‘Man of Steel’ reviews fly in, and they’re very positive! Plus sequel talk!!!

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Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel has been seen by the critics, and they have spoken! A bombardment of reviews were released overnight and throughout today, and websites have been sharing some of these reviews to give fans an idea of how good (or bad) Man of Steel will be. Judging by the reviews so far, Man of Steel is very very good indeed.

Below is a collection of a number of reviews which have been released, so let’s begin with the positive shall we:

 Digital Spy‘s Movies Editor Simon Reynolds gave the film four stars out of five, writing: “Snyder’s instincts as an action director quickly come to the fore as he marshals skirmishes on Krypton, a huge-scale battle in Smallville and a Metropolis smack-about that sends Superman and Zod careening through skyscrapers. With the latest digital tools at its disposal, Man of Steel is easily the most exhilarating and arresting interpretation of Superman yet.”

The Hollywood Reporter (Todd McCarthy)

“Zack Snyder’s huge, backstory-heavy extravaganza is a rehab job that perhaps didn’t cry out to be done, but proves so overwhelmingly insistent in its size and strength that it’s hard not to give in. Warner Bros’ new tentpole should remain firmly planted around the world for much of the summer.”

“To the oft-asked question of whether or not the world is really starving for yet another superhero origin story, Man of Steel simply responds by serving up what could be as much spectacle and action — minute-by-minute, frame-by-frame — as any movie anyone could think of.”

The Verge (Todd Gilchrist)

“After multiple adventures where the same details were repeated about [Superman’s] birth and his adulthood, this – like Batman Begins – compellingly uncovers the intervening years of exploration and self-discovery that led Superman to become the mythic icon we’ve always known… Even if its weighty self-importance sometimes seems overwhelming in the context of a franchise that has historically felt more wholesome and light-hearted, the sophisticated foundation it creates allows future instalments to function as more than victory laps, without requiring them to adhere to a purely melodramatic tone.”

Time Out London: “‘Man of Steel’ is punchy, engaging and fun.”

Empire: “It aches for more depth and warmth and humour, but this is spectacular sci-fi — huge, operatic, melodramatic, impressive. It feels the right Superman origin story for our era, and teases what would be a welcome new superfranchise.”

Total Film: “And alongside all those Malicky moments (did we mention the jar of pencils?) are grace notes of purest popcorn. You’ll believe a man can fly. You’ll also believe he can look super-cool skidding across tarmac in the heat of battle.”

New York Post: “I’ve not been a fan of director Zack Snyder (“Sucker Punch’’) in the past, but under Nolan’s supervision he largely lays off the ADD editing and does a highly respectable, and sometimes inspired job of retooling the basic Superman mythology in “Man of Steel.’’


“Snyder’s film, written by David Goyer and starring an impeccably cast ensemble, is remarkable mythmaking, a canny spin on the oft-told details that have defined the character over time. While there is plenty about it that can be described as new, the bones of it are instantly familiar. Make no mistake; this is Superman. For my own personal sensibilities, this is the most interesting, emotionally-satisfying, richly imagined version of the story. Ever.

I could spend page after page talking about what I love about this film. First and foremost, I am blown away by the sheer scale of it. Marvel’s biggest film so far, The Avengers, looks like a charming episode of the Bill Bixby Incredible Hulk by comparison, and while size doesn’t always make something better, if you want to sell the idea that these are godlike beings battling, then the only way to truly sell that idea is to show what they would do to our planet in the process. No one has ever staged superhero action like this. No one.”

“With this version, Snyder’s done far more than convince me that a man can fly. For the first time, I believe that Superman is the most important hero in the world of this movie, and that we need him, not just as a protector, but as a symbol of what we can be when we are raised by the right people and given a chance to find our way in the world.”

Twitch: “Surging with contained energy, often grim, but never oppressive, Man of Steel presents a Superman who is far less concerned with “truth, justice, and the American way” than he is with surviving to fight another day with as much integrity as possible, while preserving alive as many people as possible. Somehow, it still feels like a triumph of the common man over evil.”


However, there were some negatives, and also some that were slightly mixed, so here are some reviews which will begin with those slightly on the fence, and end with those who didn’t like it at all!

Indiewire: “[Superman’s] single weakness — and the movie’s, after promising earlier bits drop off to make room for the extravagant conclusion — is depth.” 

