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Man of Steel (2013) Poster

(2013)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

in the interior of the car scenes the car is much newer than exterior. like the back window is curved and is embedded with defogging strips.
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When using her digital camera in the arctic, Lois Lane is able to view the liquid crystal display on her camera. LCDs don't work at freezing temperatures, so the display should have been black.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Colonel Hardy is shooting at Faora, his Beretta M9 sounds like it has a suppressor on it even though it clearly does not.

Character error 

In the bar scene, Superman is unmovable, when the trucker tries to push him, Superman simply does not budge. Yet in the boat scene (towards the beginning of the film). A crew member of the ship is able to push Superman out of the way of the falling crate.

Continuity 

When the ships arrive and broadcast the message to the world, multiple cities across the planet are shown, but it is nighttime in all of them.
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.
General Swanwick's aide Carrie Farris is consistently addressed as "Captain" and wears accurate Captain's bars. The credits, however, list "Major Carrie Farris."
In the debris of Metropolis, one of the destroyed vehicles is a bus, numbered 6370. This same bus appears later in the film right before Superman crashes through the parking lot, completely undamaged.
During General Zod's fight with Jor-El on Krypton, the gash on Zod's face appears, disappears and then appears again between scenes.
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After Zod and Superman's second power blow at each other after the former's "These were my people" speech, Superman is thrown into an abandoned building with Zod following right after. Most noticeably, they enter the building in a straight line from the most disintegrated part of Metropolis. Then Zod blasts the building to Hell with his powerful Heat Vision and jumps off in the opposite direction of the blast, directly leading back to where the fight was "supposedly" to have started. Superman then follows, flying straight through the building, trying to avoid debris. But when he jets out of the collapsing edifice, he exits into the non-damaged section of Metropolis, which should be the other way around entirely.
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When Superman crash lands, the crater he makes in the ground (which appears to be rock), is covered by powdered snow.
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When Clark pulls Pete out of the water, they are very close to each other when they surface. In the next shot, they are noticeably further apart.
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At 1:34:21, when Faora and the Giant Kryptonian face off against Superman, they do a tag move that throws him down the road with his body dragging along the cement, leaving a trail of debris and cracks behind. However, upon the next shot to reveal a downed Superman, it can be noticed that the rubble and ruined street has clearly been reduced from a long trail to just a simple crack next to Superman's body.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The final scene right before the drone "impacts" the road, you can see where they buried the explosive charge and the buttressing in the ground, so nothing would impact the car when it went off.
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Errors in geography 

At one point in the Zod Vs. Superman fight, Superman is, while floating mid-air, knocked out after being shot-put through several buildings. Zod then hits him from below and elevates him towards space at high speeds. From the looks of it, the two of them go up in a vertical line until they hit a Wayne Industries Satellite. The moment they are going back down, it is most noticeable that they are doing so at a certain angle. It's not straight down at all. Even when they enter the atmosphere and start catching fire, the audience can really perceive them approach the Earth's surface diagonally. However, when they land, they are still within Metropolis. Much more surprisingly, they're only but a couple of blocks away from where they started--an idea to be introduced by Lois Lane's rather quick appearance. Basing on the distance they traveled up into space and the angle they fell at, Zod and Superman should have impacted at a location miles away from the origin point of the battle, even more so, miles away from Metropolis itself.
When General Zod is speaking to the human race through the television they show several families watching TV at night. When China is dark, the USA, specifically the East coast and Central time zones are daytime and vice versa.
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The "antipode" ( the opposite side of the world) for Metropolis (assuming it's in the same or a similar place as New York City in our world) would not be in the Indian Ocean. This means that the other "World Engine" would not have been located in that region.
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Factual errors 

