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WILHELM SCREAM: When Faora throws a soldier out the back of the C-17.
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Henry Cavill refused to take steroids to muscle up for the role. He also refused any digital touch-ups or enhancement to his body in his shirtless scenes. He said it would have been dishonest of him to use trickery while playing Superman and he wanted to push his body to the limits to develop his physique into one that was worthy of the character.
Henry Cavill said that the most difficult part of making the movie was definitely his two shirtless scenes. He had been training for months prior to filming began but for his shirtless scenes, he specially went on extremely difficult calorie restriction diet and training regimen that cut his calorie intake from 5000 to near 1500 for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks he reached a body fat level of just 7% which is the level achieved by professional body-builders during competitions. Henry said this was done because he wanted to make his abs as pronounced and his muscles as defined as humanly possible to create the best possible Superman physique. Cavill returned to a more manageable routine after the scenes were shot but felt his effort was rewarded when audiences and critics alike praised his physique for the true embodiment of what Superman would look like. After he had shot his shirtless scenes, director Zack Snyder gave him a tub of ice cream and pizza to reward him for his Herculean effort for the shirtless scenes.
The film released in June 2013, the 75th anniversary of Superman.
Henry Cavill and Russell Crowe had met years prior to playing father and son when Henry was an extra in Proof of Life (2000) and received words of encouragement to pursue acting and an autographed picture from Crowe, who was his favorite actor.
The idea that Superman's S-Shield means "hope" is taken from Mark Waid's "Superman: Birthright" comic: the S-Shield is the Kryptonian symbol for "hope", and Superman (1978) created the concept of the Shield being a Kryptonian herald for the house of El.
Rumors say that Zod's broadcast to Earth is made in several languages including the "Star Trek" Universe's Klingon, but there is no proof for this.
Henry Cavill naturally has a hairy chest and left it untouched for the shoot of this movie. He insisted that Superman has chest hair in this film; he rejected the notion that just because you are muscular, you should not have chest hair and cited the Superman comic book "The Death Of Superman" as being an iconic representation in which Superman had a hairy chest.
In an early Smallville scene near the Kent house, a double tanker truck passing by in the background bears the "Lexcorp" brand name. Also, a building in Metropolis and a tanker truck later bear the name as well. This is the company run by Superman's arch rival, Lex Luthor.
Clark's line "Can't I keep pretending I'm your son?" and Jonathan's response "You are my son" are taken from "Superman: Secret Origin" by Geoff Johns.
Director Zack Snyder said that he really wanted to include a shirtless scene of star Henry Cavill in the film because throughout the film, you see him in a form-fitting body suit where he appears extremely muscular. He said the audience would think it was all rubber muscles, but it was important to show them it was indeed Cavill's body in that suit and that it was all real.
Ben Affleck turned down directing the film because he wasn't experienced in visual effects shots: "A lesson I've learned is to not look at movies based on budget, how much they'll spend on effects or where they will shoot. Story is what's important." He appears as Batman in the sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), which is being directed by Zack Snyder.
Henry Cavill embarked on a special four-month training regimen by his trainer Mark Twight to get the appropriate physique for his roles as Kal-El. He gained weight by drinking 5 1000-calorie protein shakes a day, then he did cardiovascular workouts to burn away the fat and build muscle, and finally he underwent a grueling two-hour workout to build up his muscles and abdomen. According to Cavill, the real problem he faced was the workout's intensity: "Mark based his technique on going beyond yourself. Instead of slowing down towards the end of the workout, he asked me to actually work harder and harder for the body to reach its limits. His point was that if his client is able to walk out of the gym, he had not worked hard enough..."
In the final fight scene between General Zod and Superman, Bruce Wayne's logo and company name (Wayne Financial) can be seen on the satellite that is destroyed during combat.
When Clark is first learning to fly, he is only able to make a few gigantic bounds. In the first few Superman comics in 1938-9, he was not able to fly but could only leap 1/8 of a mile like a high-powered kangaroo. The first cartoons and movies decided that this looked undignified, and made him fly which looks more majestic, even though physics give no logical reason for him to have this ability.
According to Zack Snyder, the filmmakers outfitted Henry Cavill in the Superman (1978) costume to see how well he fit the role. Despite the outfit bearing a lighter blue color and red trunks, no one laughed at Cavill. Snyder knew then that Cavill was right for the role.
