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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Thoughts on the Man of Steel Teaser Trailer

I don't know how to feel about this. On the one hand, I have yet to be moved by a Zack Snyder film. On the other hand, while I didn't exactly love Watchmen, he did at least show respect for the source material.

Why are most of the Superman movies so sad? Yes, he's an orphan, and his existence can be lonely, but the character is supposed to be a beacon of sorts; he's even solar-powered, for crying out loud. Clark Kent isn't a lonely fisherman, he's an outgoing guy who makes connections with people and tries to make everyone's life better.

It should certainly be a good-looking film, anyway. And perhaps Christopher Nolan will play enough of a role as producer to give the film some depth and weight.

But just once, I'd love a Superman movie where the brightly-garbed Man of Steel saves a city by plugging a volcano with a boulder and flying off with a wink and a smile. Or one in which he saves Metropolis from an army of robots, then saves Lois and rehabilitates the mad scientist. This shouldn't be rocket science, even if Kal-El came to Earth on one.


Jeff Shyluk said...

I agree completely.

You write it, I will draw it, that's a pact. Get some Kickstart money, maybe people would buy it.

Something where fifty folks don't get shot at midnight for wanting to see a superhero for a couple of hours.

susan_rn92 said...

While you are at it, cast me! Well, maybe only in a tiny, non speaking part.

Sean said...

I'm going to have to disagree with you. The impression I got from the trailer was a man trying to find himself (as cliché as that sounds)and his place in the world.

For a character as powerful and god-like as Superman, I think exploring his humanity is important. Helps the audience connect.

And I think you can have that
*and* Superman saving the world from some sort of crisis.

Also, didn't we already see a brightly-garbed Man of Steel save a city by plunging a bunch of boulders into a valley to stop a great deluge of water? I'd say that's pretty close to your volcano example. ;)

PS: I do agree with you re: Snyder.