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Regarding Clark – Max Landis Writer Of Chronicle Has A Problem With Man Of Steel (Video)

First of all a lot of people have been dogging Man Of Steel, I mean a lot of people. In this video Regarding Clark, Max Landis the author of the excellent Chronicle has a bit of a problem with how Clark is portrayed in the new Man Of Steel movie. While I didn’t hate the film, the more I’ve thought about it the more I dislike it. Can someone please explain to me why Clark spends the better part of ten years wandering the Earth and doing good deeds here and there? I mean I could understand a year or two to get over your fathers death, but ten plus while you’re wandering the earth like a bootleg Kwai Chang Caine? Anyway watch the video above and read the rant below.

“That scenario where he basically allows Zod to destroy all of Metropolis, where he attempts to beat him in a punching contest? And then he’s forced to kill him? I have to believe Superman would kill Zod immediately if the alternative was 100,000 dead people.

It shouldn’t be a city-destroying sequence. It should be two guys fighting in space, or on the moon…

… [Man of Steel] reminded me of Transformers 3, or the end of Avengers. Everything ends in the same city-destroying, pandemonium, terrorist attack from space. Everything gets leveled and all of these people die and then the next scene it’s like “hey, you want to go to a baseball game?” No! The teams are all dead! Why are we in this office?

“I guess what I’m saying isn’t so much an opinion on the Man of Steel. It’s more about the way superhero movies have become… at the end of all of these movies, all I’m seeing is fire and death. And that confuses the living sh*t out of me, because everybody’s going to these movies and they’re all making so much money. And at the end, a hero stands tall as all of society crumbles behind him. That isn’t a superhero to me; a guy who stands there when everyone else is dead. That’s like a rock star. I don’t want to see movies about rock stars. Put the hero back in the super hero movies, because I think ‘super’ might have taken over.”

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  • Lol he saved plenty of people throughout the movie. He saved those people from getting Zodimized in the end. I would have liked if maybe he stopped that chopper from falling to the ground but…it’s really a small gripe. I kinda looked at this film as if it was Superman: Year One. Screw ups are expected n all that.

  • MAX LANDIS IS THE MAN!!! His whooooole entire dialogue about superman is amazing. and unequivocally true!

    His last point really hit home for me and something I have always wondered out loud. Maybe directors/writers think its boring to show the rescue/clean up efforts, but all of those movies end the same–rubble and waste around the “triumphant” hero but everything is alright!…yeah ok..

  • Milo Barasorda

    I agree with Max on everything but Spiderman. Spider man is NOT a bully. He’s a smart guy who always had to endure bullying and developed a quick ( if corny ) sense of humor as a coping mechanism . When he becomes Spiderman he finds himself facing adversaries that are usually older and more powerful than he is. It when he’s scared or nervous that his defense mechanism kicks in. Supervillains are so ego driven that they fall prey to the achilles heel of all tyrants..Mockery. They just can’t handle satire , get angry, make mistakes and give our (usually overpowered ) hero his opening. It is a confidence building parable meant to inspire any kid who was ever bullied. Comedy Defense Mechanism resulting from bullying sounds like too much of a stretch, ask any comedian about their childhoods.

  • Matthew Abely

    To those wondering what makes Wonder Woman equally, yet oppositely special: http://adventuresofcomicbookgirl.tumblr.com/post/74450090127/i-think-its-been-said-that-superman-wonder-woman-and

    To those searching for someone to put the super back in superhero: see the Lego Movie or watch this (http://www.crunchyroll.com/gatchaman-crowds)

  • anonsaga

    First — love the Kung Fu reference.

    I saw Max Landis’ video a while back and I couldn’t help but agree with him for the most part. I could envision scenarios where Superman takes life in order to preserve life (1984 doublethink), but for the sake of the character, I’d take Mark Waid’s position and not write him in scenarios where he’s forced to make that decision. Speaking of Waid, one thing I don’t get is that if stories such as All-Star Superman, Birthright, Kingdom Come, For All Seasons, and What’s So Funny About T, J and A? are considered definitive Superman stories which really get at the heart of the Superman character and mythos, why would they create such a pale, muted, cold Superman? Why would they then compound the issue by having Zod’s death on his hands? It just wasn’t a smart move.