According to David S. Goyer, Superman's costume is defined in this film to be an undergarment: "All the battle armor goes on top of the suits. But since Superman's a refugee, his outfit doesn't have that gear, and would make him defenseless on his own Kryptonian turf." This is also a nod to pop culture's running joke that Superman's costume appears to be underwear.
The filmmakers hired Professor Christine Schreyer, an expert in anthropology and linguistics at British Columbia, to create the Kryptonian language. She developed an object-subject-verb sentence structure, contrasting the subject-verb-object structure of English (e.g. "I see him" in English would be "Him I see" in Kryptonian), to reflect that people on Krypton had become selfish and materialistic.
This is Amy Adams's third time auditioning for Lois Lane. She first read for Lois Lane in Brett Ratner's abandoned film, then for Superman Returns (2006). Adams has stated that it became ridiculous and this time she had to play Lois and put her stamp on it.
Matthew Goode, Armie Hammer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Zac Efron and Colin O'Donoghue were on the final shortlist for the lead role. Henry Cavill was finally cast. He was the front runner to play Superman in another Superman movie (working title: flyby) but the movie failed to be greenlit and Brandon Routh was cast in Superman Returns (2006) instead. Cavill was also runner-up to Daniel Craig for the James Bond role in Casino Royale (2006), Christian Bale for Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Begins (2005).
Distributed to cinemas under the title 'Skyrim'.
To completely distinguish this film as a new film separate from previous ones, the iconic "Superman Theme" by John Williams wasn't heard. This is the first Warner Bros. Superman film to not incorporate Williams' score from Superman (1978).
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson said that while the Superman suit emphasized and highlighted Henry Cavill's muscular physique, for the scenes where he is playing Clark Kent, they tried to hide his physique by giving him layers of clothing and baggy clothes so that he could blend in more. Only in one scene does Clark wear a form-fitting T shirt which reveals that he is powerfully built, but that is when he is with Martha who knows his identity.
During Jor-el and Kal-El's first conversation and 3D history of Krypton, Jor tells Kal about how he was sent away. In the background, a pod with the "S" and spikes can be seen flying away. This is not the way it looks in this movie, but in fact how it appears in Superman (1978).
Amy Adams (Lois Lane) is in fact only 9 years younger than Diane Lane (Martha Kent).
In a flashback scene in which Clark Kent is being bullied, he is seen reading "The Republic" by Plato. In "The Republic," Plato describes his "Perfect Society," which mirrors the makeup of Kryptonian society as given here. Most obviously, both societies have preordained births, in which people are born into roles such as leaders, warriors, or farmers.
Superman's Kryptonian family name El is one of the Hebrew names for God, one of many savior allusions in the character's mythos. This comes from the original comic writers Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, who, being Jewish, would have been familiar with this trivia as part of their cultural heritage.
When Clark talks to Father Leone, there is a stained-glass window behind him, which contains a painting of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane. This was where Christ prayed for strength to undergo the ordeal he will face, and parallels Clark's own need for support before his surrender.
Both director Bryan Singer and actor Brandon Routh expressed interest in reprising their positions from Superman Returns (2006) on this film; Singer had originally outlined several sequels to follow his story, and Routh was contracted as well. When Warner Bros. announced this film as a "clean reboot" from Singer's film, Routh still expressed interest in returning before Zack Snyder declared that this movie would have no ties to any previous cinematic incarnation of the character.
This is the first live action Superman movie not to feature the character Jimmy Olsen. Not only was the Jimmy Olsen character in every live action Superman movie prior to Man of Steel (2013), but he was also in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993), Smallville (2001), and Supergirl (1984). Jimmy Olsen also appears in the Supergirl reboot, Supergirl (2015).
According to David S. Goyer, the story's major theme is first contact: "We approached Superman as if it weren't a comic book movie, as if it were real. He's an alien. If the world found out he existed, it would be the biggest thing that ever happened in human history. Just his existence would change the face of the Earth forever."
Composer Hans Zimmer and director Zack Snyder used what they considered the best drummers in the world to perform on the film's musical score. Zimmer created a single drum track for all of the drummers to play at the same time, but encouraged them to maintain their own unique styles. The drummers included Danny Carey, Pharrell Williams, Josh Freese, Sheila E., Jason Bonham, Toss Panos, Satnam Ramgotra, Matt Chamberlain, John Robinson (aka John "JR" Robinson), Jim Keltner, Bernie Dresel, Curt Bisquera, Ryeland Allison, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Trevor Lawrence Jr.
