Man of Steel

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Year of Release: 2013

Genre: Comic Book

Related to/Remake of: Superman: The Motion Picture (original), Superman II (Theatrical Cut and Richard Donner Cut), Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Superman Returns

Directed By: Zack Snyder

Music By: Hans Zimmer

Starring: Henry Cavill (Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman), Amy Adams (as Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (as General Zod), Laurence Fishburne (as Perry White), Russell Crowe (as Jor-El), Diane Lane (as Martha Kent), Kevin Costner (as Jonathan Kent), Antje Traue (as Faora Hu-Ul), and Christopher Meloni (as Colonel Nathan Hardy)

Basic Plot: A re-telling of the Superman origin story, examining both the destruction of Krypton and the exiling of General Zod and his followers, as well as Kal-El/Clark Kent dealing with life as an alien who is taught by his adopted father to hide his abilities for fear of how mankind would react to the truth.  Needless to say, Zod makes his way to Earth in order to find the son of his nemesis, now known as Superman.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: Henry Cavill does a great job as the title character, both physically and acting-wise.  Michael Shannon is appropriately menacing and merciless as General Zod.  For the first time on film, we get a fully fleshed out view of Krypton, as well as a true glimpse of the brutal power the Kryptonians would have on Earth.  The special effects are pretty awesome.  The supporting actors and actresses all turn in great work, with special mention to Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, and Antje Traue as Zod’s second-in-command.

Cons: Pretty slow in the beginning, and the back-and-forth through time story structure drags down the momentum of the movie.  Some may find the climactic battle scene to be boring.

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