. He was supposed to be a positive role model, one of the two people that really grounded the idea of good and bad in him. This movie didn't have that, his morals were guided by a 30 second conversation with a priest,
Batman is the only reason I'm watching the next Superman movie...I tried watching Man of Steel again, thinking maybe I just had too high of hopes and couldn't even finish it.
I think it was visually stunning, but the story was terrible and I can't stand what they did to Mr. Kent. He was supposed to be a positive role model, one of the two people that really grounded the idea of good and bad in him. This movie didn't have that, his morals were guided by a 30 second conversation with a priest, what?! Derm.
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8:22AM on 07/31/2014

Super Bland

It was super bland. Didnt have any connection what so ever with the characters the supposed emotional moments didnt work and Amy Adams irritated the hell out of me as Lois Lane. Russell Crowe didnt really do a lot as Jor El apart from his standard wise man act. Where the f*ck was the fortress of solitude? Something which is crucial to the Superman Mythos. Sorry but I am going to blank this one from memory.
It was super bland. Didnt have any connection what so ever with the characters the supposed emotional moments didnt work and Amy Adams irritated the hell out of me as Lois Lane. Russell Crowe didnt really do a lot as Jor El apart from his standard wise man act. Where the f*ck was the fortress of solitude? Something which is crucial to the Superman Mythos. Sorry but I am going to blank this one from memory.
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5:22AM on 07/31/2014
I think this maybe my most hated movie of all time, and I'm surprised nobody has brought up how terrible the product placement was in this movie. It's Adam Sandler and Bret Ratner level product placement, there is a character who's sole purpose in life was to work at IHOP! A Huge fight scene takes place in an IHOP! Metropolis may have been leveled but at least IHOP, 711, and Sears are still standing. Also a building feel on Jenny Olsen and she walked away without a scratch on her. Iron Man 2
I think this maybe my most hated movie of all time, and I'm surprised nobody has brought up how terrible the product placement was in this movie. It's Adam Sandler and Bret Ratner level product placement, there is a character who's sole purpose in life was to work at IHOP! A Huge fight scene takes place in an IHOP! Metropolis may have been leveled but at least IHOP, 711, and Sears are still standing. Also a building feel on Jenny Olsen and she walked away without a scratch on her. Iron Man 2 and 3 may suck but I never walked out of those movies saying "I don't even care about the Avengers" like I walked out of Man of Steel not caring at all about what they do in this Zack Snyder Bizzaro-universe.
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1:49AM on 07/31/2014
I gave it 4 out of 5 last year and I stand by that. It attempted to give the mythos gravity and take it seriously but I did not feel it was depressing or that Superman was being forced into an overly-tortured figure. It is far from perfect but there were things that I felt Snyder and co got extremely right. I really connected to the flashbacks showing Clark struggling with his powers during childhood and finding solace in his earth parents and those scenes brought me to tears. I thought that
I gave it 4 out of 5 last year and I stand by that. It attempted to give the mythos gravity and take it seriously but I did not feel it was depressing or that Superman was being forced into an overly-tortured figure. It is far from perfect but there were things that I felt Snyder and co got extremely right. I really connected to the flashbacks showing Clark struggling with his powers during childhood and finding solace in his earth parents and those scenes brought me to tears. I thought that Michael Shannon was a great supervillain, blustery but also formidable, and that Antje Traue was one of the finest henchwoman we've seen in ages and ages. Amy Adams as Lois Lane was perfect - sure, Superman still needs to rescue her, but she can stand her ground and she sets many of the film's events in motion.
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12:06AM on 07/31/2014

Loved it too

Sure, the battles got boring (typical Superman stuff, even the cartoons have that problem).
And I REALLY needed to hear that French horn when he first flies; that was a big coitus interrupts.
But the scope and heart of it all got me.

A bit too much Zor El...kept seeing Russell Crowe negotiating for more screen time.
Sure, the battles got boring (typical Superman stuff, even the cartoons have that problem).
And I REALLY needed to hear that French horn when he first flies; that was a big coitus interrupts.
But the scope and heart of it all got me.

A bit too much Zor El...kept seeing Russell Crowe negotiating for more screen time.
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9:36PM on 07/30/2014
Yes, spot on. It was great.
Yes, spot on. It was great.
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8:19PM on 07/30/2014
I have mixed feelings about Man of Steel. There were some good parts, but overall I was disappointed. Even though Superman was doing heroic things, and no point did it feel hopeful and heroic. Some of the wonder of the character is gone. The fortress of solitude is nothing more than a crashed spaceship now. Yes, that might be more realistic, but it also feels less special. Also, it was just one of those films where the movie didn't live up to the trailer.
I have mixed feelings about Man of Steel. There were some good parts, but overall I was disappointed. Even though Superman was doing heroic things, and no point did it feel hopeful and heroic. Some of the wonder of the character is gone. The fortress of solitude is nothing more than a crashed spaceship now. Yes, that might be more realistic, but it also feels less special. Also, it was just one of those films where the movie didn't live up to the trailer.
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7:55PM on 07/30/2014
While it was definitely flawed, I enjoyed Man of Steel and feel it was treated way too harsh by fanboys who demand nothing other than perfection from comic book movies as opposed to understanding that they're just one person's interpretation of said film. Not everybody is going to be happy. As a person who grew up in the Christopher Reeve era, I'm biased, but as an overall film, Man of steel is undeniably a step in the right direction.
While it was definitely flawed, I enjoyed Man of Steel and feel it was treated way too harsh by fanboys who demand nothing other than perfection from comic book movies as opposed to understanding that they're just one person's interpretation of said film. Not everybody is going to be happy. As a person who grew up in the Christopher Reeve era, I'm biased, but as an overall film, Man of steel is undeniably a step in the right direction.
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7:01PM on 07/30/2014

Man of Steel was not a Superman movie

It was a movie about a Superman-like character with many of the same powers as Superman, a very similar costume to Superman and a remarkably, almost uncannily close resemblance to the background and details of Superman, but the main character in that movie was NOT Superman.

And since that character was not actually Superman, this was not technically a Superman movie. Therefore, it cannot possibly be the BEST Superman movie.
It was a movie about a Superman-like character with many of the same powers as Superman, a very similar costume to Superman and a remarkably, almost uncannily close resemblance to the background and details of Superman, but the main character in that movie was NOT Superman.

And since that character was not actually Superman, this was not technically a Superman movie. Therefore, it cannot possibly be the BEST Superman movie.
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7:14PM on 07/30/2014
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6:51PM on 07/30/2014

The movie sucked, let's move on.

