When it comes to superhero movies, I tend to have questionable taste. No, I don’t think that Batman & Robin is a cinematic masterpiece – I’m not that bad – but I was the only one among all my friends who actually enjoyed that first Hulk movie directed by Ang Lee. On top of that, the Bryan Singer-directed Superman Returns starring Brandon Routh was a pretty bad as well but I have to admit enjoying it; for all my supposed education sometimes I just like superhero movies, even if they’re bad. I draw the line at the Ghost Rider and Green Lantern movies, though; I have standards, even if they’re low ones.
There’s just something about Superman, though. Sure he’s competely overpowered and he’s a bit of a dimbulb when you compare him to heroes like Batman, there’s something inspirational about the Last Son of Krypton that gets me every time. Growing up in the 80’s, Superman to me was Christopher Reeve, even as the original Superman movies peaked with Superman II and went downhill from there. I think Brandon Routh’s more-than-passing resemblance to Reeve is the main reason I enjoyed Superman Returns so much, though it’s not really something you can build an entire movie around. The newest actor to play Superman, Henry Cavill in the upcoming Man of Steel, doesn’t look a thing like either Routh or Reeve save for a strong jaw, but I can’t help but think he’s going to make a pretty good Superman himself:
Pretty exiting stuff. I’m going to stay open-minded and give this one a chance when it comes out later this year. What do you think – is Man of Steel going to fall flat on its face or will it rekindle the stagnant Superman franchise for DC/Warner Brothers?