MAN OF STEEL: What Did You Think?

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It’s finally here, folks.  It’s been seven years since Superman last graced the silver screen, and after countless set photos, rumors, images, posters, and trailers, director Zack Snyder’s new film Man of Steel is finally in theaters for all the world to see.  I enjoyed the film quite a lot, myself.  Snyder wows with genuinely awe-inspiring visuals and action sequences, but the film also packs a surprising emotional punch that is buoyed by truly stellar performances from the entire cast.  Matt has already posted his review and Steve has been raving about the pic basically non-stop, but now we’d like to hear from you, dear readers.  Was Man of Steel everything you hoped it would be?  What did you think of Snyder’s take on the character?  Was Henry Cavill the right guy to bring this new Superman to life?  Where do you want to see things go in the sequel?

We welcome you to sound off in the comments section, where healthy and spirited debate is greatly encouraged.  After the jump, you’ll also find links to plenty of interviews and Man of Steel-related material that we have posted in the past, which you might find more relevant or interesting now that you’ve seen the film.  Up, up, and away!

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  • Summer Brooks

    Add one more thumbs up vote here, well, actually two. I saw the press screening Tuesday night with a friend of mine, and he had no good expectations of this one going in, despite his love of Nolan for what was done with the Batman trilogy.

    Both of us came out of there more than happy about the end result. Sure there were a few minor things that could be nitpicked about, but as I said in my own review at Slice of SciFi, this is the Superman movie I’d been waiting 20 years for.

  • cb

    I can’t wait to see this movie!

    And now to enjoy the last few seconds of peace before that anti-Nolan, piss drinking troll ruins this message board for everybody.

  • gcm443

    fucking great.

    • TJ

      Is that you Frostie?

  • Johnnyvott

    Man Of Steel re-establishes Superman as the World’s greatest superhero. I have a daughter, I still have my parents, and you’ll understand when I say that i cried at least in 4 different moments in the movie coz it does pack such an emotional punch. I really hope this movie makes a gazillion dollars so we can see a Justice League movie. So guys, watch this movie as many times possible. Not because I said so, but coz it’s worth it.

  • Julio

    Just got back from the midnight opening, i’m so damn happy. It’s such an EPIC movie and the action scenes are incredible. This is what it’s all about people, be thankful we get to witness one of the best superhero movies ever. I will say Lois Lane should have bad more character development but there’s plenty time for that in sequels. For now, lets finally enjoy a Superman that kicks ass, has heat vision and breaks sound barriers. And a Zod who is just pure evil from the first scene he’s in until his last. What really made the movie for me were the DBZ type of fight scenes though, wow. Just like Star Wars changed my life as a kid this will change your childrens as well.

  • Torrence Welsh

    I found it to be a disaster of SuckerPunch level proportions. No story or character development. Overkill of cgi and endless, endless action scene that were poorly paced. Force emotions. Contrived plot. It took itself too seriously to boot. The worst of 2013 so far and a certain box office disaster in the making.

    • Ashtalon

      Oh it’ll make money its first weekend. I think it’ll plummet afterward. It’s truly an awful film. I walked out of Man of Steel when Zod and Superman first started
      fighting. It wasn’t that particular moment that made me leave. I kinda
      wanted to leave very early on. I stuck with it for a while, though.
      Eventually I had to get up to the bathroom. And decided to not go back
      into the film. I
      just decided to cut my losses and go do something (anything) else.

  • charly

    AMaZing film, embraces superman as a sci fy tale. Great action and lot of talent, both behind and front of the camera. 9 out of 10 in my book

  • Melissa

    I think it was too derivative……the cgi video game action will make every bonehead on the internet say it is a masterpiece …..BUT ….story wise and vidually …it was just WB telling Zack Snyder to make it like the batman movies by Nolan.

    the movie needs to have it’s own Identity….but you can tell it is just zack snyder with a bunch of studio post-it’s all over him to make it like nolans batman.

    the over use of hand held camera……making superman scream and growl like Bales batman……then they were reacting too much to superman returns by having SO much action.

    Why was zack snyder hired if he did nothing of his own style?? they just wanted his name on it from 300 cuz there is no one else unlesss nolan would have directed it…but they needed to rush this out to keep the rights.

    over all this is too self contious of what people thought of the fluke of the batman movies and what ten your old boys and 45 years old men wanted in superman returns with the lack of action…..the movie woulc be better if it was an original story and idea altogether.

    • Englishgent

      This film is groundbreaking the way it was told, and works on so many levels you just haven’t been to yet anyone who says this film doesnt have heart and sould with amazing action is an ass

  • rjd123

    I really enjoyed MOS. I just wish they had personalized it more. I loved the scenes with Kal, Jor, and Zod. The arc of having to save the planet seemed the weakest to me. We didn’t know the Daily Planet/military staff enough to really care about them. If the focus had been narrower it would’ve been better. I think it sets the stage well for a sequel that sets Supes in the main role, and will let Cavill really shine. I understand it is a polarizing film, but c’mon it was 100x better than most Superhero movies (especially Iron Man 3).

  • Curious cat

    Seriously collider, how much has Warner Brothers paid you to keep MOS in your headlines over the last month? Was it more than 25,000? 30,000? How do you post an article to poll viewer response in advance of the first weekend? Who the hell is running things over there? You’re paid comments are beyond transparent, and Warner’s is clearly scared of a 2006 repeat, and yet they are still throwing good money after bad trying to engineer the box office. Pathetic.

