Man of Steel is flawed, but not terrible.
Last night I got to watch Man of Steel. I felt that it was a flawed movie, but not enough to ruin the whole experience. Zach Snyder got a few things right about the DC World, while disregarding some of the Superman cannon. He nailed the world of Superman. In the DC Earth, horrifying disasters are commonplace. People are always picking fights with Clark Kent.
Henry Cavill was perfectly cast to be Superman. Physically, he meets the criteria. He’s also a capable enough actor. The kid who played a young Clark Kent was also perfectly cast.
Michael Shannon was a terrible casting choice for General Zod. He brought exactly no menace to the role. His portrayal was that of a civil servant doing his job. I can’t imagine he was a first or second choice. Wonder what the story was with that…
The fight sequences in the second half of the movie were insane. They were the closest we’ll probably get to seeing Dragonball Z level fights in cinema. I think people that watched Metropolis get thrashed forgot that the people of this world just accept it. The Americans of our world would be messed up mentally forever after surviving something.
Pa Kent was the strangest character in the whole movie. For a Kansas farmer, he had a very high level view of what would happen if his adopted son’s alien origins came out. His convictions were so strong that he gave his life without hesitation. That’s just kind of crazy.
I think if someone else was cast for General Zod, this movie would have been more then the sum of its action scenes. That character needed someone who had some passion about killing everyone on Earth to resurrect Krypton. A hero is as only good as his or her villain. If there is a sequel to this (that isn’t Superman vs Batman) it goes the route of of continuing with the crazy over the top comic book madness,