Superhero movies are never short of a fan base held accountable for the traffic they drive to the theaters. They are classic comic books that are constantly renewed with the beloved characters that make their name as the century's idols and larger than life heroes we obsess over. This time around, the Man of Steel, played by Henry Cavill, makes a comeback after the 2006 version of Superman Returns and into the spotlight with little cheers from the crowds.
The film changes its course from what we usually view as Superman's life on Earth and instead, begins with a portrayal of Superman's home planet, Krypton. The story of his dying planet and the depth of Superman's heritage are illustrated in a detailed account of Krypton's nature and people. Although this part is well done, all else is downhill from there.
What starts off as a promising detailed account of what makes Clark Kent Superman quickly dissipates into a cold depiction of Superman's journey on Earth to different locations in search of where he comes from and how that makes him who he is. Aside from his memories that ignite an emotional connection with the audience, he is distanced and unattached while the flow of the story is slow going. He has the brain, the powers and the will to save people, which brings into question why we see him watch his father die just because his father demanded this from him.
In addition to the shortcoming of Superman's character display, his heroine Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams, immediately negates the renowned gusto of the famous reporter with a soft and wide eyed innocent persona. Sure, she discovers the story and defends Superman's identity but that does not legitimize their romance by any means. The kiss is to seal the story as we know it without any film reference of the same.
Once Krypton, his childhood and his lady love are introduced the action comes into play. There is nothing more nerve wracking than an hour's worth of blinding, deafening and ridiculously destructive action. Prolonged and unrelated to storyline development, Superman shoots to the moon and back in the fight with Zod, the military leader of Krypton, played by Michael Shannon.
Under the rubble of the destroyed city, thanks to Superman and his existence being the reason for Zod's revenge on Earth, comes Jenny. What is meant to be a heartfelt moment of rescue is obscured by the sheer fact that Jenny was never properly introduced or well known within the general knowledge of the comic book's characters. Was she supposed to be the replacement for Jimmy?
Destroy the city and demolish skyscrapers when you have the option of fighting in space and still come out a hero? No doubt casualties were amidst the fallen rubble which defeats Superman's no killing motto. However, it's the cracking of Zod's neck which shows Superman's kind display of affection for life on Earth, even after all the destruction, bringing him to his heroic positioning.