Krypton is dying and only two people truly believe it. General Zod (Michael Shannon) believes the only way to save his people is to over throw the ruling council and take the reigns of leadership, but his coup fails and Zod along with his soldiers are sent into the phantom zone. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) believes that there is a chance to save most of the Kryptonians by using the long abandon outposts. But the council rejects the idea not believing that Krypton is dying which leaves Jor-El along with his wife Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer) with only one option send their only son Kal-El (Henry Cavill) to Earth.
Once on earth Kal-El is taken in by Kansas farmers Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent. Growing up on Earth Kal-El now Clark Kent learns that he is different than the others children. The Kents teach Clark to hide who he is explaining to him that the world is not ready for someone like him, but there will come a time.
That time is 33 years after Kal-El has arrived at Earth, Zod has found him and its not a happy Kryptonian reunion. Zod wants Earth to become the new Krypton, but for that to happen he must clear out the current residents of the planet.
My first thought on this movie is WOW! First impression of the movie this is what we have been waiting for in a Superman movie. There is no evil human that is confronting Superman this time. This time its a fellow Kryptonian that is stepping toe to toe with Superman and they can have at each other without worry.
Just like any movie though once you start to delve deeper into the storyline and the mythos of Superman you can start nitpicking certain areas. Warner Brothers and DC Comics had to change the origin story a little due to the legal battles they were having with the descendants of the creators of Superman. I believe at the time WB and DC could not use the origin story or anything that happened in Action Comic #1. Which meant they had to tweak the beginning just a tad. I get that and it doesn’t take away anything from the storyline in my book. I am sure some of the uber fans might grumble or complain.
One thing I discussed with my friends last night was that during the fight scenes there was a lot of property damage. I mean both sides were getting thrown through multiple buildings, cars and trains were being used as weapons. Not once did it seem like Superman was trying to move the fight away from the populated areas to some where more isolated so that these powerful juggernauts could knock each other around. And then don’t get started on the residents of Metropolis, it seems like some of them got the memo that their was this super battle going on and needed to get out of the city while others were hanging around conducting their jobs like business as usual.
Also this movie is not altogether linear. You start out with the opening scene on Krypton and it follows Jor-El all the way up to him sending off Kal-El to Earth. But once Kal-El gets to Earth we jump 33 years and he is all grown up. So the first half of the movie you are jumped back and forth from Clark Kent/Kal-El doing something to flashing back to him as a boy and we learn why he is behaving or acting this way. It takes a minute or two to catch onto what they are doing but it works.
There has been some talk about the big tornado scene in this movie, I for one am glad that they kept it in. It is a vital scene explaining why Superman is the way he is. I think if they had cut it out we would have lost a powerful moment in the movie and a piece of the story as well.
My last piece of opinion on this movie is a major one in my books. I will admit I am not a die hard Superman fan but I have read some of the comics, watched the movies from the 80’s, and the television shows. So one of the big scenes in the movie Superman is forced with a a choice and you can see that he struggles with making this choice because in the end in his mind there is no other way. But in making that choice he does something that I have never seen or heard before. Those of you that have seen the movie probably know what I am talking about, I just don’t want to spoil it for those that have not.
Also there are no Easter Eggs at the end of the movie. You can stay and see for yourselves like we did, despite the rude security people last night. But there is nothing but the logos at the end.
Go see this movie. One it is visually stunning from the way they depict Krypton all the way up to the special effects. This is going to be a powerhouse of a movie. I am sure it is going to hold the number one spot for a few weeks.
Release Date: June 14, 2013
Run Time: 143 min
Director: Zack Snyder