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Old June 14 2013, 07:44 PM   #97
Admiral Buzzkill
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Re: MAN OF STEEL - Grading & Discussion

This strikes me as a thoughtful, well-written and unequivocally negative review of the film:

Grim, Violent Man of Steel Sells Superman’s Soul for Spectacle

And the overwhelming impression I get from Man of Steel, the latest cinematic reboot of Superman’s origin story that opens in theaters tomorrow, is that someone, somewhere along the line, thought that the core concept of Superman needed to be souped up: made edgier, darker, grittier, more violent, more explosive. Every change in Man of Steel serves that end rather than the story, or even a plausible reboot of the character and continuity.

I’m not saying that superheroes—however iconic—are inviolate, or that it’s never worth shaking up an established character’s defining traits, but when you’re rebooting a character as thoroughly embedded in cultural myth and collective consciousness as Superman, the ends have to justify the means.

That’s the question Man of Steel demands: What do its changes to the character of Superman give us that was missing before? What value does this add?

Not much, as it turns out.
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