For over 30 years I have been waiting for Superman to return (pun intended). That's a long damn time to wait with only a few disappointing films along the way (two horrible ones in the 80s and one that was not much better several years ago). So, when I heard of this film being made that was cowritten by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) I was cautiously optimistic.
However, as I caught wind of some rumors that the filmmakers were taking great liberties with the character such as not wanting to actually refer to him as 'Superman' or taking away the implied patriotic nature of the character, I began to worry and grew skeptical. Let me be the first to tell you that all my fears were silenced last night at the midnight screening at Hollywood 20 as I joined some of the good folks from Borderlands Comics and Games.
The film, in my opinion as a huge fan of the first two Christopher Reeve films from the late 70s, was very true to the character in terms of origin and I even thought Henry Cavill resembled Reeve in terms of his expressions of anger and desperation. Granted the term 'Superman' was only used a couple of times and towards the end of the film but was to be expected in an origin story.
The main liberties I thought the film took were the deaths of both his earthly father, Jonathan Kent (played by Kevin Costner) and his biological Kryptonian father, Jor-El (played by Russell Crowe) which I will not give away but I thought both instances were minor and did not alter the storyline in any way.
And let me just say that I loved the film despite all my sketicism going into the screening! It was absolutely and totally....SUPER!!!! Finally someone made a Superman film worthy of today's big special effects-filled summer blockbusters without just churning out a big ol' polished up turd! Heck, I even am starting to like the new symbol which I at first despised!