Man of Steel is the 2013 Christopher Nolan‘s version of Superman. To be correct, he shared the story credits with his friend, David S. Goyer. The movie director is Zack Snyder, not one of my favorites, but I can’t complain. Critics all over said that this version is much too violent, but in my opinion it is only too gloomy.
This is not the classic “Superman” re-make because it’s only loosely based on the character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. It mostly seems a story created around some product placements. At the time they released it, Man of Steel broke the record; production budget was covered more than 75% with over 100 deals made before premiere.
Man of Steel – Plot
When a movie is really enchanting, it is a shame to reveal anything from its action. I consider that you have to watch the movie and have your own opinion on it. Here, I’m sure that most of you know a lot about Superman and the stories around him. There were the comics, after that it came Richard Donner‘s movie with Cristopher Reeve and Gene Hackman. What’s different here? Let’s see: Krypton is a planet on the verge of destruction, and there were never logical explanations for such a fact. They have a “codex” containing every kryptonian genetic imprint. General Zod is a rebel who wants action and to take command, Jor-El is the planet scientist (what a globally united planet, interesting) who has a newborn child with his wife, the first on that dying planet in ages. Jor-El steals the codex, transmits the genetic codes to his kid’s cells and manages to sent him to Earth, in a fashionable small spacecraft. After that, he tries to escape from Zod’s rage on a flying animal as in James Cameron’s Avatar. Shortly after, he let himself killed by Zod. This one is captured together with his team and exiled for “300 cycles” somewhere in a “phantom zone”.
In the meantime, Kal-El, the baby, arrives on Earth, in Kansas, and is raised by Martha and Jonathan Kent who have named him Clark. Being an alien, Clark develops powers that can be considered “supernatural” by normal people, and even more by government officials. Jonathan advises Clark to never reveal his powers because it won’t be in his favor. Jonathan let himself die during a hurricane, even if his adopted son could save him. Clark leaves his mother’s Kansas home and gets involved with Lois Lane, a Pulitzer journalist. It is imperative for us to know that she is a Pulitzer awarded, from Goyer’s script. They are somewhere at the North Pole or the South one, where Clark knows exactly how to make use of a sort of futuristic joystick he found in the spacecraft which brought him on Earth and was carefully hidden by Jonathan in the barn. Sneaky Lois has a hunch and takes a picture in the night! She surprises Clark climbing what is to climb in the area, just in a shirt, and of course, she decides to follow him. From now on you have to watch the movie, because this is just the beginning.
It stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Kal-El, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, the earthly mother, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, the Robin Hood who contributed to Kal-El’s birth, his natural Kryptonian father, Antje Traue as Faora-Ul, General Zod’s right hand and maybe mistress, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick, a big brass in Pentagon, Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton, a smart scientist working for government, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Nathan Hardy, an action soldier, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, the Robin Hood who raised Clark Kent in Kansas, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, a name never heard her being called in the movie, Kal-El’s Kryptonian mother, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Lois Lane’s “wise” boss at Daily Planet.
Here you have the trailer I have borrowed for this website and believe me that it was the main reason making me to pursue this movie after all:
The main reason it’s different is that Lois Lane finds out relatively in the beginning what’s about Clark Kent, so at the end of the movie, after he saved the world leaving Metropolis almost in ruins, when he is employed at Daily Planet as a junior reporter, she knows exactly who he is. Also very important is that Lex Luthor doesn’t appear in Man of Steel. They prepare us for the next sequel, a crossover with Batman and some more disparate characters, just in case.
With an enormous rate of 7.2 out of 10 on imdb, Man of Steel is an interesting movie to watch. It will be fine to know if you have an opinion.
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