While it’s been rumored (and even assumed) that Zac Snyder’s Superman reinvention, “Man of Steel”, would make its debut on the big, “big” screen next summer, we now have an official confirmation from Warner Bros. that the film will premiere in both 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters when it’s released next June.
Superman’s never been a particularly interesting character to me, and the same could be said when I was growing up religiously watching re-runs of Batman: The Animated Series. The character always seemed too powerful, too cliche for me to really stand behind him the way that I stood behind the damaged psyche that was Bruce Wayne. That being said, I’d be lying if I said Snyder’s Man of Steel wasn’t in a league of its own as far as anticipation goes for next year’s cinematic offerings. I still get shivers down my spine when I see the teaser trailer that was released this past summer, and all it takes is the title card that reads “From Christopher Nolan” to convince me this could very well be the next “Dark Knight Trilogy” for comic book fans across the nation. I say that from both a financial standpoint for Warner Bros. (after the behemoth that was Batman, Nolan’s name slapped on any project is going to be draw a crowd) and for a quality standpoint for the many Superman fans still waiting for a modern take on Superman that doesn’t put fans to sleep (no offense Brandon Routh).
I’ve been a fan of Snyder as a director ever since 300 (the man can steer any action piece into a thoroughly beautiful direction), and he proved he can also paint a beautiful picture with movies like Watchmen or even Sucker Punch. One thing Snyder’s never been good at is writing (Sucker Punch is a beautifully directed film that can barely stand on its own script’s legs), which is hopefully where David Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade) will come in handy as screenwriter. Ironically enough, it’s almost like “The Avengers” of a film crew, with Snyder directing, Goyer writing, Hans Zimmer doing the film’s score, and Nolan over-seeing it all. Mark my words, Man of Steel is going to be a home run. Man of Steel is going to do the impossible and make Superman cool again. The film wasn’t shot in 3D or IMAX, however Snyder has said before that he shot the film with a 3D conversion in mind. According to a report by /Film, Snyder recently said in an interview:
Anticipating how audiences today embrace 3D, we designed and photographed the movie in a way that would allow Man of Steel to captivate those movie goers, while respecting fans who prefer a more traditional cinematic experience…We’ve taken great measures to ensure the film and the story come first, and 3D is meant as an enhancement.
Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Michael Shannon, soars into theaters on June 14, 2013.