Early ‘Man of Steel’ Footage Getting Positive Feedback

Visual effects supervisor Jonathan Rothbart was supposedly (posted on IMDB) treated to a few scenes from Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel reboot, and he loved it.  According to his IMDB page WETA showed off two distinct scenes of the unfinished film to industry professionals to test its visual effects.  The first short clip that he saw impressed him according to his description:

“The former was Clark Kent grabbing a truck with a crying man inside of it while flying through the middle of a tornado. It looked incredible. Henry Cavill can fly, and he can hold a truck in one arm. Zack Snyder brings his usual visual flair, but somehow is still unlike anything he has made before. It felt like a Superman comic. Real heroism.”

The second clip he saw is much more in depth, and according to his description I popped a chubby.  It just sounds like a scene from an epic Superman movie.  He described it as:

“The clip consisted of Superman in full costume in a verbal argument with Zod in the center of Smallville with Christopher Meloni yells at them through a megaphone next to a tank. Meloni warns them he will fire if they do not surrender. While he says this Zod sizes Superman up. Shannon looks evil as he can be. Bone chilling even. And is DEFINITELY sporting enhanced muscle. Cavill’s Superman is a wonderful sight to behold in motion. Cavill’s pure size makes him the most believable Superman to date. Zod speaks in Kryptonian “Do you know your native tongue, Kal-el?” Superman looks stunned, and responds in English, “Who are you?” (there isn’t enough Superman dialogue to judge Cavill’s performance fairly, but I’d say he did well. Nothing spectacular from this clip.)

Meloni curses, then into a walkie talkie orders the tank to fire. Superman hears this and turns to the tank. Zod takes this opportunity to sucker punch Superman (in Zack Snyder slow-then-fast-mo) then when the tank fires Superman rushes in front of Zod, despite the punch and catches the exploding missile near his stomach. The flames ripple around him, hit his face, his cape, his eyes. The shrapnel hits him and bounces off. The same happens to Zod to a lesser extent. Meloni’s shocked expression when they remain standing, silhouettes in a cloud of smoke, ends the clip.”

I hope Rothbart’s analysis is legit and spot on, because these two scenes sound exactly the way I want a new Superman movie to play out.  The Man of Steel is the earliest superhero/comic book character that I can remember being enamored with, and Christopher Reeves will always be Superman to me, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be swayed to a new generation of high quality Superman films.  Only time will tell if Snyder’s Man of Steel will be a success or not, but these early rough cut reports are definitely encouraging.  You’ve been thinking it’ll be a tall order to knock The Avengers off of the best comic book movie of all time pedestal…


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