Why Man Of Steel Was An Amazing Comic Book Movie

Ryan Mayer Ryan Mayer

January 26th, 2016

I am a Sport Management major and Business minor at St. John's University in Queens, NY. I am a writer for ComiConverse.com, ThePennyFace.com, and TheJetPress.com. I also am the Twitter manager of ComiConverse.com. I have always been in love with comics and football and hope to one day make a career out of it!

Why Man Of Steel Was An Amazing Comic Book Movie

Man of Steel was the film that launched a new generation of DC Comics movies. Our own Ryan Mayer took a look back at the release that started it all and why it was a such a smash hit.

Why Man Of Steel Was An Amazing Comic Book Movie

The DC Extended Universe is approaching fast, with the first major movie in the combined universe only months away from premiering. Technically, the first movie in the universe is Man of Steel, which is one of the most argued about comic book movie of all time. Since this big connected universe is soon to be born, I want to go through the three main arguments made against Man of Steel and try to show why this was an amazing Superman movie.

Unlike most movies that fans are often open to debating, Man of Steel seems to be one movie that people have drawn a line in the sand on and chosen whether they hate the movie or love it. I happen to side with those who love the movie and actually prefer it over many other comic book films.


Now with that being said, there are fair criticisms when it comes to Man of Steel, but I will be going through them and trying to show the other perspective on these critiques. There are three main criticisms that arise when talking about this movie.

1. Superman kills Zod?!?

2. Superman doesn

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  1. Noah says:

    Good points all.

  2. I enjoy the movie as an action move but I feel like it’s such a wasted opportunity. I would make some other objections and counter points.

    1. Letting Pa Kent done – This really bothered me in the film and for a minute after reading Mark Waid’s thoughts I accepted it but once I watched the movie again, I just can’t be okay with that. I get why they did it but I hate it.

    2. General tone and lack of joy – There was just too much drab grayness in this movie. It lacked color. The color palate of the movie fits the color palate of the costume. The color is also expressive of the other big problem of the movie, the lack of joy. Simply put there just isn’t a really good feeling in this film. I understand the stakes are high but if the symbol on his chest stands for hope, perhaps they could make me feel it.

    Counterpoints. I actually probably agree with you on the 3 points addressed above. However, the thing that bothers me about this is not that he doesn’t get Zod away from people it’s that he just doesn’t seem to be concerned. I can understand not putting long scenes to show this but a couple of seconds here and there of him looking around would have been a drastic improvement. This general feeling peaks in the scene where he kisses Lois in Metropolis. Superman should be searching for people, not getting fresh in the midst of a war zone.

    All in all, I feel like I like this movie more than a lot of people but at the same time the disappointments feel so obvious that it really bothers me.

  3. Freedom Cobra Couragewolf says:

    You forgot something important, that kind of destruction is NORMAL when gods are fighting gods, take the first Thor movie, what is destroyed? 2 cars and one truck in a very small street, how is that realistic?, MoS is not a movie based on realism, but it’s realistic when it comes to how fucked mortals are when 2 guys that can move 900 times faster than sound and split mountains fight. The pace of the movie and Pa kent’s death were dumb, but MoS is a great look at superheroes for what they are,

  4. AdamsI says:

    @Blake Mitchell

    “This general feeling peaks in the scene where he kisses Lois in Metropolis. Superman should be searching for people, not getting fresh in the midst of a war zone.”

    I hate, hate, hate this argument. In tragedy after tragedy that occurs in real life, we see how people react when there’s a moment of calm after the tragedy and they are reunited with the people they love. What do they do? They rush to them and embrace, overjoyed to see that their loved one has survived.

    So, Superman can be considered tantamount to a first responder (police, fire, etc.) in this situation. Yes, he has responsibilities to ensure that everybody is okay and to take care of others. But, even in that situation, if you have been through a great stress and trauma and see that somebody you love has survived the trauma, you will go to them before getting back to work.

    I’m sorry, 99% of humanity would have reacted the same way in that situation. I don’t know why everybody says it’s gross and totally not the place you would kiss… If you were in London during a WWII bombing raid and were separated from your wife, then the raid stopped and you found your wife, would you run and kiss her? Or would you start looking for strangers to make sure they’re ok?

  5. Ryan Mayer says:

    Thank you

  6. Ryan Mayer says:

    The point of Pa Kent was to show how a dad would be overly concerned over their son that has these powers in this world. Also you are right these two gods going at it will be the cause of untold damage.

  7. Derek says:

    1. I feel the same way as you do. I don’t really get what Pa Kent was trying to prove there. He coulda swooped him outta there and the people would have just thought he got picked up by the tornado. Then, he just tells everyone he was thrown by the tornado into a pile of hay or something. He didn’t have to die and it seems like a silly sacrifice. No one knew anything about Clark’s abilities and he could have been over there and back so fast that anyone else would’ve just seen a blur.

    2. I think (and maybe hope) that Man of Steel is representative of how Zack Snyder is filming this. I noticed that in MoS, the color palette gets a bit more vibrant as you get to the end of the movie. If this continues through BvS and then Justice League, we should see a pretty bright, optimistic, and hopeful Supes. My eyes might have been playing tricks on me, but I feel like that movie starts very vibrant, then gets dark and joyless quickly, and then ends on a brighter note.

  8. Matt Carpenter says:

    Ugh. Killing someone is only truly murder when there is pre-meditated malice. I swear, these same people would attack a guy who stops a mass hooting by killing the shooter.

  9. Matt Carpenter says:

    Thank you. I thought the Pa Kent death in this movie was an even better depiction than the one in the Reeves movie.

  10. In_Brightest_Day says:

    Clark didn’t have super speed nor flight at this point in his life.

  11. Marcus G. says:

    i completely agree. An man who was raised to be good, and who’s natural abilities give him God like power struggles to fit in a world that immediately rejects him because of it. Man Of Steel was a fantastic representation of the Last Son of Krypton and Henry Cavill absolutely owns the role.

    I’m excited to see exactly how he struggles in BvS as the fallout of that battle is placed on his shoulders. Either way MOS is one of my favorite comic book films and props to you for providing a different yet very accurate perspective.