When Superman learns to fly, he has a short flyover towards the camera. This is an homage to previous movies in which Superman would fly over the Earth and then smile at the camera.
The visual effects team described the Kryptonian computer displays as liquid geometry: "It's a bunch of silver beads suspended through a magnetic field; the machine is able to control that magnetic field so that the collection of beads behave like 3D pixels, and create a surface that floats in the air and describes whatever the thing is you're supposed to be seeing."
According to the comics, General Zod's first name is Dru.
Director Zack Snyder originally planned for the infamous red trunks that Superman has worn throughout his 75 year existence to be part of the suit in the movie. However, when looking over 1,500 different designs, he said that it just didn't work, so he decided to take them out.
While coming up with the aesthetic of how the Superman physique should look, trainer Mark Twight said the he wanted the classic V shape - broad shoulders and narrow waist, which Henry Cavill naturally had, he just had to pack on more muscle to his frame. Additionally, he said he looked to Steve Reeves's physique in the film Le fatiche di Ercole (1958) as a model for Superman, as to attain a Greek God ideal. Zack Snyder instructed Henry Cavill that his physique should look so great that in his shirtless scenes, he had to look like a "freak" and be in "absolutely crazy shape". Zack Snyder was subsequently very impressed with the results of Henry Cavill's 11 month hard training and called his physique "a great accomplishment". Henry Cavill said that even he was surprised by how big he looked in the film.
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.
British actor Henry Cavill is the first non-American actor to play the role of Clark Kent. The now deceased, London-born Lee Quigley played Superman as a baby, (Baby Kal-El) in the 1978 feature film Superman (1978). Lee Quigley died from inhaling solvents at age 14.
The music featured in the teaser trailer is called "The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm" composed by Howard Shore from the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
The majority of the action scenes use a CGI cape for Superman and a CGI armor for the other Kryptonians.
Laurence Fishburne based his performance as Perry White on CBS correspondent Ed Bradley: "Ed was a friend, a mentor, and a role model for me. Particularly because he worked in journalism, and he was the kind of guy who walked with kings, but he had the common touch." In homage to Bradley, White has an ear piercing.
The Fortress of Solitude in this film is a Kryptonian spacecraft secreted in the Arctic. This combines various comic versions of the Fortress of Solitude: an Arctic location with a key (the Silver Age comics (1958)), an artifact from previous Kryptonians ("Adventures of Superman" (1989)), and an abandoned ship (the New 52 comics (2011)).
When Jor-El escapes the Council, there is a shattered moon can be seen in the sky. This is Wegthor, a moon of Krypton which, according to the comics, was destroyed when a warhead was accidentally launched, leading to Kryptonian space flight/colonization being abandoned (brought up by Jor-El's hologram to his son).
Clark Kent is only referred to as "Superman" once in the entire film. In the comics, government agents (known classically as "G-Men") would refer to him in code over transmissions as "the S-Man."
Gal Gadot was originally cast as Faora but had to drop out due to her pregnancy and Antje Traue was cast in her place. Gadot would later be chosen play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and in the subsequent Wonder Woman (2017) and Justice League films.
The Superman costume in this film is based on the costume seen in DC's New 52 comics.
Russell Crowe becomes the second Oscar winner to portray Jor-El after Marlon Brando. Crowe once had a song with his band "Rus Le Roq" entitled "I want to be like Marlon Brando".
Whereas Superman wears the S symbolizing the Kryptonian hieroglyph for "hope", Zod, as seen when removes his armor to fight towards the later part of the film, has a hieroglyph with a strong resemblance to the hammer-and-sickle of the old USSR. In the comic "Superman: Red Son," an alternate history where Kal's rocket lands in Ukraine rather than Kansas, so that Superman is introduced as the Soviet Union's protector, with their national symbol on his chest.
The robots in the House of El are named Kelex and Kelor. These were the names of robots that aided Superman at his Fortress of Solitude. In the 1979 mini-series "World of Krypton" Kelex and Kelor were assistants in the House of El at the service for Seyg-El and later for his son, Jor-El.
