Man of Steel: A Symbol of HopeFeatured
Excessive levels of chaos and destruction during the boringly overlong action sequences are trimmed (where possible), especially if it was Superman causing it. Superman/Clark committing acts of violent retribution, or being indifferent to the plight of those around him are excised (where possible). Clark does not now make a deliberate choice to let Pa Kent die, he just hesitates when maybe he should have acted. Some of the swearing is removed to make this film more family friendly. A complete re-grade has been done shot-by-shot to remove the green/brown tint, increase saturation/contrast and to make Superman's suit more colourful. Some scenes are re-ordered to improve pacing, or refocus dramatic moments. Some onscreen titles are added.
- Man Of Steel (CD Soundtrack)
- Turkish Airlines: Metropolis (Commercial)
- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
- MP4 (3.9 GB 720p Stereo 224 AAC)
- Blu-Ray with chapter selection menus (19.6 GB 1080p Stereo 448 AC3)
- Complete shot-by-shot regrade focusing on bringing colour, contrast and variety back to the image (Especially with Superman's suit).
- As many examples of Superman acting in an un-Superman like way have been removed as possible. So he doesn't act in spiteful, indifferent ways and his anger and aggression is toned down. The two most obvious examples of this are the removal of the two scenes where he destroys a guys truck because the man was rude and when he smashes a US satellite out of the sky to intimidate his new friends.
- Action-scenes are trimmed down quite a bit as they were often overlong CGI slog-fests, that sapped the momentum of the story.
00.00.33 - Replaced audio and music of opening scene with a new mix. SoundFX much lower and score much higher. I wanted the musical theme to be the first thing we take note of. Added baby heartbeat soundFX to titles.
00.01.31 - Added new title card "Krypton: A Planet in a Distant Galaxy". Okay 90% of people watching are going to know it's Krypton right-away but for me lazy assumptions are not an adequate replacement for explaining things properly to an audience.
00.01.35 - Removed first shot of Lara screaming and re-ordered shots. I wanted the first shot to be the more hopeful holding-hands one. Plus hand-holding is a visual motif that reoccurs throughout the movie.
00.07.33 - Replaced music during Jor-El stealing the Codex. I wanted the "hero theme" to play first for the father, then we will hear it later for the son. Many layers of additional soundFX added.
00.13.44 - Removed about half of the fist-fight between Jor-El and Zod. It bored me after a while. Rescored and SoundFX added.
00.16.55 - Removed Zod saying "I will find him" one time. Now he says it 3 times, instead of 4 times. Less is more I feel.
00.17.23 - Added light FX/lens-falre to partially obscure the "Flying Dildos". They still look silly but whatcha gonna do?
00.19.23 - Added new title cards for main cast/crew, plus "Man of Steel" title during space pod sequence. I felt it makes it a more solid break between prologue and main-movie.
00.20.17 - Added new title card "Earth: The present day" mirroring the earlier Krypton title card. It just makes everything a little clearer for the audience (No more place/time title cards are used in the edit after this one).
00.24.43 - Replaced audio and music during the scene of Clark crying in the cupboard, through to him on the school bus. I always hated the Grunge track that plays over this scene (sorry Chris Cornell fans), plus it's weird when no other "pop" songs feature on the soundtrack. When you've got Hans Zimmer, use him.
00.26.48 - Removed the bully calling Clark "Dick splash". There is too much swearing in a film that kids should enjoy. Replaced with soundFX meant to suggest young Clark hears what is about to happen with his super ears.
00.29.34 - Removed Pa Kent suggesting Clark should have "Maybe" let a bus full of children drown. A 20-second chunk of Pa Kent talking about Clark's destiny went with it but he says almost the exact same things later in the movie anyway.
00.33.15 - Removed Clark violently destroying the a**hole guys truck in an act of vengeful rage. It was a very un-Superman like thing to do. Remixed music and soundFX.
00.35.11 - Removed Lois' "Measuring dicks" line, to again tone down swearing. Besides, they aren't being "macho" with her and it's clear from her other lines that she's got their number.
00.38.26 - Clark reacts much quicker to the Kryptonian probe after it lashes out at him. He's got super intelligence and super speed after all. We the audience knew it was dangerous the second we saw it, so Clark should too right?
00.40.18 - Added the piano part of the "hero theme" as Clark gives Lois a reassuring look. The hero just saved the heroine for the first time, we should hear something music wise.
