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Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 14 June 2013 (USA)
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An alien child is evacuated from his dying world and sent to Earth to live among humans. His peace is threatened, when other survivors of his home planet invade Earth.


Zack Snyder


David S. Goyer (screenplay), David S. Goyer (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Cavill ... Clark Kent / Kal-El
Amy Adams ... Lois Lane
Michael Shannon ... General Zod
Diane Lane ... Martha Kent
Russell Crowe ... Jor-El
Antje Traue ... Faora-Ul
Harry Lennix ... General Swanwick
Richard Schiff ... Dr. Emil Hamilton
Christopher Meloni ... Colonel Nathan Hardy
Kevin Costner ... Jonathan Kent
Ayelet Zurer ... Lara Lor-Van
Laurence Fishburne ... Perry White
Dylan Sprayberry ... Clark Kent (13 Years)
Cooper Timberline ... Clark Kent (9 Years)
Richard Cetrone ... Tor-An


A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Mackenzie Gray, who portrays Jax-Ur, previously played an adult clone of Lex Luthor in Smallville (2001). See more »


On the fishing boat, Clark leans down to pick up some rope that dropped to the deck. Before he reaches, it is a bunch of random pieces, but when he grabs it, it is a coil. See more »


[first lines]
Jor-El: Will you not understand? Krypton's core is collapsing! We may only have a matter of weeks! I warned you, harvesting the core was suicide! It has accelerated the process of implosion!
Lor-Em: Our energy reserves were exhausted. What would you have us do, El?
Jor-El: Look to the stars, like our ancestors did! There are habitable worlds within reach. We can begin by using the old outposts.
Ro-Zar: Are you seriously suggesting that we evacuate the entire planet?
Jor-El: No, everybody here is already dead. Give me control...
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Crazy Credits

Right before the credits end you can hear "uh-oh" being spoken mysteriously by a child. The same sound can be heard in the track "Oil Rig" from Hans Zimmer's score for the film. See more »


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While it lacks the fun and magic of Christopher Reeve's Superman, Man of Steel is an excellent Superhero Film
9 January 2020 | by zanghi_jamesSee all my reviews

Man of Steel is an interesting and refreshing take on the Superman mythos, and appropriately, it is the first film of the DC Extended Cinematic Universe. It might not be as fun as Christopher Reeve or George Reeves' takes on Superman, and it certainly is one of the darker Superhero films, but there are a lot of great scenes and iconic shots, which is sort of a trademark for Zack Snyder with his superhero films.

Also, I love Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL's score. It would be hard to imagine the light and heroic feel of the John Williams' 'Superman' Theme from Christopher Reeve's films playing in a lot of scenes like the Smallville Skirmish or the Battle of Metropolis, and especially Zod and Superman's violent fight at the end.

The movie does have a slow start, even with the opening sequence on Krypton and the Oil Rig sequence, but once the action truly starts, it doesn't let up at all. I had the good fortune to see this in the theaters with my dad, and the Theater's surround sound certainly helped the soundtrack and the sound effects of the explosions.

There are some points I wasn't impressed with. Mainly, there was the similarity in style to Christopher Nolan's style of filming and editing, but also I found the cinematography effects a little weird. There was a bit of lens flare which made me think I was watching a J.J. Abrams Star Trek film occasionally, and also at some points in the action scenes, the camera zooms in to certain points of action with extreme abruptness. Also, portraying Superman more darker and broody like Batman was in the Dark Knight Trilogy is borderline sacrilege.

Despite these minor and major problems with the story and cinematography and editing, I really enjoyed this film. I hope Henry Cavill reprises his performance as Superman in another film, preferably as a more nicer Superman, because he is almost as good as Christopher Reeve.

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Release Date:

14 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Superman: Man of Steel See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$225,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,619,362, 16 June 2013

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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