Man of Steel

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Despite lavish sets, big budget fight scenes and an all star cast, director Zack Snyder fails to hit the right note with his audience. 

You can tell that director/producer Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins) has had some influence on this film, instead of a fully formed Superman, all capes and red pants over his suit, we are given a much darker story of the much beloved Superhero.

The idea, in theory, should work, but, the plotline, the story, is lost amongst a sea of lavish (and long) fight scenes, Snyder has too many flashbacks inserted at the wrong moments, the wrong memories are shown at the most climactic part of the film.

It is because of this weakness in the script, (the screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, who penned, funnily enough, Batman Begins) that we lose the characters. Amy Adams’ Pulitzer Prize Winning Lois Lane is barely in it and has little chance to shine.

Henry Cavill is perhaps the films only saving grace, with his charming good looks, (I’d like to add that he is British born), his emotional range and physical presence gives the film some of the heart that is so loses with the over long fight sequences.

Man of Steel has been a commercial success and has soared at the international box office, reaching a massive $89 million so far.

And with a follow up film in the works, it appears as if Superman will be flying on our screens once more.

Naomi Jeffreys, The Rabbit and Reel

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Man of Steel – Official Trailer 3

The newest trailer for the highly anticipated ‘Man of Steel’, this trailer shows a little more of Clark Kent’s journey, his parents (played by Russell Crowe) and Amy Adams as Lois Lane makes a brief appearence near the end of the trailer.

One of the most anticipated films of the Summer.

It is out in cinemas on June 14th.

Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor

Man of Steel Preview

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Everyone’s favourite red caped superhero flies back onto our screens in June with the Zack Snyder directed ‘Man of Steel’. The franchise has been dormant ever since the 2006 film, ‘Superman Returns’, a film that left many disappointed. However, with Snyder in the director’s chair and Christopher Nolan, the director of the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy attached as producer, this film has the potential to be a storming success.

The trailers we have seen so far offer a fascinating look into the direction that Snyder has taken on the franchise, as he appears to have humanised Superman. He is not the invincible and unstoppable force that we have come to see from so many Superman films of the past.

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Instead, Snyder has a darker perspective on the film, as Superman struggles to adapt to life on his new home, Earth. There are some superb moments in the trailer as we see the iconic red cape, the destruction of a city, and finally Superman together with his love interest Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams. We also have glimpses of Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Superman’s father, and of Michael Shannon as General Zod, the villain All in all, this trailer is very exciting.

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From what we have seen from the trailers, the film certainly seems to offer a new and promising direction for the Superman franchise. Snyder’s films of the past include the visually magnificent ‘Watchmen’ and ‘300’. With Nolan producing, and Snyder directing, this film has got what it takes to be the best Superhero film of 2013 and could be the first part of a ‘Justice League’ film, which is currently in development. 

Martin Richmond