00.40.50 - Removed half of Lois' scream as Superman burns her wound, so it feels a little less violent.
00.42.18 - Added in an establishing shot of the 'Daily Planet' from the BvS airline commercial. Once again, I'm sure 90% of people know this the planet but it's still nice to make things clear. SoundFX added.
00.48.20 - Totally recut Superman's first flight and rescored it with the "hero theme". Superman now doesn't crash 'n' burn on his first attempt, as I felt this was anti-climatic. Hopefully this version captures Superman's joy from realising he can fly, by removing shots of him looking uncertain, aggressive, or looking all consumed by his lust for power! Footage recut to match the rhythms and beats of the new score. SoundFX and dialogue recut, replaced and remixed throughout.
00.50.38 - Lois' search for Clark also rescored with tail end of hero theme. SoundFX replaced.
00.52.25 - Toned down Clark's argument with his dad. When we are only seeing brief moments of their relationship, Clark can't be as cruel to his Dad as he is in the original cut. The scene now has the same result but more subtle. Ma Kent reacts to Clark's hurtful outburst instantly and he backs down.
00.54.03 - Removed Clark not saving his Dad because his Dad tells him not to. Recut so we see Clark just about to rush in when his Dad is suddenly killed. He dies because Clark hesitated, so hopefully the "I let my father die..." line now reads as simple regret, rather than him rationalising his awful decision to Lois.
01.08.12 - Retimed interrogation room shot so we see Lois laugh at Superman's joke about surrendering. It adds a moment to their relationship and shortens the scene a tad.
01.08.28 - Removed Lois Amy saying "Superman". I'd rather it wasn't said, than it be drowned out. It feels like the movie being embarrassed to speak his name. Plus a soldier later calls him "Superman" at a more appropriately heroic moment.
01.09.11 - Replaced score in scene of Superman surrendering with piano part of the "hero theme", timed to when he says "Thank you... for believing in me". I wanted it to underline the nobility of his sacrifice and his emotional connection with Lois. Remade soundFX.
01.21.15 - Replaced the much of the score during the escape of Lois to allow the sequence to be heavily restructured so other shots/scenes could be moved elsewhere.
01.22.28 - Swapped two shots of Lois' pod escaping, so have a long establishing shot break into a cut back to Superman waking up.
01.22.31 - Combined both parts of Superman getting his powers back, so it plays as one scene. Rescored and SoundFX added.
01.22.43 - Rescored Superman rescuing Lois with the "hero theme". Reordered shots to time with music. FX tweak of fireball. Removed Superman saying "You'll be safe here" so the landing music is not interrupted.
01.24.48 - Moved Zod arriving at the Kent farm and inserted it where Superman is sensing something is wrong. Replaced dog barking soundFX and brought it in earlier as if Superman is tuning in.
01.26.20 - Removed Superman slamming Zod through a cooling Tower. It's unfixable that he draws the baddies into a populated area but at least we can now put it down to a brief moment of anger because they attacked his mother.
01.28.10 - Recut the walk down the street so we hear Superman tell the civilians to get inside, before we see them get inside. This makes him look a little more caring.
01.29.45 - Removed a minute long fist fight with Faora with a simple match cut. Superman isn't saving anybody, there is too much bad CGI and it's just a lot of needless destruction. Plus I feel the first time we are seeing our hero in a fight, should not be him being wildly outclassed.
01.31.36 - Removed 20 seconds of Faora beating up some random soldiers. The CGI is really awful and videogame-like, plus it doesn't feature Superman, or advance the plot.
01.31.54 - Removed 10 more seconds of bad-CGI Faora where she is jumping around and performing a "Superhero landing". Now Col. Hardy just goes straight for his pistol.
01.39.35 - Brought forward the scene of Zod saying he off to get the Kryptonian ship. This way it doesn't interupt the new Superman hero sequence and probably makes more sense time/place wise.
01.40.18 - Removed the mention of the word "Terraforming" as it was over-explaining for dummies. Plus it's not actually "Terraforming", it's "Kryptonforming", or "anti-terraforming" to be scientifically accurate.
01.40.36 - Rescored the scene of Superman explaining the "black hole" plan with the "hero theme".
01.42.08 - Intercut Superman taking off, with Lois and Hardy taking off. Creating a short montage of the heroes finally united towards one goal. Rescored and soundFX added.
