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It's hard to pick the best individual element of this moment, but it's between the line of dialogue itself, and a piece of physical staging. Let's focus on the dialogue first. "You're a monster Zod, and I'm going to stop you." Not only is it just a cool line, but it echoes Jor-El's speech earlier: "I will honour the man you once were, Zod, not this monster you've become." In this instant, we truly believe that Kal-El is his father's son. Then there's the fact that, as Superman is talking, he floats into an attack position. It's logical - Superman wouldn't just stand there with his hands on his hips with Zod ready to rumble in front of him - and it just looks impossibly cool. We're going to have to call it a tie on this one.
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Jun 18th 2013, 11:33
15 - It was a Tornado not a Hurricane! Lois Lane would be disgusted as that reporting mistake!!
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Jun 18th 2013, 11:41
There goes my Pulitzer Prize! Great spot, I've amended.
Jun 18th 2013, 11:55
:) I'll chalk it down to time pressures from the editor, just like my typo (with not as - arrghhhhh!)
Jun 18th 2013, 12:38
Antje Traue was a highlight of the premiere at Leicester Square, she's gorgeous :)
Jun 18th 2013, 13:13
Don't know if its my machine, but this page has loaded really strangely and i can't read it properly. Will have to try it later..........but, does anyone else think the flashback scenes were done in a strange order?**SPOILERS** - the bit with Jonathan Kent dying was done pretty well i thought, but it was bit of an odd decision i thought to have a flashback scene a little later on with Jonathan Kent alive and well and watching his young son run around with a fake cape. Felt it kind of took away from his death a little.
Jun 18th 2013, 13:28
I think I totally agree with this feature, the people/critics/idiots who claim the movie had no heart need to watch it again because there are plenty of moments showing heart and depth.
For me the end showed us the beginning, the lead up to it shows us a person who feels like a stranger in his own skin until he learns of his true identity and purpose. The haters will probably feel more comfortable with the sequel as I'm sure we will see the Clark we all know and love.
This movie was awesome and I need to see it again.
Jun 18th 2013, 14:01
Great article. Reminds me why I enjoyed it so much, and highlights the things I missed ("Wayne Enterprises"?!).
Best of all it highlights two things that have mostly been ignored;
1) The incredible fight choreography: In these days of confused Bourne/Taken fisticuffs, when you're never sure what happened to who in blurry-move--o-vision.. In MOS, you knew where every punch went, who threw it, and what was going on. Take that "Transformers"!
2) Hans Zimmer's soundtrack: Although I initially thought it wasn't a patch on Dark Knight or Inception... I'm humming it days later, totally link the music to any publicity shots or clips, and can't imagine the film without it. Genius ear magic.
Jun 18th 2013, 14:10
i would put the tornado scene nearer the top, but it's your list
Jun 18th 2013, 14:14
Anyone else think, " Wait a minute, you are on an dying planet, keep Zod and his pals there. Problem solved." ?
Jun 18th 2013, 14:47
I thought that too, it's so clear-cut, keep them on Krypton, they die along with everyone else except the boy-scout and didn't they realise that the Phantom Zone would be affected by Krypton's destruction? They were released almost immediately ... but then we've had missed the sight of plasma fuelled d***os heading into the sky (oh my) :-)
Jun 18th 2013, 17:09
This film is deeply deeply flawed. One of the key themes is about individual choice. Jor-El has already decided his son's future by sending him to earth and having a suit in the ship for him. He has already decided he will be the saviour of humanity.
With the Clark and glasses scene at the end, well it makes no sense. Throughout the entire film we are given no clues that this version of Clark has any interest in journalism. So why out of the blue would he go for a job at The Daily Planet, and for that matter get the job with no experience? It was put in because fans expect Clark to work at The Daily Planet. For that scene to work, he should have been roaming the planet as a freelance journalist like in Birthright. It put him in a position to be around people in order to help them when he couldn't contain his need to help, and simultaneously gave him isolation, and an income.
Jun 18th 2013, 17:24
The movie was ok until this scene. This was a mistake. A hughe mistake. Even when you excuse one killing to save billions of lifes, no one can be allowed to kill. Not even Superman. Especially Superman.
It is like justifying an invasion to a foreign country and put in danger every single inocent children and woman just to find weapons of mass destruction just becouse you think they are there... wait a minute... ok.
He could have used his heat vision to damage Zod´s brain; took Zod´s eyes out; he could have crippled him for life... he had choices to kept him alive and controled.
Superman is the lamest hero of all becouse of his moral code. He knows what he represents and that's why he has limits. Even when everything is against him, he never surrenders, never gives up. And for him, every life is sacred. Even the life of their enemies.
How in hell will he rant bout Batman's methods when he has a death on his shoulders? Killing someone, even someone as lost as Zod, is the worst way to introduce this new Man of Steel to the new audiences.
And what is worst, after the killing he asks the General to stop spying on him. "I´m a good guy, General". Yeah, sure, you are a good guy who just can level an entire city and killed one of your own. Of course he is a good guy, he grew up in Kansas, for Jor-El's sake! Why on earth I would not want to spy on him...!!???
(Curse you Snyder..!! Curse you Nolan!!)
