Man of Steel - Review

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Superman leaps far but fails to reach the heights.

Directed by Scott Snyder (Watchmen, 300) and screenplay from David S.Goyer (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Dark Knight Rises).



The wait is finally over and we have the first step in the DC strategy of bringing their connected comic universe to the big screen. But is it a stride or a stumble?

Please be warned that I will do my best to avoid spoilers where possible.

Sadly, it seems as though the first step is a stumble. The film itself starts off on a bright note with a further look into the planet Krypton. Lavish designs fill the screen and an expanded look into the society and culture is fed to us while an uprising takes place by General Zod (Michael Shannon). A man who clearly isn’t happy with the way the race is run by the elders in charge, something quite similar to Sinestro and the Guardians in Green Lantern. 

Single handily trying to stop Zod from creating more followers and in the meantime, trying to save his newborn son from the carnage and eventual destruction of the soon-to-explode planet, is Jor-El (Russel Crowe). 

After various exchanges and some far out scenes, the baby is blasted off to Earth and it is from here that we jump forward 33 years to a Superman moving from job and place, trying to find his purpose and from here is where the film takes a turn for the worse. 

Now I’m not going to expand on the story from there on but reflect on my feelings of the film as a whole. 

Overall, this is a watered down movie. I say this as with the story elements in place, it felt as though scenes were cut short or dialogue was missing to really connect things and it only left me with more questions of logic from the characters actions and elements of the film which didn’t make any sense. And talking of action, this film has a lot, but I cannot help but feel as though too much. The action was relentless, possibly too fast paced, longer than required and I never got the sense that anyone was actually hurt (apart from civilians). I got the same feeling when watching Transformers that it was more for spectacle than any real thought into the execution. 

If minutes had been cut from these scenes and extra dialogue was in place, then we could have had more fleshed out characters and it would have given more weight to the significant and pivotal moments during the film.

As such, I got the impression that it was a rushed film and that they just wanted to get to the fight scenes as quick as possible. Such a shame, considering the rich expansion at the start of the film which felt as though it was dropped to the wayside as soon as he learned to fly. 

Sometimes less is more and that is the real lesson that needs to be taken away from this if Synder and co. really want to steer this away from becoming an empty and emotionless franchise, such as the Transformers films. That said, with the amount of destruction and death within the film, I can’t help but feel that they have made the second film a harder task. Where do you go from here? More destruction?

Acting-wise, the cast done as required and nothing more. Henry Cavill in the role of Superman was much easier than the task given to Christopher Reeve, as he never had to play the bumbling nerd version of Clark Kent. Hopefully he will be given more room to flex his acting chops next time around. The standouts though, were Russell Crowe giving a fine performance as Supermans father, Jor-El, and Michael Shannon, who seemed to enjoy the role of the panto-esque villain Zod.

All in all, a missed opportunity. This will certainly go on to make the money, but will it be considered nothing more than another mindless blockbuster to the masses? Only time will tell. 



Rating 3/5

I’ll ask the questions that come to mind and outline scenes of the film that I believe fell short in another article and hopefully people can help me with them just incase I missed anything.


Free Superhero Philosophy book on the Amazon Kindle Store

While I was browsing the Kindle store, I found this little book which is a good introduction to philosophy presented in the world of Marvel & DC superheroes.
Also it’s free! Click here for the link and check it out.

Free Superhero Philosophy book on the Amazon Kindle Store

While I was browsing the Kindle store, I found this little book which is a good introduction to philosophy presented in the world of Marvel & DC superheroes.

Also it’s free! Click here for the link and check it out.


Superheroes…of the sea?

We certainly hope so! DC and Marvel superheroes as manatees, what’s not to love about that. Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Spiderman and Batman - the infamous sea cows. We can only speculate as to whether they team up to guard the oceans together, or merely co-exist as true manatees do!

These wonderful works were created by Joel Micah Harris and the attention to detail is quite remarkable, as is the rich and mysterious oceans in which they dwell. 

Have a look at Joel’s gallery here  


Mondo Dark Knight Rises Poster
Check out the awesome concept poster above from the uber creative mind of Olly Moss.

Mondo Dark Knight Rises Poster

Check out the awesome concept poster above from the uber creative mind of Olly Moss.


Geoff Johns Newest Graphic Novel - Batman: Earth One
First of a new and upcoming series, Geoff Johns latest offering, Batman: Earth One, is finally available for pre-order. 
A fresh approach to the Batman origin story but based in the Earth One universe. This book explores the Dark Knight’s dedication to justice in a corrupt city, and personal demons, which threaten to drive Bruce to seek vengeance. The focus is interestingly on the man behind the hero, flaws and all. With John’s re-addressing the beginnings of Batman and more importantly, Bruce Wayne. The novel is already picking up rave reviews from critics around the web and is being regarded the best Batman origin story since Frank Millars Year One.
Batman: Earth One is and released July 10th and is available to pre-order now via our online store 

Geoff Johns Newest Graphic Novel - Batman: Earth One

First of a new and upcoming series, Geoff Johns latest offering, Batman: Earth One, is finally available for pre-order. 

