|Superman - 1978|
|Henry Cavill in Man of Steel|
Most of this iteration is about Superman trying to come to terms with his specialness, which is mostly sad and at times heartbreaking. This is a common theme among superheroes and although it's important to address it, I don't think anyone wants to see a 2 hour multi-million dollar movie about just that. It's simply a bummer. I think that in these uncertain times, we need a little magic. I want to be inspired by superheroes, not worried about them.
I've seen all the Chris Reeve Superman movies, the Michael Keaton Batmans and the Tobey Maguire Spider-Mans and enjoyed them all. I saw Batman Begins with Christian Bale and enjoyed it but the much lauded The Dark Knight was way too dark for me. Unfortunately, I think that Christopher Nolan (also a producer of Man of Steel) has started a "dark" phenomenon that is getting darker. Despite popular opinion, I am a superhero movie fan and I feel sad that maybe I can't go to see them anymore. I was pulling for Man of Steel to be good. I went to see it with an open mind on opening day and truly wanted it to be good and even, since it's almost 2.5 hours - get better. But it didn't. I never cheered for our hero or wanted Kal-El and Lois Lane to live happily ever after because Henry Cavill didn't do anything make me and he and Amy Adams have zero chemistry. The film has a great cast btw, with the exception of Amy Adams. Lois Lane - I think not. Honorable mention goes to Russell Crowe and Michael Shannon. The script is far from great but these two actors are.