There was no fanfare the first time Clark Kent appeared in his Superman costume. Except maybe for his flying, the signature superhero drumbeats were not part of the background music and the transition of scenes was kept simple. I felt shortchanged.
But that’s the beauty of the latest, and thus far, the best Superman movie Man of Steel. Director Zack Snyder’s flick spent more time on where our attention should be: the emotional encounters of Clark and his foster parents, the superhero’s childhood experiences, and the grueling 20-minute fight sequence between him and General Zod (Michael Shannon). This aided the movie’s efficient storytelling, making the unfolding of events fluid and so easy to understand.