The 60 second teaser for Batman v Superman was more interesting than the entire what felt like 250 minutes of Man of Stool, at least the script wasn't a total mess in that one minute of footage, though I'm sure Goyer will find a way to completely mangle this one too. Hopefully the style and fact that Batman's in it make up for what is sure to be a terrible screenplay by the worst writer in Hollywood today.
The 60 second teaser for Batman v Superman was more interesting than the entire what felt like 250 minutes of Man of Stool, at least the script wasn't a total mess in that one minute of footage, though I'm sure Goyer will find a way to completely mangle this one too. Hopefully the style and fact that Batman's in it make up for what is sure to be a terrible screenplay by the worst writer in Hollywood today.
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6:48PM on 07/30/2014
That's actually a really thoughtful discussion of Superman's evolution in modern day society! I still feel that Man of Steel was style over substance though, and the fight scenes were absolutely over-indulgent. Ultimately, I feel like this movie belongs to Costner and Crowe - it's strength lies in the two fathers/son debates.
That's actually a really thoughtful discussion of Superman's evolution in modern day society! I still feel that Man of Steel was style over substance though, and the fight scenes were absolutely over-indulgent. Ultimately, I feel like this movie belongs to Costner and Crowe - it's strength lies in the two fathers/son debates.
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6:14PM on 07/30/2014
I seriously don't get the hate concerning Man of Steel. I have grown up with comics. Thanks to my Dad I was introduced to Marvel and DC in my early years and to be quite honest, I hated Superman when I was young. I hated the idea that there was this nicey, nicey guy running around telling people what they could do and couldn't do. We even had Superman vs Nick O'Teen, for Christ's sake. It was only when Superman became flawed and less serene-like that I took an interest. When ultimate power
I seriously don't get the hate concerning Man of Steel. I have grown up with comics. Thanks to my Dad I was introduced to Marvel and DC in my early years and to be quite honest, I hated Superman when I was young. I hated the idea that there was this nicey, nicey guy running around telling people what they could do and couldn't do. We even had Superman vs Nick O'Teen, for Christ's sake. It was only when Superman became flawed and less serene-like that I took an interest. When ultimate power could go wrong that I perked my ears up.
I like the new take on Superman. I like that he can do wrong even when he is trying to do right. I like that he cn kill and by action, or inaction, can allow others to die. Why? Because that is slighty more believable than using a ploy like he can spin the world in the opposite direction to time travel and make things right. In order to do the right thing you need to know wht the ramifications are.
You might prevent a bomb going off in the Eiffel Tower by throwing it into space but people will die when you release those bad guys from the Phantom Zone. Oh' and you may end up murdering them as well.
I loved Man of Steel. It humanised an alien to a superhero that was not Jehovah. It displayed a superhero with a conscience which can be stretched to breaking point and will do what he has to do in terms of his own morality. And he makes mistakes and will learn from them. I expect that to be addressed in the next film.
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6:24PM on 07/30/2014
Well said; I've argued on many boards, and it's a pretty simple argument, is that what do people expect would happen when 2 beings who are essentially "gods" decide to rumble. Shit's gonna get destroyed, people are gonna die. I loved MOS, but I will still also always love the first Superman with Reeve. I'm looking forward to seeing B vs S.
Well said; I've argued on many boards, and it's a pretty simple argument, is that what do people expect would happen when 2 beings who are essentially "gods" decide to rumble. Shit's gonna get destroyed, people are gonna die. I loved MOS, but I will still also always love the first Superman with Reeve. I'm looking forward to seeing B vs S.
6:38PM on 07/30/2014
Exactly, Saunderizer. And I will never go against Christopher Reeves. He was the iconic Superman and everthing about him made you believe.
Exactly, Saunderizer. And I will never go against Christopher Reeves. He was the iconic Superman and everthing about him made you believe.
7:45PM on 07/30/2014
Nicely put. It's nice to see other people who actually get it.
Nicely put. It's nice to see other people who actually get it.
5:14PM on 07/30/2014
Flawed, but not close enough to warrant any hate from me.
Flawed, but not close enough to warrant any hate from me.
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2:39PM on 07/30/2014
Amen!!! Man of Steel wasn't perfect (the fight scene at the end goes on way too long), but other than that I enjoyed the movei a ton.
Amen!!! Man of Steel wasn't perfect (the fight scene at the end goes on way too long), but other than that I enjoyed the movei a ton.
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2:24PM on 07/30/2014

5/10. Here's why:

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2:18PM on 07/30/2014

Hip haters targeted this movie months before release

This movie gets the most unfair, unnecessary, and just ignorant criticism of any film in recent memory. But given many of the people who "hate it" made their minds up before seeing it, you got to think that this is just feeding into some nonsense "Anti-hype" trend. Also, the hypocrisy to the destruction (people suddenly giving a crap about collateral damage), and the deal Zod's send off (they take strong issue to this film, but not to Superman 2) tells me these people were never, ever willing
This movie gets the most unfair, unnecessary, and just ignorant criticism of any film in recent memory. But given many of the people who "hate it" made their minds up before seeing it, you got to think that this is just feeding into some nonsense "Anti-hype" trend. Also, the hypocrisy to the destruction (people suddenly giving a crap about collateral damage), and the deal Zod's send off (they take strong issue to this film, but not to Superman 2) tells me these people were never, ever willing to give this film a fair shot.
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3:46PM on 07/30/2014
Well that's a sweeping generalization. I, for one, was hyped for this movie. That last trailer they released looked incredible and my wife and I took off work for the first show and the movie just got worse and worse. How is someone's opinion unfair criticism? Just because they disagree with you? And then you write them off as haters to somehow validate your opinion? I enjoyed the first half, but the last hour, to me, was utter garbage. Am I telling you it WAS garbage? No, I'm just stating my
Well that's a sweeping generalization. I, for one, was hyped for this movie. That last trailer they released looked incredible and my wife and I took off work for the first show and the movie just got worse and worse. How is someone's opinion unfair criticism? Just because they disagree with you? And then you write them off as haters to somehow validate your opinion? I enjoyed the first half, but the last hour, to me, was utter garbage. Am I telling you it WAS garbage? No, I'm just stating my opinion as many others have chimed in below. I can't stand this haters gonna hate argument. Get over it, some people didn't care for it...
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1:59PM on 07/30/2014
Man of Steel is not without it's problems, but at the end of the day it's a great movie.
Man of Steel is not without it's problems, but at the end of the day it's a great movie.
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1:51PM on 07/30/2014
I love this article. Ii know it's going to start up the like/don't like it talk about this film. But I think it captures everything that is great about the movie. I'm bias towards the film (and just about anything Superman). But I can admit I had been waiting for Superman film like this for years. I was humbled the first time I saw it when I walked out of the theater. I didn't know what to think. Yes it doesn't "reinvent the wheel" but I didn't want it to. And it just seems to me that everyone
I love this article. Ii know it's going to start up the like/don't like it talk about this film. But I think it captures everything that is great about the movie. I'm bias towards the film (and just about anything Superman). But I can admit I had been waiting for Superman film like this for years. I was humbled the first time I saw it when I walked out of the theater. I didn't know what to think. Yes it doesn't "reinvent the wheel" but I didn't want it to. And it just seems to me that everyone who doesn't like this film focus on certain list of things instead of the film as a whole. I'd love to see more Jor-El because Crowe was awesome. I will never understand they massive amount of negativity that this film brought. It seems like the internet wanted a happy Superman film. I'm sure if it more like Superman Returns they would have bitched up a storm about that as well. You can't have it both way internet.
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1:46PM on 07/30/2014
I loved the film from start to finish. I was really impressed by just how big the scope was and how much they humanized a god in modern times. I thought a realistic take on superman wouldn't work but was shocked on how it did. Minor issues aside it was the superman movie I always wanted.
I loved the film from start to finish. I was really impressed by just how big the scope was and how much they humanized a god in modern times. I thought a realistic take on superman wouldn't work but was shocked on how it did. Minor issues aside it was the superman movie I always wanted.
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1:41PM on 07/30/2014

I agree but....

I don't think the tone of the movie was the problem. The main flaw for me with the movie was the addition of too many set pieces and it diminished the emotional significance of some moments. The biggest one was the World Engine attack. That scene could have been much more emotionally powerful, fighting through the atmosphere by shear will, remembering space dad and earth dad, hope in darkness, etc. Instead we got a throwaway fight scene against metal tentacles. That, to me, would have given
I don't think the tone of the movie was the problem. The main flaw for me with the movie was the addition of too many set pieces and it diminished the emotional significance of some moments. The biggest one was the World Engine attack. That scene could have been much more emotionally powerful, fighting through the atmosphere by shear will, remembering space dad and earth dad, hope in darkness, etc. Instead we got a throwaway fight scene against metal tentacles. That, to me, would have given Supes a much more hopeful character view but have the overall film retain its darker, serious tone.
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1:30PM on 07/30/2014
I didn't love it, but no in way hated it. I'd give it 7/10. The action scenes were a bit too long and Amy Adams was horribly miscast. I am also a fan of Superman Returns.
I didn't love it, but no in way hated it. I'd give it 7/10. The action scenes were a bit too long and Amy Adams was horribly miscast. I am also a fan of Superman Returns.
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1:25PM on 07/30/2014
No one ever brings up Zod and the gang are banished to the Phantom Zone in a bunch of black dildos..........
No one ever brings up Zod and the gang are banished to the Phantom Zone in a bunch of black dildos..........
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12:36PM on 07/30/2014
I loved it. I thought it was the best one since the original.
I loved it. I thought it was the best one since the original.
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12:16PM on 07/30/2014
This is exactly how I felt about the movie. I loved it, but no matter what, I just want to acknowledge that the score from Zimmer kicks fucking ass.
This is exactly how I felt about the movie. I loved it, but no matter what, I just want to acknowledge that the score from Zimmer kicks fucking ass.
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12:13PM on 07/30/2014

This is the best Superman film...for me.

This is the Superman I've always wanted to see. Much better than the epic cheese that is the originals. Believe me I enjoy them to and love Reeves but MAN OF STEEL has been long overdue.

If you don't like it, that's perfectly fine. Just don't tell me that I'm nuts for loving it over the originals. I've never been a fan of the zero casualty, warm-feeling superheroes because I can't connect with that. This is something that HANCOCK almost nailed many years ago.
This is the Superman I've always wanted to see. Much better than the epic cheese that is the originals. Believe me I enjoy them to and love Reeves but MAN OF STEEL has been long overdue.