    • JJ

      Maybe because this is one of the most talked about movies of the year? Also, because it’s a popular topic and, you know, the whole point of having an entertainment news site is to talk about things that are actually in the headlines currently.

      Just a guess

      • LetsBeHonest

        Its not that they would make money per view….^^

      • poppincherry

        You are naive. Who the fuck is talking about this overdue bullshit? LOL! Seriously. The movie has 100 million in marketing behind it. Fuck me. That is over half of it’s production budget.
        Nolan’s half hackish ass was brought on board to add some Inception with a lot of Dark Knight. Zack can only do visuals and Goyer just wrote some tired ass shit just to get a fat paycheck.
        Zod tells Superman you got 24 hours to get your ass on this ship so we can go back to my house and hang out. Watch the NBA finals on a 4 k television.
        So for the last hour Zod and Supe throw each other around like rag dolls. Breaking through buildings and blowing shit up. Um, neither can die, really, so what’s the goddamn point? There is, by the way, one fucking point. It just looks spectacular to neophytes like you. Ohh! Wow! Look at Superman fly through that 75 story building, breaking glass that falls and impales innocent people.
        Look at the female military personnel say how HOT Superman is. Seriously? And what the hell can the military really do against ZOD? Hit him with a hell fire missile? Zod’s flatulence is hotter than the explosion off a hell fire missile.
        I could go on but why should I. I’m waiting for Wolverine!

    • chris

      Why all the hate? No movie will ever be perfect . It was definitely better than Robert Downey 3

  • mat

    think of it this way this issue number one of a superman who can’t revolve the world backward on its axis or throw plastic “s” at people. As for those who think the cgi was to much just watch a fight screen in any of the other superman movies it will bore the crap out ya.

  • Saltonstall

    It had balls. Big brass balls. It did a lot of daring things with the character of Superman. It is not your typical idea of a Superman movie, nor is it a conventional superhero movie. But it works. And it’s entertaining as all hell. Even emotionally felt at times.

  • http://hanko9.com/ Henry A. Otero

    I went to the Walmart special screening in Miami last night and absolutely agree that this is the Superman movie for today’s audiences! Reviewers need to leave Donner’s version in the past and take this one for what it is… Completely unique and like no other version that’s come before. I didn’t walk out of Dark Knight Rises, Iron Man 3 or Star Trek: Into Darkness wanting to see them again… Not so with Man of Steel, I’m going to rewatch it again tonight!

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  • Jonatan

    4/10. Superman only saves his mother and lois lane. Like 100000 dies when he fights with zod. Jonathan Kent always has something important to say ( He is an uncle ben clone) . He is annoying. He dies trying to save a dog ?¿ ( You have a family to support jerk). Very bad filmaking choices also. We see all the krypton sequence at the beggining but then Snyder tell it again in the ship i dont know why. Snyder makes good visuasl. But for example in one of the best poetic visual sequence ( when superman starts to fly) instead of leaving us only with the image we hear russell crowe speaking shit+anzheimmer music. There are bad edition momments also. Sometimes looks like a big trailer.
    Almost all the dialogue from Russell Crow is he trying to explain all the Krypon Shit wich dont make any sense. All the krypton habitants decides to make a trial in the moment that the planet is exploding and they actually save the bad guys from the destruction instead of them.
    Henry Cavill is bad but for me is more for the script. He only screams and put some worried face during the whole movie. Has little lines
    The best are the fx. Faora movements. And the way that superman flies. Supersonic.
    PS: If you think about it the movie is too similar to transformers. The military finding alien remains in the ice, the codex is the spark. The destruction of the planet. The city destruction at the end. All the military presence and the sunsets. Think about it
    ( sorry for my english)

    • JJ

      J. Kent is a rip off of Uncle Ben?? I think you have that backwards, boss. The Kent’s existed LONG before Spiderman every came around AND Johnathan has been giving sage advice to his adopted son long before Uncle Ben was ever thought of.

      • Jonatan

        I speak only movie-wise ( dont know the comics). With all his speeches about his powers and what is right. Making his death meaningful to clark to become superman instead of having a normal death as in the first movie on 1978. Either superman or the spiderman reboot cant compare to the death of uncle ben in the first reimi spiderman ( SM 3 never existed for me). That was simple and clear and he makes only one speech and no seven ones like Kevin Costner. The dog scenes was confusing and embarrassing

      • fuzzy

        Maybe Jonathan Kent is a better father

      • Lex Walker

        How is he a better father if he *spoilers* died to save a dog? That’s just dumb. During that scene I was sitting there, mouth open, thinking, ‘No, they’re not going to make Mr. Kent die for a dog. No. Oh my god they did.’ They tried to frame it as a “I’m doing this so Clark doesn’t have to reveal himself” moment, but it was a moment that could have been avoided entirely. It was just a really poorly thought out sequence.

      • fuzzy

        Maybe Jonathan Kent is a better father

      • fuzzy

        Maybe Jonathan Kent is a better father

      • Elisa

        You’re wrong movie wise too. Jonathan Kent was telling Clark this exact thing in the Christopher Reeve movie too. So either way, your argument is invalid as both comics and movies came out before ANY Spiderman.

