I was not disappointed, because, frankly, I was not expecting much since the second trailer. I was debating on whether to give this movie 2.5 or 3 stars so I will explain my rating. The first star goes to "Man of Steel" for its ability to regenerate excitement for the comic book hero ever since the boring and bland "Superman Returns." The second star goes to the decent acting and the vibrant score. Finally, the last star goes to the attempt to be different from mainstream superhero films.
Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, and Antje Traue who play Superman, Pa Kent, and Faora respectively, were entertaining enough. Michael Shannon gave a performance that isn't suitable for superhero films since the audience needs to hate, understand, and fear the villain. Our understanding for him overshadows our hate and fear which is disappointing. Henry Cavill steps into Christopher Reeve's shoes confidently. Kevin Costner delivers the second best performance with subtlety, ingenuity, and charisma. Faora was vicious and menacing, but is not as good as some of the others, but not as bad as Amy Adams and Diane Lane. Russell Crowe was okay, but pretty much forgettable. He does not feel majestic, powerful, or like someone you respect. The score by Hans Zimmer, albeit not his best work, is a near-perfect follow up to John William's it will have you pounding your hands on your arm rests when it plays to Superman's fights. Another one of my problems is that the film slips into science fiction territory instead of firmly standing its ground in comic book. I was not a big fan of the cheap, ugly, and dark visuals. Can you believe I hate Snyder's visuals? Krypton could have looked like Pandora from "Avatar", but looks like a planet in one of those science fiction TV movies. Usually the movie does not look grim, but depressing with a lack of color greater than that of black and white movies. The best way to describe the visuals of the film are those of a video game unrealistic, and obviously CGI. The editing adds some flair, but I feel as if a 100 hour movie was reduced into a 2 hour one with a trailer for each scene.This leads to my problem with the script. It deviates from the interesting elements of the first and tries to be non-linear, but ultimately fails. I think Zack Snyder's vision would be okay with me if it wasn't for the horrible script. It stuffs, stuffs, and stuffs until all that's left is filler. The action scenes were top-notch with Superman flying faster than a speeding bullet and tons of destruction. However, the 596,875 explosions at the end drew back a lot from the movie. Most of the supporting cast I had not recognized is horrible such as Perry White. He supports Lois Lane's decision to help Superman and not publish a story!We don't see Clark Kent till the very end and I don't really feel like I will like Cavill's performance in that regard for future films. The themes are deep and appropriate regarding acceptance, responsibility, and duty. There is no humor and a ton of cliches and cheesiness. "Man of Steel" is vibrant, ambitious, exciting, and creative, but suffers from terrible writing, and visuals. I am excited for a sequel and do believe that this is an appropriate addition to the DC franchise.