It's no secret at this point that both critics and fans are very divisive as to whether or not DC's 2013 movie Man of Steel is actually a good film. Some say it's one of the best superhero movies of all time and the best Superman movie ever. Others say it was a mess of a movie that was downright bad. There are even people split right down the middle. Me? I'm more like:
My view honestly changes every time I watch it. Sometimes I love it, other times I feel pretty "meh" about it. Regardless, the wide criticism this movie gets is the pacing, all the destruction, and how Superman didn't act how he does in the comics.
Now director Zack Snyder was recently on the 'Hall of Justice' Podcast, and he had a few things to say about Man of Steel's Superman and his comic counterpart:
“People are always like, ‘You changed Superman’, if you’re a comic book fan, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you know the true canon, you know that I didn’t change Superman. If you’re a fan of the old movies, yeah I changed him a bit. That's the difference. I'm a bit of a comic book fan and I always default to the true canon. Not the cinematic canon that sort of, that in my opinion, plays fast and loose with the rules. And so, I feel like I tried to create a Superman that would set a tone for the world.”
So, say what you want, Snyder believes that his Superman was very much like he is in the comics. An important thing to remember is that this was his origin, so it would be foolish to see the perfect boy scout Superman in the first place, like in the Reeve movies.
But in the end I stand by Snyder's statements. His character was like that of the comics, but just placed in a realistic setting and he was still learning how to handle his powers. Hopefully, in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we really see the embrace of the comic character.
In fact, I urge you all to read the prequel comic to BvS, as it does a good job of delving into all the characters. Especially Superman.
In Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' opens on March 25th. Check out the awesome trailer: