Portuguese Man-of-Waron 22nd Jun 2013, 8:33am | Permalink
Interesting guess, but wrong. The Batman series (or at least the first 2 movies) had something Man of Steel doesn't - great dialogue. The hero and the villains had plenty of depth to their characters, and that makes for a lot of intellectual stimulation, something Man of Steel sorely lacks, at least for me. And that actually makes it a movie for kids - the prime draw being superhero vs super-villain embellished by visual effects, all stuff that adults have been there and seen that.
When Man Of Steel opens, an unprepared member of the audience will take a few moments to find his ground - this is the victory of the comic book and science fiction nerds, writ large on a tent-pole summer film from a major studio. The sheer amount of world-building detail expended on Krypton, Superman's home planet, is staggering to behold. Mixing futurist design with Geiger aesthetic and a surreal sense of the other-worldly, the opening shows an alien planet in the most alien, and yet relatable, way imaginable.
Right after Krypton is destroyed and Kal El reaches Kansas to becom....