According to Christine Schreyer, the inscriptions in Krypton's Ruling Council Chamber read: "The Light of Rao warms us / The four Moons of Yuda protect us /The Wisdom of Telle guides us / The Beauty of Lorra inspires us." It was the first four Kryptonian phrases Schreyer formulated, and are her favourite phrases.
The World Engine ship bears tentacles, and holds three dots in a triangular pattern. This is an homage to the Kryptonian AI Brainiac, who carries these characteristics.
The flying animal Jor-El rides is named Haraka, which means "fast" in Swahili.
Along with multiple images and lines alluding to the savior-like nature of Superman, he tells Dr. Hamilton that he's been on Earth for 33 years, which is generally accepted as the age of Jesus Christ when he was crucified.
The scene Superman, after learning to fly, soars over a herd of zebra, is based on an image in Mark Waid's novel "Superman: Birthright".
Many scenes were taken from the Superman graphic novel "Superman: Birthright" written by comic book writer Mark Waid.
Viggo Mortensen was considered to play General Zod.
Both Amy Adams (Lois Lane) and David Paetkau (Northcom Threat Analyst) appeared in one episode of Smallville (2001) each.
Production designer Alex McDowell described the Kryptonian technology in the film as "geo-tech, scientifically advanced but also less glossy and more organic than the styles on Earth. There's no rock or stone or metal; Kryptonians had perfected the ability to manipulate DNA, for thousands of years they built almost anything by biological means."
Whenever Kal-El takes flight, there is a sound effect of rushing wind. According to the VFXperts, this was a homage to Adventures of Superman (1952), which used a similar effect whenever Superman flew away, and they used it deliberately to homage that show.
Both posters for the film are homages to images of Superman from Mark Waid's critically acclaimed 1996 comic "Kingdom Come", which examined Superman's detachment from humanity and his place in the modern world.
Filming in Plano, IL and Chicago, IL in August and September of 2011 was done under the code name of "Autumn Frost." It was such a badly-kept secret that on September 6, 2011, the Chicago Tribune published a full article about it. ("Code Name: Go Figure").
Ayelet Zurer is the first actress to have roles in both Marvel and DC cinematic universes, as she also portrays Vanessa Marianna (Vanessa Fisk) in Daredevil (2015).
In the comics, Lana Lang is a redhead, while Lois Lane is often depicted as a brunette. In this film their looks are exchanged: Lois is the redhead one while the young Lana has dark hair.
David S. Goyer mentioned there were supposed to be two scenes added in the movie: One where Jonathan and Martha Kent took the baby Kal-El to a pediatrician and have hearing test on him where the baby screams and it blows out all the windows. In the second, after Zod announces how powerful the Kryptonians are, Faora and Namek dropped into two foreign cities as a demonstration. The second one wasn't actually filmed.
Michael Kelly gives the first live action portrayal of Superman comics character Steve Lombard, a Sports journalist at the Daily Planet who often bullies and insults Clark Kent.
According to designer Peter Mitchell Rubin, Krypton's look was primarily influenced by the 19-20th century Art Nouveau style ("Art Nouveau designers assumed that nothing could ever be as beautiful as what nature creates, so we tried to be as true to that ideal as we could.") and electron scope/macro/micro-photographs of biological systems (primarily bones, bark, fungi, insect shells and dried plants).
The character Woodburn (Chad Krowchuk), the blogger who leaks Lois Lane's story about Superman, is an oblique reference to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two reporters who received classified information from a government source revealing the Watergate Scandal, famously dramatized in All the President's Men (1976).
According to Zack Snyder, the Superman shield is designed after post-World War II versions, specifically the 1950-60s shields: "I feel he was born again in that era, he came to represent the American fighting machine and the way America exported its morality to the world. I was drawn to that, and I wanted to get back to a more elegant and sophisticated shield."
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson's main influences for the suit were "the Richard Donner movie [Superman (1978)], the Frank Miller graphic novels, and the beautiful illustrations of Alex Ross."
Director Zack Snyder enlisted the services of Gym Jones to get lead star Henry Cavill in shape for this role. Snyder had first worked with Gym Jones on 300 (2006) and then subsequently collaborated with them for all his live action films, to get his cast into the right physical shape.
