“It’s Not Flying, It’s Falling With Style!”
As many of you are most likely aware (and hopefully have seen by this point), Man Of Steel, the latest in a long line of efforts to translate DC’s mightiest hero to the big screen, has been released and has performed rather well at the box office. Believe it or not, the Superman brand isn’t quite the sure-fire hit it once was so there was some initial doubt as to whether it would be a success, and while it hasn’t had as rapturous a response as a new Iron Man or Batman film, Man Of Steel has comfortably covered its production cost in the first weekend of release, which is a huge relief for all involved. It remains to be seen whether it can keep the momentum though, but right now that doesn’t matter as much because Warner Brothers are already fast tracking a sequel with David S. Goyer, Zack Snyder and the cast all returning to their respective roles. Goyer certainly has vision for the series, but there’s no denying that Man Of Steel could have benefited from a stronger writer at the helm.
Anyway, this article isn’t strictly about Man Of Steel per se – this is about a touching video that I came across depicting the evolution of flying in movie history. A short video, showing a scene from each film, accompanied with introspective music, it’s really interesting to see how the special effect has advanced over time. What’s most interesting though is the sheer lack of flying characters through cinema, it’s truly surprising to realize how few there have been, considering that half of the clips belong to various iterations of Superman over the years.
Then again, are they all accounted for? After some thought it occurred to me that the flying of Banshee and the venomous insect girl in X-Men: First Class have been omitted, but whether it was an oversight or something done deliberately by the video makers is unknown. Either way, it concludes stunningly with footage of Superman breaking the sound barrier in Man Of Steel. A fitting and powerful end to an interesting and small snippet of film history. Check out the full video below.