01.43.23 - Removed Zod's line about Jor-El lecturing him. I wanted to play down Zod's antagonism with Jor-El because they are supposed to be former allies.
01.43.37 - Removed a few seconds of Superman choking. With the energy-beam, the robot-claw and the poisonous-cloud, I felt it was one too many things for him to defeat in a bloated CGI sequence. It made it feel like a videogame boss battle. Superman now just swoops in and observes the situation.
01.44.17 - Removed a closeup shot of hundreds of people beng massacred in a giant fireball, caused by our heroes' own missiles. It's too much violence for a fun superhero movie IMO.
01.44.40 - Removed a few shots of Superman fighting back against the robot-claw, as I wanted the last thing we see before cutting to the Daily Planet being evacuated was Superman losing the battle.
01.45.37 - Removed more shots of Superman fighting back against the robot-claw. He is still in it's vice-like grip from the last shot we saw.
01.45.41 - Removed footage of Superman choking on the cloud again.
01.46.40 - Rescored and rearranged scenes so Superman appears to have been defeated by the world-engine and all is lost before we cut back to Zod and Jor-El.
01.47.20 - Rescored Jor-El saying "My son was twice the man you were Zod" with the piano part of the "hero theme". Showing the father's faith in his sons power, just as we the audience have seen him appear to be defeated.
01.47.27 - Recut the footage of Zod so he just listens in silence, sad that he cannot talk his former friend round. Before he gave Jor-El one last vindictive retort.
01.47.39 - Rescored the ship taking off and replaced the soundFX. Now this segues immediately into Superman resisting the energy beam, just after Jor-El's final line.
01.47.47 - Remixed audio during the montage of Superman destroying the world-engine. I wanted Zimmer's powerful music to be way higher in the mix and the soundFX much lower. The power of the images and the music are what make this scene, the soundFX are almost unnecessary.
01.51.02 - Removed a few seconds of Superman considering not destroying the ship. Why would Superman pause to consider letting Zod destroy Earth?
01.52.01 - Recut and rescored footage to remove the crew man telling Lois to not stand in a dangerous spot. It makes it look he died because of her stupidity. Also replaced a loud "wilhelm scream" because they irritate me now.
01.52.51 - Rescored the Kryptonians being destroyed with the "hero theme". Many soundFX layers added.
01.55.42 - Recut Zod's speech to Superman to shorten it and re-order some shots. The brief "My soul" line is cut.
01.56.55 - Recut and rescored Superman/Zod battle emerging from the collapsing building. Removed over a minute of them battling in the street, destroying buildings and blowing things up while terrified people look on. Now we do not cut to any people in the sequence. Since no footage of Superman defending the people from the mayhem exists, I'd rather they weren't there at all. It's believable they could have already fled the area around "ground zero" already.
01.59.20 - Brought forward a shot of the father reacting to protect his family, so he seems less dumb.
01.59.39 - Moved shot of Lois arriving in the station to later so she appears after Zod has died.
02.00.03 - Removed Superman's howl of rage. He just collapses in stunned silence. It underlines the sadness of what he has done, rather than his anger. Footage of Lois reacting has been reordered and soundFX replaced.
02.00.25 - FX tweak to the tear on Superman's cheek to make it slightly more visually obvious. Superman embracing Lois has been rescored and new soundFX added.
02.03.29 - Added Superman red logo and "A Symbol of Hope" to the ending title card.
02.13.36 - Added title card thanking all the people who have helped with the edit.
First off may I concur with a fellow reviewer that the colour correction is reason alone to watch this fan edit. MOS has never looked better and is much more even in its presentation.
Highlights for me include the tornado scene, re-scored first flight and the title cards were a neat addition. Small edits like in the interrogation scene bring some much needed fun and shows the overall care taken with this fan edit.
One scene I would have trimmed is Lois making out with Superman amongst the carnage. Whilst less troubling given the editing plays more as though the civilians got out, the scene still bothers me because of the dialogue that follows. 'They say it's all downhill after the first kiss.......I'm pretty sure that only counts if your kissing a human'. Just doesn't seem like a Superman thing to say.
The score: The MOS theme remains one of the few nuggets of optimism in a otherwise downbeat film and is the chief reason the theatrical trailer worked and got fans excited. Therefore I welcomed greater use of it in this edit. However there were scenes where I felt it didn't entirely work and I think this has to do with its slow build up. I also wouldn't have used it for Jor-El leaping from the archive tower as I think it's best we first hear it with Superman.
