Captain America ruined Superman for me

So I started this right after Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out earlier this month then got busy with a real-world thing and didn’t finish it. But now it is finished and even though the movie is three weeks old, fuck it, I still want to talk about this.

After I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I started having the sneaking suspicion that I needed to re-watch Man of Steel. I hadn’t seen Man of Steel since it was in theaters last summer, but when I saw it I liked it way more than expected. I had some issues with it, but I was just so relieved that it wasn’t a disaster and that they managed to put together a Superman movie that worked more than it didn’t. It has some problems—it’s definitely too long, there are some gaping logic flaws, particularly Lois Lane lacking proper motivation at times, and that ending is too. damn. much—but overall, I still liked it.

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Man of Steel brings Superman back from the dead

ETA: I still like this movie better than most but I’m retro-actively down-grading it. At first pass it works but upon revisiting it, it just doesn’t hold up. Henry Cavill as Clark/Superman is still spot-on casting and I still like the decisions made re: Jonathan Kent and Slightly Ambivalent Superman, but I think Zack Snyder & Co. compromised Superman’s innate hopefulness too much. Also, the length of the movie and the incoherent disaster porn of the third act render it virtually un-re-watchable. But mostly what killed this one for me is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a movie which managed to make an innately moral and good superhero interesting and complex without compromising his inherent charcteristics.

There will be SPOILERS.

man_of_steel_posterI’ve never been a huge fan of Superman, thinking him boring (for many of the same reasons I find Captain America boring), but Man of Steel changed my mind. But it was a calculated risk as the things I enjoyed about a twenty-first century Superman are the things that have the Superman fanboys (and girls) unhappy with producer Christopher Nolan’s take on Clark Kent. We’ll get to that in a minute. First let’s talk about Zack Snyder’s partial redemption as a director. Continue reading “Man of Steel brings Superman back from the dead”

Let’s gush about Clark Kent and Lois Lane

Man-of-Steel-posterWe’re going to have a more in-depth conversation about this movie after it comes out because all of my favorite parts, everything that made Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel super fun and engaging, are spoiler-laden liberties taken with the Superman mythology. So we’ll come back to the final scene and the narrative structure and really canny way producer Christopher Nolan and screenwriter David Goyer (a veteran Nolan collaborator) solve the “problem” of an indestructible superhero that will always, without fail, do the moral and right thing. You wouldn’t think it, because Superman never has been before, but in the hands of Goyer and Snyder and under Nolan’s watchful eye, Clark Kent is actually conflicted. His path is not as straight and narrow as you expect and you buy every second of it. Continue reading “Let’s gush about Clark Kent and Lois Lane”