Due to his success with the Batman franchise Christopher Nolan was brought on to help develop the reboot of Superman along with screenwriter David S. Goyer. This was merely as a creative consultant, it was never intended for Nolan to direct. When Zack Snyder was later brought on as director, Nolan chose to hand all creative control over to Snyder and focus on The Dark Knight Rises (2012). According to Nolan's wife/producer Emma Thomas, "They [Nolan and Goyer] brought it to an appropriate screenplay and it's now Snyder's picture."
This is the third film where Diane Lane is mother to a "special" child. The first was Jack (1996) (starring Robin Williams, the best friend of Superman actor Christopher Reeve) and the second was Jumper (2008).
The monologue spoken by Jonathan Kent in the teaser trailer is taken directly from Geoff Johns's "Superman: Secret Origin", considered the definitive origin story in comics for Superman after the Infinite Crisis reboot.
When Zod is swinging Superman around by his cape, at around 2:05:00, there is a momentary extreme closeup of Zod's eye, in which his "S" shield can just be made out, spanning the iris in a mirror reversal.
(at around 1h 45 mins) The name "Superman" is spoken for the only time throughout the entire movie. It is said three times in this instance though Lois Lane almost says it at one point before getting interrupted.
According to costume designer Michael Wilkinson, the Kryptonian outfits are based on the wardrobes of the Versailles aristocracy, prior to the French Revolution. The designers etched into velvets and embroidered and screen-printed on fabrics to create over-elaborate indulgent costumes.
Superman's conversations with General Swanwick were based on scenes from the graphic novel "Superman: Secret Identity" written by Kurt Busiek. This novel presents an "alternate" origin for the character which both pays tribute to and spoofs the traditional Superman story.
According to VFX Supervisor John 'D.J.' Des Jardin, the VFX are inspired by Gary Hutzel's work on Battlestar Galactica (2004): "The film had to appear very natural and documentary-like, because there's some very fantastical things in there and we wanted people to suspend their disbelief, so we had to make it as easy as possible for them to do so."
According to Kevin Smith's account (found in An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002)), when he was attached to write a Superman movie, he met with producer Jon Peters. Peters insisted on Superman fighting a giant mechanical spider, super-villain Braniac fighting a polar bear, and so on (much to the frustration of Smith and WB/DC executives, they even asked Smith to work around it by calling the mechanical spider something different, according to Smith). Eventually Smith left and Peters went on to make Wild Wild West (1999), featuring a giant mechanical spider. Superman Returns (2006) was eventually made with Bryan Singer and its sequel was abandoned. With the success of Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005) franchise, he and the series writer David S. Goyer were brought in to helm Man of Steel (2013) along with Zack Snyder. Jon Peters is one of the film's producers along with Christopher Nolan's usual team of producers. The 'World Engines' that Superman has to destroy resemble giant spiders. There is also a scene in which a polar bear is running through the Arctic as the team explores the Kryptonian vessel that had been discovered in the ice.
First Kevin Costner film since The Bodyguard (1992) to gross $100 million in the US.
Russell Crowe (Jor-El) and Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), who play both of Superman's fathers, have shared the role of Robin Hood: Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and Crowe in Robin Hood (2010). Both have also played legendary USA law officers bringing down infamous mobsters: Costner as Eliot Ness in The Untouchables (1987) and Crowe as Richie Roberts in American Gangster (2007).
When, in a flashback, school bullies are seen beating up a young Clark Kent, one of the bullies is wearing a patch on his shoulder with the number "52". This number has been appearing in all DC related projects ever since the launch of "The New 52" in DC Comics.
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A boyhood photo of young Clark and Jonathan standing at a science fair project (a volcano) has small sign behind them that reads "Weisinger Public School" - a nod to longtime "Silver Age" Superman comics editor Mort Weisinger, who introduced many science fiction elements to the Superman canon.
General Zod wears a black astronaut suit. This is based on the Modern Age comics (where he wore a special red suit that filtered sunlight) and the "Man of Steel"/"Action Comics" issues of the early 2000s (where he wore a warlord uniform in red and black).
When Clark speaks to Jor-El's consciousness, Jor-El's dialogue: "You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun." Very closely resembles dialogue of Jor-El to Kal-El in the comic All-Star Superman.
Zod's ship is named the Black Zero, after a Kryptonian antagonist of Superman. In the comic "World of Krypton" Black Zero was a terrorist organization that destroyed Kandor, Krypton's capital, during a revolution about the rights for the clones that kryptonians used as mindless sleepers in order to repair their physical damage.