The Kryptonian technology at Zod's disposal in his ship is able to override and break into every TV transmission, on every channel on earth, and take over the screens on people's cell phones, as well as automatically translate his words into multiple languages and broadcast that audio clearly, but it still can't provide a clear video image. Zod is highly egotistical and takes very direct actions, so he'd want everyone on earth to be able to see him clearly as he threatens them, and he'd see no reason to hide his face behind broken up video.
In the oil platform rescue scene, the USCG helicopter refers to itself by its number "6510." However, Coast Guard helicopters are numbered by type. 65 would mean it is an MH65 Dolphin. The helicopter shown was an MH60 Jayhawk (based on the SH65 Seahawk, based on the UH60 Blackhawk). The aircraft number and callsign should start with 60 instead of 65.
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A-10 Warthogs do not make strafing or bombing runs so close to the ground. A dropped bomb can explode after hitting a target and take out the craft. It also makes it easier for the ground enemy to shoot at the passing plane.
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As Superman and Lois are in the desert, with the military a short distance off, waiting for Zod to arrive, a sonic boom is heard (identified as such by the subtitle), and Superman announces that Zod is arriving. A sonic boom is only created by something traveling faster than the speed of sound, so no sound from such a source would be heard before the source arrives.
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Miscellaneous 

Special forces operators are shown firing fully automatic weapons on board a flying aircraft. This would not occur as even though their flight system knowledge might be limited, they would have been trained to realize that a stray round damage or destroy flight control equipment and cause the plane to crash.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Anyone who lives in Kansas (or any other state in "Tornado Alley") is taught that hiding under a bridge or an overpass in the middle of a tornado is likely suicide because of the uncontrollable debris fields & random possible funneling effects, which makes the winds even stronger, sucking people out to certain death. Jonathan Kent would have known this, and it is unthinkable he would tell others to hide under the nearby overpass.

However, while this would certainly be true in modern times, the scene in question takes place in 1997, as shown on Jonathan's tombstone. As mentioned in the Trivia section, overpasses were still considered safe in the 90s because of a news crew that famously escaped harm underneath one, and it wasn't until 1999 that the National Weather Service advised strongly that people avoid overpasses during tornadoes.

Plot holes 

When Lois Lane falls from the cargo plane, everything else in the air around her is being sucked upwards, towards the singularity that was created after the cargo plane impacted Zod's ship. She should have been drawn upwards towards the singularity with all the other debris, rather than falling in the opposite direction down towards the earth. Then after Superman flies up to catch her, he himself has to struggle to fly down away from the singularity and get back down to earth.
Since Superman is indestructible in the presence of our yellow sun, then how can he shave? He appears with a beard in some scenes, then clean-shaven in others. No Earthly razor could remove his beard, a problem which has been used as the driving plot of some of his more humorous comic book adventures.
During the Smallville fight, Superman warns the citizens to return back to their homes to avoid getting caught in between the chaos of the super-powered beings. The people lock their doors and watch as the battle takes place. The error here is that once the military arrive and detect the presence of the Kryptonians, they immediately resorted to the use of "deadly force," without even knowing if there were still civilians present in the field of battle. Then, within a few seconds, jets go in "Weapons free" unloading missiles unto a town still filled with people.
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Somehow Clark/Superman is allowed to work at the discovered Kryptonian ship when early footage demonstrates that he wandered the globe following Jonathan Kent's death. Without an address, a solid work history and some references how he could pass what would have had to been a Top Secret background is never explained.
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Revealing mistakes 

Krypton is shown with a yellow sun in every scene on krypton. In all other stories, both comic and movies, it is shown having a red sun.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Errors in geography 

When the Black Zero and the World Engine begin terraforming the Earth, Dr. Hamilton shows that they are on opposite sides of the Earth, pulsating "gravity waves" back and forth through the Earth's core. After Superman exhausts himself from destroying the World Engine, he reaches for the Sun to re-power himself. However, on the other side of the Earth, it's also daylight as Lois, Hamilton and Colonel Hardy attach the Black Zero. Sunlight cannot be on both sides of the Earth at the same time.

Plot holes 

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.
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Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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