I’m putting it out there: Superman is probably the most boring superhero to ever make it in to a movie. The reason is because Superman just can’t die. He isn’t like Batman, Spiderman or Iron Man. They are people and people can die. But Superman is an alien and the only thing that can kill him is Kryptonite, which can be found on a distant world.
So basically, Superman is always going to save the day. And you’re always going to be assured that Superman will live, because hell, even if you shoot him with a bullet, he won’t die.
Which makes the Man Of Steel a rather dull affair. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchman) and written by the Dark Knight’s writer, David S. Goyer, the latest Superman movie is the origins film that apparently the franchise needed; not the one it wanted.
As his home planet of Krypton crumbles to the overload of General Zod (Michael Shannon), parents Jor-El (Russel Crowe) and Lara (Ayelet Zurer) throw their little boy in a space pod and send him to earth to save him.
Raised by his adoptive parents, Jonathon and Martha Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) Kal-El, now known as Clark, is told by that if the world found out about his powers he would be an outcast. So the film decides to flash-forward 30 years when Clark is now a man, played by Henry Cavill (who does a decent enough job), ready to learn his destiny.
Coupled with reporter, Lois Lane (played by Amy Adams), Lane gives Clark the push to understand that he’s destined for greatness. Adams’ role is just that. Previous Superman movies ensured a love interest between the two, but this is solely an origins film and no matchmaking is required.
Accepting who he is, Clark is faced with his first nemesis, as Zod arrives at Earth, and demands that Superman surrender or face destruction. The film descends into a CGI laden, explosive sequence just as predicted.
The film tries to be Batman Begins: a dark look into the creation of man, with fear being the weapon he must first overcome then use. But the film is too undone and doesn’t develop enough so that you care what actually happens to Clark. Just like the hero himself, you know where the film is heading, and that’s why it lags so badly.