After almost three long years of waiting, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will finally hit theaters on March 25th. The film has become one of the most highly anticipated cinematic experiences of all time, but the enthusiasm of many seems somewhat dulled by their poor opinion of the movie’s predecessor: Man of Steel. Whether it’s Zack Snyder’s direction, the chaos and destruction of the film’s third act, or even the mere tone of the film, naysayers seem to constantly find new ways to call it a terrible movie.

While there’s a degree of truth to of some these accusations, I am of the mindset that Man of Steel is a far better film than its detractors would ever give it credit for. Is it perfect? Of course not; not even Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is a perfect movie. However, Man of Steel does have certain often-overlooked qualities that make it an amazing cinematic superhero experience. Let’s get going on the five reasons Man of Steel is better than you think…

Man of Steel
Hans Zimmer's Score
For over a decade, Hans Zimmer has proven himself time and time again as one of Warner Bros.’ biggest assets, with his ability to craft sweeping themes to accompany equally epic superhero films. Within his score for Man of Steel one can feel the DNA of The Dark Knight Trilogy’s iconic score, but with a softer edge. Arguably the most beautiful aspect of the entire film’s soundtrack comes during the film’s soft piano melody. The track – titled "An Ideal of Hope" – perfectly encapsulates Clark Kent’s feelings of isolation while retaining a positive, optimistic outlook that the character is fated for something greater. It certainly must have been a challenge for the composer to create a theme for Superman right after his long work on Batman, but we’re just left even more excited for his upcoming work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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