Man of Steel: A Symbol of Hope

Man of Steel: A Symbol of Hope

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Man of Steel: A Symbol of Hope
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The symbol of the House of El means hope.
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Original Release Date:
2013
Original Running Time:
143
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134
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Brief Synopsis:
'Man of Steel: A Symbol of Hope' does not try to radically reshape MOS because I liked most of it already. I just wanted to tweak the character of Superman to make him feel more heroic. So if you hated everything about the original MOS, then this isn't the FanFix for you. There are several 10-minute chunks of this edit that are unchanged (aside from the regrade) but when I did change something, I hope it feels significant.

Intention:
MOS-ASOH sticks closer to the positive character of Superman we know from the comics and from the older movies. Hans Zimmer created a fantastic "hero theme" for Henry Cavill's Superman (sometimes called 'What are you going to do when you are not saving the world?') but sadly it was not really used in the original cut of MOS. Here it is deployed appropriately for Superman's heroic or emotional moments, in the same way that John William's theme was used for Christopher Reeve. This is the most obvious change in MOS-ASOH, requiring a lot of soundFX replacement work.

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.

Additional Notes:
As of 5th December 2017, a new alternate audio mix called the 'Hopeful Mix' has been added to all versions. This was to tone down the use of the main "Hero" theme, from 5 scenes, to 3. The old/original mix will now be referred to as the "Extra Heroic Mix".
Other Sources:
- Man Of Steel (Blu-Ray)
- Man Of Steel (CD Soundtrack)
- Turkish Airlines: Metropolis (Commercial)
- freesound.org

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Special Thanks:
Thanks to all the people who offered vital feedback and general encouragement in the project thread: samspider3, SpectacularSMan, Canon Editor, DSM2337, addiesin, Zarius, bionicbob, TVs Frink, darthrush, Nic, Nerdman3000, octoroxx, DigModiFicaTion, Hardbackyoyo, dangermouse, hbenthow, ThrowgnCpr, L8wrtr, Nerdman3000, ssj, That One Guy, spence, musiced921, wilhelm scream, SkywalkerFan01, Kal-El, Zamros, ironman23, njvc, Problem Eliminator, Workshed, judgmentalpigeon, Last Impressions, AlexJamieson, ronin428, Dustin6595, damian1978, Vultural, theryaney, alshim72, Masirimso17, Nic, judgmentalpigeon and Motley's Fanedits.
Release Information
  • Blu-Ray (BD-25)
  • MP4/M4V/MOV
Special Features
- MP4 (13.4 GB 1080p Stereo 448 AC3)
- MP4 (3.9 GB 720p Stereo 224 AAC)
- Blu-Ray with chapter selection menus (19.6 GB 1080p Stereo 448 AC3)

Two alternate audio mixes are included in all versions:
1. The Hopeful Mix
2. The Extra Heroic Mix
Editing Details:
- Added Hans Zimmer's bombastic "hero theme" to several scenes: 1. Jor-El leaping from the archive tower, 2. Superman flying for the first time, 3. Superman rescuing Lois from the escape pod, 4. Superman flying off to fight the world-engine and 5. The Kryptonians being destroyed. I've also added the low-key piano part of the theme to a few quiet moments (1. and 5. are only rescored in the "Extra Heroic Mix").
- 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.
Cuts and Additions:
00.00.00 - Added FE.org and TM2YC titlecards.
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.

(* Only in the "Extra Heroic Mix" but a small section of the Piano Hero theme has been mixed into the kiss scene at 01.52.51 in the "Hopeful Mix")
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Blu-Ray Cover art (Classic Variant) by TM2YC (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Blu-Ray Cover art (Inks Variant) by TM2YC (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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I'm a huge Superman fan, and have watched the vanilla MoS around 10 times. I enjoyed it for the most part, but there were some issues i had. I will say that TM2YC fixed all of those issues and then some. The color alone is worth the watch, but the pacing and music really was a true fix.

The only small issue i had was the removal of some of my favorite action shots, but oh well. Thanks for the hard work, it is by far my favorite of all the MoS edits.