If you don't like it, that's perfectly fine. Just don't tell me that I'm nuts for loving it over the originals. I've never been a fan of the zero casualty, warm-feeling superheroes because I can't connect with that. This is something that HANCOCK almost nailed many years ago.
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12:24PM on 07/30/2014
Not sure why its always Superman: The Movie vs Man of Steel. There are other Superman stories, better ones, that have the action and threats of Man of Steel and the heart and personality of Superman: the Movie, without ever sacrificing any of one for the other.
Not sure why its always Superman: The Movie vs Man of Steel. There are other Superman stories, better ones, that have the action and threats of Man of Steel and the heart and personality of Superman: the Movie, without ever sacrificing any of one for the other.
12:28PM on 07/30/2014
It's the most common comparison when it comes to this movie that people make so I went with it.
It's the most common comparison when it comes to this movie that people make so I went with it.
1:16PM on 07/30/2014
You should read the original script for Hancock, which has the much more unfortunate title Tonight, He Comes, much more dark but would have been so much better...
You should read the original script for Hancock, which has the much more unfortunate title Tonight, He Comes, much more dark but would have been so much better...
12:05PM on 07/30/2014
The problem with Man of Steel isn't the buildings fall or Superman kills. Its that they did the bare fucking minimum to earn the moments. After the world engine blows up or whatever, Supes and Zod kick each other's ass clear across the city skyline, like a giant monster movie, reveling on the CGI fest than the human element on the ground, up to space and back, without even a hair out of place, and all of a sudden the fate of Superman's moral compass falls on 3 strangers who are about to die
The problem with Man of Steel isn't the buildings fall or Superman kills. Its that they did the bare fucking minimum to earn the moments. After the world engine blows up or whatever, Supes and Zod kick each other's ass clear across the city skyline, like a giant monster movie, reveling on the CGI fest than the human element on the ground, up to space and back, without even a hair out of place, and all of a sudden the fate of Superman's moral compass falls on 3 strangers who are about to die because Superman suddenly doesn't have enough strength to stop Zod's head from moving 2 inches.
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12:07PM on 07/30/2014
You do realize it's a comic book movie right? Not some Wes Anderson garbage fest.
You do realize it's a comic book movie right? Not some Wes Anderson garbage fest.
12:14PM on 07/30/2014
What part of my explanation makes you think I was referring to Wes Anderson?
What part of my explanation makes you think I was referring to Wes Anderson?
1:19PM on 07/30/2014
Yeah your blatant love of Wes Anderson was oozing from every sentence, cereal....heh
Yeah your blatant love of Wes Anderson was oozing from every sentence, cereal....heh
1:30PM on 07/30/2014
Kidding aside, but deaken, did you actually feel tension in the last act? Were the stakes raised? Did you ever question if Superman was going to pull through? So it's comic movie means you can short cut good story telling? To me, during the last half, you're not given anything to work with, just a bunch a visuals, while impressive, but hallow, hitting you over the head, over and over with no sense of tension or escalation. Compare it to the end of Winter Soldier, there's a lot of destruction,
Kidding aside, but deaken, did you actually feel tension in the last act? Were the stakes raised? Did you ever question if Superman was going to pull through? So it's comic movie means you can short cut good story telling? To me, during the last half, you're not given anything to work with, just a bunch a visuals, while impressive, but hallow, hitting you over the head, over and over with no sense of tension or escalation. Compare it to the end of Winter Soldier, there's a lot of destruction, but it's a simple fist fight and it works a hell of a lot better than this.
1:30PM on 07/30/2014
Kidding aside, but deaken, did you actually feel tension in the last act? Were the stakes raised? Did you ever question if Superman was going to pull through? So it's comic movie means you can short cut good story telling? To me, during the last half, you're not given anything to work with, just a bunch a visuals, while impressive, but hallow, hitting you over the head, over and over with no sense of tension or escalation. Compare it to the end of Winter Soldier, there's a lot of destruction,
Kidding aside, but deaken, did you actually feel tension in the last act? Were the stakes raised? Did you ever question if Superman was going to pull through? So it's comic movie means you can short cut good story telling? To me, during the last half, you're not given anything to work with, just a bunch a visuals, while impressive, but hallow, hitting you over the head, over and over with no sense of tension or escalation. Compare it to the end of Winter Soldier, there's a lot of destruction, but it's a simple fist fight and it works a hell of a lot better than this.
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11:54AM on 07/30/2014
MOS was Superman for the Call of Duty generation. Just a dull personality-less movie that dissolved into destruction porn at the end.
MOS was Superman for the Call of Duty generation. Just a dull personality-less movie that dissolved into destruction porn at the end.
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12:42PM on 07/30/2014
I hear you. But I still "kinda" liked the destruction porn. I didn't find it completely dull and there was enough story and character to keep me attached to it. I'm not repulsed by destruction porn.
I hear you. But I still "kinda" liked the destruction porn. I didn't find it completely dull and there was enough story and character to keep me attached to it. I'm not repulsed by destruction porn.
11:52AM on 07/30/2014
I'm not 'taking sides' or anything here, I know a lot of people that have seen MoS and I honestly don't know one person who didn't like it. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but the hate comments always surprise me.
I'm not 'taking sides' or anything here, I know a lot of people that have seen MoS and I honestly don't know one person who didn't like it. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but the hate comments always surprise me.
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11:50AM on 07/30/2014
So? This is the most realistic Superman movie. huh?

Hmm, 18000 year old Superman suit---Check.
18000 year old ship that works just fine, even though it crashed, and has been buried in the ice for 18000 years.And a modern command key works just fine. I can't get old Office 97 programs to run on my Window's 7 computer---Check.
General Zod, genetically grown and bread his entire life to be a warrior, even though he never wins a fight.--Check
Krypton's leading scientist is a better warrior
So? This is the most realistic Superman movie. huh?

Hmm, 18000 year old Superman suit---Check.
18000 year old ship that works just fine, even though it crashed, and has been buried in the ice for 18000 years.And a modern command key works just fine. I can't get old Office 97 programs to run on my Window's 7 computer---Check.
General Zod, genetically grown and bread his entire life to be a warrior, even though he never wins a fight.--Check
Krypton's leading scientist is a better warrior than all of Zod's troops, and Zod.--Check.
Jor-El flies around on a dragon, which affords no protection, even though he built all the ships that are firing missiles and lasers at him-- check.
Genetically engineered army with no morals (as of Fiora's speech in the IHop.) tries to take over the government, and they're all shocked--Check
Superman deliberately causing just as much damage, even though some of it could have easily been avoided. Check.

Yup, seems pretty realistic to me.

This going to sound incredible cruel. but Zack Snyder is a CGI whore. I cheered when JJ Abrams demonstrated.that practical special effects would be used in Star Wars 7.


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11:47AM on 07/30/2014
There is no unpopular opinion for Man of Steel. They have pretty much all been equally expressed since its release.
There is no unpopular opinion for Man of Steel. They have pretty much all been equally expressed since its release.
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11:46AM on 07/30/2014
I don't know if MAN OF STEEL belongs to this category of "unpopular opinion", a lot of people hate the movie (or I should said a lot of purist), but a lot more really like it, as I do. It imdb rating is similar to X1 and X2, so there you got some "popular opinion". I don't see it as a movie that most people hate, I think it's mixed in terms of comic fans, but it's very acceptable in the common audience. A review of SUPERMAN RETURNS (6,2 at imdb) is more accurate in this column. Anyway, I loved
I don't know if MAN OF STEEL belongs to this category of "unpopular opinion", a lot of people hate the movie (or I should said a lot of purist), but a lot more really like it, as I do. It imdb rating is similar to X1 and X2, so there you got some "popular opinion". I don't see it as a movie that most people hate, I think it's mixed in terms of comic fans, but it's very acceptable in the common audience. A review of SUPERMAN RETURNS (6,2 at imdb) is more accurate in this column. Anyway, I loved MOS and think you`re right in most of the article. I'm 35 years old, I saw alL SUPERMAS' films, loved Mr.Reeves movies when I was a kid (now 1 and 2 only lol), and I think MOS is the best one.
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11:21AM on 07/30/2014
"But, it all started with last year's MAN OF STEEL, possibly the best Superman movie of all time."

Sorry, stopped reading there.
"But, it all started with last year's MAN OF STEEL, possibly the best Superman movie of all time."

Sorry, stopped reading there.
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11:18AM on 07/30/2014

Thumbs up for the love, but...