      • Jonatan

        Ok maybe idont remember 1978 superman. The thing is that i didnt like the scene, was stupid. Also I dont like how the character only gives speeches.
        But for me everything is dumb in this movie. I still dont know how in america they like this movie when Snyder shoot a superman fight as the 9/11. He could at least show superman saving someone but no. All the buildings fell down. I am wachting superman!! I want hope!! why remember a terrible terrible tragedy!!!

      • Jonatan

        I speak only movie-wise ( dont know the comics). With all his speeches about his powers and what is right. Making his death meaningful to clark to become superman instead of having a normal death as in the first movie on 1978. Either superman or the spiderman reboot cant compare to the death of uncle ben in the first reimi spiderman ( SM 3 never existed for me). That was simple and clear and he makes only one speech and no seven ones like Kevin Costner. The dog scenes was confusing and embarrassing

    • JJ

      J. Kent is a rip off of Uncle Ben?? I think you have that backwards, boss. The Kent’s existed LONG before Spiderman every came around AND Johnathan has been giving sage advice to his adopted son long before Uncle Ben was ever thought of.

  • Jonatan

    Also transformers ( the first) is better because it dont t take itself so seriously

  • Michael Salanga

    Best remake of the Superman franchise!

  • Doug_101

    It’s a solid B. It meanders a bit in the beginning and feels like two movies smashed together, but overall, Cavill is great as a Superman learning his way. I like the spin on his relationship with Lois Lane and the supporting cast does great work. It’s basically Superman as a sci-fi epic and I think that’s what’s turning a lot of reviewers off. They want a continuation of the Donner movie. Well, they tried that once and it was boring as shit. The action does get a little repetitive towards the end, but it’s great to actually see Superman FIGHT. I’ll definitely be seeing this one again.

    • manion89

      Thank you for not being so polar. One thing I cannot stand is how a movie is either awful or the best movie ever, they can be great movies with flaws. Everyone reviews these super hero movies like it is supposed to be Schindler’ list. As a long time fan (sadly too long of fan of comics) I thought the movie was an awesome movie that had some imperfections.

      • Doug_101

        Agreed. I’m really psyched to see where they go from here.

    • manion89

      Thank you for not being so polar. One thing I cannot stand is how a movie is either awful or the best movie ever, they can be great movies with flaws. Everyone reviews these super hero movies like it is supposed to be Schindler’ list. As a long time fan (sadly too long of fan of comics) I thought the movie was an awesome movie that had some imperfections.

    • manion89

      Thank you for not being so polar. One thing I cannot stand is how a movie is either awful or the best movie ever, they can be great movies with flaws. Everyone reviews these super hero movies like it is supposed to be Schindler’ list. As a long time fan (sadly too long of fan of comics) I thought the movie was an awesome movie that had some imperfections.

    • Littertray

      One thing I loved about the movie is the fact that the fight scenes actually showed all the damage that would happen to a city if 2 kryptonians went at it in a fight. Normally they would hit one building and then fight neatly down the middle of a street in previous movies.

    • Littertray

      One thing I loved about the movie is the fact that the fight scenes actually showed all the damage that would happen to a city if 2 kryptonians went at it in a fight. Normally they would hit one building and then fight neatly down the middle of a street in previous movies.

  • FutureFoe

    If I were 15 yrs old again, I probably would have really liked it, but since I’m not, it wasn’t all that great.

    • Sweet Pea

      What about if you were 17? Would you of liked it then?

      • FutureFoe

        Yup. Candy taste yummy at that age too.

    • Sweet Pea

      What about if you were 17? Would you of liked it then?

  • Mike S.

    I thought the first 2/3 of the film were pretty great , right up until the action hits Metropolis. At that point the climax is way too long. The showdown with Zod feels like overkill. That being said its still pretty good. Solid 8/10

    • Mike S.

      2/3 was great*

  • Person

    My main problem with Superman in the movies has always been that I can never understand how the characters can’t tell Clark and Supes apart just because he’s wearing glasses. It makes them moronic. This movie dealt with that in interesting ways, so kudos.

    Action was great, acting was solid, technically it was all aces. The script needed some more work though. But overall I was reasonably satisfied.

    Solid B with potential to move up to a B+ after another viewing or two.

  • Person

    My main problem with Superman in the movies has always been that I can never understand how the characters can’t tell Clark and Supes apart just because he’s wearing glasses. It makes them moronic. This movie dealt with that in interesting ways, so kudos.

    Action was great, acting was solid, technically it was all aces. The script needed some more work though. But overall I was reasonably satisfied.

    Solid B with potential to move up to a B+ after another viewing or two.

  • sense11

    I give it 4 1/2 out of 5 Nerdgasms

    Superman showed up and kicked some ass, that’s all I wanted to see and that’s all I got. The movie skipped all the typical boring origin story stuff and dealt with the back-story mostly in flashback form. No bumbling Clark Kent to deal with, no romantic comedy elements, no kryptonite, no Jimmie Olsen comedy relief, no villain comedy relief, no flying pieces of plastic that trap people somehow. Everything that annoyed me about past versions of Superman has been stripped away and I LOVE IT. Superman is finally properly established.

    IMHO A lot of critics are completely wrong on this one. They wanted to see a rehash of a 30 year old movie and are sad because they didn’t get that. This is a Sci-Fi action movie and too much action is not a valid critique, it suppose to be action packed. And it doesn’t take a lot of character development for me to care about these characters, i cared about all of them from start to finish.