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Once again TM2YC has donde it, this edit is fantastic, while retaining its original story somehow he has taken the dark tone out of it giving this edit such a fantastic inspirational story. The color grading is spectacular, this is how the movie should have looked. The new placement of musical cues is greatly inspirational, we get a real sense of the Man of Steel soundtrack this way, it really works. Thanks for this edit, it is my favorite of all the MoS edits, fantastic work.

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Firstly, I have to echo others' praise of the color grading TM2YC has done for this edit. It really helps the film to feel less dour, and helped me to notice some things I'd never noticed before (like Superman's black suit while falling into the pile of skulls at the end of the talk between him and Zod). Very well done. One unfortunate side effect is that it helps highlight some dodgy CGI that the muted theatrical grading helped to hide, but it's worth the tradeoff (and that doesn't happen often).

Now, onto the edit itself: it's great.

Don't expect the wheel to be reinvented as far as structure goes, mind you - it's very much the same film. But TM2YC's subtle touch manages to highlight what works well while mitigating some of the fundamental missteps. Superman is more of a hero, there's less frustratingly expository dialogue, and thank God the "he's kinda hot" bit was cut completely.

The fight sequences are something I thought were handled very well, and I suspect account for a large percentage of the time cut from the film. Every time I watch Man of Steel, I get bored about 1/3 of the way through every fight. In "A Symbol of Hope," I was engaged through all of them, even the Smallville fight and Superman vs. Zod. While there's still an excessive amount of death and destruction, it's mostly caused by the villains, with TM2YC doing his best to show Superman save as many people as he can (though he wasn't given much to work with on that front).

My favorite part about this, though, has got to be Pa Kent's death. Every single MoS edit should just swipe that scene wholesale from "A Symbol of Hope" - I mean, with TM2YC's permission, of course. But it's just so perfectly done that I can't imagine a better way to handle the scene. It doesn't feel edited in any way, and it plays up Clark's internal conflict exactly the way the original scene was intended to, but without shooting itself in the foot in the process like the theatrical cut.

The rest of the nips and tucks are well-chosen and very well executed. The expansion of the hero's theme works well except in the "kiss" scene - unlike others have mentioned, I quite liked it during the Krypton sequence, except for a slight technical issue I'll mention in the next paragraph. The rest of the music replacements - when I noticed them, and I'm certain I didn't notice them all - worked seamlessly. The "first flight" sequence is wonderful and exhilarating, as it should be, and again doesn't feel edited even though I know it definitely was. I also especially liked the "quiet" during Jor-El's "in time, they will join you in the sun" speech.

On a technical level, there was exactly one cut that bugged me in the moment, and I know it was an audio transition issue, but I can't for the life of me remember what/where it was, so it clearly didn't have much of an effect on my enjoyment of the edit. And like I said, it was only one cut - everything else was, as usual, perfect. As for the issue mentioned earlier during the Krypton sequence, it was during Jor-El's flight after stealing the Codex: when he notices his bird-lizard's wound, he speaks reassuringly to it - the music replacement/sound FX rebuilding here has mixed Jor-El's lines too low so they're nearly inaudible. I should note that I'm watching this through a 2.1 soundbar, so this may be less of an issue in a 5.1 setup with a discrete center channel.

I still wish the oil rig scene was gone, but other than that, it's extremely close to perfect. This is definitely replacing the official version in my DCEU canon.

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So, I used to love Superman when I was a child. I was never introduced to Superman by the comics. My first introduction to Superman was through the classic films. Then I grew up and I have come to hate Superman. I hate how his powers make no sense, I hate how overpowered he is. I liked Batman a lot. The Dark Knight trilogy's exploration of a superhero has fascinated me for quite a while. And then I saw Man of Steel. It was an okay film. I liked the darker iteration they were going for even if it came of as a bit cheap right after the dark knight trilogy. It did not make me like Superman though, and it was forgettable. A mere formality to step into the DCEU.

This fan edit tweaks small things to surprising effect. The color, oh my God the color. It brings life to the film. The adjustments make Superman humble with all the power he has. His beginning makes sense to me. The music, WHY THE HELL DID THEY NOT HAVE THE ADDED SOUNDTRACK IN THE FIRST PLACE :P It gives awe and heart to certain moments. This is the definitive way to experience Man of Steel in my opinion. After all, it made me like Superman again.

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Loved this edit. I’m a fan of the original version but this one was just as good. I didn’t even notice the cuts.
Job well done!

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