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- Written By: Daniel Wallace
- Publisher: Insight Editions
- Pages: Hardcover - 184
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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