|Zack Snyder Director||previously directed Sucker Punch|
Sent to Earth as a baby from his dying alien homeworld, Clark Kent grows up questioning the purpose of his powerful abilities. However, when a space-tyrant with a force of super-beings attempts to take over Earth, Clark must become the Man of Steel in order to stop him.
Before Diane Lane was cast, actresses considered for Martha Kent included Julianne Moore, Lisa Rinna, Jodie Foster, Sela Ward and Elisabeth Shue.10 More Trivia
Smallville's High School football team are called the Spartans. A subtle nod to one of Zack Snyder's previous comic book films, also owned by Warner Bros. In addition, the line "this is madness" (a famous quote from 300) is used in MAN OF STEEL in what is a clear nod towards the historical epic.1 More Movie Reference
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You will give the people 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. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.
|David S. Goyer||screenplay / story|
|Michael Shannon||General Zod|
|Amy Adams||Lois Lane|
|Kevin Costner||Jonathan Kent|
|Diane Lane||Martha Kent|
|Christopher Meloni||Colonel Hardy|
|Antje Traue||Faora Hu-Ul|
|Harry Lennix||General Swanwick|
|Richard Schiff||Emil Hamilton|
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Warner Bros. was planning another Superman movie before the release of Superman Returns in 2006. Bryan Singer, Returns's director, had in fact been outlining a storyline for a sequel: This plot would allegedly include the villain Doomsday.
Superman Returns was a modest hit for Warner Bros, making just under $400 million worldwide, and received strong reviews (it got a 72 on Metacritic). However, it had an extremely high budget and was poorly received by audiences, so Warner Bros. did not rush to make a sequel. Instead they decided to see how other DC properties did and perhaps tie Superman into them
The film's early development got off to a troubled start as legal troubles between DC Comics and the estates of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel had not yet been resolved. In 2009, a Federal Court judge ruled that Siegel's estates had the rights to Superman's early appearances in comics, his origin, his parents, and the name Kal-El. They also gained the previous year the rights to his costume, Clark and Lois being reporters for the Daily Planet, the love triangle between Superman, his alter-ego Clark Kent, and Lois Lane. However DC was able to retain the characters of Lex Luthor and Jimmy Olsen, Superman's expanded origin (as detailed in Superman Birthright), the term Kryptonite, and Superman's powers.
The judge ruled that they could not however be awarded any licensing fees. The Shuster estate did not originally pursue a case like the Siegels as Joe Shuster had no children but his estate was awarded a recapture similar to that of the Siegel's. As a result, Warner Bros. and DC Comics had to start production on a new Superman film before the end of 2011 or else the rights would revert to the estates of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. 2013 is when the estates of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster will be able to have their version adapted into a film, TV Series, or any medium any of their choosing including comics.
The film's plot was originally speculated by many as to being based on the Superman: Birthright series by Mark Waid, though as of January 2012 that has not been confirmed though the official plot synopsis seems to somewhat support the theory as do other details about the film that have emerged. To get the film started Nolan hired friend David S. Goyer to write and together pitched their idea to Warner Bros. Goyer had worked on The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises with Nolan, had directed Blade: Trinity, and had written several Superman comics, including the controversial issue where he renounces his American citizenship. Zack Snyder was chosen out of several candidates to direct the film.
Warner Bros. began work on the film in 2008 when they began to take pitches from comic book writers on how to restart the Superman franchise. Writers Mark Waid, Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, and Brad Meltzer. Morrison pitched an idea similar to All Star Superman which he wrote while Mark Waid pitched an idea more along the lines of Superman: Birthright. Writer Mark Millar and director Matthew Vaughn then began work on an eight hour Superman trilogy which chronicle his entire life and each film would be released a year apart.
Another idea considered was that the new Superman movie would be a spin-off of the 2011 picture Green Lantern and would lead to a Justice League movie. However, Green Lantern bombed both critically and commercially, so Warner Bros. decided to instead make a Superman movie in a completely different continuity.
The film opens on planet Krypton, a spectacular world far from Earth. Renowned scientist Jor-El confronts the High Council of Krypton and says that due to excessive mining of Krypton's core, the planet is doomed. Jor-El begs the Council to give him the Codex, a powerful tool that contains the genetic code of Kryptonian life. The High Council refuses.
General Zod, the commander of Krypton's military and an ally of Jor-El, storms in and throws a coup, agreeing with Jor-El the planet is doomed. Jor-El refuses to assist him and instead steals the Codex, bringing it back to his home, where his wife--Lara Lor-Van--is in labor with a child. This is a high crime on Krypton as for many generations babies have been formed in test tubes, not man-to-woman. Jor-El and his wife bond the Codex to the baby, which they name Kal-El, thus making sure this infant has the ability to bring back the Kryptonian race after its extinction when the planet is destroyed. Jor-El then puts Kal in a spaceship and programs it to fly to a life-bearing planet many light-years away.
