So did nobody here actually see Man of Steel this weekend?
I did, and I enjoyed it immensely. It's the perfect fusion of the artsy, angsty, character-driven Chris Nolan superhero approach and the visual, fast-paced, over-the-top, action overload Zack Synder approach. It shouldn't work as well as it does, but as a lifelong Superman fan this is a fantastic film. I have a feeling some people who aren't action fans may find the last hour a bit too much, but hell that's the way Superman stories are and the way this film should be. Good mix of old and new, in terms of the mythology. Russel Crowe was amazing in this film, as was Costner, and Henry Caville definitely gives Chris Reeves a run for his money. The films are so different that it's difficult to even compare them though. Overall, I'd say this is the Superman film I had always wanted but never thought possible, just because of the combination of talent and technology that luckily aligned here. I hope they bring back the same team for the inevitable sequel--Chris Nolan especially. I actually like Zack Synder's work, but it's the human side of this story that makes it resonate, and even I can't pretend that isn't due to Chris Nolan. Anyway, really good film, I'd like to see it on the big screen again.
I was impressed they really embraced the sci-fi elements of Superman, and those over the top action moments--Superman has always been like that, but sadly the only film to really play with those was Superman IV. Lex Luthor is nowhere to be found and thank god. I have a feeling he will be in the sequel, but it's nice to have the second out of 6 Superman films without the overplayed Lex Luthor. Hopefully in the sequel he can have command of giant robots and stuff like he does in the comics but they couldn't bring to life in past films.