    The crowd loved it, liked the movie or not everybody that has seen it knows that the crowd was going nuts and applauding from start to finish.

    Up Up and Away

    • MCP

      Haven’t seen it yet, but can’t wait. This is the type of review I want to see as I hold pretty much the same opinion on Superman over the years. I to need no character build up, as I know more than enough about Supe. This is no Donner “camp” that most of the negative critics want (comedic relief and bumbling…), we want action! Think most critics have been Marvelized, so to say, with comedic super hero movies. Heck I’d take 2 hours of asswhoppery! Glad that it has a real Sci-Fi fee as well and yes to much action is never a bad thing. Thanks for this!

    • MCP

      Haven’t seen it yet, but can’t wait. This is the type of review I want to see as I hold pretty much the same opinion on Superman over the years. I to need no character build up, as I know more than enough about Supe. This is no Donner “camp” that most of the negative critics want (comedic relief and bumbling…), we want action! Think most critics have been Marvelized, so to say, with comedic super hero movies. Heck I’d take 2 hours of asswhoppery! Glad that it has a real Sci-Fi fee as well and yes to much action is never a bad thing. Thanks for this!

    • Lex

      Completely agree. I would also add ‘No unattractive Lois Lane (Margot Kidder)’. I could never understand why Superman would want anything to do with a woman who was not only unattractive on the outside but unattractive on the inside as well.

      • sense11

        True That

  • nyckage

    I think if you gave Bryan Singer this script, it would be alot better. Not to say it was bad. I give it a solid 4 out of 5, but I did not like this dark tone that is customary in Snyder’s film. He loves his Shadows, I think in every seen I spotted a dark shade somewhere. In Singers vision there was a lot of light and it was fantasy-ish. I love the whole “it’s a bird, no it’s plane, no it’s SUPER MAN” type of direction. But this was a very nice and entertaining film. MY only problem was ***spoiler*** they destroyed Metropolis. They couldn’t save that for the next film or something. Now Superman is going to be operating in a dead city.

    • brNdon

      I think that Superman will/did help to quickly rebuild Metropolis

  • nyckage

    I think if you gave Bryan Singer this script, it would be alot better. Not to say it was bad. I give it a solid 4 out of 5, but I did not like this dark tone that is customary in Snyder’s film. He loves his Shadows, I think in every seen I spotted a dark shade somewhere. In Singers vision there was a lot of light and it was fantasy-ish. I love the whole “it’s a bird, no it’s plane, no it’s SUPER MAN” type of direction. But this was a very nice and entertaining film. MY only problem was ***spoiler*** they destroyed Metropolis. They couldn’t save that for the next film or something. Now Superman is going to be operating in a dead city.

  • Lex L

    I love the Krypton opening sequence..

  • Lex L

    I love the Krypton opening sequence..

  • Kale

    Adam, the movie is visually stunning, but the movie includes only one or two emotional scenes that work, and try to carry the movie, but fails. It gets to lost in its spectical. The performances are great, but some of the dialogue scenes are placeholder dialogue that never got changed from the first draft. I saw it in 2D, and thought it was great, maybe later I will see it in 3D. I like the movie, but the story falls flat. Oh there’s a ton of CG action scenes that look immpresive. I give the movie a B rating.

  • Kale

    Adam, the movie is visually stunning, but the movie includes only one or two emotional scenes that work, and try to carry the movie, but fails. It gets to lost in its spectical. The performances are great, but some of the dialogue scenes are placeholder dialogue that never got changed from the first draft. I saw it in 2D, and thought it was great, maybe later I will see it in 3D. I like the movie, but the story falls flat. Oh there’s a ton of CG action scenes that look immpresive. I give the movie a B rating.

  • Kale

    Adam, the movie is visually stunning, but the movie includes only one or two emotional scenes that work, and try to carry the movie, but fails. It gets to lost in its spectical. The performances are great, but some of the dialogue scenes are placeholder dialogue that never got changed from the first draft. I saw it in 2D, and thought it was great, maybe later I will see it in 3D. I like the movie, but the story falls flat. Oh there’s a ton of CG action scenes that look immpresive. I give the movie a B rating.

  • Recoup

    I loved this movie! Then again I really enjoyed Superman Returns, but only because it had been well over a decade since Superman had been on the big screen. This movie really allowed Superman to go full throttle towards the end which unless you had watched a cartoon had never been done. The audience got to see some really great special effects and that opening sequence was phenomenal. Jor-el is a total and complete bad@$$ of a scientist! If you went in thinking this was Silver age Superman (or Superman ’78), you have not read a Superman comic in the past 3 decades or have you experienced the animated series’ that Superman has been apart of like The Adventures of Superman, Justice League, or any of the WB Movies that have come out since ’07. There is a great sale on Superman comics today on Comixology! Go get some written in the past decade and see some of the things that were shown in the movie!

    Ohh and one more thing to think about… What happens when an unstoppable force comes in contact with an immovable force? Zod… Kal-el think about it.

