Once upon a time there was a superhero named, of course, Superman. He came from an alien planet and was really, really strong. So he got to run around and save people in a very square-jawed, all-American way, without the big-city angst of Batman or adolescent worries of Spider-man. Many, many comic books, graphic novels, TV shows (live-action and animated) later, Zack Snyder got involved, and so we got Man of Steel.
Man of Steel opens everywhere Friday. My full review is at Film Journal International; here’s part of it:
Under normal circumstances, hearing the great Michael Shannon growl “Release the world engine!” while wearing an H.R. Giger-styled bodysuit would be a sign of much enjoyable high camp to come. But sadly, like most of the DC Comics films, Man of Steel takes itself too seriously to have any of that kind of fun. Director Zack Snyder is too busy blowing up buildings (those skyscrapers’ glass windows sure do shatter real nice) and jacking up the body count to pay attention to such matters; he has a new franchise to establish…
At least Amy Adams makes for a good Lois Lane.
You can watch the trailer here: