When I was a kid, there were only 3 things I wanted to be, a Magician, a Musician, and Superman. From the cartoons, comics, TV & movies, other than Batman, Supes & DC Comics shaped my childhood and overall sense of morality. So you can imagine that I take both movie franchises VERY seriously, and have spent hours debating with my fellow comic geek brethren. Now that we’ve had The Dark Knight done right, (THANK YOU Christopher Nolan) we’ve all been eagerly anticipating Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, after that ZOD AWEFUL Superman Returns (See what I did there?) I can now jubilantly scream along with my fellow geeks and say for us all, IT’S ABOUT FRIGGIN Time!
By far the best physical incarnation of Kal-El to date (sorry Dean Cain) Henry Cavil brings less focus on the secret identity of mild mannered reporter Clark Kent. This movie gets straight to the point, without spending too much time beating a dead origin horse, with an emphasis on the Kryptonian mythology and a refreshing new spin on the relationship with Lois Lane,played by Amy Adams.
As the numbers total up to around $196.7 million for the #1 movie in the world, opinions are mixed about this darker version of the Last Son of Krypton, let’s face it, it’s long passed time for Kal-El to grow up. Especially now when standing up to the epic Dark Knight trilogy, and having to compete with Marvel, backed by Disney. If DC/Warner Bros. hopes to build a successful movie franchise, certain things had to change. One thing is certain, if we’re to finally inch closer to seeing the Justice League movie come together, the events that shook the Earth in Man of Steel, are definitely cause for collective Super Hero Action.
Here’s the scoop, I won’t spoil the movie, but here’s a brief overview of the super awesomeness that transpired, and the super geekiness conjecture that if it were to come to fruition would make EVERY fanatic of the DC Universe a happy camper:
- The flying and fighting scenes are definitely EPIC, which is something quite frankly ALL the previous mediums severely lacked. If you thought the wanton destruction and collateral damage of New York after the Avengers was bad… Metropolis and Earth get MESSED UP!
- Perry (not-so) White, Laurence Fishburne pulls a Sam Jackson on the Daily Planet’s tough as nails Editor-In-Chief… He does a good job (and isn’t the only Matrix alum, with Harry Lennix as General Swansen) though I must admit, my favorite “Chief” was good ol’ “Great Shades of Elvis” himself the late Lane Smith from Lois & Clark.
- General “KNEEL BEFORE” Zod, Michael Shannon, and the other Kryps are VICIOUS! Way more updated, scary and powerful and mid-air fight sequences unlike any other seen before.
- Lois Lois Lois, such an iconic symbol of female prowess, and self-admitted everything I look for in a woman. So long plagued by that label of naiveté… I always knew there was more to you than some damsel in distress, fooled by a pair of glasses…
- The aftermath leaves the perfect opportunity for LexCorp (keep an eye out for the logos) to come in and clean up afterward. These events also justify Lex Luthor’s anti-Kryptonian crusade, and if you note the exo-suits Jor-El, Russell Crowe
and Zod wear, and couple that with where Zod removes his suit for the completely bad ass
final battle… It’s easy to see where Lex gets his inspiration for his own super suit.
- There ARE no extra scenes at the end, so no need to stay till the end of the credits.
- No Bruce Wayne, Robin John Blake, or Diana Prince cameos… BUT there IS a Wayne-Tech satellite that gets destroyed (keep an eye out for the logo it’s just upside-down and looks like an M)
- The Phantom Zone ALSO gets explained a lot betterand nowhere NEAR as campy as Christopher Reeves’ plasti-wrap “S” shields back to jail.… Leaving the only logical questions of what else may have come out of there, and who may have noticed the Kryptonian power and technology signatures?
Super Über Geekiness (PURELY conjecture):
- If I were a recently retired Bruce Wayne, I know I would definitely come back to the cave to figure out just WHO this new cape on the block is, and how to keep him in line.
- If I were the big wigs at DC, I would utilize what’s already been established in the hit show
on the CW, Arrow, to begin planting the seeds for a mega cross over event. Rumor has it there may be plans just to do that with a possible cameo by Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern Hal Jordan for the Season 2 finale, however that’s yet to be confirmed, and another year away.
- Especially with Marvel only NOW just getting on the TV bandwagon, with their new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series to debut this Fall, DC has to take what little upper hand they have with their successful run at producing live action and animated TV and DVD content to coordinate a strategic move in making their big screen universe make sense and dollars.
- After 10 seasons of Smallville, they already have a formula for success and just need to tap into it.
- DC fans are already in upheaval about the cancellation of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, one of the best animated renditions of the Super Hero Side-Kicks, in line with previous Justice League, and Batman/Superman animated series. While there’s been some talk of fan based campaigns to make the 3rd season happen, Warner Bros. has not signed on board, due to the launching of the new series on Cartoon Network Teen Titans Go! and Beware the Batman.
All in all, DC has had some major hits and misses but what they need to realize is that throwing random blocks of content to get by, good, bad or ugly, is only gonna get them so far. What moves are made from here, whether it be the Superman/Batman crossover film, new TV shows establishing other characters, like Wonder Woman or even Martian Manhunter; or even recently rumored Aquaman movie, though I think a Flash movie would be more interesting. Since DC recently rebooted their entire universe with The New 52, it’s not such a foreign concept, nor should it be so hard to just give the fans what they want and unite their worlds already.