  • Recoup

    I loved this movie! Then again I really enjoyed Superman Returns, but only because it had been well over a decade since Superman had been on the big screen. This movie really allowed Superman to go full throttle towards the end which unless you had watched a cartoon had never been done. The audience got to see some really great special effects and that opening sequence was phenomenal. Jor-el is a total and complete bad@$$ of a scientist! If you went in thinking this was Silver age Superman (or Superman ’78), you have not read a Superman comic in the past 3 decades or have you experienced the animated series’ that Superman has been apart of like The Adventures of Superman, Justice League, or any of the WB Movies that have come out since ’07. There is a great sale on Superman comics today on Comixology! Go get some written in the past decade and see some of the things that were shown in the movie!

    Ohh and one more thing to think about… What happens when an unstoppable force comes in contact with an immovable force? Zod… Kal-el think about it.

  • Recoup

    I loved this movie! Then again I really enjoyed Superman Returns, but only because it had been well over a decade since Superman had been on the big screen. This movie really allowed Superman to go full throttle towards the end which unless you had watched a cartoon had never been done. The audience got to see some really great special effects and that opening sequence was phenomenal. Jor-el is a total and complete bad@$$ of a scientist! If you went in thinking this was Silver age Superman (or Superman ’78), you have not read a Superman comic in the past 3 decades or have you experienced the animated series’ that Superman has been apart of like The Adventures of Superman, Justice League, or any of the WB Movies that have come out since ’07. There is a great sale on Superman comics today on Comixology! Go get some written in the past decade and see some of the things that were shown in the movie!

    Ohh and one more thing to think about… What happens when an unstoppable force comes in contact with an immovable force? Zod… Kal-el think about it.

  • kor viray

    ‘Man Of Steel’ is definitely my movie of the summer. This CBM is full of insane and intense action scenes that it can makes others action sequences look a little underwhelming. That said, this movie may have been lacking a little in emotion. This film is well thought out, well acted and top that with incredible action, amazing CGI and great cinematography and score. I find this adaptation to be on par with the original Superman: The Movie and this is without a doubt Zack Snyder’s best film to date, this is the Superman film I’ve been waiting for my whole life and I give this a perfect 5/5.

  • kor viray

    ‘Man Of Steel’ is definitely my movie of the summer. This CBM is full of insane and intense action scenes that it can makes others action sequences look a little underwhelming. That said, this movie may have been lacking a little in emotion. This film is well thought out, well acted and top that with incredible action, amazing CGI and great cinematography and score. I find this adaptation to be on par with the original Superman: The Movie and this is without a doubt Zack Snyder’s best film to date, this is the Superman film I’ve been waiting for my whole life and I give this a perfect 5/5.

  • kor viray

    ‘Man Of Steel’ is definitely my movie of the summer. This CBM is full of insane and intense action scenes that it can makes others action sequences look a little underwhelming. That said, this movie may have been lacking a little in emotion. This film is well thought out, well acted and top that with incredible action, amazing CGI and great cinematography and score. I find this adaptation to be on par with the original Superman: The Movie and this is without a doubt Zack Snyder’s best film to date, this is the Superman film I’ve been waiting for my whole life and I give this a perfect 5/5.

  • peter

    BEST SUPERMAN MOVIE OF ALL TIME

    • high55ive

      Let me guess. You are 19 years old living with your mom.

  • peter

    BEST SUPERMAN MOVIE OF ALL TIME

  • Scott550

    Too dark visually, drab, immature, and boring. No sense of humor. Looks like every other boring fx kids movie. It’s a motion picture…but it ain’t superman. Dinner did it FAR better.

  • Max

    Thought it was pretty solid. Action was phenomenal, Henry Cavill is a good Superman, good acting all around, but it wasn’t really fun, it took itself to serious, and was a little repetitive. A Solid 7 out of 10

  • Martin Blank

    “no Superman in this movie” who the fuck is the guy in the blue and red suit flying around punching shit?Goldenballs review makes no sense,he makes no mention of set desigin,score,scenes that stood out,nothing.Its just a guy describing the plot and what he liked about the older Superman movies,which,to be fair,the Donner films have aged badly and are more of a knowing parody.That Superman Returns,that was one of biggest disappointments in cinema history,really,two hours of Superman navel gazing and doing Jesus impressions.Above all,this is a movie about an alien in a cape saving people,when did we ask for an art house film about a comic-book character?Here’s what you do;go to the cinema and enjoy yourself,don’t go looking for the answer to life’s deeper questions from a story about people who don’t exist,that’s Christianity people,and that crowd are always telling you to kneel before someone.

    • Lex Walker

      The Man of Steel Superman did a Jesus impression too, when he went after Lois’s escape pod he exited the ship in a very Jesus on the Cross kind of way. The religious overtones were just as blatant in Man of Steel. Also, if you think that, even by comparison to Man of Steel, Superman Returns is an arthouse film, I have to question if you’ve ever seen an arthouse film in your life. This is not to say Superman Returns is a great film, but to trash it while praising Man of Steel which makes most of the same mistakes save for an increase in action is pretty silly.

  • Martin Blank

    “no Superman in this movie” who the fuck is the guy in the blue and red suit flying around punching shit?Goldenballs review makes no sense,he makes no mention of set desigin,score,scenes that stood out,nothing.Its just a guy describing the plot and what he liked about the older Superman movies,which,to be fair,the Donner films have aged badly and are more of a knowing parody.That Superman Returns,that was one of biggest disappointments in cinema history,really,two hours of Superman navel gazing and doing Jesus impressions.Above all,this is a movie about an alien in a cape saving people,when did we ask for an art house film about a comic-book character?Here’s what you do;go to the cinema and enjoy yourself,don’t go looking for the answer to life’s deeper questions from a story about people who don’t exist,that’s Christianity people,and that crowd are always telling you to kneel before someone.

