- Directed by Zack Snyder.
- Produced by Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Deborah Snyder.
- Screenplay by David S. Goyer.
- Story by Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer
- Based on Superman by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster.
- Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Russell Crowe.
- Music by Hans Zimmer.
- Cinematography by Amir Mokri.
When I entered the movie theater last Thursday to see the Man of Steel movie, I did it with a mixture of nostalgia, melancholy and skepticism inside myself. After 29 years of reading and collecting comic books, of following the saga of Superman from its latest incarnation prior to the “Crisis On Infinite Earths” maxi-series, continuing with his big continuity revision on 1986, his death and resurrection on 1992, his marriage to Lois Lane in 1996, his transformation into an energy being at the end of the 90’s, more revisions to his origin by way of the mini-series “Superman: Birthright” and “Infinite Crisis” , the 12-issue series “All Star Superman” by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, in addition to a film history that stretches from 1951 to 2006 which is composed of films of inconsistent quality, my question was “Is there really something left to say about Superman?. The answer is a solid Yes.
This film marks a milestone, a memorable moment in the history of the Man of Steel. It is the most profound revision not only of Superman as a character, but of all his mythology as far as the films is concerned. At the end of this film is clear to me that Superman as a character is one that works in the context of telling new stories in these modern times full of cynicism. Plain and simple when you enter the movie theater to see this movie, you will see a new beginning, from the moment of his birth, literally. Don’t worry if you never in your life have had in your hands a Superman comic because this film explains everything for you to get a basic Superman 101 knowledge.
The preparation of the screenplay for this film was a task that I did not wish it is anyone because the task that person would have was to redefine the myth of Superman in order to turn it into a viable character for these modern times. Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer were successful in that task by creating a clear and energetic script that was filled with action from beginning to end, with fluid dialogues and a balance between the introspective, the emotional and action sequences with a scope and intensity not seen in any other Superman film that has been made.
The performances were convincing. Henry Cavill is the Superman of a new generation. Amy Adams is the Lois Lane that I’ve been waiting for all my life. Not only she does justice to the character with his performance but this movie’s script finally puts her character in a dignified position as a competent reporter from beginning to end. I find Michael Shannon simply fascinating as General Zod. The writers spent time working to give depth to the main villain and it shows on the screen. This film also gives us a reinterpretation of the character of Perry White thanks to the talent of that excellent actor, Laurence Fishburne.
The direction of Zack Snyder was a successful and masterly in all and each one of the scenes. Snyder was able to get its best histrionic representation to each and every one of the actors.
The work of Amir Mokri, Director of Photography for this movie was a spectacular, epic. This Iranian gentleman has to his credit the same duties you in such action classics as “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon” (2011), “Fast & Furious” (2009) and “Bad Boys II” (2003). This film becomes another triumph for Amir thanks to the work of his team on the fascinating scenes of alien landscapes on the planet Krypton to the apocalyptic battle scenes at the end.
In short, go see this movie. It has my highest recommendation.