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I was one of those people who initially dismissed Man of Steel (MofS). It was nothing personal, but wasn't there a Superman movie out in 2006?
Anyway, once I found out Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) writer and director was behind Man of Steel, albeit as a producer, I decided to give it a second look.
I enjoyed The Dark Knight Trilogy for its dark, gritty and masterful storytelling. One of the criticisms DC Comics gets (in comparison to Marvel Comics) is that its superheroes are gods, which makes it hard to make them relevant to the modern world (see the issues about bringing Wonder Woman to the bring screen). Batman stood alone as the only relatable superhero, whose experiences are rooted in the socio-political and economic climate of the present times.
Superman, however, is an alien, and above everyone else. So, considering the disaster of 2006's Superman Returns (disclaimer: I think Brandon Routh was a good Superman), I was curious to see what the added touch of Christopher Nolan could do to breathe life and relevance into Superman, again.
Like the Dark Knight Trilogy, storytelling takes center stage. The movie is not told in the straightforward fashion of its predecessors. The audience doesn't watch Kal-El crash land on earth as a baby/toddler and see him come of age, as is the usual narrative. Instead, the defining moments of Clark Kent's childhood are re-visited as memories, as the viewers first meet a scruffy looking, nomadic man, working as a deck hand, and then a waiter, etc.