I also went back and found my long rambling entries from, um, seven years ago, about Superman (and Batman) after Superman Returns and I was a much less jaded and bitter fangirl back then. I think Superman Returns has plenty of flaws (some of which are repeated in Man of Steel), but I still have some fondness for it, since it feels like a movie made with love. Man of Steel feels cold, for all that we get sad, angsty expressions from Henry Cavill. It doesn't feel calculated and commercial, but it does feel more like an intellectual exercise than an emotional one. I want my Superman movies to be filled with joy. Ripping off Terrence Malick in place of actual emotional depth will only get you so far.
Also, it would be more convincing as an intellectual exercise if anything made sense.
At least they didn't knock up Lois Lane with Superman's kid and then have him run out on her? Small mercies, man. Small mercies.
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