A fresh approach to the Batman origin story but based in the Earth One universe. This book explores the Dark Knight’s dedication to justice in a corrupt city, and personal demons, which threaten to drive Bruce to seek vengeance. The focus is interestingly on the man behind the hero, flaws and all. With John’s re-addressing the beginnings of Batman and more importantly, Bruce Wayne. The novel is already picking up rave reviews from critics around the web and is being regarded the best Batman origin story since Frank Millars Year One.

Batman: Earth One is and released July 10th and is available to pre-order now via our online store 


DC Comics Reveal The Return Of The Joker
DC recently announced that the Joker will return in Octobers ‘Death in the Family’ arc. Thankfully it will be handled by the fantastic team of Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion.
Synder had this to say from the DC blog:
”Joker is my favorite villain of all time. Not just in comics. In everything - film, books, TV. He’s the greatest, hands down. So this story is something extremely important and personal to me - something I’ve been building in my head ever since I started working in Gotham. Basically, this is my big exploration of the Joker, my ARKHAM ASYLUM or THE KILLING JOKE, only bigger in scope. Bottom line: it’s the biggest, baddest, most shocking Joker story I could tell. This is Joker completely unleashed. He has been away for a full year planning this revenge, watching, plotting, setting things up. And now he’s back. He has his traps set, his knives sharpened… And wait ‘til you see him. Greg’s sketches literally gave me chills. Point blank: This is Joker like you’ve never seen him before. He has a mission. He has a secret. And he has a serious axe to grind with Batman. It isn’t going to be pretty, but it’s going to be a wild ride. Thanks for taking it with us.”

Definitely one to look forward to if the above statement is anything to go by!
The Joker makes his return on October 10 in Batman #13.

DC Comics Reveal The Return Of The Joker

DC recently announced that the Joker will return in Octobers ‘Death in the Family’ arc. Thankfully it will be handled by the fantastic team of Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion.

Synder had this to say from the DC blog:

”Joker is my favorite villain of all time. Not just in comics. In everything - film, books, TV. He’s the greatest, hands down. So this story is something extremely important and personal to me - something I’ve been building in my head ever since I started working in Gotham. Basically, this is my big exploration of the Joker, my ARKHAM ASYLUM or THE KILLING JOKE, only bigger in scope. Bottom line: it’s the biggest, baddest, most shocking Joker story I could tell. This is Joker completely unleashed. He has been away for a full year planning this revenge, watching, plotting, setting things up. And now he’s back. He has his traps set, his knives sharpened… And wait ‘til you see him. Greg’s sketches literally gave me chills. Point blank: This is Joker like you’ve never seen him before. He has a mission. He has a secret. And he has a serious axe to grind with Batman. It isn’t going to be pretty, but it’s going to be a wild ride. Thanks for taking it with us.”


Definitely one to look forward to if the above statement is anything to go by!

The Joker makes his return on October 10 in Batman #13.


Justice Friends Vs. Avengers
Remember the Justice Friends? Dexter’s Laboratory fans might (as Cartoon Network fans we sure do). Here’s the whole gang! The main characters: Major Glory, The Infraggable Krunk, and Vanhallen along with Action Hulk, Agent Honeydew, Falcor the Woodsman and Dexter himself, in a contraption he created earlier. The friends are a parody of the DC Comics Justice League and Marvel’s Avengers.
The Justice Friends often appeared (that’s right folks, Dexter’s Laboratory is no more) in the Dial M for Monkey segment, dedicated to Dexter’s super powered pet monkey, named…Monkey. The friends also featured in a Powerpuff Girls episode. 

Justice Friends Vs. Avengers

Remember the Justice Friends? Dexter’s Laboratory fans might (as Cartoon Network fans we sure do). Here’s the whole gang! The main characters: Major Glory, The Infraggable Krunk, and Vanhallen along with Action Hulk, Agent Honeydew, Falcor the Woodsman and Dexter himself, in a contraption he created earlier. The friends are a parody of the DC Comics Justice League and Marvel’s Avengers.

The Justice Friends often appeared (that’s right folks, Dexter’s Laboratory is no more) in the Dial M for Monkey segment, dedicated to Dexter’s super powered pet monkey, named…Monkey. The friends also featured in a Powerpuff Girls episode. 


Writer Hired For Justice League Movie?
According to various reports, Will Beall (TV series Castle, Lethal Weapon 5) has been signed up to write for the new film with no further news on a possible release date or any news on the solo films of the other team members such as Flash or Wonder Woman.
Seeing as Marvels The Avengers is now the 3rd highest grossing film of all time, I can imagine that Warner Bros and DC have looked to fast track any JLA related projects.
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Writer Hired For Justice League Movie?

According to various reports, Will Beall (TV series Castle, Lethal Weapon 5) has been signed up to write for the new film with no further news on a possible release date or any news on the solo films of the other team members such as Flash or Wonder Woman.

Seeing as Marvels The Avengers is now the 3rd highest grossing film of all time, I can imagine that Warner Bros and DC have looked to fast track any JLA related projects.

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