Though fans have admittedly mixed feelings about its potential, Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel doesn't hit theaters until June, and it's safe to say we can't really make final judgments until we've seen it. So why does Yahoo! have the flick listed as one of its "Most Disappointing Movies of 2012"?
No, the crew at Yahoo! has not somehow gained the magical privilege of seeing the movie a full six and a half months before the rest of the film-writing community does, but that didn't stop writer Jonathan Crow from including the flick in his list of 2012 bummers, even though Man of Steel is very clearly a 2013 movie.
Crow's 10-part piece includes examinations of 2012 flops like John Carter and Battleship, along with critically divisive but financially successful films like Prometheus, and the requisite digs at remakes of Total Recall and Red Dawn. That's all to be expected, and all of those films were released this year. But then, for some reason, in the middle of this meditation on disappointing movies in a year that isn't 2013, Crow thought it important to dish about his big beef with Snyder's Superman flick.
"For the upcoming reboot, Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder took off Superman's red briefs. That's right, the 300 director changed the iconic uniform of the Last Son of Krypton, and he now looks as if he should be on a luge instead of fighting crime. What happened to tradition?"
Who wants to be the one to tell Crow that Superman hasn't had those red briefs in the comics for more than a year now?
Look, we get the beef with the new costume. We've been talking about it ever since those first promo images of Henry Cavill in the suit hit the 'net ages ago. Do a quick Google search and you'll likely find novel-length declarations haranguing Snyder for that costume decision. It's a contentious issue for longtime fans of the Man of Tomorrow, but let's be realistic, it remains to be seen whether the film as a whole will disappoint us. We've barely seen any footage at all, and we're still six months from the release date.
So is it really fair to call Man of Steel one of the "most disappointing" movies in a year in which it hasn't even been released? Probably not, but hey, it got us to read the article.