Birds fly, planes are punched from the sky, and there is no giant spider in sight. Superman has returned to the big screen. With new technology to display his powers, a brand new look, and Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer handing the film opinions were decisive. With Sucker Punch and Blade Trinity still in audience’s minds, the question was would this be a fantastic film or a flop to doom DC Comics superheroes.
With the determination to build towards a Justice League film and Marvel a considerable head start on their rival, a lot was riding on the Man of Steel’s success. As Gareth pointed out, the vastly lower quality of films outside of Batman and more consistent successes with Marvel films meant Superman had a lot to prove. He had to show that beings of massive power, ones who could easily take on all of the Avengers at once, could be portrayed convincingly and DC’s iconic figures could be equally as compelling as the flawed, relatable heroes of Marvel.
Did the film succeed in this? Partially.