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NDN Geek Reviews 'Man of Steel'

Jeffrey Veregge
June 21, 2013

In 1978 the cosmic forces of the universe had made an executive decision for Connie and Jeff Veregge: “You will forgo seeing the film you want to see and take your only son to see the movie magic of Richard Donner’s Superman." I'm paraphrasing the cosmic forces here, I don't know what they actually said, but it doesn't really matter -- I got to see Christopher Reeve take flight on the big screen soaring to a triumphant soundtrack. These images and sounds from that first modern Superman movie have been imprinted on my brain -- and most Americans' brains -- ever since.

Flash forward 35 years later, I am waiting in line with my own children at the Wal-Mart special preview to see the latest incarnation of the Son of Jor-El: Man of Steel.  So far the trailer looked great, the soundtrack that I heard was outstanding, but could a Brit (Henry Cavill) portray a classic American Icon and prove my tall friend Seth wrong?  A little over 140 minutes later I had my answer.

Now I am not a professional film critic, some of my choices of films that I love may surprise and even shock you, but I can tell you with 100% certainty that I am qualified as life long comic book fan to tell you exactly what I think of this film.

I loved it.

Now most nerds, fan boys, geeks will tell you that we can be overly critical of every film that contains comic book material. We nitpick; we look at every detail as if it should be an exact replication of the pages that inspired it. I mean, as much I love Robert Downey Jr and the Iron Man franchise, I can tell you I did not like Iron Man 3 for this very reason, as it did not follow the gospel of the inked pages.  

Man of Steel was far from perfect, as Zach Snyder did take liberties with the story. He took some well-known facts, stuff that even the average person knows about, and gave them new twist. But it was nothing offensive, as to me the questions he answered and the situations he addressed were created to make a 75-year super hero relevant for today’s audience.

For my fellow Natives seeing this film, you will see a similar journey that many of us all take as we grow older; The search for our heritage, gaining strength and peace from knowing who we are, where we come from.  And just like Superman we do not shrink from the challenge to preserve our culture but take bold steps to ensure that it is here tomorrow.

My verdict? Go see it, have some fun and enjoy a modern American myth done right. It is purely popcorn entertainment, but isn’t that what most of us want to see when we go to the movies?

Jeffrey Veregge, Port Gamble S'Klallam, is a graphic designer and lifelong comic book fan based in Seattle. To see examples of his Native/superhero art, read the ICTMN story  "Superheroes Meet Native Design in Jeffrey Veregge's Work" or visit his personal site, jeffreyveregge.com.



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Submitted by Thom Lodge on

Really, you loved it!?! Forget the fact it's nothing like the comics, NOTHING, but add that Superman struggled to keep part of an oil rig from falling... Superman couldn't hold up a few beams of steel and what's worst when the fell on the "Man of Steel" they knocked him out??? Really? Superman? I would give away too much of the movie but let's say there were soooo many continuity flaws this movie was a disaster! Horrible! I can't count all the obvious flaws. Two and a half hours of my life gone that I can never get back.

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Submitted by Cameron Welker on

personally I went to go see it, and I must say I wasn't thrilled. I think the action was too drawn out, and the plot line wasn't very original. Mind you, originality is hard to come by in modern day filmmaking. And for a Superman movie, I think it was pretty good. I just think it could have been better, being that it followed a very standard storyline and wasn't very new. But Superman was much more badass than he was in the original movies, I'll give Snyder that. :)

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Submitted by KC on

I completely disagree. The liberties taken completely changed the concept of the character, and ruined the movie and possibly the franchise. Number one thing America knows about Superman- he DOESN'T kill people. This film had the highest body count of any recent super hero film, which is completely against the symbol of hope that Superman is supposed to be. Who did he save? Who did he protect? Lois? And one family at the end. Complete disappointment.
Would have been a great movie with a random super hero inserted, it was not Superman. My children will continue watching Justice League Unlimited, Smallville, and the Christopher Reeves Superman, they will NOT see a Superman void of hope and peace on my watch.