Man of Steel is certainly one of the most divisive comic book movies ever. Over a year after the Man of Steel’s release, comic book industry folks are still debating the merits of the film.
In Kevin Smith’s most recent Fat Man on Batman podcast, Neal Adams became the latest comic book creator to make some disparaging remarks about Zack Snyder’s film. After praising what Marvel has done with The Avengers, Adams said, “We’re waiting for the very first good Superman movie.”
When Smith asked if Adams wasn’t into Man of Steel, Adams answered, “Man of Steel, let me see…I don’t know...do you know of a dog that gets out of the car last? I’ve never met such a dog. I’m sure that there is one in existence. But that dog is out of that car like that like a flash.”
Of course, Adams is referring to the famous Man of Steel scene where Jonathan Kent rushes back to the car to save the family dog as a tornado bears down upon them. Then, after Jonathan injures his leg saving the dog, he waves Clark off from saving him from the tornado.
Adams continued, “And if you don’t like your father…you know, no matter how bad he is, he can’t be bad enough. Wouldn’t you do something to rescue him no matter what he said? Of course, you would. That was stupid.”
In addition to Jonathan Kent’s death scene, Adams also took issue with how Superman killed Zod in the film. Adams said, “And then at the end, what did he do? He killed a guy. Can’t put his hand over his eyes? I’m just saying…put your hand over his eyes. That would stop it pretty much. One arm is around the throat, put the other hand in front of his eyes. That’s pretty much it. Take him off to the moon or Saudi Arabia or someplace, and finish the battle there.”
Smith agreed, “That actually would have been visually interesting to cover his hands with his eyes and take him straight up into the outer atmosphere and burn him on the moon.”
Adams added, “The other thing that they did too. I don’t know…there’s like a rivet in the back of what-his-name’s head that makes his eyes not move like our eyes can move. Like there are people over there…all I have to do is go like that, and they’re dead. Why are his eyes traveling the movement of his head.”
Smith laughed, “He had no ocular motion. He could only move his head. He was like 1989 Batman.”
Adams added, “If I let his head move, then he’ll cut some more wall. Those guys…oh, there’s people over there. Oh, I just looked at them. Sorry, they’re dead.”
Smith interjected, “Dude, you had me with covering his eyes with his hand.”
Adams continued, “But why were they fighting in Metropolis? I don’t understand…even the Kelvinator movies…I’m sorry I was just joking…the robot movies...Transformers movies, they went to Saudi Arabia to fight. They’re knocking down the Sphinx and stuff, but they’re not so many people. They’re in the middle of nowhere. They could have gone on the moon, but as soon as Superman hits a building, it’s going to fall down. Didn’t we lose 500 people there? It feels weird.”
Smith added, “And also, Superman…like, I think of Chris Reeves’ Superman battling the Kryptonian super-villains, and he was like, ‘Think of the people.’ And trying to rescue people and stuff.”
In addition to Man of Steel, Neal Adams was no fan of Superman Returns either. Adams explained, “You would think they would be super-sensitive with this movie, and not make those kinds of stupid mistakes. Because the previous movie [Superman Returns] had more Kryptonite than you could ever have and still Superman was alive. You had a whole island of Kryptonite, and then you had him go away for…I don’t know…they said I think six of seven years, they said five years, but he comes back and the kid's…I don’t know…twelve years old. He’s got a bastard son. That changes the plot a whole lot. I don’t understand where that came from. You would think after that movie they would be very careful about what they wrote so you would go, ‘Ah, thank goodness, I’m fine with this now.’ But no, it just made everybody more nervous, while Marvel is doing all these great movies.”