I’ve been thinking of Man of Steel for a while. Now that I have this lovely avenue for expression, I figured I would turn to here before all of the lovely thoughts drifted from my head forever.
Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel has been out for about two weeks now and I can’t shake the feeling that it wasn’t all that it could be in the grand scheme of things. Don’t get me wrong, it was
a fun an interesting journey. Something just didn’t hit its mark for me.
Before I go any further, I want to say that I have never been a huge fan of Superman. He is Mr. Everything and I have a difficult time relating to the superhero.
The following are the flaws I saw in Man of Steel. Beware of the spoilers.
When did you get here?/Where’d you go?
One of the most irritating things in the movie is the appearance or disappearance of characters within a scene. People show up when it’s convenient for the story, but they could not have realistically got there in the time span portrayed on screen. It occurred a few times, but the biggest offender was when Lois Lane appeared at the end of Superman’s fight with Zod. There is no way she could have ran through ruined streets, located Clark, and made it to him just in time to witness Zod’s death.
Superman is an ultra powerful being and his weakness has always been kryptonite. It is what keeps him in check and gives others some sort of power over him. Man of steel warped this concept to Clark being vulnerable to his native atmosphere as a result of adapting to Earth’s atmosphere. An understandable reason, but makes Superman an unstoppable force unless someone decides to terraform the Earth again. There’s no way Lex Luthor or Batman can have kryptonite or kryptonite infused weapons to use against Clark. As long as Clark’s in Earth’s atmosphere he is nearly unstoppable.
No Lex Luthor
In nearly every, if not every, incarnation of Superman there is a Lex Luthor. In Man of Steel, Lex Luthor isn’t even mentioned. If they intend to go on with the franchise without Luthor, then the setup here is understandable, but it is a damn shame. The dynamic between Luthor and Superman is one of the most compelling relationships in the Superman franchise. If they do decide to bring in Luther, they will either have to back pedal on the story to explain their prior relationship or the conflict between Superman and Luthor will be stunted. Introducing Luthor as just a bad guy is a disservice to his character. With all of those flashbacks, they could have shown him once. Instead, all I got was a Lexcorp truck flying in wreckage.
Where did this relationship come from?
The relationship between Lois Lane and and Clark felt rushed and unjustified. This stems from the lack of investment I felt for the characters. Despite all of their screen time, I didn’t get a connection from either of them and didn’t see the seeds of a relationship.
No Emotional Connection
As I’ve already mentioned, I didn’t feel a connection to any of the characters. Well, that isn’t entirely true. I felt a connection to young Clark, but that didn’t translate into a connection with the older Clark. The Clark we see in present day is stoic and distant, which I believe they were going for, but doesn’t promote any emotional connection with the audience. I wanted Superman to win his fight to save Earth, not because I cared about him.
Flashbacks and Length
The flashbacks added story, yes. They made us understand where he came from, yes. They did slow the pace of the movie. I felt the length of Man of Steel. I wasn’t entrapped in the world enough not to realize how much time was devoted to flashbacks and moments not directly related to plot. I believe the divergence was to add character depth, but that could have been done in relation to the plot.
Those are all my comments. At least, all that I will share. I did like the movie, but I didn’t love it.