...MoS is generally well received by the general public. Just because most of the fanboys, that make up the internet reviewing base, hate on it doesn't make it bad. If the general population hopped on Flickster, or Rotten Tomatoes, or IMDB on voted what they thought, this and many other movies would have higher ratings. Not to mention the, " it's cool to hate on this movie because everyone else is," phase that the internet is going through. Also this take on Superman made a lot of people like
...MoS is generally well received by the general public. Just because most of the fanboys, that make up the internet reviewing base, hate on it doesn't make it bad. If the general population hopped on Flickster, or Rotten Tomatoes, or IMDB on voted what they thought, this and many other movies would have higher ratings. Not to mention the, " it's cool to hate on this movie because everyone else is," phase that the internet is going through. Also this take on Superman made a lot of people like him that didn't before. I always hated Superman, this movie made him bad ass.
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1:45PM on 07/30/2014
Not necessarily. I disliked the movie because it was boring, it had been my most anticipated movie. I remember turning to my friend halfway through Metropolis getting destroyed wondering "Jesus, when is it gonna end??" When it got to Perry White trying to save female Jimmy Olson from the rubble, with a building about to topple onto them, I realized I didn't care about any of these characters, that was the movie's hugest disservice, I could care less how "pretty" the movie looked. The movie had
Not necessarily. I disliked the movie because it was boring, it had been my most anticipated movie. I remember turning to my friend halfway through Metropolis getting destroyed wondering "Jesus, when is it gonna end??" When it got to Perry White trying to save female Jimmy Olson from the rubble, with a building about to topple onto them, I realized I didn't care about any of these characters, that was the movie's hugest disservice, I could care less how "pretty" the movie looked. The movie had some bright moments (Kal learning to fly, Zimmer's soundtrack, everything with Faora), but they were hampered, IMO, by some poor decision making (Pa Kent's death scene alone took the movie down a solid 4 points for me, that was just tragedy for tragedy's sake, don't care what anyone says)
("I'm pissed Zod you just tried to kill my mom, forget the other 5 aliens that are still at her house, I'm mad at You!")
(all the blatant product placement, and disregard for human life. I mean, yeah, Metropolis getting annihilated was bad, but the IHOPs full of people, 7-11s, banks, total destruction porn)

I'm definitely not a purist, but Man of Steel was as far from perfect as I could ever possibly imagine.
11:00AM on 07/30/2014

Upset the purists?

When I hear that the "purists" of Superman don't like this movie I laugh. No, the "purists" love this movie. Because the purists aren't people that base everything Superman is on the Christopher Reeves movies. The purists are the ones that have been reading the comics for thirty frigging years. That know when two kryptonians are fighting, buildings are falling. There's mass destruction in Superman. The battle in Man Of Steel causes no more destruction than on the pages of "The Death Of
When I hear that the "purists" of Superman don't like this movie I laugh. No, the "purists" love this movie. Because the purists aren't people that base everything Superman is on the Christopher Reeves movies. The purists are the ones that have been reading the comics for thirty frigging years. That know when two kryptonians are fighting, buildings are falling. There's mass destruction in Superman. The battle in Man Of Steel causes no more destruction than on the pages of "The Death Of Superman" did in the 90s. The majority of these Superman "fans" complaining are a joke
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11:29AM on 07/30/2014
Agree completely. I don't understand where all the hate comes from with all of these Superman "purists".

It's Superman. Of course there is going to be mass destruction. People just need to get over that aspect already. I'm sure the destruction of the city will be explained thoroughly in BVS.
Agree completely. I don't understand where all the hate comes from with all of these Superman "purists".

It's Superman. Of course there is going to be mass destruction. People just need to get over that aspect already. I'm sure the destruction of the city will be explained thoroughly in BVS.
11:44AM on 07/30/2014
Not sure what you're talking about upsetting the purists. I've read several posts from posters putting forward reasoned explanations...where the problem isn't the mass destruction. Any comic book fan knows the pages of the comic books show Metropolis in a state that makes the Gaza Strip look like a holiday destination. The problem is Superman's apparent blatant disregard to it...as result of poor writing. Go back to The Death Of Superman and spot how many times some reference is made to
Not sure what you're talking about upsetting the purists. I've read several posts from posters putting forward reasoned explanations...where the problem isn't the mass destruction. Any comic book fan knows the pages of the comic books show Metropolis in a state that makes the Gaza Strip look like a holiday destination. The problem is Superman's apparent blatant disregard to it...as result of poor writing. Go back to The Death Of Superman and spot how many times some reference is made to people caught in the cross fire or Superman trying to protect something. Watch the animated version of that story...and it's done brilliantly in that as well. Admittedly, anyone complaining about the mass destruction per se has totally missed the point of such movies.
11:00AM on 07/30/2014
Well, Superman is supposed to be the noble guy, the one dude that always finds a solution without having to resort to killing and massive destruction. He wasn't even really trying that in Man of Steel. That guy just wasn't Superman, I felt this movie completely missed the essence of the character. It's like having a Spider-Man who doesn't care about responsibility, just wrong.

I also don't like the "it's not bad writing, it was supposed to make the audience question things" explanation.
Well, Superman is supposed to be the noble guy, the one dude that always finds a solution without having to resort to killing and massive destruction. He wasn't even really trying that in Man of Steel. That guy just wasn't Superman, I felt this movie completely missed the essence of the character. It's like having a Spider-Man who doesn't care about responsibility, just wrong.

I also don't like the "it's not bad writing, it was supposed to make the audience question things" explanation. That's the same weak stuff that Lost-writers came up with to justify their shoddy writing.

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11:01AM on 07/30/2014
Dude you have no idea what your talking about
Dude you have no idea what your talking about
11:25AM on 07/30/2014
Agreed PsychoMaestro, it's people like this guy running their mouth without ever having read a Superman comic that gave this movie such a bad reputation. Superman doesn't have a credo that he will never resort to killing or massive destruction. There are countless examples of when he has had to kill an enemy in the comics. There are tons of examples when his fights with villains result in massive destruction to Metropolis - in the 90's there was a) the massive destruction in "The Death of
Agreed PsychoMaestro, it's people like this guy running their mouth without ever having read a Superman comic that gave this movie such a bad reputation. Superman doesn't have a credo that he will never resort to killing or massive destruction. There are countless examples of when he has had to kill an enemy in the comics. There are tons of examples when his fights with villains result in massive destruction to Metropolis - in the 90's there was a) the massive destruction in "The Death of Superman" story, b) the storyline "The Fall of Metropolis", the whole story was focused on massive destruction happening in Metropolis, and c) Action Comics vol. 1, issue 782 - Superman kills Brainiac and Imperiex.
11:27AM on 07/30/2014
Oh, and there is also Superman, vol. 2, issue 22 where Superman kills Zod and other phantom zone criminals. I'd say that translates pretty well to Man of Steel.
Oh, and there is also Superman, vol. 2, issue 22 where Superman kills Zod and other phantom zone criminals. I'd say that translates pretty well to Man of Steel.
12:08PM on 07/30/2014
Agree Mickloud. These people have a preconceived notion of what Superman is from the Reeves films, which were based on Silver Age comics, something Superman hasn't been since the mid 1980's. Everyone I know who actually does read the comics, watch the animated films and series, who are up to date with Superman, LOVED this movie. I am one of them.

Superman is a total badass is the comics, he is not a total "gee wiz Lois" kid of guy, at all. Even in the JL/JLU series there is a line where
Agree Mickloud. These people have a preconceived notion of what Superman is from the Reeves films, which were based on Silver Age comics, something Superman hasn't been since the mid 1980's. Everyone I know who actually does read the comics, watch the animated films and series, who are up to date with Superman, LOVED this movie. I am one of them.

Superman is a total badass is the comics, he is not a total "gee wiz Lois" kid of guy, at all. Even in the JL/JLU series there is a line where Flash says "So not much the boy scout are you?" Supes replies, "Never even made it to my first merit badge."

People bitching about the REAL Superman have proven over and over they don't know the character. Some of the other stuff is what I see all over the net, and those are Marvelites who just go to every DC related story to say how much it sucks and how awesome Marvel is. Those ones need to get a life.
10:57AM on 07/30/2014
I thought Man of Steel was great in every aspect and really did a brilliant job in bringing the character back to life and in mature, relivant way. After the disappointment that was Superman Returns, this is the type of film Superman needed to be popular again when going up against Marvel and Nolan's Batman trilogy.

I thought the story was very well written and laid out and the flashbacks was a nice touch to really sympathizes with Clark growing up and struggling with his identity. I
I thought Man of Steel was great in every aspect and really did a brilliant job in bringing the character back to life and in mature, relivant way. After the disappointment that was Superman Returns, this is the type of film Superman needed to be popular again when going up against Marvel and Nolan's Batman trilogy.

I thought the story was very well written and laid out and the flashbacks was a nice touch to really sympathizes with Clark growing up and struggling with his identity. I thought it added much depth towards the story and the characters throughout.

The action was amazing, especially the third act alone. Love the fact that so much happens and I have no problem with Metropolis being destroyed, because in my opinion, this was Clark trying and learning to be Superman while being Superman. It's not like he's the perfect embodiment of Superman just yet.

