"In time, you will achieve wonders"
These are the words echoed throughout the film by Clark’s (Superman’s) father Jor-El. Producers behind Superman have found it hard to adapt the pages of the comics into a blockbuster worth talking about, but as of June 14th 2013, that changed.
The first thing that was noticeable in the opening trailers of Man of Steel (2013) was the outstanding team the film boasted, including Zac Snyder as director (300, Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen) Chris Nolan who received a story credit as well as producing the film and David S. Goyer who wrote the screenplay for the film. And it didn’t disappoint.
After Superman Returns (2006) it was evident that audiences couldn’t take Superman seriously, ‘he’s just some dude in a tight suit who has ‘supercool’ powers’. What makes the best screen writers, are screen writers who love films that much, that they’re just as much of a fan as you’re sitting on your chair watching the film unravel. Goyer and Nolan knew what the audience wanted because it was what they wanted, and it was granted to us, the audience. For what seems the first time in Superman’s history, the story conveyed superman not as ‘superman’, but as Clark Kent, a man who is isolated and adrift from the world he belongs to, a man who from the age of a young boy had to train himself in controlling his powers under the guidance of his loving surrogate father, Jonathan Kent.
During the course of the 143 minute feature, the audience is given doses of flashbacks, some of Clark as a baby being evacuated to earth and some of him in his early 20’s, but it’s these flashbacks in which the audience see’s the troubles that Clarke has faced and overcome. It’s these flashbacks that are vital in the audience understanding Supermans back story, allowing the audience to connect with this isolated figure, a figure who will in Jor-Els’ words be able to strive for an ideal, because in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them achieve wonders.
The question that is often raised about blockbusters is that are they dependent on special effects? In my opinion, yes they are. However despite Man of Steel’s indulgence of special effects, it’s these effects that decorate the story and plot of superman and not vice versa. This is the blockbuster the audiences have waited for, and it’s people like the team behind Man of Steel who can make this happen for millions of people around the world. What a magical gift to posses.
Man of Steel 8/10