Frankie Addiego 
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Re: “Soulless Superman

It's official: this guy's in the Bizarro world.

"The result gives us a dull Superman who whines about his parents a lot." "Whining about his parents," is a reverse-hipster way of saying experiencing emotional turmoil. See, the people who claim to be Superman fans but aren't seem to think Superman's supposed to be this carefree guy where nothing bad happens to him. It's especially hilarious because he keeps talking about Superman Returns and how much better it was.

"Man of Steel has some impressive fireworks but it severely lacks soul. It's a Superman Transformers movie." This is completely untrue, but then he just belittled the heart & soul of the movie by dismissing it as "whining." I think we really know who has no "soul."

"Problem is, he's duller than an ax after 10,000 rounds with a really big, hard boulder." No, he's actually got a certain humility to him which is exactly what Superman should have. No, the DULL one was Mr Routh. Just watch his attempt at handling the monologue at the end of SR.

"For instance, whenever Superman flies, he flies like a supersonic jet. The camera is often very far away, and he's just a little speck zipping around. When we see him up close, he's bouncing around so much we can't really enjoy the visual of a man flying. It's like watching a really bad Top Gun movie." Wow, I didn't know Top Gun had sequels. In any case, this is all subjective, I just don't think there's anything Snyder could have possibly done to avoid this kind of criticism.

"This is another origin story, and with Nolan in the mix it's an often somber one. The thing with Superman is that he's supposed to be selfless. His primary concern is saving people's clumsy asses, not who his parents really are. Sure, he cares to a certain extent, but not to the extent that it derails his primary mission of protecting humanity. That's my take on the character."

Well, the last guy did a pretty good job of tearing this one apart, but let's see if I can.

1) A somber tone (admittedly, a more fair assessment than the overused "dark") doesn't have anything to do with whether or not he tries to save people.

2) Superman IS supposed to "selfless" in that he's incredibly altruistic, not that he doesn't have any concerns about his family. Now, the comics have been rebooted and reimagined several times, but basically, in the late '50s-early '80s, Superman had a veritable obsession with learning more about Krypton. This was done away with for a while in the 1986 reboot also titled Man of Steel, but it later crept back in. And why not? It's interesting.

I'm also not sure how it derails his attempts to protect people. I mean, to be critical, the film did fail to show us how he knows about the Fortress.

3) AT-LEAST he didn't consult the hologram of his dead mother to ask whether or not it was okay for him to have a girlfriend and give up his powers without a moment's thought when she said he couldn't like in the galactically overrated Superman II!!!

"As Lois Lane, Amy Adams doesn't really factor. The script calls for her to be rather humorless and dull in her own right." Um, no it doesn't. In fact, many of the more charming moments in the film are because of her, including the "well here, it's an S," line, or her exchange with Chris Meloni (though she's more the straight man there). The film isn't exactly packed with comedy, but it has more light humor than people give it credit for. It's just that it has the normal amount of humor you'd expect to hear, instead of the standup routine that is Tony Stark.

I think I get where this guy's going, though. A lot of people were unfair to Superman III, and now that it's been remade as Iron Man 2, it's done a lot better. Seriously, though: most of this guy's criticisms just don't match what was on the screen and that's constant with the film.

It's like they think Superman's supposed to be a comedic character devoid of any gravity and in thinking that, they're almost as bad as the haters who bash the character while praising any guy whose father-figure was gunned down as a work of Shakespeare.

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Posted by Frankie Addiego on 06/12/2013 at 11:19 PM

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