When teen Clark is bullied by Ken Braverman and his classmates, in the background the car shop is named Sullivan, hinting at the character Chloe Sullivan of Smallville (2001).
One of Zod's soldiers is named Nam-Ek. Nam-Ek was a minor Kryptonian who appeared in the December 1974 Superman comic "The Loneliest Man in the Universe" (Superman Vol 1, Number 282). Nam-Ek was also one of the Kryptonians to arrive on Earth in the season 5 premiere episode of Smallville (2001). Additionally, Nam-Ek is also the name of the home planet of the character Piccolo from the vast manga/anime series "Dragon Ball-Z" - a story which centers around a child being sent to earth as the last of his kind who possesses special powers and protecting earth from a surviving member of his race bent on global domination.
Alessandro Juliani, (Sergeant Sedowsky) played Dr. Emil Hamilton on the Superman TV series Smallville (2001). David Lewis (Major Laramore) portrayed Dr. Marcus and Macy in the series.
When Hardy flies in helicopter above Smallville, he uses the call sign "Guardian". In DC Comics, Guardian was a superhero and Head of Security of a secret organization called Project Cadmus.
This is the third live-action theatrical Superman films to not feature Superman's archnemesis Lex Luthor. The other films were Superman III (1983) and Superman and the Mole-Men (1951). However, the name of Luthor's company "Lexcorp" is seen on tanker trucks passing by in various scenes.
Dennis Quaid, Bruce Greenwood, Michael Biehn and Kurt Russell were considered for the role of Jonathan Kent.
Diane Kruger, Rosamund Pike, Kate Mara and Gal Gadot were considered for the role of Faora. Gal Gadot will play the role of Wonder Woman in upcoming DC Extended Universe films.
The character of Faora-Ul previously had her name changed to Ursa for Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980), but has her original name restored here. Ironically, due to the popularity of those films, Ursa was incorporated into the comics as a separate character from Faora-Ul.
Sean Penn and Clive Owen were considered for the role of Jor-El.
Julianne Moore, Lisa Rinna, Jodie Foster, Sela Ward and Elisabeth Shue were considered for the role of Martha Kent.
When Zod and his crew are sent to the Phantom Zone, a screaming sound can be heard as the portal opens. This sound is the same as in the original Superman (1978) where the Phantom Zone literally screams since it is sentient. This time though, the sound is more mechanical, suggesting that in Man of Steel, the Phantom Zone is an artificial construction.
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Darren Aronofsky, Duncan Jones, Ben Affleck, Tony Scott, Matt Reeves and Jonathan Liebesman were considered to direct the movie before Zack Snyder was later chosen.
Most of the U.S. Military personnel that appear in the film are actual soldiers, sailors and airmen, including the Rangers that appear during the Smallville battle; and most of the equipment and vehicles onscreen are also the real article, including tanks, and helicopters. The services that provided support are the Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
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Christopher Meloni (Colonel Nathan Hardy) voiced Superman's colleague Hal Jordan alias Green Lantern in the animated movie Green Lantern: First Flight (2009).
John Schneider reportedly disliked Kevin Costner's portrayal of Jonathan Kent in this film.
Diane Lane previously appeared in the Superman-themed Hollywoodland (2006). In that she played Toni Lanier-Mannix, an ex girlfriend of Adventures of Superman (1952) actor George Reeves.
Kristen Stewart was considered for the role of Lois Lane, but she declined.
Richard Schiff (Professor Emil Hamilton) shares a few scenes with Alessandro Juliani (an Air Force Staff Sergeant), who had previously played Emil Hamilton in Smallville (2001).
The twin-engine aircraft in the Smallville ground attack scene are Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthogs," and the single-engine aircraft in the Metropolis air battle are Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIs. The A-10 was produced from 1972-1984, and the F-35 is still in development and will not be combat-ready until December 2015.
Mackenzie Gray, who portrays Jax-Ur, previously played an adult clone of Lex Luthor in the TV show Smallville (2001).
According to editor David Brenner, the film's original run time was 3 and half hours.
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Zack Snyder is reportedly a huge fan of True Blood (2008) and eyed Joe Manganiello from that series as Superman even before signing for the film. When Manganiello was about to make a screen test with the suit, however, HBO stepped in because of contractual obligations.