  • brNdon

    Although I was originally disappointed to find out that Snyder was directing, I thought that it looked promising. After watching the movie. I didn’t see Snyder there at all. It seemed more like a Nolan flick. (I’m not Nolan trolling, I’m just saying that he felt more present than Snyder did.)

    • brNdon

      P.S. Nolan’s Batverse has no place in this new DC universe, and hopefully the “Carrie” Farris easter egg is a hint that Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern has no place here either. I’d consider “Man of Steel” The New 52 of the DC movieverse (meaning a fresh start).

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  • Andrew Hegele

    SPOILERS: I couldn’t help but feel it was miscalculated in its message. I can’t champion a hero who is not only the reason behind thousands of deaths (his fault or not, if Jar-El didn’t send him to earth the Metropolis massacre wouldn’t have happened) but doesn’t display the slightest hint of guilt after the massacre, instead of searching for other survivors trapped in the tons of debris immediately after the destruction of Zod’s ship (you know, the responsible thing to do), he shares a long kiss with Louis in ground zero, covered in the ashes of Metropolis… ewww.

    Also… the drone scene… I actually think filmmakers using Superman to question American policy is an admirable and courageous thing to do, but the whole Drone message was entirely misjudged. Superman pretty much says “Surveillance Drones? No. We’re going to have to play by my rules.”

    … says the guy with X-ray vision…

    So in one corner we have a government using surveillance drones when necessary to protect its citizens. On the other hand we have a superhero who can breach privacy to an even greater degree and who does so when necessary to protect its citizens… and the audience is supposed to think option B is better because he’s a boy from Kansas? It’s not even about “trusting each other”, he literally says “we have to do things my way.” What is the message of this scene?

    • Kryptonian Knight

      The world would be a better place without your opinion? It is so foolish that it would be a waste of time to debunk it.

      • Andrew Hegele

        ? by all means, debunk.

  • JK

    A step up from his other movies, but typical Zack Snyder movie….where things happen, not everything connects and you want more. I said it a thousand times,

    he was and is the wrong director for Superman.

    • AManWithAKilt

      I have a soft spot for Snyder. He really does try to make a good movie and dare I say have loftier ambitions than most directors. Yet he keeps undercutting himself with cartoonish action. He really had quite a thoughtful superman film here for the first half of the movie and then the climax turned into Call of Duty: Superhero Edition.

  • Ivan

    so this is how people felt when “The Phantom Menace” was released….. smh, i’m very disappointed with the BS that i got. 6/10.

  • DjangoBro

    I don’t know what to think, a lot of mixed emotions.

  • Kryptonian Knight

    So the idiot critics say the movie about an alien from another planet with superpowers is too sci-fi? Really?! They say Lois was not involved even though she’s there from the beginning (After Krypton) to the end helping and not getting in the way being a twit for once. Then they say it’s too dark because he’s not cracking jokes about being a lonely alien who has to suppress powers he doesn’t even understand? Really?! Or there is too much action for a comic book movie? Really?!

    Seriously, this is the best Superman movie ever made!! Great casting, great cinematography, great story, (Best origin for sure) great action and great emotion (The tornado scene? C’mon!). People that don’t like this movie is either.

    A. Getting paid by Marvel

    B. A Hater

    C. Never read the comics

    D. Clueless

    I loved Donner’s Superman when I was a kid but that movie had so many holes that if it was released today it would be butchered to pieces it’s not even close. The only thing that would translate would be Christopher Reeves. He’s the best Clark Kent ever! But Cavill is the Superman of today! And as for character development there was enough and that’s what sequels are for. Man of Steel is not a masterpiece but it has laid a great foundation for the future of the franchise. I can’t wait for the sequel and the future of the last son of Krypton.

    • Random

      I give your review 21/2 stars out of the 3. Next time use more cgi with your verbs.

  • Don

    Super!

  • Bob

    4/5

    Loved how much of the backstory they showed. Cast was great to. My only complaint is the action at the end dragged on a little to long. I wish the action ended when sups caught amy adams and they kissed and stuff and everyone was coming out. I wish sups woulda just punched zod right into the black hole thing and thats it. Cause right were he started fighting zod is where it started to drag. Still great tho, dont get how people can really say its a bad or awful movie. Sure u can say it wasnt amazing, but to say its bad? I just dont get it.

  • THE REEL BRUCE LEEROY

    For once on this post I will hold back on exploits for the sake of………I don’t
    Know, but I point out all the haters. Some of you were going to say on the fact
    someone told you go see it you thought you would like it. Well I knew that would happen let me tell you I love it when I see comments like this LMMFAO! Now I know
    when I see this It will be a better movie than what I saw in Superman Returns! The only people who like Superman Returns are people who like movies with less action and have no intentions of seeing him in action! They want to be a Boy Scout and save the day without too much weakness! Just don’t forget the Kriptonyte that can
    Kill Him but wait he is saved by Low LANE! Yep sounds right. We have no more room
    for your gripe we want NEW! Marvel is way ahead in action and story…….So DC had no choice but to throw it all in on this one! Btw Why would you blame Collider if you
    didn’t like it didn’t YOU READ THE GOLDBERG REVIEW LMMFAO! Can’t wait for MAN OF STEEL 2 REVIEW!

