Every time a new Superman movie comes out – admittedly, not very often – I get very excited.
I worship Superman. I was super-psyched for Superman Returns. Superman Returns is not good. Too somber, too beholden to the Donner flicks, too much Superboy.
Too much boring.
Hopefully this new one won’t be. Let’s take a look at the new trailer.
Man of Steel looks like it may be a tad too married to the Christopher Nolan/Dark Knight playbook, featuring a brooding, tormented superhero. I have no problem an exploration of Superman’s psyche; there is plenty to explore. People that say the character is boring are boring people.
That said, a Superman movie should be bright and exciting. Superman can have some growing pains – and it’s obvious here that he will – but not for long. Not once he becomes Superman. Because Superman is not tormented. Superman is a true believer, and he is steadfast.
And a Superman movie should be bright and exciting, as opposed to muted and muffled, like Bryan Singer’s film. Unfortunately, this movie does not look bright.
But it doesn’t look boring either:
I like the idea of young Clark needing to choose between going good or breaking bad – the trailer is heavy on his virtuous human parents, but the role his Kryptonian father (bad-boy Russell Crowe) plays in that choice is yet to be seen – and the prospect of the public being leery of a super-powered alien makes sense, and isn’t something we’ve seen onscreen before. Love that at some point he turns himself in to the authorities; it goes a long way towards showcasing his character. So it seems there are some provocative ideas at play here.
That said, I’m not sure going Batman Begins is the right thing to do. By the second half of the movie, I hope Superman has gotten past his doubt and has emerged as the archetypal force for good he’s always been. Either way, I’ll be there to find out.
What do you think?