And I thought the entire cast just absolutely owned their characters, most notably Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman. The guy was born to play the role, just like Downey Jr, and Jackman for Iron Man, and Wolverine.

All in all, I thought this was one of the better, more action packed comic book films to come out as of late and really set the standard on what's to come in the new JLU films and era. As much as I love Green Lantern, I kind of wish DC took the same approach with that film that it did with this.
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10:26AM on 07/30/2014
Alex, if the destruction of Metropolis is indeed part of a greater plan, then they should've made that clear by the end. Superman was meant to be the guy who protected you from bullies like Zod. And while snapping Zod's neck did that for one poor family, he failed so many others. And by the end of the movie he's regarded more or less as a hero. Bullshit. In Batman Begins Batman has to earn the trust of Gotham City. Superman did not earn the trust of Smallville or Metropolis. You know how in
Alex, if the destruction of Metropolis is indeed part of a greater plan, then they should've made that clear by the end. Superman was meant to be the guy who protected you from bullies like Zod. And while snapping Zod's neck did that for one poor family, he failed so many others. And by the end of the movie he's regarded more or less as a hero. Bullshit. In Batman Begins Batman has to earn the trust of Gotham City. Superman did not earn the trust of Smallville or Metropolis. You know how in Empire Strikes Back and The Dark Knight you see the heroes in their darkest hour? I felt like that's what they were doing. Like let's skip all the boring, heroic stuff and jump straight to the dark, depressing shit without earning the audience's empathy. Destroying Metropolis would have been a great hook for a sequel, but now we've been there, done that, and are moving on. And I pity Cavill's Superman for not having a stronger moral center, and having lazy writers.

I actually enjoyed the first half, which actually gave us a pretty heroic looking figure. So I didn't hate the movie overall, but by the end I felt like the filmmakers had betrayed everything we are supposed to love about Superman. Even the people who liked it admit he could've taken Zod out of Metropolis to fight.
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10:41AM on 07/30/2014
The only thing I'll say Is that we have no idea how Metropolis as a whole views Superman. We heard Olsen say he saved them and the military knows he's on their side because they were on the battlefield. It's not at all known if the world collectively trusts him. Hopefully that is discussed in the next film.
The only thing I'll say Is that we have no idea how Metropolis as a whole views Superman. We heard Olsen say he saved them and the military knows he's on their side because they were on the battlefield. It's not at all known if the world collectively trusts him. Hopefully that is discussed in the next film.
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10:24AM on 07/30/2014
I'm not sure this is truly an unpopular opinion. I think it's split down the middle, but the ppl who disliked it were just really loud ab it, and nobody else stood up for it really.
I'm not sure this is truly an unpopular opinion. I think it's split down the middle, but the ppl who disliked it were just really loud ab it, and nobody else stood up for it really.
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10:20AM on 07/30/2014
Look we all know you dont believe half the crap you write for this site and that you have to make one of these up every so often to fill your quota, so taking the time to actually read this is pointless as we really know you dont believe, but thanks for trying.
Look we all know you dont believe half the crap you write for this site and that you have to make one of these up every so often to fill your quota, so taking the time to actually read this is pointless as we really know you dont believe, but thanks for trying.
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10:05AM on 07/30/2014
If any superhero was supposed to be optimistic, warm, awe-inspiring, and down right fun, it was Superman. More so than any other superhero out there. It's what the character was created for. Wish fulfillment at its purest. Superman should have been the Jurassic Park of superhero movies.

Man of Steel is just an example of how Hollywood will rape & transform a character into something unrecognizable for the sake of being trendy. They just take a shitty script, a director with MTV flair, and
If any superhero was supposed to be optimistic, warm, awe-inspiring, and down right fun, it was Superman. More so than any other superhero out there. It's what the character was created for. Wish fulfillment at its purest. Superman should have been the Jurassic Park of superhero movies.

Man of Steel is just an example of how Hollywood will rape & transform a character into something unrecognizable for the sake of being trendy. They just take a shitty script, a director with MTV flair, and focus entirely on following the tend of the dark & emotionally distraught anti-hero.
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10:04AM on 07/30/2014

I enjoy this film

I agree that this opinion probably isn't so much unpopular as it's proven to be a very divisive film. Personally, I enjoy the hell out of Man of Steel. It's actually been the super hero flick I go back to the most for a blu-ray viewing since it's release. I understand some of the complaints people have, but most of them just don't bother me. Sure I scratched my head a bit at some of PA Kent's reactions to things and the one move of Superman that I laugh at is when he leaps over the (Lex
I agree that this opinion probably isn't so much unpopular as it's proven to be a very divisive film. Personally, I enjoy the hell out of Man of Steel. It's actually been the super hero flick I go back to the most for a blu-ray viewing since it's release. I understand some of the complaints people have, but most of them just don't bother me. Sure I scratched my head a bit at some of PA Kent's reactions to things and the one move of Superman that I laugh at is when he leaps over the (Lex Corp?) gas truck and let's it smash into a building instead of just stopping it.

Maybe I enjoyed it so much because I did just instantly go to fill in the blanks. Like, flying Zod straight into Smallville for the first fight instead of keeping it at the farm. I just assumed his anger took over and that it was an instantly regrettable decision, but the fight had to happen by then. Goyer ' s script could've had more to show that remorse though.

I enjoyed the action, Thought Zod and Faora were good villains, was invested in Cavill as Supes/Clark in regards to the movie and what the ramifications these actions mean for future films.

Loved tthe first 20 minutes on Krypton too.

Again, not a perfect film ... but I've only seen about three perfect films in my life. But highly enjoyable and entertaining to me. Which really is all that matters. I'm sure I enjoy plenty of films plenty of people dont.
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10:03AM on 07/30/2014
Following on from my earlier post where I said see Superman 2...for a film that shows moments of Superman caring about what is happening to the civilians in the midst of a battle with other powered beings...also remember that Superman flies away to protect them (whilst the people he's protecting and his enemy incorrectly think he's running away). Also compare the ending of Superman 2 where Superman humbly apologizes to the President about what went down to the ending of Man of Steel where he
Following on from my earlier post where I said see Superman 2...for a film that shows moments of Superman caring about what is happening to the civilians in the midst of a battle with other powered beings...also remember that Superman flies away to protect them (whilst the people he's protecting and his enemy incorrectly think he's running away). Also compare the ending of Superman 2 where Superman humbly apologizes to the President about what went down to the ending of Man of Steel where he destroy an American military asset in an act of defiance (about being followed) and you might understand why some people have serious script issues with the movie. Oh and that ill timed / pointless / inappropriate show of public affection where Superman kissed Lois...if you want a better example of when it makes sense to do it...how about watching the brilliant Superman: Doomsday animated effort (sorry, couldn't find an unedited clip: [link]. I don't hate Man of Steel...but it could have been so much better with only minor tweaks to the script. The third trailer absolutely knocked it out of the park and I was so pumped up going in to see the movie...and the origin story with Krypton and the flash backs of young Kent and Pa Kent were fantastic. It's just...when Clark finally becomes Superman...it all goes out of the window...apparently in an effort to give the fans what they wanted - Superman punching stuff hard.
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9:49AM on 07/30/2014
Of all the superheroes, Superman is the one who should have you grinning, cheering and feeling optimistic when you're leaving the cinema. In that regard, 'Man of Steel' was absolute gut-punching, soul-tearing shit. What, exactly, is 'hopeful' about a hero who saves the world at the cost of demolishing a city or three along the way? I don't particularly want 'reality' when I watch Superman, I want to feel a bit fucking optimistic that there's a hero - a role model, if you will - out there who
Of all the superheroes, Superman is the one who should have you grinning, cheering and feeling optimistic when you're leaving the cinema. In that regard, 'Man of Steel' was absolute gut-punching, soul-tearing shit. What, exactly, is 'hopeful' about a hero who saves the world at the cost of demolishing a city or three along the way? I don't particularly want 'reality' when I watch Superman, I want to feel a bit fucking optimistic that there's a hero - a role model, if you will - out there who knows right from wrong, someone who is regarded as a hero for more than simply causing fewer civilian deaths than the villain.

