“MAN OF STEEL” from Warner Brothers, Legendary Pictures, Syncopy Films and DC Entertainment. Opening June 14, 2013. Starring HENRY CAVILL (Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman), AMY ADAMS (Lois Lane), MICHAEL SHANNON (General Zod), KEVIN COSTNER (Jonathan Kent), DIANE LANE (Martha Kent), LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Perry White), RUSSELL CROWE (Jor-El). Directed by Zack Snyder (“300”, “Watchmen”, “Sucker Punch”). Produced and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Batman Trilogy”, “Inception”, “Memento”). Music by Han Zimmer (“The Dark Knight”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “Inception”, “The Lion King”, “The Bible” (television mini-series)).
Here we go again. The legend of Superman is being remade…or rebooted…or retold…whatever…for the ump-tenth time. One would’ve thought that Bryan Singer had been the Kryptonite that had finally killed Superman in the horrible “Superman Returns” back in 2006. But no. He’s being rejuvenated yet again, this time by the man who did the same for Batman–Mr. Christopher Nolan. As a producer and co-writer for sure but you can bet your red “S” he’s way more involved in this production than that.
The directorial duties fall on the shoulders of Zack Snyder who has directed “300” and will sequel that for next year. He also directed the high-action “Sucker Punch” which did so-so business but is still a good film. Snyder has the vision and talent for this project but this series has had some severe downs to counteract any successes.
The character of Superman originated in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938 (as a hero). His home planet of Krypton exploded immediately following him being jettisoned into space by his father Jor-El. He landed on Earth where he now had super-powers and was raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent in Kansas. He moved to Metropolis and became a reporter for the Daily Planet, using that guise to be able to travel anywhere there would be a need for his alter-ego–Superman–to intervene on behalf of truth, justice and the American way.
It is that core story which will provide the basis for this film, focusing on his sense of alienation due to his super-powers and the feeling of isolation brought on by not being like other boys. It’s a good way to turn this into a character study which, if done right, could lay the groundwork for at least one more film.
Kent/Superman will be portrayed by a British actor (Cavill) for the first time. Cavill was up for the role in 2006 but lost out to Brandon Routh. Too bad. Routh was just not believable as Superman. His portrayal lacked emotion, depth, interesting mannerisms, charm, wit, personality and humor. Perhaps Cavill can capture some of that like Christopher Reeves did in the first two of his four attempts at the role.
All of this having been said, this is still a superhero whose disguise is a pair of glasses. In this day of computers, high-tech wizardry and all, it’s interesting that such a simple device can fool millions. He can fly and he’s impervious to everything but Kryptonite, for Heaven’s sake. Talk about a guy who should have no trouble being alone. Oh, well. We’ll find out what happens come June 14.