Man Of Steel Review

So here is my next review in my Superman movie series, Man Of Steel, the first in what was supposed to be the new Zack Snyder DC Universe otherwise known as the Snyderverse, funny looking back after all this time as to how exactly that all went! But that’s a conversation for another review, this time we are just going to look at this movie on its own, what it did well, what I wasn’t a fan of and my overall feeling now after rewatching it again.

So lets start with this, visually this film is stunning, one thing Zack Snyder knows how to do well is make a fantastic looking film. The first thing we are introduced to is this incredible vision of Krypton, very different from the other movies but much close in my opinion to the comics, the landscapes, the scope of it, the suits, this planet is fully realised and adds so much more gravitas to it when the inevitable happens! I’m gonna come right out and say it Russell Crowe is my favourite interpretation of Jor-El, he cares about this planet and you can tell, he’s spent so long trying to save it and even at the end he does everything he can to save what he can of his homeworld, I love it all…… well all except those prison pods that look like they were bought from Love Honey, that’s definitely an artistic choice lol

Michael Shannon as Zod is excellent, different enough from Terrance Stamp that you don’t really compare them but still with enough passion that you can kinda see where he’s coming from at points, you know until he tries to terraform Earth, not cool Zod, no cool!! And all the additional Kryptonian zealots really add to the overall threat to Earth and Antje Traue as Faora is an absolute badass!

So lets talk Superman, Henry Cavill is an amazing Superman he has that quiet strength but immense passion for life that is a fundamental part of Superman as a character and I really like that, he looks great in that suit and overall just awesome, however here is where things don’t really gel for me, obviously this is a different take on the character and I dig that I don’t want to see the same things over and over again and I really don’t mind sad Clark trying to find his place in the world, what I do struggle with is this version of Ma and Pa Kent, they have always been Kal-Els humanity, they ground him and show him how to be a good person, in this film they are definitely not that! Its odd to say but Jor-El has more humanity than Jonathan Kent, my favourite line of this film will always be this from Jor-El –‘You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun, Kal. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.’ all of this is what Superman is, but then you have Pa Kent telling Clark to hide who he is, I dunno It just doesn’t sit right with me.

Lois can be a difficult character to crack, you need strength and tenacity without making her a unlikeable and Amy Adams nails it, I have no issue with her knowing Clark’s secret straight away, she’s a world class reporter it just makes sense and the scenes between them are exactly how you’d imagine their relationship to be, they work best as a team not Superman just saving her all the time and I really like that about this film.

Now to tackle the controversial ending of ‘Superman doesn’t kill’ well he does, he has, probably will again, does he like it, of course not but if there are no other options he does what is needed to save the world, he has to make the hard decisions for the betterment of mankind and always puts them first, that’s what Superman is, that’s why he’s an inspiration, so ultimately that didnt really bother me too much.

Overall I really like this film, it’s aged really well and sure while there are things that I’m not a huge fan of there’s more than enough that I love to make this an enjoyable film and one that I’ll happily watch over and over again. Oh also Hanz Zimmers soundtrack is incredible and for me Superman’s main theme from it is nearly as iconic as John Williams, not quite, but very nearly!!

If you haven’t seen this in a while definitely have a rewatch and enjoy it as a stand alone Superman movie, we will get into the DCU issues next review when I tackle Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice!

Earth-9 Podcast – Ep19 – The Snyder Cut

So much DC stuff going on! The Snyder Cut has become reality!!! We break down all the potential scenes of the Snyder Cut in order so *Possible SPOILERS*, Also Ruby Rose has left Batwoman and we talk replacements then add to that some of our usual DCTV chat,  and you have one jam packed episode!

         

Earth-9 Podcast – Ep18 – with Special Guest

We have a very special guest on this weeks pod, Jeremy Adams, writer of a ton of amazing DC work including Teen Titans Go Vs Teen Titans, Justice League Action, Young Justice and ton of DC Lego movies including the recently released Shazam: Magic & Monsters and then to top it off he also writes on Supernatural and showed us his dark side with Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge plus tons more, so join us as we chat all things DC and more with this incredibly talented and all round awesome guy! Also be sure to follow him on Twitter here @spacekicker

         

Earth-9 Podcast – Ep17

Here we are with another lockdown episode! We decide to review another movie and what better film to revisit than Green Lantern, the movie that is seen in a less than favourable light, but how does it stand up today? Rob has another Flash comic to read and review and we answer some questions from Twitter, it’s a pretty packed episode considering there’s not much going on, so come and have a listen!

         

Krypton – S2 Ep10 – The Alpha and the Omega Review

After last week’s excellence of an episode things pick up pretty much straight after where we left off. With some quality moments, the season finale gave us a satisfying end to what has panned out to be an incredible season. We expected a face off between Seg and his son, Dru Zod. Throughout the episode Zod’s empire slowly comes crashing down around him and his final few supporters soon realign their allegiance to Seg and Lyta after she makes her first public appearance since the people of Kandor watched her die.
The fight between Seg and Zod was a great pay off, and with Cameron Cuffe raising our excitement levels after announcing he pays tribute to Christopher Reeve in this episode, we were not left disappointed. After ripping off his shirt to reveal a very familiar logo, Seg utters the words “General, would you care to step outside?” Being goaded by Zod and told he will never compare to the man of steal, Seg comes through and proves himself to be a hero in his own right. Cameron Cuffe … I salute you. What an amazing leading man. This guy and this entire show deserves a whole lot more credit and recognition than it currently receives. I liked how Seg and Lyta end up using Zod’s handy work against him, but it will be interesting to see how long it lasts for.
Adam shares a personal moment with Val and its a lovely insight into a great character. He never felt part of his family at home and tells Val that he feels like his found the place he belongs. His bravery, dedication and loyalty is rewarded by being given leg braces and a jet pack. Only the laughter of watching him trying to fly whilst drunk breaks the squeals of excitement to see Shaun Sipos in Adam Strange’s costume from the comics. A very nice touch! Our Kryptonian crusaders pay a heartfelt tribute to Kem, who will be remembered as Seg-El’s brother and a part of House El forever. They all toast to his bravery and the episode benefitted from this whole scene where Kem’s sacrifice is honoured. Kem – you will be missed! I must also praise Ann Ogbomo as Jayna during the battle scenes of this episode – damn, she showed some skills!
Now with all that going on it’s difficult to pick a highlight and predictable as it may be, I can’t help but chose Lobo’s return as my favourite part. Spotted by Seg whilst pissing against a wall (and then having his penis complimented), Lobo is only in this episode for a matter of minutes but manages to steal the whole episode. He makes Seg promise to help him find Brainiac (the green gooch as he’s now affectionately known) and with it all bring down to how Emmett Scanlan portrays him, I just can’t stop laughing even when he’s bring violently threatening.
The final scene shows Brainiac heading to Earth, telling baby Jor-El how he will be a God there. Shits about to go down in season 3……….or it would’ve done had it not been cancelled!!!!!
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