No, this isn’t going to be a thing that I will do often, but I just wanted to give my two cents on the film since I have a lot to talk about. First off, to give it a short summary is was a okay film. It had a lot of good elements but nothing brought to their full potential and most of them wasted. Visually it was stunning, and the fights and effects look gorgeous. And all of the actors did a good job with their roles, especially our leads and our main villain. But this film has many flaws. It feels like there is too much going on, and often times feels cluttered and confused. It also has a very grim atmosphere, which to me isn’t Superman. Yes, I know this isn’t supposed to be like most Superman movies, but the tone, the look, and the acting makes the film feel dark and depressing for a character that is supposed to be fun and the ultimate form of wish fulfillment. And while the villain is good, Zod seems like far too big a bad guy to put right at the start of reinventing Superman, since one of his key points is that he is the last son of Krypton and that there is nobody else like him out there.
In fact an idea of what they could have done is instead made three stories to build the Superman universe. First would be a film on the fall of Krypton, building the culture, the tragedy, the motivations of Jor-El and of Zod, and building other elements like maybe future villains like Brainiac or Doomsday (yes, comic book continuity says they don’t exist on Krypton, but that could change). The second film would be Superman finding his place as a hero, coming to terms with his responsibility and deciding what he can and can’t do. Here he could fight somebody like Metallo or Toyman, a human villain who Superman has to face in order for him to see the worst of humanity and also see just how easy it is to start abusing your power.Finally you can have the third film, with the arrival of Zod and him having to come to terms with the legacy of his people and finally chose which side he needs to chose to fight for, as well as showing that he has to give up being with his own people in order to be Earth’s protector.
Besides that, I want to say that this film didn’t feel bad, just felt like it had potential that it just couldn’t carry through. In fact that brings up a point that I do want to discuss about this films ending. SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT MY FRIENDS, LEAVE NOW IF YOU WANT TO BE SURPRISED AT THE END! Alright, throughout the movie there was a minor theme of “the greater good.” Jor-El’s plan to send Kal-El to Earth was to help his son, but he had to stay for the greater good, since he is a product of Krypton’s culture, which he felt had rotted by this point and was destroying itself, and if he went with him then his son would grow up Kryptonian with morals similar to the ones that got their planet destroyed. Zod other throwing the government of Krypton was for the greater good, putting somebody in charge who would be able to save their planet. Clark Kent’s dad allowed himself to die by twister in order for his son to keep his identity safe. The generals decide to hand Superman to Zod in for the greater good of Earth. And in the end, Superman had to kill Zod, for the greater good of every Earthling, since if Zod continued to live, he would not stop destroying lives. This motif could have been a very interesting one to examine and talk about, but it is wasted and it feels like it could have been a huge part of the movie when it was reduced to a minor idea. If this point had been hammered into us if the words had been spoken out loud many times, this would have been an epic part of the film, but it was misused and is now just a good idea that wasn’t able to work under the script it was given.
So again, okay, had the potential to be better, I would rent it when it comes out to avoid spending 20 bucks on popcorn. Thanks for reading.