It’s OK. Quite a lot of fun, actually.
Beginning with titles nearly identical to the original ones (you know, the yellow outlined letters that SWOOSH!), you know that they’re not ignoring the ’80s version. Even the ghost of Marlon Brando makes an appearance as the ghost of Jor El! And Brandon Routh is as much the hunky nice-guy as Christopher Reeves, complete with “Uh, Lois?” awkwardness.
What’s new? Well, how about a Christ complex for the Man of Steel? It’s not “hero” anymore. Nope, it’s “saviour,” along with requisite Jesus freakout moment, listening into the “prayers” of all the people of earth. Remember JC in the Superstar movie, “There’s too many of you!” Same deal. Plus, when he nearly dies, yes, he’s got his arms outstretched LIKE HE’S BEING CRUCIFIED. And he has to give up on his love, Lois Lane, because Kal El’s only son, given to the people of Earth to show them the way, has a duty to perform.
Speaking of Lois, poor Kate Bosworth. How do you follow up Margot Kidder? I could definitely buy Kidder as a hard-nosed reporter. Smoking– like she means it!– a little edgy, a little neurotic and definitely awkward in love, Kidder was the ultimate ’80s working woman gunning for Pulitzers in a man’s world. Bosworth, on the other hand… so pretty and soft. Dating the editor’s nephew, for crying out loud! A news reporter? Nah. Maybe she could do MY job.