Man of Steel is the highly anticipated reboot of the classic Superman tale. After a series of legal challenges and problems the film finally started in shooting in 2011. It was risky to try and reboot a superhero as beloved as Superman but the studio has brought in some major talent to try and ensure the film is a success. The cast reads like a who’s who of major Hollywood talent with stars like Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as the Kents. Hollywood all-star Russell Crowe will play Superman’s biological father Jor-El.
Director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan are known for successful reboots of popular characters. Christopher Nolan came onboard the Man of Steel project after his successful trio of Batman films which showed a darker and more human side of the legendary superhero. Man of Steel got the same treatment. The story is a faithful retelling of the original Superman story but focuses more on the isolation that Clark Kent must have felt as a child and how his experiences as an outsider created the superhero dedicated to helping others that he became. The film will have the same dark tones that other DC Universe major motion pictures have had to tie all of the films together.
It is hoped that this restart of the story will allow future writers and directors to put a more modern spin on the classic character and help push Superman and the other DC Heroes into the next century. It’s always risky to try and make over characters that so many millions of people love but if they are successful an entirely new generation of fans will fall under the spell of Superman. What is always appealing to people about superheroes is their humanity. By focusing on the vulnerability and humanity of Clark Kent and how it created a superhero passionate about helping the weak and defenseless Man of Steel will make Superman even more appealing.
Christopher Reeve, who played Superman in the original film, touched millions of people with his thoughtful portrayal of the Man of Steel. Jim Cavill has a big cape to fill but previews indicate that he will do the role justice. Even fans who don’t want to like the new Superman movie out of loyalty to the original film will find themselves drawn to the new Man of Steel.
Ever since Superman first appeared he has been a popular Halloween costume for boys. Man of Steel will bring a more modern look to the superhero and to Lois Lane who is also iconic. This year Superman will be one of the most popular Halloween costumes for boys but men may choose to go with the traditional Superhero costume. The new Man of Steel will ensure that Superman stays on the list of most in demand Halloween costumes for years to come.