Zod follows Jor-El to his house and attempts to retrieve the Codex, which he believes is on the spaceship with Kal. Jor-El stops him from shooting down the ship, but is slain by Zod in the process.
Zod and his force of about a dozen aliens are overthrown and the Council locks them in a painful stasis and puts them in a prison ship where they are exiled forever. This turns out to be a blessing in disguise, though, as shortly after their exile, Krypton explodes as Jor-El predicted. Lara, resigned to her fate, is engulfed by flames as she prays for her son.
The film time skips to an adult Kal-El, who lives on Earth as a normal human and goes by the name of Clark Kent. Kal possesses superhuman agility, strength, endurance, and heightened senses, but keeps this a secret. While working as a sailor, Clark saves the crew of an oil rig from a fire, though he is nearly killed in the process.
While unconcious, Clark recalls a memory of being in school and suddenly being overcome with sights and sounds only his super-powered ears could hear. In pain and confusion, he hid in a closet, until his Earthling mother--Ma Kent--convinces him to come out by explaining that while "the world may be big" he can "make it smaller."
Clark does not drown, and manages to swim to the Pacific Northwest where he gets a job as a bartender. A man at the bar is roughing up a woman and Clark interferes: The man dumps beer on Clark's face and challenges him to a fight. Clark declines, but later uses his powers to wreck the man's parked truck. Clark sees on the news that an important discovery is being made in the arctic about an unidentified object buried in the ice.
As Clark leaves his job at the bar, he meditates on another childhood memory. He was on a school bus being bullied by a boy named Pete Ross when the bus crashes off a bridge. Clark uses his powers to save everyone on board, though two fellow students (Pete and Lana Lang) witness his extraordinary powers. Clark's father, Pa Kent, takes Clark aside and explains everything to him. He says that him and Ma Kent found Clark in a spaceship on their property, but decided to keep it a secret from everyone--even Clark himself--because they feared for his safety. They explain that with his incredible power, Clark would be in incredible danger if his secret was revealed as the world would fear him too much. Pa Kent says that one day Clark can reveal who he is, but not yet, even if it means letting innocent people die. Pa Kent then tells Clark "You were sent here for a reason, and even if it takes you you're whole life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is."
The movie switches to a young, attractive, female reporter named Lois Lane arriving at the arctic research site. She is met by Colonel Hardy, a US Army officer, who explains that he was court ordered to allow a select few civilian reporters on his site (Lois is a Pulitzer prize winner), but he isn't happy about it.
Lois sneaks off to look around, and ends up breaking through an ice wall and finding ends a giant alien spaceship that was buried underground. A robot sentry (resembling a tentacle) attacks her, but she is saved when Clark bursts in and fights it off.
While Lois recovers, Clark begins to explore. Clark discovers a computer and when he turns it on, a holographic projection of Jor-El appears. The hologram is a computer program with all of Jor-El's thoughts and feelings programmed in--a ghost of sorts. The hologram explains the origin of Krypton and Clark's past and then tells Clark that he believes his son can be a beacon of hope to humanity and lead them to prosper as a race so that they will not make the same mistakes as Krypton. Ghost Jor-El then shows Clark a suit that bears the family crest of the El family.
After returning an unconcious Lois to the base, Clark tests his abilties. As he does so, he recalls other childhood memories where he was tormented by his peers but hid his powers (his only friend was, ironically, Pete Ross). Clark uses Jor-El's tips and harnesses the true potential of his powers, learning how to fly at rocket-level speeds.
Lois sets out in search of the man who saved her. After finding his forged application to work near the base, she retraces his life, running into multiple people he saved. She eventually finds Pete Ross in Clark's hometown of Smallville: He directs her to Ma Kent. Ma sends Lois to Clark's father's grave. Clark, warned by his mother, meets Lois there. Clark recounts a final memory: Pa Kent's death in a tornado. Clark could have saved his father, but Pa Kent told him not to as he didn't feel the earth was ready to accept his son. Clark begs Lois not to tell anyone of his existence.
Lois explains to her boss at the Metropolis-based paper called the Daily Planet, Perry White, that she is ending the story. White agrees, saying that if alien superbeings were real, people would panic.
As Clark is in his house visiting his mother, a transmission comes over every TV and phone in the world. It is from Zod, who introduces himself and demands that the Kryptonian living on Earth as a human be turned over to him.
