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Man Of Steel (2013)
Friday, June 14, 2013
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Julia Ormond, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni
David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan
A child sent to Earth from a dying planet is adopted by a couple in rural Kansas. Posing as a journalist, he uses his extraordinary powers to protect his new home from an insidious evil.
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The Zack Snyder Influence
For me, Zack Snyder is the only man for the job of bringing us an awesome Superman movie. The only kink in this chain, in my opinion, is Christopher Nolan. Nolan has made some amazing films including Inception, Memento, The Following, and, of course, The Dark Knight. I love Nolan's style. He makes gorgeous, thought-provoking films. When Nolan made Batman Begins, I was floored. However my problem with Nolan's Batman movies is the "realistic" approach. I perceive that Nolan's goal was to explore what a real-life vigilante dressed like a bat would experience; what are his motivations; how would his vigilanteism effect those around him? Those are all perfectly fine intentions with just one major flaw: the audience doesn't care about realism. When I watch a super-hero movie, I am not watching for realism (Avengers proved beyond any doubt that the audience is okay with a lack of realism). While I have much love and respect for The Dark Knight Trilogy, it's not Batman to me. I remember watching The Dark Knight and thinking, "This movie is amazing, but... Superman could never exist in this universe! Green Lantern, Flash, and Wonder Woman couldn't show up right now and help Batman out." This is what caused my trepidation regarding Man Of Steel. Thankfully the "realistic" approach fits the story that I gather Nolan, Snyder, and David S. Goyer are trying to tell. Worst of all, Warner Bros. seemed to be determined to make a "dark" Superman film after The Dark Knight films were so successful. Superman and Batman are so different in tone and a Superman film needs a brighter, more sci-fi feel. I was terrified of what kind of Superman film WB was going to crank out following the success of The Dark Knight, until Zack Snyder took the helm.
Once Snyder was announced as the director of Man Of Steel, my heart jumped for joy and suddenly I had hope for this new Superman film. I knew that Christopher Nolan was not likely to take on another super-hero film, so I was racking my brain on who could possibly direct Superman. Of course I had fears that they would go for someone like Michael Bay, Brett Ratner, or even Ben Affleck. In my mind, the man for the job was Zack Snyder, but that was just too perfect. So perfect that it could never possibly happen. It just made too much sense and Hollywood seems to make very few decisions that are logical. So enough blabbing about my excitement and fears about this movie. Here is why I think Zack Snyder is the perfect director to breathe fresh air into the Last Son Of Krypton.
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