I liked Man of Steel.
And here is why, like you give a shit (SPOILERS AHEAD):
It wasn’t the Superman movies I grew up with.
People hated that.
Fortunately for those people, THOSE FUCKING MOVIES ARE STILL AVAILABLE ON MAGNETIC TAPE OR DIGITAL VIDEO DISCS OR SOME SHIT.
Why the fuck would you want to watch those movies, but again, but other people?
Do you go to Phish concerts and get all pissed that they are changing the songs?
Storytelling is adaptive and can change. That’s what makes it incredible.
Someone had the fucking sack to take Superman and do something different with him, gambling that someone out there would like it. And it paid off for one hundred percent of the people writing this.
That shit with Costner dying?
So fucking good.
Because his dad was right.
You can’t just fucking introduce a Superman into our way of life all Willie Nelson Nilly, y’all. You can’t play an “almost unbeatable man” card in this game without REALLY thinking about the consequences.
What would it mean for warfare? For faith? For the fucking unknowns of the universe and our place in it? What if there is a balance to things, and having someone meddle with the fate of humans REALLY fucks shit up? What happens when a life that was supposed to end SUDDENLY DOESN’T because of flying man? Maybe nothing, because maybe we are all just grown monkey accidents. Or maybe not. Maybe something horrible happens. Maybe there is a machine behind all of this, and Superman would break the shit out of that machine.
There are so, SO many reasons not to let a young or even adult Superman off his leash.
And he knew it. And the person who wrote this knew it, and they went with it. And I love that.
OH BUT HE BROKE SO MUCH SHIT.
Yeah. Because he was fucking fighting a very pissed team of people who break shit. Like for fun. Oh, and by the way? HE DIDN’T HAVE A LIFETIME OF FUCKING SUPERMAN CLASSES.
He flat-out didn’t KNOW how to beat that shit and help everyone. So he went with his gut. Because it was all he fucking had. And the story played out kinda how you would expect. It got messy as fuck.
BUT HE KILLED SOMEONE ON PURPOSE.
BUT HE ISN’T THE SUPERMAN I KNOW.
Welcome to trying new things. You didn’t like it this time. That’s the price you pay for creativity and options. But sometimes it pays off, and you love it.
Wasn’t really into the far-fetched Lois Lane is coming up here and fixing shit line, but IT IS A FUCKING MOVIE ABOUT A GUY WHO FLIES.
Like the flying shit was on the previews. Leave your “far-fetched” meter at home.
I love you, Garth. But this isn’t about trying new shit. This is about having someone who, imperically, isn’t new shit. Who is timeless. Moral. The yardstick.
The unbroken rock.
Breaking that doesn’t say anything. Doesn’t teach anything. Except that doing so makes money at the box office.
There are plenty of anti-heroes. We don’t need more of those.