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Old 03-03-2014, 04:51 AM   #756
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Default Re: What are your complaints? What would you do differently? *SPOILERS* - Part 1

This article makes some interesting points and I agree with them, especially those two.

Spoiler!!! Click to Read!:
If you know Superman, you know that the suit is a big deal. It’s his image, and his brand, and crucially it expresses who he is. That much was alluded to in Man Of Steel – the whole symbol of hope motif was meant to explain the importance of the logo and the suit, and yet like so many other under-developed narrative threads, it ended up being abandoned in favour of a quick fix.
You would think that Jor-El would have prepared for the possibility that his son would become a valiant hero by putting his suit in the escape pod that ferries him to Earth. That was clearly his hope, since Superman as a concept was developed way back on Krypton when Jor-El decided he wanted his son to help his new planet avoid the fate of Krypton.
But instead, the infamous Super suit was instead randomly stowed on a scout ship that was sent to Earth (and crashed) hundreds of thousands of years before Kal-El (and presumably his parents and most of his family tree) were even born. That was a remarkably handy turn of events for Clark Kent, and in no way felt like a complete betrayal of the importance of his suit to his development as a superhero. No, sorry, that’s not right is it?

The suit is a major part of ALL superhero films – it represents a personal decision by the superhero to not only hide their identity, but also to establish an iconography that turns them into a symbol. So the suggestion that there were hundreds or these red and blue suits dotted around on abandoned scout ships is a total betrayal of that symbolism.


Spoiler!!! Click to Read!:
The Engine is basically a giant spider machine (incredibly Jon Peters wasn’t involved) that shoots out Independence Day style beams of energy, in conjunction with Zod’s own ship in a way that is just confusing enough that noone would ever question it. So it’s like farming equipment.

But when Superman flies around the world to take the machine out, with absolutely no precedent or warning, the World Engine suddenly sprouts a giant snake arm that tries to squeeze Superman to death. This weapon appears out of nowhere, and quite why Snyder and Goyer didn’t just have the World Engine guarded by a few of Zod’s minions (who by this point have been completely pushed into the background) is beyond me.

It all feels like reactionary story-telling, and the worst kind of story-telling is reactionary story-telling. It’s like a child playing with his action figures, endlessly adding twists in the tale to ramp up the action without due diligence or foundation, and at the end of the day it is not only cheap, but it also poses more questions about the rest of the film’s expositionary prologue.

So wait, the Kryptonians equipped the World Engines with terrifying weaponry for what was presented as a peaceful programme to find suitable outposts to colonise? Are they saying the Kryptonians were basically going Borg on every planet they could, invading and annoying the natives off enough that huge defence capabilities were necessary?
That doesn’t sound very peaceful


Spoiler!!! Click to Read!:
A major plot-hole that this article forgot to mention is the fact that everyone (except for Zod) forgot the Fortress of Solitude existed. Seriously, how does Superman go to a priest for guidance on what to do with Zod instead of talking to hollogram Jor-El. And even when he comes back to Earth knowing that Zod plans to destroy Earth, instead of racing back to get the one piece of Kryptonian technology at his disposal he instead tears up Kansas in a fist fight sponsored by Sears and Ihop.
On the subject of unexplored themes, the first half of the movie turns around the question of what would the earthlings do if they found out they were not alone, the consequences of this are left completely unexplored in the second half. The people of Earth seem to take the alien invasion and the destruction of their cities very matter-of-factly. Which is surprising given the in Nolan’s version of Batman, people react aversely to large death civilian death tolls. But in Man of Steel no one seems to care that Metropolis was devastated. In fact, the devastation doesn’t even show. To add insult to injury, the military’s final words on the subject of the alien from outer space are “he’s kind of hot.”


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