  • Christina

    It was pretty much flawless. I can see how people could be annoyed by the camerawork & stylization, but it makes sense as a whole.

  • Gautam

    Snyder- Nolan- Goyer team gives us Man of Steel, and it is not Superman. It gives us Clark, a self-imposed outcast, who becomes Kal El, the man with his native planet’s future in his hand. It is the conflict between his two powers: Kryptonian strength vs human values given to him by his foster parents at play. He needs to choose between the only survivors of his planet and the people of Earth. Being a good man is not enough to let you choose between your native civilization and the one you hardly trust and this makes him Man of Steel, the silently caring but invincible & ruthless alien not yet loved by people but feared for obvious reasons. He makes a choice of killing the last person from his planet to save humans, taking a leap of faith which will in the future make him Superman, the most beloved superhero of all.
    This is the movie Superman’s origin deserved. Sequence after sequence, the scope and spectacle dazzle the audience as Henry Cavill shows that he isn’t the Superman to come back after a week to kick the guy who splashed coffee at him but he retaliates in 5 minutes and leaves no one wounded. He has strong values but inherent anger. True to the comic book hero.— Abhishek Sharma (My movie enthusiast friend)

  • Englishgent

    Best Super hero film ever made…

    • ikkf

      Besides Batman Begins ;-)

  • Lance

    I really enjoyed watching this movie, even at the long length of two and a half hours.

    Is it flawless? No. I think the movie could have used a little more action in the middle of the pic, where there is none, and could have been a little less frenetic at the end, where the action is off the charts in a way that would make Michael Bay jealous.

    But people applauded at the showing I went to. A little kid, probably about five, told his father, “I really liked that movie. It was so fun!” What more do you need from a Superman movie than that?

  • AManWithAKilt

    The movie was fine. The story was good, the actors all did a great job (if Russel Crowe is in a movie you can be reasonably confident he’s gonna sell that role). I liked the broken structure. Some of the dialogue came of as too dialogue-y, if you know what I mean, but it wasn’t too bad. My favorite thing was that all the characters (particularly the villains) had motivations. They weren’t just evil, which goes a long way in a summer blockbuster. The thing that really bugged me was that parts of the climax basically devolved into a slugfest. It got repetitive really quickly. By the time we got to the final showdown with Zod I was done.

    Special shout out to the casting team, they did an amazing job. I saw some Battlestar Galactica vets in basically two-line roles, plus Lawrence Fishbourne and Harry Lennox in fairly small roles. Casting isn’t just about the main characters (who I thought were all great), it’s also about the small roles and they nailed it. Also, Faora was most pleasing to look upon.

  • NICK НΛRT

    i thought it was pretty great. i think that most of the critics are hung up on the obvious differences in tone and style between this film and the originals, but i think that it was a good decision to go in such a different direction to distance itself from those films. it’s hard to believe there was a running joke about him not punching people before this movie came about. a lot of people think that he’s a boring character, but there was nothing ‘boring’ about the action in this film. they really brought comic book action to its full potential both in terms of looking realistic and feeling like a comic book brought to life, even more so than the avengers. sure there could have been a tad bit more levity and fun stuff throughout it but i still think that this is the best superman film thus far, and that there is a TON of potential for the next film and justice league. maybe just bring another more talented screenwriter on for rewrites next time? goyer has a great mind for story but his dialogue can be a little bit cheesy

  • Clay

    I can’t help but feel disappointed by Man of Steel. Zack Snyder, the
    director with an undeniably keen visual sense, is so uninterested in
    character development that at times even Superman seems to be in a
    constant struggle to stay relevant in his own film. The supporting
    characters? Forget about it. It’s also dispiriting that Synder is
    incapable of slowing down for ANY intimate moments that aren’t
    immediately bulldozed by a catastrophic event, whether it’s drowning
    kids in a school bus or a twister in front of the Kents. My reaction in a
    nutshell: all sound and fury with very little joy. Costner and Crowe,
    in minor roles, were the only actors able to produce any semblance of
    heart. Disappointing.

  • Cool-Mo-Dee

    Well, it’s official: I’ve now seen TWO fistfights in an IHOP.

    I finally saw an early showing this morning… granted, it’s only been like two days since it released, but in nerd culture it’s like being the last one to the party.

    I was kind of disappointed. Good popcorn fare, but I have no interest in seeing it again anytime soon. I think all of my complaints go back to the film’s one big weakness: it is too busy. They tried to give us the origin story, Supes coming to know his powers AND the Zod invasion all in one movie, and as a result we jump from scene-to-scene without any time to explore the characters or events. It felt like as soon as we were getting to something important, it was time to move on to the next scene: take for example (SPOILERS, in case you weren’t already aware), the end of the movie, where Supes snaps Zod’s neck and screams at the sky. Not a minute later, we’re watching Superman being coy and wagging his finger at the military.

    There seemed to be very little dialogue in this movie: Lois and Clark exchange very few words, but by the end of things they are passionately embracing. Probably the only person who felt fully fleshed-out was Zod, but it doesn’t hurt that Holographic Kal-El was around for most of the movie to provide exposition about Zod and Krypton’s plight. Snyder and Nolan kept talking about how this would be a more realistic take of how people would really react to Superman, but outside of the Daily Planet crew insisting this was a big deal, we really didn’t see this at all. Most of the human story was delegated to the military way off in their desert base, who aren’t exactly “man on the street” types.

