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  • Written By: Daniel Wallace
  • Publisher: Insight Editions
  • Pages: Hardcover - 184
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Book Review: Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman

Everything left to the imagination

By Kimberly McCall     August 02, 2013

I am always excited to flip through a behind the scenes book on the creative process of a movie. Make that a book about the new Superman movie and my attention is doubled. I dove into Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman by Daniel Wallace with eager eyes. After all, I've been on a streak of reviewing a few pretty fantastic film art books.
Man of Steel started out interestingly enough with a forward by Christopher Nolan and even an introduction by Zack Snyder. Needless to say, my bursting artistic geek brain was sure it was in for a visual treat. I read about half of the pages and flipped through the photos and I was done for the day.  After returning to the book a few days later to thoroughly finish it, I wrote it off as good, but not great.
Honestly, it's not that the content was bad, it just lacked passion. The photos were impressive, but very structured in a way that reminded me of reading a newspaper. The creative process that is (I think) supposed to leap off the pages appeared less inspiring and more confined. There was very little conceptual art and what was displayed was barely anything different from movie stills. 
With an visionary director like Snyder, I really was hoping for more in terms of insight into the brainstorm explosion. There was next to nothing on the evolution of all the differently portrayed characters or even what became Superman's now iconic suit. Concept art aside, perhaps you'd enjoy some photos of filming or props or locations, instead? Too bad. Besides one or two shots of Snyder with an actor, there are none of those “backstage” shots that make film buffs giddy. Nope. This book is comprised of glossy film stills and some magnificent concept paintings, but everything looks like a final product. 


If you're looking for the creative journey into everything that brought Man of Steel to life, this will not be the book for you. This one is more of a museum collection of nice photographs lined up in a row with just enough tease to leave a genuinely interested fan frustrated.
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thezillaman 8/2/2013 11:01:11 PM

 i want that book. 

DarthBob 8/3/2013 8:16:33 AM

Looks like a perfect book for you zilladouche; lots and lots of big shiny pictures of your man crush for you to drool over.  I bet it'll look great in your Nolan/Snyder shrine.

Daybreak0100 8/3/2013 10:39:03 AM

 I know for sure it'll look great in MY Nolan/Snyder shrine ^^

shac2846 8/3/2013 12:57:39 PM

 I preordered the book before the film came out on amazon. It was like twenty bucks and it was well worth it. If you're a fan and not an internet troll you will likely enjoy it.

mlaforce 8/3/2013 3:10:28 PM

Well I have to go out and get as well, since I not only think it will be good but because I believe the movie to be the best summer movie so far...

domino2008 8/4/2013 3:32:28 AM

The visuals were awesome as of the Army suits Zod an His group wore an what  Krypton looked like was a lot better than the Reeves Krypton's  icy clear whatever it was . Zack Snyder's movies use the "green screen " a lot and the production is excellent .

domino2008 8/4/2013 3:36:19 AM

Yeah , The book looks good . I'll flip though it at Bar**es an N***Es before I buy it .

Daybreak0100 8/19/2013 12:49:50 PM




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