Man of Steel: Superman’s Aversion Toward Killing

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In My Humble Opinion:  Man of Steel serves as an origin story for the Superman character which provides background for his aversion toward killing.  I’ve read so many posts, comments, rants and raves from people about how pissed off they were that in the new Man of Steel movie Superman/Kal-El/Clark Kent ends up (SPOILER) killing General Zod in their final battle.  Superman has Zod, excuse me General Zod, in a headlock and is doing his best to keep Zod from killing a human family.  Superman is left with no other choice but to break General Zod’s neck in order to save the family.  Obviously, after the act has been committed, Superman is pretty upset with what he had to do.

My question to all those people who are upset at how the final battle went down is this.  Taking into account that this film reboots the franchise and serves as an origin story; couldn’t this be the moment in Superman’s history in which he establishes/realizes his disdain toward killing?  There’s no other part in the movie that discusses the morality or consequences of taking another life (a lot of people know Superman is against killing because of the comics).  As a stand-alone movie, which will surely spawn sequels/spin offs and develop the character further, the fact that he killed Zod seems to be in line with the rest of the film.  Then again, that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.


Monsters University Beats World War Z At Box Office

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In My Humble Opinion:  Zombies can be pretty scary, but apparently Monsters still reign supreme.  Monsters University, the long-awaited follow-up to Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. opened the same weekend as the highly anticipated Brad Pitt feature World War Z.  I thought Monsters University would do well, but had no idea it would out scare and out gross World War Z for the top spot this past weekend.  Honorable Mention:  Man of Steel viewership  dropped about 60% but still managed to have a pretty impressive weekend as well.

 

Domestic Weekend Grosses:

Monsters University = $82 Million

World War Z = $66 Million (still very impressive)

Man of Steel = $41.2 Million (has already grossed $398 million worldwide)

For a full report go to www.boxofficemojo.com


Can Superman Save The Justice League?

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In My Humble Opinion:  Any attempt by Warner Bros. to make a Justice League movie will end in disaster.  Apparently the powers that be over at Warner Bros. have decided to hang the fate of a Justice League movie on the box office receipt totals of Man of Steel (the new Superman reboot directed by Zach Snyder).  Personally, I think The Avengers was lucky to perform as well as it did.  I liked the movie, hell I pretty much liked all the movies leading up to The Avengers (Captain America was a little lame) but I think the success of  The Avengers was a situation where everything came together just at the right time.  For Warner Bros. to try to use this formula and apply it to The Justice League is going to end badly.  Other than the Batman franchise, Warner Bros. doesn’t have much to lean on in the way of hope with The Justice League being successful.  In fact, while we’re being honest, the latest Batman, The Dark Knight Rises was the weakest of them all which doesn’t bode well for trying to sustain momentum going forward; and let’s not forget Green Lantern, which showed more “green” on-screen than it took in at the box office.  Anyway, I’m excited about Man of Steel.  I hope I’m wrong about Warner Bros. and it is able to move forward with a Justice League movie (I know my son would be excited too)…I just won’t get my hopes up and I’d advise you don’t either.  

Part of the Variety article below:

Stakes are high for “Man of Steel.” Other than Nolan’s Batpics, Warners has not been able to effectively exploit the DC library. Its 2011 “Green Lantern” underperformed, and a “Justice League” film wouldn’t likely be in theaters before 2015, as Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of “Man of Steel,” which opens June 14, before moving further ahead.


Two New Man of Steel Teasers Released

In my humble opinion:  Who else was thinking in the first teaser, “On this season of Deadliest Catch…Superman kicks some ass?”  Kidding aside, I thought the teaser was great, the music was beautiful and Kevin Costner’s voiceover was spot on.  I especially like the part that shows the Man of Steel’s younger years when he is running around with a cape, possibly with dreams of growing up to be a superhero.  How great would that be to have those dreams as a kid only to one day realize them as an adult?

The second teaser uses all of the same images but Russell Crowe does the voiceover and while he does well, I still prefer the Kevin Costner one myself.  But like the title of my blog, its my humble opinion, let me know what you think.