Man of Steel sequel gets early go-ahead

Henry Cavill stars as Superman in Man of Steel.Will you like Man of Steel? Warner Bros are so confident you will, that even before it had its world premiere on Monday they were already fast-tracking the sequel.

In the process they have locked in Zack Snyder to direct again, Christopher Nolan to return as producer and David Goyer to take up the super-pen where he left off. Not only that, Goyer has also been given writers duty on Justice League – DC Comics’ answer to The Avengers.

The premiere acted as a starter’s pistol for reviews of the highly anticipated Superman reboot, which were largely positive.

Both to its credit and detriment, depending upon the reviewer in question, the film has been widely noted for its all-action style.

“To the oft-asked question of whether or not the world is really starving for yet another superhero origin story, Man of Steel simply responds by serving up what could be as much spectacle and action – minute-by-minute, frame-by-frame – as any movie anyone could think of,” writes Todd McCarthy in The Hollywood Reporter.

“Zack Snyder’s huge, backstory-heavy extravaganza is a rehab job that perhaps didn’t cry out to be done but proves so overwhelmingly insistent in its size and strength that it’s hard not to give in.”

Scott Foundas at Variety was less impressed, concluding “a humourless tone and relentlessly noisy aesthetics drag down this heavily hyped, brilliantly marketed tentpole attraction”.

Both reviewers made particular note of Hans Zimmer’s score, which Foundas described as an “unceasing Wagnerian bombast”.

Online movie hubs were consistently stronger in their praise of Snyder’s film.

“Zack Snyder has made an epic and heartfelt adventure that successfully reboots the Superman character in a realistic, and humanistic way,” wrote Germain Lussier on SlashFilm.

“Man of Steel is easily the most exhilarating and arresting interpretation of Superman yet,” says Simon Reynolds from Digital Spy. “When Cavill’s predecessors took flight it all seemed so leisurely. Here, his lift-offs are positively supersonic.”

Criticism from these areas has focused on Snyder’s extensive use of hand-held camerawork and overly strong suggestions towards the Jesus Christ metaphor.

Ultimately the reviews are confident the film will do well and should form the foundation for a new Superman franchise.

Alonso Duralde at The Wrap suggests “even if it doesn’t quite soar. Snyder’s direction feels far more assured than it did in the misfires of Watchmen and especially Sucker Punch, and now that the requisite first-movie origin story has been accomplished, the movie lays the ground for what could be some thrilling sequels featuring a Superman who’s both exactly what people want to see and a significantly different take on a well-established character.”

The now-confirmed sequel will likely come before the Justice League ensemble as Snyder recently commented that “completely hypothetically, I feel like you need to get Superman a little further down the road, I think, before you can do a Justice League movie.”

It’s been a remarkable journey for the film – and its Australian director – after the largely negative reception to Snyder’s work on Sucker Punch and the disaster that was Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns prompted early concerns that the film could kill both Snyder and Superman for good.

Australian film writers have not been shown the film yet, however Roadshow announced on Wednesday that Snyder, Henry Cavill who plays Superman and Russell Crowe, who plays his father, will attend a premiere of the film in Sydney on June 24.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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