/Nerd Rage On – The Man of Steel Movie.

Well, I was looking forward to the new Superman movie. After the synopsis I have a very bad feeling.

“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.”

That is right, we have ANOTHER origin story for Superman. Like the synopsis says, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, so I think it is safe to assume most people interested in the movie already know his origin. How about we to some of the more interesting and established arcs in the Superman universe? Can we please?

I know what you are thinking. “But the last Superman movie wasn’t an origin story, it didn’t do that well.”

To which I would reply, “It had no action. Superman punched nothing. I want to see some super action, know what I’m saying?” Yeah the eyeball thing was cool, how about we rip some shit in half and make some villains soil their Aquaman undies? Is it too much to ask?

You know what would make an AMAZING Superman movie? Superman versus Doomsday, or Bizarro Superman. FFS, why the hell do we need ANOTHER origin story.

Superman vs Doomsday


Oh I have super powers and I’m sad, Earth needs me to defend it but I don’t know how I fit in the world. BLAH BLAH BLAH/WAAH WAAH WAAH.

It is Superman, go punch some bad guys in the face. How can this equation get messed up? It is simple….

Here is what Topless Robot has to say about it:

Yes, ladies, and gentlemen, we’re getting Smallville: The Movie. Not content to just retell Superman’s origin for nth time, the whole fucking movie is apparently now his origin, as if 80% OF THE GODDAMN PLANET DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW WHAT HIS DEAL WAS. So we’ve gone from Superman as mopey, absentee dad to Superman as mopey, unsure boy trying to find his place in the world he doesn’t belong. Forget the fact that we’ve just had 10 fucking seasons of Smallville starring Superman as just that, why on god’s green earth won’t DC give us a Superman movie where Superman is… Superman? You know, a guy who will always do the right thing, will always try, without question or hesitation? A guy who feels he does belong on Earth, because it’s his fucking home, adopted or not?

I’m inclined to agree.

Nerd rage is on. Sweaty, heavy breathing nerd rage.

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6 thoughts on “/Nerd Rage On – The Man of Steel Movie.

  1. You’re right. The series ended. It should stay that way. I was a fan of the series but there are times it gets annoying due to so much love stories. We need raw action. We need new thrilling plots and not the ones we already seen. Something like similar to what they did for batman in dark knight. It thought the 2 latest batman were cool as compared to the older ones. Its just a thought!

  2. dornefiction says:

    And cue the reason…money, money, money, and yes, money. Not to be entirely cynical but origin stories mean new beginnings, which if popular means more and more movies…which means money. Christopher Nolan is the obvious template for this equation, but strangely no one seems to be learning from the excellent example he set. Very sad too.

    Nerd rage? Not so much for me. Even since I was a kid I’ve always looked at Superman with a profound, “Meh.” And unless this movie steps away from playing it safe for all audiences, my interest will remain the same… lukewarm at best.

    If you at all enjoy sarcastic perspectives on the super hero/comic genre check out “Soon I will be Invincible,” by Austin Grossman. Supremely enjoyable if you don’t mind the constant rip on some of the cliches surrounding heros.

    • Frank Bishop says:

      I know it comes down to money, that is why it doesn’t make sense. A significant portion of the super hero movies coming out aren’t doing as well as hoped for, Green Lantern and Thor for example. It is time to change of the equation.
      Christopher Nolan’s Batman did amazing on The Dark Knight, which wasn’t an origin story, but Batman Begins which wasn’t a flop, wasn’t as successful as wanted.

      I just want to watch some super heroes fight. I don’t need a large in depth story. As long as it makes sense and there is fighting, I’m cool.

  3. Nick says:

    i can’t wait for Lex Luther to be the villain!!!!

    • Frank Bishop says:

      After Kevin Spacey’s Lex Luther, I might have a hard time accepting that.
      Do you remember Austin Power’s Goldmember where Spacey was the movie version of Dr.Evil. Yea, that was Lex Luther.

  4. I totally agree with your logic. I feel like part of the problem is that they’re constantly fighting to make Superman an interesting and round character. That’s why they go to the uncertain, mopey guy. There has to be a character arc, and the only one that’s obvious (and safe) is his struggle to fit in the world as an alien. I suspect there’d be more movies of Superman as Superman if they could find a good, new story with character journey and whatnot.

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