Wednesday, 24 July 2013

FILM TIE IN REVIEW: Man of Steel: The Novelization - Greg Cox

Release Date: 18/06/13
Publisher:  Titan


The official novelization of the new Man of Steel movie featuring Superman. The movie, from director Zack Snyder and slated for release on June 14, 2013, stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon as General Zod. Also starring are Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Ayelet Zurer, Lawrence Fishburne and Russell Crowe. TM & A(c) Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s13)


There’s quite a few times when I get the chance to sit back and read a book for a film that I’d not only love to see but had saved up the finances for an epic trip out. So avoiding all the hype, the trailers and other peoples points of view I sat back to embark on what I was hoping was going to be an epic new era for the Man of Steel.

What unfurled within the book was a story that was disappointing, the reader never really got to grips with Clark or the other people within relying on peoples past associations of what has gone before to fill in the blanks. The storyline was quite weak and to be blunt you could tell from start to finish that it was purely an action movie as that was what most of the descriptions within were. Sadly this felt rather flat and I suspect it will work a lot better in a visual medium than it did within these pages. A great disappointment.

1 comment:

T. James said...

So often people dislike the film-of-the-book, but there have been quite a few good examples of book-of-the-film over the last couple of years.

It's a shame that so little thought seems to have gone into this one. There was a real chance to bring something fresh to the Superman mythos.