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Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman Hardcover – June 18, 2013
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There aren't many character designs. Strangely, Zod's the only character with art featuring various designs. The rest of the characters, including Superman, are just shown with one or two illustrations or photos. The designs are the finalised ones. There's nothing on Superman's new suit besides the brief mention by director Zack Synder that underwear outside is no longer cool nowadays. The cover does have a nice embossed S with repeating patterns from the fabric of Superman's suit.
The concept art are generally nice but there aren't any mind blowing pieces in particular. There are some beautiful detailed pieces but also pretty rough ones. The overall tone is quite dark with a sense of grim throughout. There's a preference for the strong use of shadows, either to obscure detail or to suggest I'm not too sure, but I feel it's for the former because the detail I want to see usually fades into the shadow.
The art feels quite static. Environment art are meant to be static but I mean those scene paintings with characters. There are many pieces with characters just standing on location. Superman usually stands alone staring into space. Comics usually have their characters in dynamic poses. Not so here. And there aren't any storyboards. You won't get the idea that this is an action film from the art.
There aren't any set photography on the props and locations. Most of the photos included are film stills, mostly portraits, but they look great.
The commentary is quite insightful and focuses on the design and direction of the film.Read more ›
Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman tries its best to strike a balance between "art of" and "making of," but at a scant 184 pages (and it honestly doesn't even seem that long), it doesn't really have room to be either of those things to a satisfying degree. As a "making of," it does touch on some really interesting points in the text--especially when it comes to the filmmakers' collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense to create an accurate portrayal of the military in the film, as well as many of the thoughts that went into the design of Krypton--and there is a positively fascinating page on the development of the Kryptonian language developed for the film. But much of what is delivered in the book in that regard just leaves me hungry for more. If anything, it's an intriguing tease.
As an "art of," though, the book is an all-around disappointment. There are so many elements of the text that could have been given so much more weight with the right images: the discussion of the design of the S-emblem comes to mind, as well as the design of the suit as a whole. But alas, we don't get a single solitary image of any of the iterations that the S-glyph must have certainly gone through. And any paintings of the Big Blue suit pretty much mirror the final design in the film to a tee.
Perhaps the most frustrating thing about Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman, though, is that if you're a fan of the film hungry for a deeper look, the book is kind of essential. Not very satisfying, mind you, but there are several really neat tidbits and insights here that I'll admit make it worth owning. If, and only if, you're a hardcore fan.Read more ›
When I heard that there were hundreds of concept designs for the S glyph, I got excited, because I find the symbol and its many reinventions over the years to be quite fascinating. I was giddy about this book, hoping it would give us a few pages at least showing the evolution of the S for the movie.
Nothing. Total bummer.
Similarly for the suit. How interesting would it be to see ideas the production team was throwing around for the suit? The underwear, the cape, etc?
Again, almost nothing in this book.
In Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) have delivered a stunning new vision of Superman that is both fresh and familiar. Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman explores the remarkable creative process behind the movie and showcases the exceptional concept art that shaped its unique visual style. From the stark alien vistas of Krypton to the down-to-earth warmth of Smallville, this book uncovers the intensive world-building process that makes Superman’s universe both thrilling and believable. Also featuring in-depth interviews with the cast and crew, and candid on-set photography, Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman is the ultimate insider’s look at one of the most electrifying movies in recent memory.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very greaT even The fronT cover is very deTailed covers everything from behind the scenes exclusive looks at the world of Superman it covers all the family crest on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by zack
I could go on and on and on about how much I enjoy this book. I love the film unapologetically, and this book is the perfect companion for it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Whether you liked the movie or not, making the alien (Krypton) culture seem modern and believable was undeniably a difficult design challenge - especially because it comes from... Read morePublished 10 months ago by KAB
Not enough concept art and design for my taste. Good amount of images but still way too much writing for a design and art book.Published 13 months ago by Ron McLeroy
I shall never get enough "Man of Steel" memories! I do love this film and the star, Henry Cavill!Published 17 months ago by D. Rader
This book is a must-own for the devout Superman fan; of which I proudly claim allegiance. The art featured in it from the film's production process is like most concept art used in... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rachel