Sunday Matinee: Man of Steel

Man of SteelSuperman turned 75 years old this week. The first issue of Action Comics #1 hit newsstands April 18, 1938. Just in time to celebrate Warner Brothers released the full trailer for their latest Superman film Man of Steel which is in theatres June 14.

I’m still not sure what to think about this newest incarnation of Superman. I already know that Stephen Whitworth will be complaining about the costume and the lack of red underwear. Others seem pretty hyped about the film though. I look at and think “Man I’m tired of seeing Superman’s origin told and retold and retold and retold.”

It is one of the most iconic and well known of the superhero origins but does every single freaking film version have to retell it? How about just jumping into a new story for the 75-year-old superhero legend? I can understand Hollywood’s obsession of origin stories for heroes but I pretty sure everyone knows Superman’s. I’m also pretty sure audiences can just jump into a new adventure without extra time dedicated to introducing the character. But that doesn’t seem to be the case for this film. And it could be a fine film but looking at this trailer and all the other footage I’ve seen so far just tells me I’m probably going to be bored until the second act.

Author: Shane Hnetka

Shane Hnetka spends most of his life watching movies and reading comic books, using his vast knowledge of genre culture for evil instead of good.

2 thoughts on “Sunday Matinee: Man of Steel”

  1. I could do without the origin, too. But I get the attraction. By retelling the origin they get to plant seeds for the rest of the story, setting up which parts of the mythos will (hopefully) have resonance. They also get to hermetically seal the movie off from all the other competing Superman narratives.
    Thinking of the recent Batman movies, from which this movie has taken many cues, Batman Begins–which seems like the most tedious of the three, looking back–did a lot of grunt work setting up the two much more dynamic sequels. Much more, having such a defined beginning allowed the series to have something resembling a satisfying conclusion.
    BUT Superman is a fundamentally different character than Batman. Batman is driven by childhood trauma and that lends itself to certain kinds of stories. Superman, though, while also technically an orphan, is almost driven, as a character, by lack of childhood trauma. I dunno, I could think about this stuff all day.
    Trailer seems okay, not giving up hope yet.

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