Since last summer’s end of the Dark Knight Trilogy, Warner Bros. only other beacon of hope to hit the summer blockbuster movie jackpot had to be the red-caped DC Superhero – Superman. In his first non-self-titled movie venture – Man of Steel, the superhero has been given a more emotional story (that took almost 200+ episodes of Smallville to cover). Thrown in the mix, are the jaw-dropping visuals of Kal-El’s home planet Krypton, and a very Star Trek-esque dying planet scenario – black holes, singularity, the whole shabang! Hell, even the arch nemesis, Zod, has been given a reason for being the anti-Superman. Then, why oh why, does Man of Steel just doesn’t feel like it measures up as the Big-Super-Blockbuster that we were hoping for? Is it because The Avengers has spoiled us with its own super-level awesomeness of how superhero movies should be? It probably is. But I have other bones to pick as well. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy Man of Steel – I surely did. But what could’ve been a helluva ride, feels like a cheap ticket on a retro machine that just about takes off.
Some of my detailed thoughts are on the other side of the jump.