    The fight in Smallville was fantastic: a brutal, lively showcase of Superman’s strength, but the final 30 or so minutes was just too grand. It was exhausting, to be honest.

    Finally, the way everybody was hemming and hawing about it being “gritty”, I was expecting. Sure, it’s darker in some elements like HR Giger’s Krypton, and the climax of the final battle between Zod and Superman it really did not feel like some sort of “dark, modern Superman” that everyone was dreading.

    I’m glad it is doing well though, I definitely want to see more DC properties hit it off, and I am hopeful that now that we have the origin story out of the way, the next Superman movie can focus on one thing.

  • Jon

    thought it was okay, but over-complicated.

  • Chachi

    Don’t get how anyone could not like this movie. Such a great ride.

  • Elisa

    I loved it. I am a huge Superman fan, I actually didn’t mind Superman Returns. But I can see why people didn’t like it. It was trying to imitate something that someone else did. Man of Steel was amazing though, I liked it much better than the Batman films. They were extremely convoluted and overly long and they always tried to pack in a million different storylines and villains into one movie. This was great – I will watch it again.

  • mattritchey

    Terrible. Almost as big a disappointment as KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.

  • tc

    I hardly ever listen to critics anyways. In my opinion IMDB is the best place to find ratings on movies, because it’s everyone’s ratings and not just the critics. 8.3 on IMDB means its a fantastic movie, and will definitely be paying to see this on the big screen.

  • Dylan D

    i loved it….then again i havent seen it yet hahaha! I cant wait to go, im so in the dark now, i expected it to be amazing, but now im really curious if it will deliver

  • Drew

    The first half jumps around a bit too much chronologically, but once it hits its stride about mid way through, its one heck of a movie. At times it does seem too serious and the movie doesn’t really let itself cut loose and have some fun, but the way it ends certainly gives hope for a really great and fun superman movie a few years from now. Honestly, this feels like the obligatory movie before the movie Snyder, Nolan and the fans want, a la Batman Begins before the Dark Knight.

  • poppincherry

    I bet the 100 million the studios have shelled out so far has made its way to Collider.com
    The movie is a 175 million dollars worth of CG porn.

  • Richard Keehn

    It was Sucker Punch with a cape. Loud, bloated, and manipulative. A glorified video game. Too much of everything but a heart.

  • ikkf

    There’s lots to like. They solved the why-doesn’t-Lois-Lane-see-Clark-Kent-as-Superman thing well, and this is clearly a setup for some great sequels. It’s basically Superman Begins. The pacing was a bit awkward after the first act, and it wasn’t epic like the Donner one, but it’s still an emotionally charged and well done movie.

    Bravo, Snyder. Looking forward to #2.

  • chris

    How does Robert Downey 3 get a better review than MoS ? Best supes movie ever made

    • Lex Walker

      Maybe that means the bar for the best Superman movie is depressingly low?

  • Shawn Pardu Hays

    ANY ladies with big titties,,,be warned,,,the action is so epic you will experience fierce jiggles and boobies to the face many times if you dont got them tightly secured

  • Sweet Pea

    Overall I came away pretty disappointed and bored, dunno if it was cause I’ve been so looking forward to this movie for so long that I overcooked it… But I just felt it was too long, too slow and way too serious. I didn’t appreciate that Superman, f*cking Superman, let his own dad die in a tornado so that about 20 people huddled under a bridge wouldn’t see anything there minds couldn’t handle… I also didn’t understand how him and Lois had fallen in love and had such a deep connection, there didn’t seem any real bond building moments of that level, maybe it was more a lust thing so fair play Superman has his needs to. I was gutted cause I loved the Batman trilogy (more the first two), and am a big fan of DC comics so was hoping we could have a nice alternative to the Marvel universe starting. But for me, DC/Warner have got it wrong with this like they did with Green Lantern… Don’t bash me, this is NOWHERE near as bad as GL was, but I just feel its another waster opportunity. Saying all that though, if they do move forward quickly with a sequel I will be really interested to see how they move this story and world along, now that they’ve set up the Clark Kent in Metropolis at the Daily Planet base.

  • Sweet Pea

    Overall I came away pretty disappointed and bored, dunno if it was cause I’ve been so looking forward to this movie for so long that I overcooked it… But I just felt it was too long, too slow and way too serious. I didn’t appreciate that Superman, f*cking Superman, let his own dad die in a tornado so that about 20 people huddled under a bridge wouldn’t see anything there minds couldn’t handle… I also didn’t understand how him and Lois had fallen in love and had such a deep connection, there didn’t seem any real bond building moments of that level, maybe it was more a lust thing so fair play Superman has his needs to. I was gutted cause I loved the Batman trilogy (more the first two), and am a big fan of DC comics so was hoping we could have a nice alternative to the Marvel universe starting. But for me, DC/Warner have got it wrong with this like they did with Green Lantern… Don’t bash me, this is NOWHERE near as bad as GL was, but I just feel its another waster opportunity. Saying all that though, if they do move forward quickly with a sequel I will be really interested to see how they move this story and world along, now that they’ve set up the Clark Kent in Metropolis at the Daily Planet base.

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