Watch Man of Steel Online As a kid, I liked the Superfriends cartoon, and while it was fun to fantasize about what it would be like to have Superman’s powers, I was never a fan of Superman himself, maybe because I found him rather unrelateable. But if anyone could bring Superman into the real world for a modern audience, the best team you could ask for would be Christopher and Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer, the masterminds behind the Dark Knight films, and Zack Snyder, a director who specializes in seamlessly combining actors and digital effects. But while Man of Steel does the best job yet of visually putting Superman in the 21st century, I still couldn’t connect with the last son of Krypton in a movie that eventually goes too long and way too loud.
Watch Man of Steel Online Free Clark Kent (aka Superman) is played as an adult by Henry Cavill, a guy who looks like a bodybuilder moonlighting as a fashion model, and is about as accessible. However, you get some empathy during Man of Steel’s many flashbacks to Clark as a boy growing up in Kansas, which I found to be the most interesting and humanizing parts of the film as we see young Clark tormented by his strange powers, the pressure to keep them secret, and the alienation he feels from knowing how different and alone he truly is. It’s Clark’s adoptive parents (played by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) who instill the values and perspective Clark needs to be the hero he becomes, and Costner does a great job of showing what makes Clark a true dual citizen.
The villain in Man of Steel is General Zod (played by Michael Shannon), who was the military commander of Clark’s home planet of Krypton before it was destroyed. With a vendetta against Clark’s Kryptonian family, Zod and his crew come to earth with plans to kill Clark and turn Earth into a new Krypton, killing all humans in the process.
Watch Man of Steel Movie Perhaps the best thing about Man of Steel is that computer graphics have advanced to the point where we’re able to see Superman fly and fight in a more realistic way than ever before, giving you the sense of how it would look if a person could actually fly, as well as the speed and force with which two Kryptonians would battle. However, both these things lose their luster over the film’s nearly two-and-a-half-hour runtime, and especially in the last fight scene, which drags on for what seems like 30-45 minutes of earsplitting destruction.
Unfortunately, that didn’t leave me with a whole lot to like, including Clark Kent himself. I think a big reason why I never got into Superman is that with his godlike powers and his seemingly unimpeachable morals, Superman is nearly impossible to relate to. The responsibility of his powers is so awesome that the character doesn’t allow for much darkness, humor, or really humanity for the audience to connect with. His powers are so limitless that I never felt worried that he wouldn’t be able to accomplish or overcome something. And while I did feel sorry for Clark as a kid, that sympathy disappears when you see that he grew up to be the most handsome and ripped guy ever, and his tight outfit won’t let you forget it. It’s Cavill’s looks that help rob the supposed romance between Superman and reporter Lois Lane (played by Amy Adams) of any real chemistry.