With roughly a week to go, my 8 year-old and I are highly anticipating the brand new Superman reboot, “Man of Steel”. It’s been a long wait following the film’s postponement from last summer to a June 2013 debut—but all will be forgiven if they can just make it good. Add the fact that my son shares a first name with the actor portraying the man-in-the-red-cape, and you’ll come to realize that we are itching to believe that this reboot can fly. But where are the reviews? I haven’t been able to locate one yet. Shouldn’t something have appeared by now? Is the studio nervous? It’s giving me pause.
“Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder awesomely updated George A. Romero’s 1978 “Dawn of the Dead” nine years ago. He streamlined it, cast solid actors and endowed the zombies with the ability to run. The result was superb. It even helped nudge Romero himself(out of semi-retirement)to bring us a new triptych of “Dead” films since—none as accomplished as Snyder’s 2004 “Dawn”. So, I have some faith in Zack. Some. He’s been hit-or-miss since, including an ambitious(but flawed)attempt at a comic book franchise with 2009’s “Watchmen”. It divided the public and critics alike, and to date has a minimum of three different cuts. Plus, the “Man of Steel” trailers are decidedly Christoper Nolan-esque(“The Dark Knight” trilogy helmer is one of the film’s producers). That style worked like gangbusters for Batman…but Supes could be a different story. My fingers are crossed.
I was a fan of 2006’s “Superman Returns”, but many felt it missed the mark. To me it was a wonderful homage to the Christopher Reeve “Superman” films—I was wowed by the late Mr. Reeve as Kal-El when I was in my teen years. Also, “Superman Returns” contains that phenomenal action sequence of the hero stopping a falling plane—incredible. Sure, the film got a bit wayward in its last third with the revival of Lex Luthor’s maniacal real estate plot from the original 1978 film. But “Superman Returns” still mostly worked. But the studio didn’t like the final box office numbers(it was a hit, btw), so here we are with a new look and cast seven summers later. I’m leery of Amy Adams as Lois Lane(if Kate Bosworth was too young at 23 in 2006, isn’t Ms. Adams too old at nearly 39?), but tickled pink that Michael Shannon is Zod. Henry Cavill has some big, red boots to fill and it appears that things could go either way. I’m really jazzed for this one, folks. However, I’ll be sure to remain only cautiously optimistic.