Movie Review – ‘Man of Steel’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Since my interest in the ‘DC Extended Universe’ has resurged lately, it’s only fair that I revisit the first movie of that cinematic universe – ‘Man of Steel’, starring Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent. It was fascinating to revisit this superhero movie that featured a darker interpretation of Superman.

I saw this movie twice at the cinema when it came out in the summer of 2013. At the time, I really enjoyed it and regarded the film highly. Over the years, this movie has become divisive amongst Superman fans and movie goers. Many people love the film; many people hated it. Very astounding!

Lately, we’ve had more ‘DCEU’ films and this is derived from a film that wasn’t originally intended to be the start of the ‘DCEU’. It sort-of became the start of the ‘DCEU’ due to DC wanting to catch on to the success of ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’. This has had varied results over the years in these films.

But I wondered if ‘Man of Steel’ still stood well from my initial impressions of it back at the cinema in 2013. I wanted to know if the movie would still impress me when I saw it again on Google Play recently. And, if I’m very honest…yeah! ‘Man of Steel’, in my mind, is a pretty good Superman film. 🙂

Do I think it’s perfect? No, I wouldn’t go that far. There are issues in terms of the storytelling and the characters in certain places. But this superhero movie did well in telling the Superman story with a darker tone. Henry Cavill still impresses me as a good actor to play the part of Superman/Clark Kent.

The story goes in much the same way as you know the Superman story from the Christopher Reeve films. Jor-El of the planet Krypton sends his son Kal-El to the planet Earth. Kal-El, who becomes Clark Kent, learns that he’s a super-powered alien and assumes the role of Earth’s protector as Superman.

But Superman finds himself having to make tough choices when battling the menace of the evil General Zod and his army who plan to turn Earth into a new Krypton, thus destroying humanity. A lot of emotional dilemmas get in the way, causing Superman to make huge sacrifices to save people.

In many respects, the darker tone and themes featured in ‘Man of Steel’ are at odds with what’s already been established in the Christopher Reeve ‘Superman’ films. But somehow, I rather welcome the dark approach in ‘Man of Steel’ and it’s intriguing how director Zack Synder delivers it in his film.

As well as Henry Cavill who’s excellent as Superman, there’s Amy Adams as Lois Lane. I wouldn’t say she was good as Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane, but Amy Adams delivers a good performance as the character. There’s Michael Shannon as General Zod, who I found really impressive in the villain role.

There’s also Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Clark’s adoptive father on Earth; Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Clark’s adoptive mother; Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet and Lois’ boss; Antje Traue as Faora-Ul, General Zod’s sub-commander; Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Jor-El’s wife and Superman’s biological mother; Christopher Meloni as Colonel Nathan Hardy and Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Superman’s biological father. The cast are brilliant in this movie. 🙂

The issues raised about this film include the damage caused by Superman, Zod and his minions when they’re fighting each other on Earth, which is fair since who’s going to pay for all the damage? There’s also the shocking Superman’s snapping Zod’s neck scene at the end of the movie, which I think is well-justified as Superman had to rescue those people who were about to be killed by Zod. 😐

Overall, I enjoyed watching ‘Man of Steel’ again and still consider it to be a great ‘Superman’ movie. It has flaws but it didn’t stop me from enjoying it and it did have a challenging story about Superman’s place on Earth and being its protector. I know a lot of people didn’t like this movie when they saw it and that’s fair enough. But I’m glad I saw the film at cinemas as it was a unique experience.

I’m saddened Henry Cavill didn’t do any more solo Superman films after doing ‘Man of Steel’. I would’ve liked to have seen a ‘Man of Steel 2’ at the cinema. I wonder why there weren’t any more solo Superman movies with Henry Cavill after that…

Oh right, yeah, that happened.

I hope I’ll check out the ultimate edition of ‘Batman v Superman’ soon to review on my blog. I don’t know if it’ll be better than the theatrical version I saw at the cinema back in 2016. I hope I’ll be able to gain more clarity on the movie in extended form, especially after watching ‘Man of Steel’ recently.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


4 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘Man of Steel’

  1. Timelord 007

    Excellent review Tim, i love this film it’s a excellent retelling of Superman, Cavill is perfect in the role & embodied the part like the late Christopher Reeve did.

    It shocking Cavill hasn’t yet got.a Man Of Steel 2 because had they done that it would set up BvS far better because we’d had 2 films to establish this Superman character, DC rushed the narrative because they wanted get Justice League out to compete with Marvels Avengers but failed because Marvel wisely bilt up there characters arcs in solo movies first so when the Avengers assemble there already established to the audience.

    BvS introduced us to a new Batman Wonder Woman & Lex Luthor as well as including Doomsday it the case of too many cooks syndrome which is why that movie doesn’t quite work.

    Did you spot Christopher Reeves cameo in this towrds the end, if not google you tube you’ll see it.

    Excellent review on MoS this is possibly my favourite DC movie.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Very pleased you enjoyed my review on ‘Man of Steel’. Yeah it’s a very good retelling of Superman and Henry Cavill is great in the role.

      I wish they did a ‘Man of Steel 2’ film as that was what I was expecting. Not ‘BvS’ and ‘Justice League’ which rushed things so quickly in the DCEU. You’re right, Marvel did wisely with setting up their characters in their movies as opposed to what DC did.

      I’m looling forward to checking out the ultimate edition of ‘BvS’. Maybe it’ll be better than the theatrical version I saw at the cinema.

      I actually missed that cameo. I checked on YouTube and could see where the cameo was. It’s one of those ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ things and I’m afraid I missed it. Thanks for pointing it out to me though.

      Many thanks for your comments Simon. Glad you enjoyed my review. Pleased this is your favourite DC movie.

      Tim. 🙂


  2. Timelord 007

    BvS Extended is a better movie bit more fighting & gore but still has flaws, must admit the Synder Cut has me intrigued with Justice League.

    The extended cut reveals the death of a popular character who with Lois at the start of the movie.

    I must admit thought it was a fitting tribute that small cameo they inserted it respectfuly without it overshadowing Cavills performance.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Looking forward to extended version of ‘Batman v Superman’ and wondering what it’s like. Hopefully it’ll be better than the original and hope to gain more clarity out of it. Thanks for sharing your insight into the extended cut.

      Many thanks,

      Tim. 🙂



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