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May 18th, 2013

03:00 pm
I am horribly afraid that "Man of Steel" is going to suck.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love me some superhero movies, and I think the DC vs Marvel thing is stoopid. "Lois and Clark" remains, to this day, one of my all-time favorite TV shows. I have seen the trailer for "Man of Steel" and am intrigued thereby.

However, I'm also looking at the people involved in this thing and squinting.

Christopher Nolan--I know people think he hung the moon or something, but he just doesn't do it for me. I absolutely adore "The Prestige" and "Memento," but "Inception" and his Batman trilogy leave me cold. And it comes down to characters. Someone needs to tell Christian Bale that there's a difference between "stoic" and "wooden," and no one should cast Leo DeCaprio in anything ever.

Zack Snyder--also hit and miss. "Watchmen" isn't the kind of movie you actually like, but I respect what he did with it (for the most part). But I almost wonder if my feelings about that film are based more on Jackie Earle Haley's performance than anything else, because that dude was amazing. I liked "The Owls of Ga'Hoole," but... it's animated. I never saw "300" because it just looked like an overblown war movie. I missed "Sucker Punch" out a sense that he was handling delicate material like mental illness in a both ham-fisted and flippant manner.

David S. Goyer--I just looked up his writing credits. Oh, God.

And see, these guys make movies I should adore. I proudly wear my geek cred on my sleeve for all to see. Their movies are right up my alley--

Or they should be. But they're not. It comes down to characters for me. Give me a character I care about and I will follow you all the way down the rabbit hole and come out smiling on the other side. Or, hell, you can leave me there, I don't care. But something about the material that these guys put out just bugs. Either they can't wring decent performances out of their actors, or the writing itself doesn't let the characters shine. It's telling that I care more about Gordon and Alfred than I do about Bruce. Oldman and Caine shine even with bad material.

And I swear to God that if they give Supes the same treatment they gave the Bat, I'm going to scream.