Man of Steel looks to be a mixed bag.

So . . . this got posted yesterday.

I am, shall we say, torn.

On the one hand, I’m very much in favor of finally starting to move away from the Donner aesthetic for Krypton and the Fortress of Solitude. Henry Cavill is starting to win me over. And Amy Adams is just awesome.

That said . . .

These are really some gray and depressing worlds on display here, aren’t they? Superman’s world should not be either of those things, and it’s foolish to think those two words by themselves make a story better by default.

Alas, that is the hand of Christopher Nolan at work, trying to duplicate what worked in the Dark Knight with a character that was never meant to be dark and gritty.

And while we were getting rid of the silly crystal architecture, couldn’t we have also done away with the annoyance that is the S-shield meaning something of Krypton and Jor-El’s messianiac hopes for his son? Maybe it’s just me, but I prefer a Jor-El who sends his son off to an unknown fate because even that slimmest of hopes is still better than certain death, and a Superman who does what he does because Ma and Pa Kent raised their boy Clark right.