10 Things About Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel: The Good, The Better, and The Debated

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Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” is a divisive movie among fans. Much like Christopher Nolan’s swan song for “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” it has caused quite a stir, either loved or hated, with few who are in the middle. I am personally of the mind it was a great modernization of the character and his mythos, much the way both “Batman Begins” and “Amazing Spider-Man” took the stories we know and added some reality and humanization to them. Say what you want about the film, though, it was a complete success for WB/DC/Legendary, and has set a fire under DC that has them scrambling to capture some of that shared universal goodness Marvel has been riding for almost a decade now.

What I am giving here is my personal opinion on what was well done, and the much debated destruction of Metropolis and the killing of Zod.

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Author: Dedpool

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  • ErickKwon

    I totally missed “KCCB” so I had to go see for myself

  • Hulk’s Jazz Club

    Great article. I really enjoyed Man of Steel. It does have flaws, but all movies have flaws. I acknowledge that the film is not perfect, but overall this is a good superhero and Superman movie. One thing I have noticed is that my family and friends that enjoyed it are generally positive/optimistic persons who see the glass half full and see the good in things. Whereas, the people I meet who hate this movie generally have a negative outlook on things and constantly criticize everything. So at this point, it is predictable on who will either enjoy or hate something.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Very true. Very true indeed.

  • Val

    The movie was the best adaptation of Superman but what bothers me is that he was so affected in the way he killed Zod but think of how many people they killed in their battle? There are probably hundreds of people that was killed by Superman and Zod in the fight. It was like watching Son Goku and Vegeta fight, how is Batman gonna fit in? Just a finger can kill Bats.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      The destruction and collateral damage affected him too. I think the scream at Zod’s death was more about everything that happened, not just having to kill Zod.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    It warms my hear to see that my little list has sparked debate again, and better still it hasn’t devolved into hurling insults because people’s opinions differ. Keep it up people. I shall be responding soon!!

    • Hulk’s Jazz Club

      Yes, your list is great. I’m glad you wrote it. Also, I’m happy because, though some may or may not have liked the film, at the end of the day it has people actually respecting Superman again. There are actually at least ‘some’ Superman-haters who liked “Man of Steel” and who now have changed their negative view of him. So, even though the story and non-linear storytelling are debatable, at least Snyder and Goyer have done a good job in modernizing Supes and getting people to have some respect for the character again.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Thank you, and well said sir! Well said indeed. SUperman will always be seen as the big blue boyscout, but now it’s not as much of a joke. Modernizing Superman is akin to trying to modernize a fairytale. Everyone has their memories of what came before and to change that is blasphemy to most people. Me on the other hand, I’m a former English major, and comic fanatic. Modernizations happen all the time in literature and comics. So I’m used to it.

  • dman500

    i enjoyed the movie a lot…especially, the ending when he is forced to make an impossible decision. it was a jarring and shocking moment for me. of course there are flaws that we could nit pick at, but i challenge any naysayers to do better. i feel this movie did an excellent job of bringing some realism and relatibility to the ridiculous story of a super powered alien raised in kansas.

    good work pool!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Thank you Dman! Your words echo my sentiments exactly. Superman as much as he is a loved chracter is very ridiculous. His power set alone means everything challenge you give him has to be somewhat over the top and insanely powerful or dangerous.The stakes are always going to be high, but it’s Superman so it’s hard to feel any sense of tension. This movie did a great job with that in my opinion. Grounded it enough to make the character relatable like you said, but still gave us the fantastical elements in a way that works for this modern world.

      • dman500

        Hey Pool. i saw an episode of Justice League Unlimited this weekend (saturday morning cartoons still rule) that reminded me of this post. In it the Superman is doing battle with Darkseid and he makes an interesting statement. He said that he feels like he lives in a world made of cardboard. What an awesome and terrible burden that must be. Snyder did an excellent job of helping us to feel a part of that burden, where every super powered action could have potentially deadly repercussions.

        I’m sure you have already seen it, but here is a clip of it from you tube.

        Keep up the good work. i enjoy reading your work.


        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          That was always one of my favorite episodes/speeches! I can quote that word for word!!! The fight from the episode is exactly what i’m talking about though. Massive amounts of destruction, butbecause we don’t SEE people in the buidlings or running from them it’s all good. I mean they’re all just standing around watching and nothing comes of it. And, Yeah I agree Snyder did a great job illustrating that.

  • Invader Dim

    I liked this movie a lot and only had two big issues with it.

    1. I doubt Lois has ever been to space and I doubt Lois has ever met an alien before. But she does both things without batting an eye lash. Ok, I get it, superman is not a grey, he looks human and all that good stuff, so I can see her being a bit more cool, calm and collected due to that, but that mentality is not explained in the movie at all. I just assume she has PTSD and can deal with traumatic experiences.

    When she does head to space she’s a natural at killing aliens with alien weaponry. How? That part of the movie seemed lazy to me.

    2. The size of the battle was too big, way too big. What remains? If all of metropolis was destroyed in a single battle, then Batman VS Super ala Wonder Woman should be what? 2 cities? What happens if they make a superman vs doomsday movie? Does Metropolis get destroyed again? I agree that the battle was awesome, but killing thousands of innocents is too much. Right, superman couldn’t have asked Zod to move the battle to somewhere more secure, I get that, but he didn’t have to throw zod through a train killing everyone in the yard, see what I mean? I believe that superman could have done stuff to minimize collateral damage but he didn’t.

    Other than that, the movie was a solid 6.5/10 for me. That lois bit REALLY ruined it for me. Lois: “Oh hey! I’m in space! Rad! Oh hey! Alien gun? No problem! Oh hey! Kryptonians? KILL THEM! YAAAARGH!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      It wasn’t all destroyed. if you watch the film at the end right before the Superman Zod finale there is a whole lot of the city that isn’t touched. And the buidling s the two of them destroyed are like on the other side of the city. it’s the equivalent of them destroying the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Still a lot of the city left.
      As for the Lois part, she’s an airforce brat. Lois has seen and been around a lot. so her taking a trip into space shouldn’t bother ESPECIALLY after meeting Superman. And A gun is a gun man. Point and pull the trigger. She was also warned where an when they were coming by Jor-El so that wasn’t too hard.
      As for the Smallville fight, yeah he snapped. But hey I would too if someone was threatening my mother.

  • delta matrix

    Nice write up. I love this move. I can’t wait for the second.

  • fevasu

    I might understand some criticism for TDKR, It was just EPIC, some people weren’t prepared for it, said they didn’t want that. I think parts of TDKR were the summit of TDK trilogy.
    Now MOS, is original movie, not a sequel about a flying alien and american values, what now it has to be 100% scientifically and politically correct? or metrosexual shit like Superman Returns?

    MOS was an entertaining and thoughtful film. best comic-book movie of 2013