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Man of Steel was the title of the cancelled sequel to Superman Returns (2006).
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Amanda Seyfried auditioned for a role but was turned down.
Henry Cavill's casting was very controversial, as many questioned the appropriateness of a British actor playing an American icon like Superman. However, defenders of the casting pointed out that Christian Bale, who was the actor of Batman at the time, was also British.
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Connie Nielsen was considered for the role of Lara Lor-Van. Julia Ormond was cast, but she dropped out, so Ayelet Zurer was cast in her place.
Guillermo del Toro (who previously worked with writer David S. Goyer on Blade II (2002)) was at one point considered to direct the film. Robert Zemeckis was also considered.
David Giuntoli auditioned for the role of Clark Kent/Superman.
Christina Wren plays Captain Carrie Ferris, who has almost the same name as Carol Ferris, love interest of Superman's colleague Hal Jordan the Green Lantern.
The helicopters used in the battle of Smallville scene that transported Col. Hardy and the detachment of Army Rangers were MH-6 and AH-6 "little bird" aircraft. The MH-6 is an unarmed transport aircraft while the AH-6 is a gunship armed with Pylon-mounted General Dynamics GAU-17/A miniguns alongside 2.75 rockets.
WILHELM SCREAM: When a missile from an F-35 deflects off the Black Zero (Zod's ship) and explodes on bystanders on the street.
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Producer Jon Peters reportedly earned over $50m due to his profit participation with Warner Bros on the original Batman movies, and apparently was never on the set once. By comparison, Henry Cavill earned $14m for playing the title role.
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Kevin Costner's role as Jonathan Kent was previously played by Glenn Ford. Both of them have been involved in competing projects about Wyatt Earp: Glenn was cast in Tombstone (1993) but had to drop out, while Costner played Wyatt Earp in Wyatt Earp (1994) opposite Gene Hackman (the original Lex Luthor) as his father. Ironically, Russell Crowe, who plays Jor-El, Superman's other father, has also done a Glenn Ford role. Crowe played outlaw Ben Wade in the remake of 3:10 to Yuma (2007), the same role played by Ford in the original 1957 film.
Man of Steel shares a few connections to the reimagined Battlestar Galactica (2004): Many vfx shots were modeled after the documentary look used in BSG to give a greater feel of realism. Additionally, two of the staff at the Arctic military base are played by Tahmoh Penikett and Alessandro Juliani, leading stars of that series.
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In one scene, we see Lois Lane talking to Perry White over her phone, a Nokia Lumia. The color theme is titled steel.
Dylan Sprayberry (the young Clark Kent) is a cast member on Teen Wolf (2011), starred by Tyler Posey and Tyler Hoechlin. Posey appeared in one episode of Smallville (2001), while Hoechlin portrays Superman himself on Supergirl (2015).
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There first film in DC extended universe.
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This is the second time Amy Adams was in a Superman related project, the first was episode 1x07 "Craving" of Smallville.
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Henry Cavill bought an American Akita dog in January 2014 from Big Bear Akitas breeders in Arkansas, United States, and named him Kal after his role in this film.
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Has three different actors portray Clark Kent at different ages, the most of the modern era, in a single superhero film. _Superman (1978)_ (qv used five actors because of child labor laws so the normal practice is to cast two similar looking babies for one role. An animated CG baby was used in this film.
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Amy Adams is 9 years older then Henry Cavill, though their characters are romantically linked in the film.
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When Clark is walking down the driveway to his house, a van with the logo "Lexcorp" on the side drives by. Lexcorp was the company owned by Lex Luthor, a prominent villain in Superman world. This is probably a homage to his character.
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Amy Adams also played a small role in Smallville (2001).
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Aaron Smolinski: one actor playing a communications officer, previously played one of the ages of baby Clark Kent in Superman (1978).


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the final battle when General Zod and Superman fly into outer-space they both hit a satellite with the "Wayne Enterprises" logo, alluding to the appearance of Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, in the follow up films.
The Kryptonian ship had one pod left open before Clark entered. It was revealed in a promotional comic book that the ship was once occupied by Clark's cousin Kara Zor-el, better known as Supergirl, possibly indicating her appearance in a forthcoming installment.
Zack Snyder proposed that Superman kill General Zod, in order to set up Superman's classic "never kills" motto. He wanted it to be brutal and jarring, so that it would forever keep in Superman's mind.
