It’s big budget action flick season, so you know what that means: death and carnage for everyone!
It is no spoiler to say that, in this weekend's Man of Steel, chaos and mass destruction are leading players, just as deserving of a spot on the marquee as Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. As the marketing material makes clear, the survivors of Krypton have little regard for our planet's puny architecture, which they reduce to neat piles of shattered glass and twisted metal, like wood chips for their superhuman playground of death.
Quick, run to your nearest theater!
This is nothing new, of course; we've come to expect mass destruction in our summer movies, which allow us to envision from an air conditioned place of comfort the global meltdown we've been trained to expect by years of alarmist political rhetoric. It's like a game of chicken; if one movie destroys half a city, the next one must one-up it and wreck the entire thing. With a huge number of gigantic blockbuster films out this summer, it's worth examining just how much carnage we're paying big money to see, and taking stock of all the urban zones that are being leveled on the big screen. Is your hometown being blown apart this year?!
Man of Steel: Metropolis
After Supes and Zod tear apart the main drag of Smallville — which is dotted with many businesses, all nameless aside for the 7-Eleven, Sears and IHOP — they take the action to the glimmering skyscrapers of Metropolis, which they promptly turn into gigantic piles of rubble.
Star Trek Into Darkness: San Francisco, London
First, CumberKHAN lays waste to the seat of the former British Empire, and later on, he helps demolish NoCal, too.