The Hope Behind “Man of Steel”

The summer of 2013 promises to be filled by cinematic blockbusters designed to capture the attention of moviegoers and hopefully break box-office records in the process. Among the most anticipated releases of the blockbuster season is director Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel.” The film, a reimagining of the story behind individual of the everlasting icons of the card book world, Superman, has all the hallmarks of a big-budget action movie. There’s plenty of bang to run along with the viewer’s buck, near an exciting story that’s sure to have audiences cheering. There’s also a plot line that centers on the idea of hope besides just what it mode to have an old-school superhero aloft around in today’s modern world.

“Man of Steel” follows the traditional origin story from Superman, with a few twists thrown in to make the character also acceptable to modern filmgoers. As in the comics et sequens earlier television shows and films, Superman is a boyfriend of dualistic worlds. The character is born on the dead planet from Krypton, where he is placed into a spaceship by his Kryptonian parents and sent to Earth to be raised therefore human.

In earlier film adaptations, there is little attention compensated to the Kryptonian heritage of Superman other than to state that the difference between planets is the source of his power. In “Man of Steel” however, the following is given more than a cursory peek into the planet of Superman’s origin. This look at the planet from Superman’s birth emphasizes the prevalent theme of auspicious running throughout the film. In sending the child to Earth, Superman’s father, played including dramatic flair by Russell Crowe, places the dream of the dying civilization onto the child’s tiny shoulders. In rescue the newborn Superman, he manages to save a part of his civilization. However, at the same time, he sacrifices a large part of it, knowing that his son will be assimilated interested Earth’s culture.

Assimilation for a young Clark Kent, as the child is named by his human adoptive parents Martha and Jonathan Kent, is nay an easy task. Martha Kent, portrayed by Diane Lane, is loving and supportive, instantly accepting of Clark’s superhuman powers. Jonathan Kent, played by Kevin Costner, brings a quiet strength and pomposity to his role pro re nata adoptive father. Whereas Crowe’s Jor-El advises Clark to embrace his role as patron of the weak, Costner reels in Clark’s enthusiasm, cautioning him about the dangers like animalcule different. Despite this caution, Clark Kent continuously finds himself in the lead of rescuer, unable to turn his back on trouble despite the danger of exposing his extraterrestrial origins.

Henry Cavill takes on the role of Clark Kent/Superman with an all-inclusive approach. While earlier works often put forth the dual-identities of the main appearance as duality separate entities, “Man of Steel” continuously emphasizes that Superman is only an extension of Kent in a colorful outfit. As Kent works to embrace both his Kryptonian origin and his earthly upbringing, the Superman persona gradually emerges as a melding of the two philosophies from his different fathers. Throughout the process of self-discovery, though, is the continued belief that he can be a force for good – a force that his adoptive world soon turns to as their final hope against off-world assailants.

This new imagining of Superman sees the character placed into a world without the usual comic-book background of superheroes. Superman is seen as even more extraordinary opposite this backdrop, and he is feared for his powers. When the danger of General Zod, a Kryptonian general who makes his practice to Earth, is fully realized, however, the people of Temporal must place their hope directly onto the Superman they past feared.

Zod, played handy Michael Shannon, is everything that Earth feared Superman could be. He’s callous in his use of power, destroying anything that he pleases with ease. With Zod’s appearance though, the audience gets to see the culmination concerning Kent’s swell into Superman the hero.

“Man of Steel” has an established propeller base ready to fill seats on opening night. Superman is a beloved character who’s withstood the test of time to provide entertainment to generations of comic-book readers, Televisie viewers and filmgoers. The dialectical remains, will this regenerated hopeful avenue appeal to this certain fandom while filling seats with new viewers?

If past film response is anything to go by, the prolepsis is a resounding yes. “Man of Steel” brings plenty of action to the big screen, but at the same time offers a deep outline line that explores the Superman origin story from both planets’ viewpoints. Fans of the Man of Steel have always arranged their hope in him, and they will not be disappointed as this newly envisioned Superman shoulders the hope of his adoptive world once again.