Before the film's release DC Comics published a prequel comic book about the crew of the derelict Krypton scout ship that Clark finds frozen in Canada. In the comic book, the ship was piloted by Kara Zor-El who, in the comic books, is better known as Supergirl.
During the final battle between Zod and Superman at the construction site, there is a sign saying "Accident free for 106 days". Zod throws Superman into the sign, knocking off the 1 and the 6 and making it say "0 days".
The first "Superman" film in which Lois Lane discovers the true identity of Superman/Clark Kent, before Clark goes to work for the Daily Planet.
The first draft had Superman throwing Zod into the Phantom Zone, but Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer decided to have Superman killing Zod instead.
When Superman/Clark Kent is fighting the world engine, an homage is paid to original Superman Christopher Reeve. When he is standing in the light beam, the camera zooms in on Superman, briefly transforming his face into Reeve's face.
There are a variety of signs in the film that homage Superman/DC Comics' history (in chronological order):
  • A school photo of Jonathan and Clark Kent shows that Clark went to Weisinger Primary School. This refers to DC Comics writer/editor Mort Weisinger, who created the Kryptonian solar empathy (yellow sun strength and red sun weakness).

  • When Clark is being bullied, it's in the vicinity of "Sullivan Truck and Tractor Repair," which is an obvious nod to Chloe Sullivan, who was Clark's best friend and most trusted sidekick in TV show Smallville (2001), and an original character created for the show. Also, in the same scene, Clark is bullied by a gang led by Whitney Fordham, a character who was inspired by Whitney Fordman, another character created for the show as Lana Lang's boyfriend in season 1.

  • The Smallville barbershop is named "Otto's Barber Styling". Otto refers to DC Comics writer Otto Binder, who created Supergirl, Krypto, Brainiac, the Phantom Zone and Jimmy Olsen's signal watch.

  • During the Smallville fight, the residents take shelter in the post office, known as Ezra's Mail Depot. According to Smallville (2001), the hometown was founded by Ezra Small.

  • When Zod uses his heat vision for the first time, there is a small sign that says "Keep Calm and Call Batman" on the wall behind Superman.

  • When Zod hurls the tanker truck, there is a smiley face behind Superman. A smiley face was the motif for the "Watchmen" comic, which Zack Snyder had previously adapted as Watchmen (2009).

  • When Superman and Zod charge each other at the skyscraper, a sign for "Blaze Comics" can be spotted. This was a fictional publishing company that the DC Comics hero Booster Gold hired to tell his tales.

  • As Superman flies after Zod, a sign for "S.T.A.R. Labs" is spotted. Scientific and Technoligical Advanced Research Laboratories is a research facility that debuted in a 1971 Superman comic.

  • Continuing the flight, there is a sign for "Utopia Casinos" and "WGBS News". These are properties owned by unscrupulous businessmen (Tony Gallo and Morgan Edge, respectively) whom Superman faced off against.

  • Earlier in the film during one of the scenes at the Kent house, a double tanker truck passing by in the background bears the "Lexcorp" brand name. Also, a building in Metropolis and a tanker truck later bear the name as well. This is the company run by Superman's arch rival, Lex Luthor.

The final confrontation between Superman and General Zod was filmed in Chicago's Union Station. At the end of the fight, Lois Lane runs down the station's long staircase. This same staircase was the scene of the final gunfight in The Untouchables (1987), starring Kevin Costner, who plays Jonathan Kent.
Jonathan Kent's birth year (according to his headstone) is 1951, the same year that famous actor George Reeves filmed Superman and the Mole-Men (1951), his first outing as Clark Kent before Adventures of Superman (1952).
Russell Crowe is stabbed by a knife to the side prior to death. Crowe had the same experience in Gladiator (2000), when Commodus knifes him to weaken him before the two fight to the death.
The World Engine, like many other aspects of Kryptonian tech and architecture, is modeled after a biological system, specifically a bacteriophage. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria and hijack their internal resources so that the bacteria start producing viral proteins instead of their own. Consequently, the depiction of the World Engine as a bacteriophage is most appropriate as the device was intended to hijack Earth resources for the benefit of Kryptonians.
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While Kal-El's mother is giving birth, the computer shows the babies position in the womb. The baby is the wrong way round and would have to turn before being able to be born so easily.
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