'Man of Steel' was the Superman equivalent of what Schumacher did to Batman in 'Batman and Robin': making a movie with completely the opposite tone to what the central character needed.
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10:09AM on 07/30/2014
Agreed, it needed the tone similar to Avengers...
Agreed, it needed the tone similar to Avengers...
10:36AM on 07/30/2014
Completely agree with the Batman & Robin comparison!
Completely agree with the Batman & Robin comparison!
9:48AM on 07/30/2014
I love this movie. I especially love Michael Shannon's portrayal of Zod. I don't mind the destruction. I wanted action and I got it.
I love this movie. I especially love Michael Shannon's portrayal of Zod. I don't mind the destruction. I wanted action and I got it.
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9:41AM on 07/30/2014
I honestly rank Man of Steel with the last few Michael Bay Transformers films. They both are extreme examples of how bad and mindless Hollywood can get sometimes. And they both are prime examples of the power that a massive marketing campaign can have over people.
I honestly rank Man of Steel with the last few Michael Bay Transformers films. They both are extreme examples of how bad and mindless Hollywood can get sometimes. And they both are prime examples of the power that a massive marketing campaign can have over people.
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9:31AM on 07/30/2014
IMO, MOS is a great movie that just becomes too much in the last 20 minutes. Overall though, 6.5/10. Could have been better, but could have been a lot worse.
IMO, MOS is a great movie that just becomes too much in the last 20 minutes. Overall though, 6.5/10. Could have been better, but could have been a lot worse.
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9:30AM on 07/30/2014
There isn't enough time that I could spend, or space in the comments section for me to use to describe the many many ways this film is not only a terrible portrayal of Superman and his world (Pa Kent is a spineless dick in this film), but also an awful, incoherent and non-sensical movie in its own right.
If everyone on Krypton is bio-engenireed and raised from birth to be one specific profession, then how is it that Jor-El, a scientist, is able to be a death defying man of action, leaping on
There isn't enough time that I could spend, or space in the comments section for me to use to describe the many many ways this film is not only a terrible portrayal of Superman and his world (Pa Kent is a spineless dick in this film), but also an awful, incoherent and non-sensical movie in its own right.
If everyone on Krypton is bio-engenireed and raised from birth to be one specific profession, then how is it that Jor-El, a scientist, is able to be a death defying man of action, leaping on dragons and then able to ACTUALLY BEAT UP AN ARMY GENERAL who was born and raised to be just that? Why does it take Clark twenty odd years to master his powers on earth, but takes Zod a couple of minutes? How does Jor-El give a Kryptonian outfit to Superman, with his family insignia on, in a ship that's been crash landed and buried on Earth for thousands of years before Clark ever landed on Earth? Why doesn't Clark just save his Dad so fast that nobody sees him do it? Why doesn't his Mum resent him for just letting her husband die even though he clearly could have saved him? Why does Superman just stand in the middle of a destroyed city making out with Lois when thousands lay dying in rubble all around him? And then he just flies off?

There are logic problems like this in every scene of this movie. Not to mention the fact that I don't remember a single line of dialogue spoken by Superman in this film, he was that charisma-less and unmemorable.

The destruction at the end is an issue, but is far from being one single film breaking issue, it's just one in a pile of them. And it's not even just the idea of the mindless destruction, but also how shoddily it's all shot.
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10:10AM on 07/30/2014
Jor-El beating up a born and bred warrior didn't bother me as much as an untrained Kryptonian outthinking and beating an army of military born and bred warriors. Heck...he even beats Zod as well. Me thinks this bio engineering warriors thing wasn't done very well.
Jor-El beating up a born and bred warrior didn't bother me as much as an untrained Kryptonian outthinking and beating an army of military born and bred warriors. Heck...he even beats Zod as well. Me thinks this bio engineering warriors thing wasn't done very well.
10:16AM on 07/30/2014
I hadn't even thought about that, but then that's the problem with this movie, any time you put thought into any of it, it falls apart.

And that's before you get to issues with tone, pacing, camerawork, etc.
I hadn't even thought about that, but then that's the problem with this movie, any time you put thought into any of it, it falls apart.

And that's before you get to issues with tone, pacing, camerawork, etc.
10:28AM on 07/30/2014
There is an explanation of why Superman was able to beat a "born and bred warrior" in the film. He adapted to the effects of Earth's atmosphere over 20-something years, whereas Zod hadn't. Its a big deal in the movie. I don't have a problem with people hating this movie, but trying to graft on logical inconsistencies where there aren't any is just idiotic.
There is an explanation of why Superman was able to beat a "born and bred warrior" in the film. He adapted to the effects of Earth's atmosphere over 20-something years, whereas Zod hadn't. Its a big deal in the movie. I don't have a problem with people hating this movie, but trying to graft on logical inconsistencies where there aren't any is just idiotic.
10:43AM on 07/30/2014
It's not really made a big deal of though is it.

I didn't see Zod sitting in a cupboard trying to block out every voice on Earth. I remember him having a few seconds of difficulty with it, and once Supes started whining about how difficult it was, Zod pretty much got over it and carried on, flying about as if he's been doing it for years and lobbing girders around. He even managed perfect control over his eye lasers that he only just learned he had.
It's not really made a big deal of though is it.

I didn't see Zod sitting in a cupboard trying to block out every voice on Earth. I remember him having a few seconds of difficulty with it, and once Supes started whining about how difficult it was, Zod pretty much got over it and carried on, flying about as if he's been doing it for years and lobbing girders around. He even managed perfect control over his eye lasers that he only just learned he had.
10:50AM on 07/30/2014
You're projecting again. It is a big deal in the movie. He had to retreat during the first fight in Smallville because he couldn't handle it. Sure, at the end of the movie he learned how to fly way faster than Supes did, a testament to his genetic strength, but that doesn't mean he was no longer affected by it or that he wasn't weaker than Superman because he hasn't been exposed to it as long. He didn't have perfect control over his laser eyes either, he shot them wildly and made the
You're projecting again. It is a big deal in the movie. He had to retreat during the first fight in Smallville because he couldn't handle it. Sure, at the end of the movie he learned how to fly way faster than Supes did, a testament to his genetic strength, but that doesn't mean he was no longer affected by it or that he wasn't weaker than Superman because he hasn't been exposed to it as long. He didn't have perfect control over his laser eyes either, he shot them wildly and made the building he was inside practically fall on top of him. We all get it, you don't like the film. There are plenty of things you could pick on without making things up.
11:08AM on 07/30/2014
I'm not projecting anything, I'll concede his eye lasers were probably askew, it's been a while, however Zod should have taken years to adapt to his new body, the way Supes, a man BORN that way, had to, but it didn't. He shouldn't have been zipping about doing anything, he should be learning to walk, see, hear, smell, everything from scratch, like a newborn almost.

And regardless, this still doesn't explain how his Dad beat him up on a planet with none of these variables.
I'm not projecting anything, I'll concede his eye lasers were probably askew, it's been a while, however Zod should have taken years to adapt to his new body, the way Supes, a man BORN that way, had to, but it didn't. He shouldn't have been zipping about doing anything, he should be learning to walk, see, hear, smell, everything from scratch, like a newborn almost.

And regardless, this still doesn't explain how his Dad beat him up on a planet with none of these variables.
11:24AM on 07/30/2014
ThatYellowBastard - If you've read any of my posts with regard to my issues with Man of Steel...you'll know that the nit-pick about beating born and bred warriors isn't my problem with the movie - I was just commenting on something picked up by Guy in his post. As it is, you mentioned "He adapted to the effects of Earth's atmosphere over 20-something years, whereas Zod hadn't. Its a big deal in the movie." That's indeed true...but remember there's a big scene at the end where Zod reveals
ThatYellowBastard - If you've read any of my posts with regard to my issues with Man of Steel...you'll know that the nit-pick about beating born and bred warriors isn't my problem with the movie - I was just commenting on something picked up by Guy in his post. As it is, you mentioned "He adapted to the effects of Earth's atmosphere over 20-something years, whereas Zod hadn't. Its a big deal in the movie." That's indeed true...but remember there's a big scene at the end where Zod reveals he's now accustomed / acclimatised himself to these issues...and then he fires his laser beams...it's a big scene. Supes gives us his..."oh f*ck look" as he's realised his advantage has just been negated. Once again...it's not a make of break point for me which regard to my problem with MoS...and I'm only pointing this out...since you mentioned it.... :o)
9:28AM on 07/30/2014
My biggest issue with Man of Steel is the god awful script. In a two hour movie we get roughly thirty minutes of story. And I use the term 'story' lightly. It just jumps from one random dramatic extreme to the next without any real connections or dramatic build up. It was like watching a kid with ADHD mindlessly flipping through tv channels. But I guess that's who this film is made for, the ADHD generation. Still, with the exception of Zod, every character is just a cardboard cut out
My biggest issue with Man of Steel is the god awful script. In a two hour movie we get roughly thirty minutes of story. And I use the term 'story' lightly. It just jumps from one random dramatic extreme to the next without any real connections or dramatic build up. It was like watching a kid with ADHD mindlessly flipping through tv channels. But I guess that's who this film is made for, the ADHD generation. Still, with the exception of Zod, every character is just a cardboard cut out caricature. The film creates themes, but never follows through with them. We see Superman get upset over killing Zod, yet the movie never establishes that Superman doesn't kill. That was never a theme in this film. In fact we see Superman cause the deaths of several innocent civilians and he didn't seem bothered by it at all. This film was just all over the place in the worst ways.
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9:10AM on 07/30/2014
I in no way think Man of Steel was a bad film. On the contrary I felt it had story, character, a great script, tremendous artistic merit. The acting I felt was excellent, Shannon, and Crowe, Adams, Costner, Lane, Fishburne and of course Cavill. The movie felt a bit long, because it had that dramatic pacing. The biggest complain was the devastation, the destruction of Metropolis was more shattering than 9/11. And that it comes on the heels of exposing the world to the existence of
I in no way think Man of Steel was a bad film. On the contrary I felt it had story, character, a great script, tremendous artistic merit. The acting I felt was excellent, Shannon, and Crowe, Adams, Costner, Lane, Fishburne and of course Cavill. The movie felt a bit long, because it had that dramatic pacing. The biggest complain was the devastation, the destruction of Metropolis was more shattering than 9/11. And that it comes on the heels of exposing the world to the existence of extra-terrestrial life, this would send shock waves of fear throughout the world. This shock seemed to be captured in a way that truly took away the "comic book" nature of the story. Super man was less about a super hero and more about humanity. The movie was so serious. There wasn't a light moment in the film. But even so, it was a very good film. Better than I ever anticipated. And I have not really been a fan of Super Man.
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9:07AM on 07/30/2014
In this movie Superman kills civilians before Zod and his army does. He picks up Zod, flies him through miles of empty fields, and then dive bombs him into a crowded gas station causing a massive explosion that obvious killed all those people pumping gas.

