:) I watched it last night and I think I’m still filtering it all through to be honest! I’m so emotionally invested in the characters, there was such a level of expectation going in to the movie, and I’ve been waiting 7 long years to see this… this is all by way of saying that when ordering my thoughts it’s hard to be objective, but these are/were my immediate reactions, for whatever they’re worth;
Like Returns, I could’ve done with less crazy plot and more dialogue- specifically for Clark. Those are my main marks against. However, I recognize that a distaste for gratuitous action sequences is a personal preference and I will sacrifice my preferences for the character every time if it means fanboys (and girls!) go see this movie and ensure a sequel.
Having mentioned all the bish bash bosh stuff, I think I was surprised by just how serious and thoughtful the movie was- in that way, in a good way, along with the muted costume etc, it reminded me of Returns. And it was interesting to see an origin movie so far away from the Donnerverse, it was fun to recognize all the obvious Byrne and Waid influences- and from SV too!
The unapologetically strident feminist side of me was surprised, and delighted, by how ‘right on’ the movie was in some respects. Whilst undeniably the support players to the likes of Shannon and Costner I thought the female characters were unusually well-drawn and relevant to the piece! I applaud Snyder here and it makes up in no small way for the crime against humanity that was Suckerpunch.
And I have to say that I thought the cast were brilliant. Every. Single. One. My love for Lois Lane knows no bounds and, in light of the current general mistreatment of her by the comics, it was a joy to see a movie and an actress that does the character justice but I reserve special praise for Cavill. The role was kind of the reverse-Welling; he had to be recognizably Clark Kent but without the glasses or the Daily Planet or any of the familiar trappings… He was hunky, he was sexy, he was authorititive and powerful but careful and softly-spoken; I thought he captured all sides of the character so well.
Aside from all that, here are some of the small incidental things that I particularly loved;
the importance of Lois Lane and her general whiskey-slugging, Pulitzer-winning badassery.
the Bryne-inflected design and look of Krypton. And I loved that they kept that the high council is still populated by old, sunken cheek boned, rather grumpy English people.
That awesome Diego Rivera moving metallic montage thingy that illustrated the history of Krypton! Although I was not too sure about all the techno-Krypton stuff. Some of it reminded me strongly and suspiciously of those pin art pinscreen toy things. Krypton’s ‘Greatest living scientific mind’, eh, Jor El? A likely story.
I *loved* all the times Lois called Clark ‘Clark’ when he was firmly in Superman mode.
Richard Schiff and Alessandro Juliani sharing screen space! Surely yet another homage to add to the illustrious tradition of Superman actors crisscrossing different franchises. Liked also that Sullivan’s garage nod.
OMG though, the whole text/subtext of the movie with the references to lineage and heritage and bloodlines. AND THEN Jor El explicitly tells Clark that he can be the bridge between the two worlds while they both gaze after Lois! (I could have done without the perfunctory and visually-cliched Christ parallel that followed immediately after) but come on! It was like the shippiest thing evs; like the rest of fandom Grampy Jor El wants some CLOIS babies.
And that brings me to that final scene. UGH. So cruel. The glasses! The Planet! The double-identity! I have such a weakness for it all. And now with this entirely different reframing of the Lois/Clark dynamic… how that was all set up was particularly intriguing and reminded me of the Elseworld novel Last Family of Krypton when Lois is snitting to Jimmy about Clark in one panel and then the Super suit is draped over the back of a chair and they’re in bed together. Here, it was made clear a) that they were supposed to not already know each other and, b) they’d been at it like horny teenagers the night before. Given the fact Lois has established such a publicly intimate association with Superman I foresee lots of clandestine store room shenags in their future :). It had my fanfic whiskers a-twitching and left me with my overriding feeling from the movie- I want the next one- now!