Man of Steel living in dark world

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From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,”TM starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Kal-El under the direction of Zack Snyder.

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master”), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).

“Man of Steel” is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.

Zack Snyder’s behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Amir Mokri, production designer Alex McDowell, editor David Brenner, and multiple Academy Award®-winning costume designer James Acheson (“Restoration”) and costume designer Michael Wilkinson. The music is by Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”).

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Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, “Man of Steel.” The film will be released in 2D and 3D in select theaters and IMAX®, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Man of Steel REVIEW

It’s really hard to make a good Superman movie. The bar is high,well-established and proven timelessly definitive in a way no other Superman film has been able to touch.

But the biggest problem with tackling such an iconic character,especially when he’s been around for almost a century in countless iterations is that you will never ever be able to capture everything that makes him resonate with your audience, because my definitive Superman is not necessarily your definitive Superman. Still, there are consistent threads that have defined the character throughout that time, things Superman represents in the larger superhero landscape that matter.

And the overwhelming impression I get from Man of Steel,the latest cinematic reboot of Superman’s origin story that opens in theaters tomorrow, is that someone, somewhere along the line, thought that the core concept of Superman needed to be souped up: made edgier, darker, grittier, more violent, more explosive. Every change in Man of Steel serves that end rather than the story, or even a plausible reboot of the character and continuity.

I’m not saying that superheroes, however iconic are inviolate, or that it’s never worth shaking up an established character’s defining traits, but when you’re rebooting a character as thoroughly embedded in cultural myth and collective consciousness as Superman, the ends have to justify the means.

This isn’t to say that it’s impossible to tell a dark Superman story, but it takes more nuance than the standard grim and gritty surface treatment. “A story where Superman kills people” isn’t an edgy Superman story; it’s a lazy one, taking the shortest, most obvious path to define this Superman as different from that one. It’s yelling “Look at me! Look how transgressive I am!” so loudly that it distracts the audience from the fact that there’s no actual innovation going on.

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