Man of Steel restored in color looks so much better than the original

Man of Steel was mostly fine but one huge problem with the movie was that it was just too dark. It embarrassingly cribbed its visual style off of Nolan’s Batman trilogy and that dark tone just doesn’t match up well with Superman. Visual Lab decided to restore the color in the film and it looks so much better.


Like it’s not even close. The “original footage” from the movie looks terrible compared to the version with the color restored. The color makes Superman pop and the whole movie seems so much more fun to watch. Watch the video below:

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I am curious about the initial choice? Is it the film stock, filters, light levels, film speed, the decision of the cinematographer, or is it accomplished with post production FX causing the films dim look? I have read mistakes involving period films, etc., which look too bright and modern for the times; one quick example I can think of is “Pearl Harbor” the Michael (*cough, gag*) Bay film (which had more apologies attached to it than the actual event). The most prominent remark was from the D.P. John Schwartzman who felt it should have had a darker, retro feel to convey a more somber tone.