I’m going to start this review by using sex as a metaphor for superhero movies. Iron Man was an innocent kiss, with promises of more to come. The Incredible Hulk, a little light making out. Iron Man 2 hit second base. Thor and Captain America were awkward and unsatisfying sex, and finally Avengers was the messy climax. Now, Man of Steel was DC shooting it’s wad in it’s pants halfway through the first date. This movie was far too big for what it needed to be. This movie was not only the introduction of the character of Superman, but of the whole universe DC is attempting to create in preparation for a possible Justice League movie. This movie should have done nothing more than introduce the character of Superman. It should have been a character oriented origin story that set the groundwork for something larger to come. Like Iron Man did so well. Like Batman Begins. Instead, it feels the need to try to live up to The Avengers with an epic alien invasion that leaves Metropolis in ruin. This would have made a great final Superman movie, or even a good sequel, but it feels awkward as the first movie in the series. The giant ending is going to be very hard to outdo in a sequel, or even the eventual Justice League. The other major problem with this movie is the tone. It suffers from post-9/11-action-movie syndrome, wherein nothing is allowed to be fun. I’m all for a little darkness in my super-heroes, but Superman is not Batman. I guess what I’m saying is for a movie about a guy who flies with a red cape, it should maybe have been a little less depressing.
Overall Rating: Premature Ejaculation/10