Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s one of the Summer’s (if not the year’s) most anticipated films. The new Superman epic, Man of Steel hits cinemas worldwide this weekend and I’m hedging my bets that after the Kryptonite dust settles there will be a record breaking opening weekend flying high above the clouds.
The reboot of one of DC Comics most famous characters is directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen), produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Memento) and scripted by comic book/screenplay writer David S Goyer. The hero extravaganza boasts a superhuman cast including Oscar winner Russel Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) Lawrence Fishburne (The Matrix Trilogy), Kevin Costner (The Bodyguard, JFK) and Amy Adams (Enchanted) however the man wearing the most famous uniform in the world is none other than British actor Henry Cavill (Immortals, Star Dust).
For those of you that don’t already know the basic premise of the movie, here you go…
Clark Kent is a humanoid alien who after being transported to Earth from the dying planet of Krypton, was adopted as a child by Jonathan and Martha Kent. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super powers and struggles to find his own place in life. When the world is attacked by another Kryptonian native (General Zod), he must become the hero named Superman to protect his adopted planet Earth and its people.
With the success of movies such as Iron Man 3 and The Avengers by DC’s own personal Lex Luthor, Marvel, the heat is on for Man of Steel to clean up and the box office and act as a gateway for the rest of DC cinematic universe. DC has a strong, extremely established roster of characters that are instantly recognisable and in most cases, ingrained into our cultural psyche. The realisation of movies such as Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and DC’s own superhero mega-team The Justice League are all waiting in the wings until after the success of Man of Steel has been defined.
I personally feel that the Man of Steel will be the unbreakable movie of steel for summer 2013 and I cannot wait to head over to my cinema of solitude this weekend to be blown away.
Man of Steel is released in 2d and 3d nationwide on Friday 14th June.