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Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction.

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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

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

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Budget:

$225,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$116,619,362 (USA) (14 June 2013)

Gross:

$291,021,565 (USA) (13 September 2013)
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Trivia

The tornado scene stirred some controversy with the National Weather Service as overpasses are not considered to be safe shelters in the event of a tornado due to the wind funneling effect increasing the likelihood of being struck by debris. In 1991, many thought overpasses were safe after a highly publicized video of a TV film crew and several others taking shelter under an overpass during a tornado near El Dorado, KS survived, although the overpass did not take a direct hit. However, in 1999 during the deadly Moore/Bridge Creek, OK EF-5 tornado, several people were killed seeking shelter in overpasses prompting the NWS and other weather agencies to proclaim them as unsafe. Ironically, the Moore, OK area got hit by another deadly tornado about a month before the theatrical release of "Man Of Steel" prompting Zach Snyder to consider removing the tornado scene from the movie, although he ultimately kept it as Superman would have had to deal with all manners of disasters and tragedies. See more »

Goofs

It is quite noticeable that several of Zod and Superman's punches at each other seem to defy the laws of physics, even simply, the direction as to where they should end up after such an impact. At 02:02:34, Zod and Superman zoom at each other from a distance and strike each other directly, resulting in a destructive explosion. A few moments later, Superman flies off in the direction he was originally flying in, contrary to the direction of Zod's punch. Then at 02:04:28, Zod speed-crawls up a building, mashing the walls, while Superman charges down with his flight powers, breaking all glass in his wake. At their moment of impact, Superman who's supposedly punching downwards then sends Zod twirling upwards into a construction site. See more »

Quotes

[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 ...
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Crazy Credits

The film title and the Superman shield briefly appear in the closing credits (in parallel to all the other Superman films where they appear in the opening credits). See more »

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Version of Superman II (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Ring of Fire
Written by June Carter Cash (as June Carter) and Merle Kilgore
Produced by Allison Crowe and Larry Anschell
Performed by Allison Crowe
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User Reviews

Remember that sinking feeling you had watching The Dark Knight Rises?
13 June 2013 | by (South Korea) – See all my reviews

I wanted to like this movie. Admittedly, I went in with high expectations, but I thought the names behind the movie, the actors and the beautiful trailer justified my high hopes.

And - at first - I thought it was all going to work out. For the first 40 minutes or so, this movie is awesome. Krypton, an ALIENated Clark Kent doing odd jobs on earth, a confused boy trying to cope with his powers...

Some reviewers have bashed the movie for being too serious, but there's nothing wrong with a little seriousness, or a little reverence towards the character. In the first half, I think the tone is perfect. A little dark, sure, but it all feels like we're building up towards something truly awesome. Then, kind of suddenly, the main story with Zod and the action starts. And, as much as I love action movies, I really wished it hadn't.

When the serious actions starts, all coherent story telling stops. In the blink of an eye the movie goes from feeling like a sci-fi Batman Begins to Transformers 3 minus the nuanced story telling. Suddenly Superman is here and we get these big sweeping beautiful scenes, and they're just completely boring and out of place. And I don't even want to talk about the totally contrived Lois Lane - Superman romance. (Lots of sighs, and "WTF?" comments at the theater I was in).

I kept waiting for it to recapture the tone of the first half, but the action just keeps getting bigger and dumber. In the middle of the unending action spectacle of the second half, I actually nodded off.

This movie had the creative talent, and the actors to make something really great. And I feel like without a Michael Bay explosion quota maybe they could have done it here... But in the end this is a missed opportunity.


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