Superman’s back: ‘Man of Steel’ hits theaters

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Superman flies back to the silver screen this weekend.
“Man of Steel” opens Friday, but there are midnight screenings tonight at the Cinemark in Tupelo.
For those who can’t wait that long, Walmart is offering special screenings at 7 tonight at both Cinemark and Malco in Tupelo. Fans can buy a ticket at Walmart stores only for those screenings.
“I am excited to see Superman back in theaters again, something that’s happened only a few times in my lifetime,” said Derek Russell, a Tupelo resident, former DC Comics writer and host and creator of a Superman podcast.
“I think people tend to dismiss the character and forget about him, when in actuality he’s one of the most influential and important comic book heroes.”
Superhero movies have triumphed at the box office in the last few years, with Marvel’s “The Avengers” and DC’s latest Batman trilogy.
“Man of Steel,” directed by “300” and “Watchmen” director Zack Snyder, looks darker and more serious than previous “Superman” films. Christopher Nolan, who directed the latest Batman trilogy, produced “Man of Steel.”
“I don’t think (‘Man of Steel’) is dark – I think it’s real,” Russell said. “There’s a lot of actuality with this Superman. They’ve made a very real, human character with this Superman.”
Tupelo resident and Superman fan Chris Tollison hopes the movie can show off all of the hero’s skills.
“The origin story of Superman is pretty well known, but I think the technology has caught up to render it faithfully. When you have someone as powerful as Superman, challenging him is daunting,” he said.
The more realistic tone of “Man of Steel” and other recent superhero movies is simply a culture change, Tollison said.
“I don’t think camp works as well nowadays, and I think the more selective audience would frown upon something they take seriously not being presented seriously. The Adam West Batman wouldn’t fly these days, whereas ‘The Dark Knight’ does,” he said.
British actor Henry Cavill stars as Clark Kent in “Man of Steel.” The movie, rated PG-13, also stars Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Christopher Meloni and Diane Lane.
There also will be midnight screenings at the Malco theaters in Oxford and Corinth. “Man of Steel” also will show at Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
Fans like Russell and Tollison will be at a theater tonight for the movie.
“We saw what this team was able to do with Batman, which made non-comic book readers love the character. We’ve seen the Avengers films capture fans young and old,” Russell said. “Now it’s Superman’s turn.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com