But forget about the Superman behaving out of character for the sake of trying to turn him into a more violent Batman. The story was terrible. The script was a disjointed mess filled with poorly written characters, bad dialog, and some of
In this movie Superman kills civilians before Zod and his army does. He picks up Zod, flies him through miles of empty fields, and then dive bombs him into a crowded gas station causing a massive explosion that obvious killed all those people pumping gas.

But forget about the Superman behaving out of character for the sake of trying to turn him into a more violent Batman. The story was terrible. The script was a disjointed mess filled with poorly written characters, bad dialog, and some of the worse flashbacks I've ever seen. There is seriously a scene where Clark looks at a bus and slowly gazes into clouds as he flashes back to saving a bus full of kids. Does he do this every time he sees a bus? It was like those flashbacks in Spaced [link]

Not only that, but the movie opens by rehashing the first 10 minutes of Superman 1 & 2, but with the addition of non-stop explosions & gunfire. It was like a sketch comedy making fun of how when Hollywood remakes something it has to add needless explosions and gunfire everywhere.

And then there is Pa Kent. A confused sorry asshole of a father who tells his kid that he should let others die to protect his secret. Then forces the poor kid to watch his suicide. A character who is supposed to be Superman's moral compass was turned into a coward who psychologically abuses & confuses his kid. All for the sake of being "Darker and Edger", cause that's what those emo teens want nowadays.
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9:15AM on 07/30/2014
Mr Moe, when trying to flush out characters and give them motivation sometimes you need characters who don't do the right or best thing. Pa Kent served an important role in the film and with Clark. I think the recurring emotion that drove this film was fear. Fear of Clark being discovered as unique. It makes the "secret identity" sub plot work. I don't believe he was Super Man's moral compass. Jor-El maybe. I enjoyed the film.
Mr Moe, when trying to flush out characters and give them motivation sometimes you need characters who don't do the right or best thing. Pa Kent served an important role in the film and with Clark. I think the recurring emotion that drove this film was fear. Fear of Clark being discovered as unique. It makes the "secret identity" sub plot work. I don't believe he was Super Man's moral compass. Jor-El maybe. I enjoyed the film.
9:39AM on 07/30/2014
Yeah, that Pa Kent was an brooding, unlikeable asshole (thanks to Goyers "gritty" script). He would have likely watched the whole busload full of kids drown but he jump into the middle of a hurricane to save his fucking dog??? WTF? But thatś just one example for a bad script and terrible characters. I watched it and thought "Wow, thatś something Michael Bay would come up with in his most depressive state of mind".
Yeah, that Pa Kent was an brooding, unlikeable asshole (thanks to Goyers "gritty" script). He would have likely watched the whole busload full of kids drown but he jump into the middle of a hurricane to save his fucking dog??? WTF? But thatś just one example for a bad script and terrible characters. I watched it and thought "Wow, thatś something Michael Bay would come up with in his most depressive state of mind".
12:29PM on 07/30/2014
The emo teens want that? Haha it's thanks to all the Nolan fanboys that everything has to be dark and gritty. And those fanboys are mature men with brown lips from sucking Nolan's ass so much.
The emo teens want that? Haha it's thanks to all the Nolan fanboys that everything has to be dark and gritty. And those fanboys are mature men with brown lips from sucking Nolan's ass so much.
12:49PM on 07/30/2014
I think you may be missing the intent. It was setting up the motivations for the existence of conflict. It was about fear. Pa Kent would risk HIS life to save the dog. But he was afraid for Clark and the world if Clark's super self was exposed. In a way he was right. No sooner is Super Man exposed to the world than ALL OF METROPOLIS is destroyed. A little justification there for Pa Kent's (seemingly) inconsistent behavior. When thought of over the entire scope of the film, the script
I think you may be missing the intent. It was setting up the motivations for the existence of conflict. It was about fear. Pa Kent would risk HIS life to save the dog. But he was afraid for Clark and the world if Clark's super self was exposed. In a way he was right. No sooner is Super Man exposed to the world than ALL OF METROPOLIS is destroyed. A little justification there for Pa Kent's (seemingly) inconsistent behavior. When thought of over the entire scope of the film, the script holds together much better than picking out single scenes.
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8:59AM on 07/30/2014
I was mainly upset because the movie they teased - was not the movie we got
I wanted this movie (one in the teaser below). I wanted a whole movie about him debating on being Superman or not - instead he makes that decision 10 minutes into the film.
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I was mainly upset because the movie they teased - was not the movie we got
I wanted this movie (one in the teaser below). I wanted a whole movie about him debating on being Superman or not - instead he makes that decision 10 minutes into the film.
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9:28AM on 07/30/2014
Who the fuck wants to watch a guy debate whether or not he wants to be a superhero for 2 hours. Sounds like a Woody Allen Superman movie. You're weird. And nobody would want to see that, including you.
Who the fuck wants to watch a guy debate whether or not he wants to be a superhero for 2 hours. Sounds like a Woody Allen Superman movie. You're weird. And nobody would want to see that, including you.
9:52AM on 07/30/2014
"And nobody would want to see that, including you."

Everyone who enjoyed 'Unbreakable' would want to see that, including me.
"And nobody would want to see that, including you."

Everyone who enjoyed 'Unbreakable' would want to see that, including me.
6:27PM on 07/30/2014
@schwarzgerät I assume you loved Green Lantern then?
@schwarzgerät I assume you loved Green Lantern then?
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8:54AM on 07/30/2014

nailed. it

Excellent write up. As one can see there is already a 50/50 split on this talkback. . I understand the films flaws but i still found it a very exciting take on Superman. Maybe because i was always a batman fan over superman i had no bias on what I wanted in a superman movie.
Excellent write up. As one can see there is already a 50/50 split on this talkback. . I understand the films flaws but i still found it a very exciting take on Superman. Maybe because i was always a batman fan over superman i had no bias on what I wanted in a superman movie.
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8:47AM on 07/30/2014
This movie is actually very polarizing. Lots of people liked it and lots of people hate it. I don't know how you can have an unpopular opinion about something that's split down the middle. Yet again, great job Alex Maidy.

With that out the way, I actually do agree with you about Man of Steel being the best Superman movie. The opening Krypton scene was brilliant and Russell was such a badass. All the complaints about the destruction is just plain stupid. A super powered being fighting with
This movie is actually very polarizing. Lots of people liked it and lots of people hate it. I don't know how you can have an unpopular opinion about something that's split down the middle. Yet again, great job Alex Maidy.

