Skip to main content

Man of Steel and Superman's New Face | Movie Review

"Cool !! I have never seen that side of Superman."

That’s what I thought after spending more than 120 minutes inside a movie theater in Central Jakarta last night to watch Man of Steel, a reboot of America’s most iconic superhero, Superman.  In my opinion, Man of Steel showcases an image of Clark Kent aka Kal-El aka Superman that I have never seen before.  

Man of Steel, featuring Henry Cavill as Superman
Man of Steel, featuring Henry Cavill as Superman, became one of the most anticipated movies this year because it is directed by Zack Snyder, the director of 300 and Watchmen, and produced by Christopher Nolan, the director of Batman Trilogy. Hopes soared high that the marriage of the two would resurrect Superman from its slumber.

Opened with a narration of Superman’s origin, Man of Steel provides its audience with a scenic view of Krypton’s environment and civilization. Compared to previous Superman movies, Man of Steel probably has the most complete narration about the hero’s origin. Yet, Snyder has given a little twist to Superman’s origin, which in my opinion has endowed the hero a new course and personal identity in this movie.

One thing for sure, the movie depicts great visual effects of explosions when Krypton explodes in the first-third of the movie.

Then, the movie narrates the story of an adult Clark Kent who is on a journey to find his real identity. Various flashback editing shows us his fear when he starts developing his power in his childhood, something that I, as a superhero fan, have never witnessed before.

Superman and Louis Lane: Long long couple
In his journey, Clark finally finds his real identity as Kal-El. This is different from nearly all Superman movies in which Clark learns his identity as Jor-El’s son from Jonathan and Martha Kent, his adoptive parents. He also encounters Louis Lane, played by Amy Adams, in this journey, defying most narration of Clark – Amy first encounter.

The conflict arises when a group of Kryptonian, led by General Zod, wants to capture Kal-El because he holds the secret that can bring back Kryptonians. Clark then has to save Earth from Zod’s invasion. Explosions are here and there when Superman confronts Zod and his army.

In the past, Superman was depicted as a character that embodied all that was good. He became a role model for most Americans as he was constructed as one ideal American gentleman. Simply told, there was nothing bad on the character, either as Clark Kent or Superman. However, if you decide to watch Man of Steel, hoping to see that character of Superman, than you are better be disappointed. Snyder, and perhaps Nolan, have constructed this Superman as a more humane character, not as a demi-god as he was once narrated.  In this movie, you will see Superman doing some ‘more human actions’ you never imagine he will do. I do want to talk into details to avoid spoiling the story, so sorry. 

Superman's new suite
In addition to that human side, Superman also gets a new costume which is darker and does not have a red pant. He no longer wears that red underwears outside his costume anymore. It takes more than 50 years for him to do so! So, I really appreciate Snyder's gut to take out that pant. 

When watching the movies, I so much wanted to see how Snyder resolved the fight between Superman and Zod. And, the ending of the movie was very typical Snyder which played with human’s psychology and emotion when dealing with superheroes. Therefore, in my opinion, Snyder has given Superman a new face, the one which I think more signify America in this current context.

Man of Steel is worthy to watch. As a diehard fan of Superhero films, and as a Superhero culture observer, I really like various twists in Man of Steel. I also love how Snyder constructs Superman by incorporating his human approach to superhero. I therefore will give this movie with 8 stars, out of 10.

If you want to see a new image of Superman, then go watch it. If you want to rekindle memories of the old Superman, then you better not watch it.  


  1. wait?? Watchmen and Batman Trilogy collide on this movie? seriously i haven't got any idea how strange this movie will be.
    but anyway, i read on the post that this one is about the beginning. i mean, the Kryptonian, Zod, Kal-El, etc. so, is it an alien movie? haha *kidding

    I admit that i'm not a moviegoer, but i think i should try this. thanks for the review. :)

    1. No... you are correct in saying that it is an alien movie. In his previous movies, Superman was never considered as an alien. But in this movie, he is !! You will find many references in the movie that support my opinion :)

      Tell me about your thoughts after watching the movie :)

  2. this is an alien movie?? OMG, i hope the story is better than those real alien movies.
    sure, i'll drop my comment after watching it. :D


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Two Most Influential Postmodernist Thinkers

This second post about postmodernism will consist of two greatest postmodernist thinkers and their contribution to postmodernism.
1. Jean Fran├žois Lyotard.
Lyotard is a French philosopher. He opened the discussion for postmodernism in social theory with his groundbreaking publication ‘La Condition Postmoderne’ (The Condition Postmodern). His works stress the decline of meta-narratives or grand-narratives, as some scholars refer it. Meta-Narratives as defined in the previous post are sets of ideas governing what is right and wrong. For example, religion defines how to live a good life. By doing so, people who do not appeal to the characteristics of good man as defined by religion will be considered unfaithful, as bad people. Lyotard argues that this way of legitimating declines in a postmodern society. What is considered good can no longer be clearly separated from what is considered bad.

The decline of meta-narratives was triggered by communication development. Traditional communicatio…

Movie Review | Stream of Tears in Wedding Dress

Last Saturday, I got a runny nose -kind of severe, as I recalled- not because of sick, but because I watched a Korean movie entitled WeddingDress.
I have frequently watched Korean movies. In my opinion, they are much better than Indonesian movies. Not that I dislike my country (I just dislike Indonesia’s movies), but yeah, Korean movies have a wide range of preference. You can watch cheesy-funny-romantic movie that make you feel happy and smile all the time. Or try to watch a horror-romanticmovie that makes you laugh and scared. You can also find cool action movie! Some movies even make me cry a lot. I really mean it when I say some Korean movies really make me cry so badly. Wedding Dress is one that makes me cry. I am a boy and I cry. So what? I don’t buy the ubiquitous saying ‘Boys don’t cry’.

Wedding Dress narrates the life of a single mother, Go-eun, played by Song Yun Ah. Her husband dies already, leaving her only with her young daughter, So-ra, nicely played by Kim Hyang-gi. …

Gender Issues in Japanese Anime and Manga

I've got this idea to write about Japan's popular culture for  some times. Firstly, I love Japan's popular culture such as anime and manga.Japan's anime and manga are so popular around the world, transcending nations, age, sex and gender. I read Japan's  manga from the age of 10 (may be), until now. I watched Japan's anime also for years.

One thing that really makes me wonder is about the depiction of gender in those popular culture product. Before furthering the discussion, it is important to say that i follow Ann Oakley's argumentation to differ sex and gender. Sex is naturally determined, while gender is socioculturally constructed. Thus, to speak of male and female is to speak of sex. While to speak of masculine and feminine is to speak of gender. In doing gender (attributing gender characteristics in body), people are for so long stereotyped by the existing binary relation. It means that male should develop masculine traits to be called as a real man.…