Oh, and please stop mentioning Doomsday as example of Superman killing someone. Iif you know it´s story, then you know it can´t be killed.
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Jun 18th 2013, 20:05
Fantastic article. You've now made me love this film even more.
Jun 18th 2013, 20:07
"ACTIVATE THE WORLD ENGINE" My god what an awful line. Chunky! dialogue is not the word. I thought this was an ok movie. Not half as good as Total film would have you believe. Over long with no real heart. I just didn't give a s**t for any of the characters.
Jun 18th 2013, 21:07
Fantastic feature, whether you liked the film or not you cannot deny that this wasn't thought through carefully by somebody who clearly has a great passion for this film who desired to include in depth detail and insight. Very inspiring. I absolutely loved this film, thought that it was filled with heart and soul and was accurately reflective of a modern day Superman. I felt tingles down my spine on the first flight and compassion for Superman when he sacrificed his purity by killing Zod (born on Krypton, raised on Earth remember that all you doubters) people will scrutinise this film because it is a success, haters will hate because they think that society will respect them more for their opposing opinions but there is one thing you cannot deny about MOS especially for me: It wasn't a film, it was an experience. 5/5*
Jun 18th 2013, 22:49
I'm pretty sure I heard the Neverending Story within that scene as well. For a slit second, I envisioned Cavill riding Falco through the mountains.
Jun 19th 2013, 0:21
Israelzepeda..welcome! I think this has been mentioned before, but in Superman II . Supes also kills off Zod by throwing him into a chasm. I'm pretty sure theres no bouncy castle at the bottom...lo!
Jun 19th 2013, 6:06
#33, it wasn't a satellite, it was a Predator drone, basically a really expensive remote control airplane.
Jun 19th 2013, 13:06
I cant see how people thought No.50 was funny. That was the worst moment in the film for me. Well that and Superman doing his Jesus Christ impression whilst jumping from a spaceship. Who would ever do that?
Jun 19th 2013, 15:15
I loved this film, and it is a bit silly that people are picking holes in it - particularly the "OMG he totally wouldn't have killed Zod". A lot of people have taken the time to point out, actually he would, and has in several other incarnations so I'm just going to assume these people are confusing him with Batman - easy given the...er, similar colours and er, abilities...?!
There is only one issue which does make me chuckle - if Kal-El spent his whole life backing away from fights, how in the hell is he able to hold his own against Zod and his army considering they've trained since birth pretty much! He might be super strong, but no experience in fighting surely means Zod and co wouldn't have taken too long to deal with him?
Jun 19th 2013, 19:02
Stonedjohn its a bit like the Rocky sequels, he gets his azz handed to him in his first fight, then learns about 'focus' and 'these humans need you' Aka the 'Adrian factor' comes back stronger than ever. Its more credible than Bruce Wayne beating Bane AFTER recovering from a broken back. Erm.. you couldn't do that before, why now?
Jun 19th 2013, 22:23
Where is the boyscout scene in the bar!? Walking away from a beer in the face and a can to the head..
Jun 21st 2013, 15:38
15 - The tornado scene was a clunking travesty of a scene, utterly terrible!
Jun 21st 2013, 17:09
I won't even begin to poke holes in why the tornado scene does not belong on this list........... there's too many holes and I wouldn't even know where to start.
Other than that? Great list.
All I can hope is that from here on out............. well........ I say they Google "Hub Pages Bringing Cinematic Justice To The Justice League And The DC Universe As a Whole Part 1" and take its advice by starting off with a little...... ok, a lot more character development................................. after that? Just rinse and repeat with part 2, part 3 (which totally called that whole Wayne Enterprises satellite thing) and end on a great note with part 4.
if you do this right, it very well could be the greatest superhero saga ever.........
if you do this right, in time, we will join you in the sun...........
Jun 23rd 2013, 19:18
Well actually her name in the movie was Carrie Farris not Carol Ferris. Both the first and last name are different.
Jul 7th 2013, 14:02
Fix the buggy ads on your site. They are incredibly annoying and make the article almost impossible to read.
Jul 20th 2013, 4:34
I joined this site just to argue with you. Just a few things.
1. Young Clark wearing the cape. What is he emulating? Who is he pretending to be? He's never seen Krypton and there is no Superman in his universe. This scene MAKES NO SENSE and feels poetic, as if his father is thinking "Oh, one day he'll be Superman, a person who does not exist for me in any way." Maybe he thinks Superman will be the next Scarlet Pimpernel. No, it's stupid and illogical. Am I the only one who noticed this?
2. "I just think he's kind of hot. This is Hollywood sexism at it's strongest. Are we to believe that a Major in the Military can't act professionally in front of a man with big muscles. Oh, I forgot, she's a weak woman who only responds to alpha males and the color pink.
3. "Activate the World Engine" was as laughable as "Release the Kracken."
4. "You can save them. You can save them all." Right, except for the few thousands of people you kill by knocking a building into them. Oh, they were evacuated? Right. Ever heard of 9/11 syndrome? They have it now.
There are so many more reasons why this movie fell short of anything better than "Okay... I guess."
Your allegiance to the Superman comics has made you blind to a crappy movie. I'm right and you're wrong.
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