Village Voice: “Despite its preposterous self-seriousness, its overblown, CGI’ed-to-death climax, and its desperate efforts to depict the destruction of, well, everything on Earth, there’s greatness in this retelling of the origin of Superman, moments of intimate grandeur, some marvelous, subtle acting, and a superhero costume that’s a feat of mad mod genius. There’s almost a story here.”

Guardian: “It has to be said that the failure to cook up much in the way of meaningful interaction for the pair throughout the film’s midsection means that Man of Steel begins to labour even as the visual spectacle intensifies: no amount of whip-pans and crash-zooms, spaceship flameouts or collapsing edifices can compensate for an inert focal relationship.”

“The whole film ends up feeling weighed down: though Man of Steel bounds from one epic set piece to another, you’re left with the nagging feeling that you just can’t work out what the central twosome see in each other. And for Superman and Lois Lane, that’s hardly ideal”

Collider: “When Lois asks Kal-El what the “S” emblem stands for, he responds that it’s not an “S”.  He says on Krypton, it means “hope”.  But in Man of Steel, it’s a symbol without a Superman.”

Rope Of Silicon: “Overall, Man of Steel is entertaining even though it runs about 25-30 minutes too long. It feels a lot like a film trying really hard not to fail more than trying really hard to work.”

The Wrap (Alonso Duralde)

“For the most part, it works. In the previous big-screen treatments of the character, we’ve never seen a pubescent Clark Kent deal with the disconcerting sensory overload of suddenly realising he can hear things from miles away and see through everyone’s skin with his X-ray vision. Nor have we ever seen a beginner Superman fall out of the sky”

“All in all, however, this Man of Steel flies, even if it doesn’t quite soar. Snyder’s direction feels far more assured than it did in the misfires of Watchmen and especially Sucker Punch, and now that the requisite first-movie origin story has been accomplished, the movie lays the ground for what could be some thrilling sequels featuring a Superman who’s both exactly what people want to see and a significantly different take on a well-established character.”

Sadly, there are the odd negative reviews, so here goes:


Variety (Scott Foundas)

“At points, the action scenes even recall the hallucinogenic dream sequences from Snyder’s own crazily ambitious mental-hospital musical, “Sucker Punch,” except everyone here is supposed to be wide awake.”

“Clearly designed to do for DC Comics’ other most venerable property what Nolan and Goyer’s Batman Begins did for the Caped Crusader, this heavily hyped, brilliantly marketed tentpole attraction seems destined to soar with worldwide audiences this summer, even if the humorless tone and relentlessly noisy (visually and sonically) aesthetics leave much to be desired – chiefly, a ‘Steel’ sequel directed with less of an iron fist.”

Screen Daily: “Superman is missing from the title of Man Of Steel, and likewise the spirit of the character’s elemental, while rousing heroism is a little too absent from the film.”   

Associated Press: “The awkward acrobatics to modernize “Man of Steel” are most evident with its new explanation of Superman’s shield. The “S,” we are told, doesn’t stand for Superman, but is a Krypton glyph meaning hope. But if “S” doesn’t stand for “Superman,” ”Man of Steel” is the one with the identity issues — not to mention a spelling problem.”


Man of Steel sequel news!!!

Still got your attention? Good, because here’s some juicy, yet expected news on the Man of Steel sequel. According to Deadline, a sequel has already been greenlit by Warner Brothers, and plans are in place to fast track the sequel regardless of how well the film performs at the box office.

Predictions for Man of Steel is that the film is going to be a massive success when it opens in cinemas this Friday, and Warners are very confident they have a hit on their hands, and a sequel is inevitable.

A report says that both David S. Goyer and Zack Snyder will return as writer and director, and that Henry Cavill will return (naturally) as Kal-El. It has also been said that Christopher Nolan will return as producer, although due to being tied up in his other film, Interstellar, he will not be such a force this time as he has been with Man of Steel.

“Do the DC characters exist in the universe I created?” asks Snyder, in an interview with Hero Complex. “The answer is yes. In my mind, we have this fantastic character of Superman. It’s not madness that there would be others.”

“Now, that being said, does a Justice League movie exist now? No. Whether or not I ever get to make that movie, I don’t know… What is real is that there’s a crack — a foot — in the door. That’s promising. The door is definitely open.”

With a Man of Steel sequel already approved, it may take a little while longer to see the highly anticipated Justice League movie. Warners have already said that for such a big film to be made, they will have to wait and see how successful Man of Steel is. However, it has also been reported that apparently Warners are looking at Goyer to write Justice League already, so it would appear that the Justice League is also finally moving forward!


About Matt Wavish 10001 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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