However overall a really solid fan edit that gets the most out of the original source material. Highly worth checking out!
I'm not a big fan of superhero movies, and I dislike how they factory like produce them nowadays without much effort or heart put into the movies. I however do like the DC comics animated movies and I think Man of Steel is my favorite superhero movie. It's just so epic. So yeah, I did like the original quite a lot and felt it didn't need much changing. Now this fanedit should suit me and I must say that it does indeed.
The biggest thing to notice is the colors. The movie looks stunning! The original colors never bothered me that much but after seeing this one the movie came alive in more ways than ever. Everything looks so nice and... well, heroic? :)
The music editing was really good as well, I liked it. I never felt the movie really needed it as the sountrack is amazing but it does work. It just got a bit repeatitive towards the end. The audio is in stereo by the way and it may bother people who have 5.1 setup but I like stereo so it didn't bother me.
Lois Lane was quite annoying in the original version. In this one she's better. She's still quite boring and shouldn't have that much screen time. But this fanedit made her character better nevertheless.
Many of the little changes like Jonathan Kent dying were handled well.
This fanedit was very enjoyable indeed and I don't feel need to watch the original version any longer. Good job!
The edits in this version were SEAMLESS. Many times, I could tell something was changed, but the edit was performed so well (and it worked so well) that I couldn't pin down exactly what was different. The work done on the first fight with the Kryptonians, Clark's Dad's death, Zod's neck snapping ... perfect!
The adjustments made to the color and brightness also worked very well - most noticeable on Superman's suit in several scenes.
No longer any need to pull the disc out of the drawer next time I'm in the mood to watch Man of Steel - this will be my preferred version.
The way I see it, this is exactly the treatment this movie needed: a bit of trimming here and there.
The result is fantastic. I had a blast watching this edit. The colors look more vivid. The score sounds great. I didn't notice anything wrong.
Man of Steel is an OK plus movie for me. A Symbol of Hope makes it OK plus plus (or OK sharp - for anyone who will get the programming reference).
I'll keep it brief since there's not much I can add to what has been said before: This is a great edit and the next time I'd wanna watch MoS - it will be this version.
Man of Steel has never looked so beautiful. If there's one comment I can make in this review that means more than anything else, it would be that one. TM2YC took a movie that was so poorly graded and dull looking and turned it into a vibrant and well rounded visual beauty. Everything in this movie from the shots to the costume looked absolutely wonderful only for an ugly coat of paint to ruin that, and TM2YC has basically repainted this new film into one of the prettiest superhero movies of the modern era. The new look alone makes this movie a lot less boring to watch.
As for the cut itself, it is definitely an improvement over the original. While some cuts of Man of Steel opt to cut 20+ minutes out of the film to improve the pacing and reduce the bloat, this cut tries more to take a look at the film as it is and fine tune the flaws. With only 9 minutes cut, this isn't a new vision of Man of Steel's story. Rather, it is very much the version of this story that we wanted to see put on the screen in theaters. Along with the color grading, several small touches like cutting out the overabundance of unnecessary language, removing Lois's scream of terror and pain, changing the opening shot, and removing Clark's yell at the end help to make this version of the movie a lot less mean spirited than the one we saw in theaters in 2013.
Man of Steel has always been a movie that either bored or angered me, but this cut has finally showed me a fine tuned version of Snyder's vision that I can appreciate and enjoy. It is amazing that removing several bad moments and regrading the film can help you to not only enjoy those elements being gone, but also find more joy out of the characters and story that have been there since the beginning. Much like TM2YC's Ghostbusters fanedit, this is a cut that can very easily replace the theatrical version and not just feel like a good fanedit, but a professional and superior edition of the movie. My only small complaint is that some of the score gets reused a little too much in this version, but that also can help to create a bit more of a consistency of theme across the film. This feels like a perfect start to the DCEU, closer in tone to the likes of Wonder Woman and (hopefully) Justice League.
After watching and thoroughly enjoying this cut, I'm curious to see what TM2YC would be able to pull out of the even messier sequel, BvS. I'm not keeping my fingers crossed, though, as I know this edit was already a tremendous undertaking and BvS would require even more hard work to pull out such a masterfully fine tuned and remastered version of the film. The highest praise I can give this edit is that it is now my definitive go to edit of MoS, and I hope to some day find a BvS edit that can follow it well and fit into a better DCEU.