This is not an attempt to spoil Man Of Steel. It is also not a review, Brendon's said his bit, Michael has written his review and there's a podcast coming tomorrow. Instead, this is an attempt to give you, the viewing public an idea of what you might want to know before you pay your $10-$20 tomorrow…
There Is No After Or Mid Credit Scene
Not in the print I saw tonight anyway. Now, they might always do an Iron Man on the press and leave such scenes for the paying public. Brendon says that the few who stayed behind in his screening could swear they heard something before everything was suddenly cut off. Very suddenly.
Stay for the music and the names, but the only purple, gnarly face I'd expect you to see at the end of the film is the cleaner trying to scrape up the popcorn under your feet.
UPDATE: So there is a scene after the end credits in some cinemas. But… well, it's a surprise. We've put the details in another story. Don't expect to necessarily get the scene in the US, though…
This Film Is Not For Young Children
Expect similar violence and moral complexity to, say, Star Trek Into Darkness. If your four year old is fine with that, they'll be fine with this. If not, get a babysitter.
Having Said That It Is Not A Grim 'N' Gritty Movie Either.
There is adolescent angst. But also grown up joy, love, laughter. There is a lot of smiling in this film. You've seen the trailer bit in the interrogation room with Lois? There's lots of that. This is not Game Of Thrones. It's not Iron Man 3 either, of course. But there is also no Otis.
But This Is Not A Richard Donner Movie
His shadow looms large over all the Superman movies since 1978, as well as the TV series, until this one. No cute use of the music, no Superman standing on the side of a building, no X-Ray panty shot. Just so you know what not to expect.
Okay, maybe Ursa's smile survives…
You May Want To Avoid If You Suffer From 9/11 Panic Attacks
More than any movie since 9/11, more than Cloverfield, more than The Avengers, more than Star Trek Into Darkness, more even than films about 9/11, this movie has city-wide destruction on a widespread and intimate street level. If 9/11 still affects you deeply on a hour-to-hour basis, this may be a film to avoid, because it may just take you right back.
Also If You Are A Stickler On Superman Comics Continuity
They make changes. Big changes. Clever changes. The structure of the Superman story is altered. The Kryptonian origin is very much altered. It's clever and it works, at least for me. But if you can't see past that, you won't enjoy the film.
Oh Yes And Pete Ross Is White
Smallville did a very good job of making people think Pete Ross is a young black guy. For many, most even, that's the only Pete Ross they know. So when he's a white guy on screen, as he is in the comics, there may be issues. Far more than having Lawrence Fishburn play Perry White, or Lois being… well…
You'll Believe A Redhead Can Fly
Okay. Now go spend your money…