"You're the answer, son. You're the answer to, 'Are we alone in the universe?'" - Jonathan Kent
"You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards.They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun, Kal. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders." - Jor-El
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, and Russell Crowe.
Writers: David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan
Director: Zack Snyder
Superman is the most prolific of all superheroes. He has spawned several serials in the early days of cinema, at least three live action TV shows, and been the center of seven feature films, and even spawned a spin off movie with Supergirl (if you are charitable enough to consider that part of the Kryptonian’s cinematic mythos). Sadly, Superman’s profitability has waned in the years since Christopher Reeve and Richard Donner brilliantly brought him to life in 1978. In fact, the story of the Superman movies that almost happened are much more interesting than all the previous films combined. Just check out Kevin Smith's infamous detailing of his Superman Lives script.
That said, with the superb success of Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, it was time for the Man of Steel to make his gritty dark comeback and kick off a DC cinematic universe to rival Marvel's powerhouse dominance of the genre. The question arises; does Superman need to be dark and gritty? The answer… not really, but at the very least it offers up a new take on the character. If nothing else, the film can be boiled down to a single word that is the bane of all of its efforts: Underdeveloped.