Brace yourselves: its time for a DC/Warner Bros. awkward phase. After reaching its creative, experimental hey day with The Dark Knight trilogy, they've graduated from that horizon expanding realist school and now face a difficult stage in the big wild world where miscommunication, unemployment and meeting targets are requirements: not a shock that people will celebrate. Warner Bros must throw down the gauntlet and do battle with Marvels movie-churning machine and their first manoeuvre is Man Of Steel.
Aside from the importance of this movie in the Warner Bros cannon, it also just looks incredibly brilliant. The visuals look amazing (very low key for a Snyder film) and the reinvention of Superman and the Batman-esque take on him as a symbol living up to his father expectations looks like it will bring an emotional punch as severe as a steel boot to the scrotum. Probably.
Another concern is Zack Snyder. Whilst Im sure executives would have kept a close watch on his final output to make it more palateable for a mainstream audience, all fans of Superman have had niggling doubts about him since he was employed. Will he control the slow motion? Can he perfect a story (300 was too bland, Watchmen too dense and slow, Sucker Punch too pointless)? Can he resist the lure of a slow motion sex scene?
Similarly Henry Cavill is a question mark. Whilst his apprenticeship on the Tudors has received excellent reviews, his film career has been somewhat questionable, often seeing hum struggling to muster more than the expression of pure disgust and anger he maintained throughout Immortals since that film came out. Whilst we hope he has saved his best for Man Of Steel, I just hope he hasnt taken the title too literally and adopted it as an acting style.
Check out the trailer here: