Man of Steel is the latest comic book superhero film based on the DC Comics character, Superman. The film is fresh title in the Superman film series, which has spanned more than 6 titles over more than three decades. Superman movies generally revolves around the old story of a young man born on the planet of Krypton and growing up on earth, but with different variations in plot. Superman Returns (2006) and Man of Steel (2013) are are modern takes on the franchise, and have gathered different opinions from viewers. The App Quests team is here to investigate and compare, Superman Returns vs Man of Steel, which is the better film overall? *SPOILER ALERT*
Superman Returns vs Man of Steel
Man of Steel
Man of Steel had a very strong production team, featuring director Zack Snyder (of ‘300’ fame) and producer Christopher Nolan (of the Batman series).
Good – Great new look
Superman in Man of Steel features a redesigned outfit with overall darker tones and sleek design while keeping the ‘S’ logo. It noticeably does not feature the red trunks that is frequently worn by Superman. Director Zack Snyder had attempted to create an outfit with the red trunks but could not find a suitable look that matches the mood of the film. He describes the new costume as ‘a modern aesthetic’.
Bad – To dark, no romance, General Zod dies
Based the past movies directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch), Man of Steel also features Synder’s stylized visuals, with a more edgy look than a hyper realistic one. The film also features a lot of action, and unfortunately lacked the Lois Lane-romance factor. The film seems to be a darker take on Superman’s struggle to protect and save humanity whilst discovering his roots and origin, and this took up bulk of the movie-time. *SPOILER* Finally, many users are also unhappy with the fact that Superman killed General Zod, either because Superman is known to be one that would never kill, or that he killed General Zod too easily.
Bryan Singer directs Superman returns, after a series of X-Men movies that were well received.
Good – Actor, Romance
Viewers feel that Brandon Routh of Superman Returns looked better as Superman with his square-jawed, charming yet honest look, while Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) seemed more like a scruffy, gym-instructor. By design, Superman Returns also featured more nostalgia and romance- it was set in between Superman II and III, in a time where man got used to Superman gone from the world, and love target Lois Lane moving on with a new lover.
Bad – Too much resemblance to old series, bad plot
Many viewers complained that Superman Returns bore too much ressemblance to the old series with Christopher Reeves. Also, fans are saying that Lex Luthor’s plan to steal crystals from the fortress developed into a weak attempt to destroy Superman.
Superman Returns vs Man of Steel by Critics and User Ratings
Rotten Tomatoes : Superman Returns wins with a rating of 75% compared to Man of Steel’s 65%.
IMDB : Man of Steel triumphs with a rating of 8.1/10 over Superman Returns’ 6.2