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Superman is one of the most popular superheroes ever. With comic books becoming a more prominent in the movie industry fans are crazed to see what Zack Snyder will do with Superman. The last Superman film, Superman Returns was “ok”. Not really something that was well received. To me it was no more than a rehash of the original Superman film with a son thrown in to piss everyone off.
Comic book films have been coming out nearly every year since then. And a constant flow of reboots have been unleashed. Christopher Nolan’s Batman films being the most successful. I’m not even going to mention Marvel movies in this article. That is something all together different. DC Comics seems to be struggling with bringing their heroes to the big screen. Many of us were anticipating Green Lantern to be one of the greats of comic book film. It was an Epic Fail. Plain and simple. With over 200 million dollars you would believe Warner Brother had a good start to bringing a new hero to film. Geoff Johns has created a world like no other within the Green Lantern universe. I thought he was some sort of executive at DC Entertainment. Obviously no one wants to listen to him. Guess they learned their lesson. The hard way. Both Green Lantern cartoon movies were way better than the live action film. DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers are going to have a hard time getting people to believe in the Man of Steel. But I have faith that it will be as big if not bigger than the Dark Knight series. This is why…….
First The Director:
Zack Snyder is very different from the many directors of our time. He is the Steven Spielberg and George Lucas of our time. He pushes film and storytelling to the next level. He’s not afraid to take the chances needed to bring film to a higher platform. Snyder is the visionary. The artist. The film maker that comics have been waiting for. His track record speaks for itself.
300: A graphic novel turned film. Frank Millar’s re-imagining of the battle of 300 was one of the most fantastic films that year. nothing had ever been done like it. Zack Snyder showed great story telling skill. His ability to adapt a comic. And you have to admit everything from the actors to the action and music were superb.
The Watchmen: Another graphic novel that was just astounding. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons gave use a story of real life super heroes in a very real setting. Deeper than nearly any comic book. Watchman is one of those books that a fan would say can never be brought correctly to film. Well here we have the impossible brought to us. Snyder gave us one of the most controversial and talked about comic films EVER. Telling a story that was long and complex that was also visually stimulating.
Legend of the Guardians: I could never imagine a child’s book about owls being quite so entertaining. This CGI film was one of the best movies I saw last year. Owl’s have never been cooler. have you ever heard grown men shouting and cheering on a film meant for children. An epic hero film with only animals. Again Snyder shows range, depth and the ability to tell a compelling story.
Sucker Punch: His most crazy and misunderstood film yet. A work of art. Yet art is always up to the viewers interpretation. Sucker Punch was a an amalgam of abstract story telling and a tribute to some of his favorites genres. Zack Snyder is trying to teach the public something. I guess for the general movie goer it sucks that you don’t see it that way. But again we as Americans need to pay attention to the things we watch and to try to see a deeper meaning in movies, books ect. We go to the movies to be entertained. Film just as books, comics and video games are forms of Escapism. So many movie goers have lost their imagination. We no longer have the ability to let go. Suspension of Disbelief is gone. The Wachowski Brothers told us to “free our minds” when The Matrix was released in 2000. The people didn’t understand that. Now Snyder is saying, “Escape”. Entertainment is an escape. Have fun with your movie or whatever it is your using to entertain yourselves. It’s fake and it’s supposed to be fun. Immerse yourself.
Zack Snyder has what it takes to make Superman the icon that Christopher Nolan has made Batman. The skill to tell an intriguing story. The love of action and great cinematography. He knows who to use special effects to the fullest ability. He has enough guts to push the envelope without letting the fans push him around. And he’s not ashamed to do a direct panel by panel shot from comic to film. And he makes it work perfectly.
But He’ll need as much of these as he can fit into the film.
Super Speed: Faster than a speeding bullet. Well that was in the old days. Superman’s speed is a bit slower than the Flash. That being said, he can run and fly at superhuman speeds. Breaking all types of sound barriers he should be able to move at considerable speeds while utilizing his other powers. (Catching and blocking bullets ect. Flying top speed using heat vision) Things like that.
Flying: You would think was one of the more simpler powers. But it is one of the things that makes Superman so special. Flying to him is what walking is ti everyone else. You should see him floating just because. The air is his. Show him venture out into space. Real space. Let him and Zod fight on Saturn or another planet. Show him fly into the sun. Now that has never been done.
Super Strength: The strongest superhero ever!?!?!? no one knows the upper limits of his strength. Let Superman embrace his power. Lifting cars is nothing to him. Let him lift a a hundred cars linked by a chain. Punch Zod through a a few mountains. Toss boulders. The punches between Zod and Clark should shatter windows and destroy buildings. Superman can rip open steel doors like tearing paper. Make him SUPER.
Heat, X-Ray and Telescopic Vision: His heat vision isn’t some microwave in his eyes. it shouldn’t be meant to just melt things. Heat vision is a laser beam. use it to punch through metal earth and enemies. His x-ray vision can be used while saving people and flying around. looking through everything. diagnosing injuries. Finding structural instabilities. And of course his telescopic vision will be used to see “everything”.
Super Senses: Although it is rarely spoken or even shown Superman is Super all around. His hearing is outrageous. He can differentiate between all sounds even peoples heart beats. He can sense all types of electromagnetic wave lengths. And his power comes from the Sun. Superman is a a living solar battery. It should be shown how his cells absorb the solar radiation. All in all we should witness him using all his abilities together. Speed. Heat Vision. Cold Breath. Strength. Flight. Everything. The Powers by themselves are cool. But used in some kind of combination would make it spectacular.
Where does Lex Luthor fit into the Man of Steel?!?!? If at all. Truthfully we need Lex in some way shape or form. Will there be any talk or glimpse of other villains?? We want Brainiac!!!! Does Superman have his Fortress of Solitude? And what of the Kryptonian origin. The Man of Steel should be every bit Clark Kent, Kal-El and Superman. The people are looking for a Superman that smashes. The battle between Zod and him should be on pare with the Neo/Smith battle. Or the final battle between Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Powers getting thrown around everywhere. And lots of collateral damage. Also there should be some sort of cohesive universe to this world. Extra supporting characters that lend to the story. And give the movie depth. Let’s not forget about Kryptonite. Epic story telling. good pacing. And a nice score will round out this film that Snyder is putting together. With the cast he has assembled The Man of Steel shaping up to be a fine film.
So many things are out there about Superman. But everything just can’t be put into one film. I think Zack Snyder has a handle on it. Until the trailer, I guess we can look at these pics and hope for the best.
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