Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! … Yes, Superman … strange visitor from another planet, who came to Earth with powers and abilities … metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way!
Hot on the heels of their Dark Knight trilogy, screenwriter David S. Goyer and director Christopher Nolan grandfathered production that Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) later took over. The movie is a straight reboot rather than connecting to the previous films as Superman Returns had.
With Batman firmly established in film once more, anticipation is high for Superman to take up that mantle and run with it. After the lackluster Green Lantern film, Warner Bros. is banking their credibility on a new superhero franchise to save their reputation.
The character is fantastic but mishandled can come off as altruistic or even worse… boring. The radio dramas and long-running TV series that followed showed audiences that Superman is an excellent adventure her, exhibiting the best virtues that humanity has to offer and standing between injustice and innocence.
Superman is the superhero’s superhero, and Richard Donner’s 1978 motion picture was the first of its kind to show Hollywood that a serious film could be made out of a comic book character. Since then, Superman’s reputation has wavered.
Past Superman II, Superman movies have been disappointing. The reboot starring Henry Cavill as Superman, promises to change that trend by connecting the character to real world consequences, offering up an answer to what any of us would do with Superman’s immense power. Michael Shannon will co-star as General Zod, the memorable villain previously played by Terrance Stamp.
Snyder’s film (with the assistance of Chris Nolan) should turn that situation around and firmly establish Superman for a new generation.
Man of Steel has a June, 2013 release date.
Next Summer will also feature Iron Man 3, Star Trek 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Wolverine and Thor: The Dark World.