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It’s a Super Monday!

Today is a special, super Monday!

Experiencing the return of the, “Man of Steel” on an epic IMAX screen was the perfect stage for this character’s epic re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere from Planet Krypton.

As a result of our spoiler-happy culture, I purposefully avoided search engine terms such as, “Man of Steel,” “Henry Cavill,” “Amy Adams” and anything related to this movie for the past couple weeks. The internet has no filter. However, it’s apparently been a well-known fact that a sequel has been in the works for some time now. Still, I wanted to know as little as possible before watching 2013s, “Man of Steel.”

This new development (for me anyways) definitely changes some of the dynamics and reflections for, “Man of Steel.”

The confirmation of a sequel with writer David Goyer instantly put, “Man of Steel” into a new perspective (like “Batman Begins”) concerning Clark Kent/Superman’s character arc. Realizing this, “Man of Steel” represents more of an origin story and a damn good one at that!

And as mentioned in an earlier post, the chemistry between Super- the Man of Steel and Lois Lane, which is a pivotal relationship, was engaging, palpable and entertaining.

The countdown has begun for the Super Sequel!

P.S. Go See, “Man of Steel!”


The Epic Renaissance of the “Man of Steel”

“One day, you’re gonna have to make a choice. You have decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. … Whoever that man is, good character or bad, is gonna change the world.”
–Mr. Kent

“You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They’ll race behind you, they will stumble. They will fall. … But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”

It’s a bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Super-I mean, It’s the Man of Steel!

The day has arrived when the superhero of all superheroes will again appear as a heroic savior from the skies. As the description the late Jay Morton coined reads, he’s, “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” The, “man of steel” will attempt to protect the people of Earth from General Zod and his army while wearing a modernized (by Kryptonian standards) blue suit with a red cape, donning the most famously symbolic “S” ever known.

How will fans react to Henry Cavill’s adaptation? Was he up to this enormous challenge?

Music is a vitally important partner to any television show or movie featuring Superman. The opening few seconds of John Williams’ score for the 1978 motion picture is definitively beautiful as it sets the stage for a grand journey. Hans Zimmer, a composing mastermind and movie soundtrack maestro, put his orchestral talents to work to create the right sound that had to be, quite literally, super!

In the short video below, Zimmer describes a new listening technology he helped develop when he composed the, “Man of Steel” soundtrack.

Innovative- Brilliant-Wow!

Did Zimmer write a new, modern anthem or score that will overtake the iconic, “Superman” soundtrack by John Williams? No, because that task is essentially impossible. However, as the music from the multiple trailers and his past movie scores have indicated, the new soundtrack will undoubtedly be epic. That’s an investment you can take to the bank.

Will, “Man of Steel” be as epic as the soundtrack? Will Kal-El fly off the screen without the assistance of 3D glasses?

June 14, 2013: The time has come to buy the tickets and watch the greatest superhero of all-time grow up in confusing wonderment on a strange planet, somehow meet Lois Lane and then battle the powerfully evil General Zod and his destructive army.

As Jimmy’s Daily Planet’s current headline indicates, the expectations for this Super-I mean, “Man of Steel,” are epic.

Will we join him in the sun…?

Reintroducing a Classic

Through all of the variations of Superman, whether in cinema, television or comic books, Christopher Reeve established himself as the standard bearer 35 years ago. The richness Reeve brought to life in Clark Kent/Superman, and his superb supporting cast, has defined this movie from the ’70s as a classic well into the digitally-driven 21st century. We the audience did not simply watch in awe as a powerful man flew through the air and battled bad guys, but instead got caught up in a heroic story and a love story involving another world and people and a particularly feisty Daily Planet reporter. Terrific elements of realness and fantasy intertwined, which potently lifted Superman off the 2D screen into our hearts and imaginations.

Will 2013s, “Man of Steel” have the same impact as 1978s, “Superman”?

Richard Donner cared about Clark Kent/Superman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Mr. White, General Zod, Lex Luthor and so forth. His dedication to showing us a story about Superman instead of telling us was just one of the many “it” factors that has cemented, “Superman” as the best movie thus far about the man with the “S” on his chest.

We cared because he cared.

The story for “Man of Steel” was written and concocted by David Goyer and Christopher Nolan (both of “The Dark Knight” trilogy). Below is an interview with Mr. Goyer.

The paramount question: Did Goyer and Nolan write a screenplay and create a story that Superman fans from multiple generations will care about in 2013?

“Did You See That Message in Kryptonian?”

Two billboards were recently updated in Los Angeles, with one featuring cryptic Kryptonian symbols and the other revealing a distinguishable Superman “S” in the forefront of a static-like background. What does this mean?

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Most presume social media will remain in our psyche for the foreseeable future, yet the specifics to how this global phenomenon will continually evolve remain ambiguous. The recent billboards that promote the surefire summer blockbuster “Man of Steel” have proven a few things. First, the term “viral” is still relevant in our lexicon and carries with it tremendous power. The newest Superman movie has superseded being just a film, but has instead transcended into an experience. Second, scripts that are driven by great writing and clever plot twists are rewarded by fans of all levels (Some remakes have proven to qualify for this category). Third, portrayals by A-List actors and actresses of cherished characters create a nearly palpable buzz with an intrigued population that spans multiple generations.

People like to feel connected with movies in more than a casual fashion. This brand of fan, with Superman as a prime example, opens a space for filmmakers to create a journey that extends beyond two-two and a half hours in a movie theater.

The build-up for the release of “Man of Steel” is becoming quite grand in nature. The marketing that has accelerated for this massive and quintessential summer adventure is geared to spread like wildfire among interested fans through various communication lanes within the social media realm as well as traditional outlets. Warner Bros. wants people to know that “Man of Steel” is not your average remake.

They want General Zod’s pursuit of Kal-El (Clark Kent, Superman) to seem real, as if this good versus evil clash on Earth could happen.

We are part of the movie now, listening to the dire warning from Krypton’s General Zod, as well as trying to solve the billboard’s cryptic message. It’s been determined that June 14th signifies much more than a premiere date. We are now connected to this story. In fact, this is what screenplay writer David S. Goyer imagined along with producer Christopher Nolan in developing the script. Goyer commented on remaking the most epic superhero story when he was at the Rome Fiction Fest for his Starz project “Da Vinci’s Demons” several months ago.

The excerpt was part of the Screenrant online article by Andrew Dyce, “David S. Goyer Says ‘Man of Steel’ Will Be ‘Realistic’ Like Nolan’s ‘Batman.’

“…but in working on this reboot we are thinking about what would happen if a story like this really happened. How would people react to this? What impact would the presence of Superman in the real world have?”

On April 5th, fans reacted very positively to “Jurassic Park” in 3-D. It appears as if “Man of Steel,” with its engaging promotions, is also providing another dimension for fans to get themselves closer to the movie.

You could call it Super-Dimensional.