With that out the way, I actually do agree with you about Man of Steel being the best Superman movie. The opening Krypton scene was brilliant and Russell was such a badass. All the complaints about the destruction is just plain stupid. A super powered being fighting with four other super powered beings will result in buildings destroyed and people dying.
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11:03AM on 07/30/2014
Damn right.
Damn right.
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8:42AM on 07/30/2014

I agree

I totally agree, regarding Superman Returns and Man of Steel.
I totally agree, regarding Superman Returns and Man of Steel.
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8:42AM on 07/30/2014

Haters

gonna hate
gonna hate
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8:14AM on 07/30/2014

dont know if its an unpopular opinion, the film was polarising

it pretty much split people in the middle; technically it was quite slick and Shannon was great but personal i hated, hated this movie. They didn't get or like what Superman is about. I say if that's the case then don't make a movie about him. Also it had plot holes galore, things I'll let slip if its an enjoyable film but they take everything so damn serious its just awkwardly obvious. I'll try to stay optimistic about BVS but with the same creative team I don't hold a lot of hope but thats
it pretty much split people in the middle; technically it was quite slick and Shannon was great but personal i hated, hated this movie. They didn't get or like what Superman is about. I say if that's the case then don't make a movie about him. Also it had plot holes galore, things I'll let slip if its an enjoyable film but they take everything so damn serious its just awkwardly obvious. I'll try to stay optimistic about BVS but with the same creative team I don't hold a lot of hope but thats just my opinion.
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8:10AM on 07/30/2014

not an unpopular opinion here....

Li-1 is right : this movie is very polarising, so it's not an unpopular opinion because, positive or negative review, so much people would agree... but good article though.
Personnaly I loved it (8/10 in my books), so much better than " superman returns " (very good movie IMHO, but which was too much respectful to the 1978 one, almost a remake)
Li-1 is right : this movie is very polarising, so it's not an unpopular opinion because, positive or negative review, so much people would agree... but good article though.
Personnaly I loved it (8/10 in my books), so much better than " superman returns " (very good movie IMHO, but which was too much respectful to the 1978 one, almost a remake)
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8:02AM on 07/30/2014
The destruction or the death of Zod is not my issue with the movie. Zod had to diethe reason was very apparent. Supermans anguish at what he didwas very apparent. The problem I have was Supermans apparent blatant disregard to civilians being caught in the cross fire. Now you can say, hes in the middle of a brutal fight and/or hes still wet behind the ears hes all new to this fighting malarkey...he aint got time to think about such things. I disagree the films brilliant
The destruction or the death of Zod is not my issue with the movie. Zod had to diethe reason was very apparent. Supermans anguish at what he didwas very apparent. The problem I have was Supermans apparent blatant disregard to civilians being caught in the cross fire. Now you can say, hes in the middle of a brutal fight and/or hes still wet behind the ears hes all new to this fighting malarkey...he aint got time to think about such things. I disagree the films brilliant flashback of Pa Kent show us Kent being drilled about the responsibilities he has (or must show) because of his powers. Superman 2 showed on numerous occasions how to infuse little moments of Superman caring about what is going on around him during a brutal (if visually, a very dated) fight. The film caps it off with Superman showing how powerful he isbuy destroying an American military asset rather than just parking it right in front of the oncoming car and making his point. Why destroy it? A show of force? If the next movie makes the destruction caused by the Kryptonians (including Superman) a central point to what unfoldsthats greatbut it will still bother me that Superman showed little emotion to the civilians caught in the cross fire and why on earth he felt the need to partake in a victory kissduring the midst of all this. Fair enough, Superman at the point didnt know Zod was still therebut thats poor writing for you sticking in something that seemed totally pointless given what happens after. The lack of Superman caring about what was going on...poor writing too.
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8:18AM on 07/30/2014
Exactly, other than Lois, he only saves one falling helicopter pilot. There's even the scene where Zod kicks a gas tanker to him and he simply hops over it and let's it trash the building behind him. Goyer just needs to pass outlines to better screenwriters....
Exactly, other than Lois, he only saves one falling helicopter pilot. There's even the scene where Zod kicks a gas tanker to him and he simply hops over it and let's it trash the building behind him. Goyer just needs to pass outlines to better screenwriters....
9:02AM on 07/30/2014
Agreed.
Agreed.
11:06AM on 07/30/2014
Is that seriously how you sat and watched that movie? "Why didn't he save that guy, or that guy, or that chick, or that dog?" Yeah, because a movie of him stopping every two seconds in the middle of an alien invasion to save every person in metropolis individually would have made perfect sense. Give me a break
Is that seriously how you sat and watched that movie? "Why didn't he save that guy, or that guy, or that chick, or that dog?" Yeah, because a movie of him stopping every two seconds in the middle of an alien invasion to save every person in metropolis individually would have made perfect sense. Give me a break
11:36AM on 07/30/2014
PsychoMaestro - Watch Superman 2...heck...watch the animated efforts Superman Batman Apocalypse or Superman Unbound where he berates /lectures / teaches / reminds Kara about harming civilians (being too hard on criminals). Watch Batman Begins where Alfred berates Wayne about the recklessness he shows when trying saving Rachel. Did that involve the films stopping every two seconds? It takes no effort to put these kinds of moments that take only a second or two in to a movie to make it feel so
PsychoMaestro - Watch Superman 2...heck...watch the animated efforts Superman Batman Apocalypse or Superman Unbound where he berates /lectures / teaches / reminds Kara about harming civilians (being too hard on criminals). Watch Batman Begins where Alfred berates Wayne about the recklessness he shows when trying saving Rachel. Did that involve the films stopping every two seconds? It takes no effort to put these kinds of moments that take only a second or two in to a movie to make it feel so much better. Hell, even Smallville did it. He's Superman...nicknamed the boy scout for a reason. Clark holds back from punching the lights out of the jerk in the restaurant in Man of Steel (though his indiscipline was shown by what he then did with the truck) as well as holding back when he was a kid...these moments epitomise Clark/Superman..and they matter. How about you give yourself a break and think about that for a second.
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7:57AM on 07/30/2014
Visual prowess and scope? Sure, but how that shitty script? It's interesting that film picks up in between that just not quite Superman yet timeframe and the first hour throws a lot of interesting ideas out and I actually enjoy the first hour for the most part, but the second half spits in the face of anyone who thought it would be interesting to see how the world would react to Superman. Once Pa Kent dies, the movie nosedives into repetitive action, while great looking, serves no emotional
Visual prowess and scope? Sure, but how that shitty script? It's interesting that film picks up in between that just not quite Superman yet timeframe and the first hour throws a lot of interesting ideas out and I actually enjoy the first hour for the most part, but the second half spits in the face of anyone who thought it would be interesting to see how the world would react to Superman. Once Pa Kent dies, the movie nosedives into repetitive action, while great looking, serves no emotional investment and Supes doesn't even try to save anyone. "But he was learning!," isn't a defense when we see him rescuing people from a burning oil rig in the beginning on the movie. And when did secret identities get thrown out the window? I always hated how every Spiderman film, the mask always had to come off, but this didn't even attempt to conceal who Superman was. To each their own, but to me, Goyer proved he can cook up ambitious ideas but has no clue how to follow through. Thankfully they found another writer for Dawn of Justice, gives me a little faith.
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7:22AM on 07/30/2014
This was one of those instances where I wasn't sure if the review would be a positive or negative one because I've never seen a more divisive superhero film than Man of Steel. Most people I know who have seen it love it, but there are plenty who hate it as well. Count me among the former. I thought this was the finest Superman film to date and one of the best summer blockbusters of the decade.
This was one of those instances where I wasn't sure if the review would be a positive or negative one because I've never seen a more divisive superhero film than Man of Steel. Most people I know who have seen it love it, but there are plenty who hate it as well. Count me among the former. I thought this was the finest Superman film to date and one of the best summer blockbusters of the decade.
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7:11AM on 07/30/2014
Movie sucked, the flashbacks served no purpose, the cgi was messy and unless you are a die hard Supes fan it wasn't really that entertaining for a summer blockbuster. But heads up, pretty sure Man of Steel was fresh on RT and in general a success financially and critically (I thought it sucked) but I don't think your opinion is an unpopular one.
Movie sucked, the flashbacks served no purpose, the cgi was messy and unless you are a die hard Supes fan it wasn't really that entertaining for a summer blockbuster. But heads up, pretty sure Man of Steel was fresh on RT and in general a success financially and critically (I thought it sucked) but I don't think your opinion is an unpopular one.
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7:10AM on 07/30/2014
Man of Steel is actually enjoyable. My only beef with the movie is that the third act is overloaded with CGI action scenes that I sometimes lost which characters I was following. Still, Henry Cavill is great as Clark Kent/Superman and Michael Shannon is one scary Zod.
Man of Steel is actually enjoyable. My only beef with the movie is that the third act is overloaded with CGI action scenes that I sometimes lost which characters I was following. Still, Henry Cavill is great as Clark Kent/Superman and Michael Shannon is one scary Zod.
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