It does not make much sense to equate it with Richard Donner’s Superman - 1978. Nolan’s success with cape crusader’s trilogy helped in pitching the idea to Warner Brothers, on reinventing Superman for contemporary audience; a rational move undeniably.
First twenty minutes show casing the homeland - Krypton of Superman is not only captivating but visually ambitious. This is the first time we have ever seen the origin on silver screen in such details. Digital Studio Weta Digital did a commendable job in enhancing the alien planet’s flora & fauna. In literary world there had been various iteration of Superman; however in recent times the stories have become much more modernized to fit today’s world. Snyder’s version of Kal-El has traces of genesis from J. Michael Straczynski graphic novel Superman: Earth One series. Some segment of the plot also felt familiar to Mark Waid’s Birthright.
Man of Steel is intense, visceral & certainly exciting to watch. Does that mean this movie had no flaw of its own? Of course not, there were some aspects which looked a bit rushed. This implies to some of the characters brought in within the story arch. Many have criticized for bringing out the character of Kal-El in darker tone however we should bear in mind that even though Superman has always been considered as the most powerful superhero, he is also emotionally vulnerable.
Just like ‘Batman Begins’, the childhood of Superman is conveyed through flashbacks, which without reservations must say had been the niftiest move. Snyder has laid the foundation in a way which will open up future DC cinematic universe quite akin to what Marvel has previously done with their Avenger franchise. Keeping General Zod as the primary nemesis helped in rendering the conflict in a well-adjusted style, tying up the plot with certain manner.
Snyder has always been known as the visual director & his hallmark is evident all through the movie. Whether you like it or not, this movie has enough action set pieces to make your jaw drop. The power of superman has never been exploited to such magnitude; however at times it felt a bit stretched but never felt mundane. Henry Cavill caped the role of Kal-El/Superman as anticipated but it was Kevin Costner & Russell Crowe who nailed their respective roles as father figure to Kal-El. Another strong feature about this movie is Hans Zimmer’s epic music composition which took this movie to a whole new level.
Superman’s story is meant for everyone, this is a timeless story.