People, realizing that a vastly powerful alien exists, begin to panic. Clark goes to consult a priest, explaining his conundrum (he doesn't trust Zod to spare Earth if he turns himself in). The priest tells Clark to make a leap of faith, as understanding comes later. Clark decides to turn himself in to Colonel Hardy, under the condition that he sees Lois.
Zod and his men arrive on Earth and demand that Clark and Lois join them. Colonel Hardy and Air Force General Swanwick is reluctant to let Clark be taken, but Clark agrees. On the ship, Zod's chief scientist--Jax-Ur--inject Clark and Lois with the Bloodmorel, a Kryptonian drug that temporarily induces powerful halucinations, increased perception and understanding, and the disability to lie. While controlled by the Bloodmorel, Clark realizes that Zod plans transform Earth's atmosphere to Krypton's at the cost of every human's life, feeling that since it took Clark thirty years just to stop feeling pain from his powers it would be far too hard for adult and embryonic Kryptonians to adapt. Zod explains he arrives after his ship got stuck on an old moon that was once inhabited by Krptonians, where he waited until hearing a distress signal that was activated when Clark turned on Jor-El's computer. Zod discovers Clark grew up in Smallville, and decides that is where the Codex is.
Lois inserts a Kryptonian computer chip given to her by Clark that uploads Jor-El's AI ghost into Zod's ship. This lets Superman's shackles be unlocked and the two of them escape. Clark then ruses to Smallville to save his mother. Zod and his second-in-command, Fiora Hu-Ul, are torturing her for information while looking at the ship Clark came in when Clark saves her.
Clark beats Zod, who lacks many of Clark's abilities since he didn't grow up on Krypton. However, Faora and Nam-Ek, a Kryptonian warrior, battle him. Colonel Hardy and General Sanwick arrive with additional troops and join the battle. Zod eventually calls Faora and Nam-Ek back to the ship.
Jax-Ur explains to Zod and his men that after taking Clark's blood he has found out Clark is the Codex. Zod sends a spaceship to begin drilling holes in opposite sides of the Earth to terraform it for Krypton, while he searches for Clark, as without the Codex it will be near impossible for the Kryptonians to procreate. Zod erases Jor-El's AI ghost from his ship's computers, effectively killing him a second time, and then goes to learn how to harness his powers like Superman did, even though it could possibly kill him.
Using a weapon built by human scientist Dr. Emil Hamilton from Jor-El's ship, Colonel Hardy leads a force to suck all the Kryptonians into another dimension (probably killing them all). He attacks Zod's ship, which is over Metropolis beginning teraformation. Meanwhile, Clark attacks the other Terraformer in the Pacific. With Lois's help, Colonel Hardy is able to escape Faora and blasts himself and all the Kryptonians into the other dimension, saying that "an honorable death is its own reward."
Destroying the terraformer, Clark--who is now known as Superman among the Air Force--returns to Metropolis and saves Lois from a collapsing building. Zod (who was not with the other Kryptonians since he was harnessing his powers) then attacks Superman, saying that it is Clark's fault that the Kryptonians will go extinct. He vows to kill every human on earth in vengeance. He and Superman have a colossal fight, since Zod now has learned all the powers of Superman. In the end, Zod attempts to use heat vision--a new power for both him and Supes--to kill a group of humans, and while pushing his head the other way Superman reluctantly kills him.
Superman than decides that by working at the Daily Planet with Lois as Clark he will best be able to find out a new way to find out where Superman is needed most. He decides that now is the time to fulfill both of his father's wishes and lead Earth to a new, better age.
Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro was originally approached to direct the film, but turned it down due to his commitment to the later cancelled At The Mountains of Madness. Director Robert Zemeckis was also approached to helm the project, but like Del Toro declined due to lack of interest (he made Flight instead). Warner Bros considered Darren Aronofsky, Duncan Jones, Matt Reeves, and Tony Scott for the position, but eventually Zack Snyder, director of 300 and Watchmen, was chosen. Snyder had to leave the director's seat of 300: Rise of an Empire in order to take Man of Steel, though he stayed on as producer.
Like many other directors of comic book films have done in the past, Snyder felt that since Superman was the lead, he should be played by a rather unknown actor. Eventually chosen for the role was the then 27-year-old Henry Cavill, who's biggest role prior was as the star of fantasy epic Immortals.
Shooting under the codename "Autumn Frost", Man of Steel entered Principal Photography on August 1, 2011 near the DuPage Airport in Wes Chicago, Illinois. Prior to beginning production, Zack Snyder expressed his hesitance to shoot in the 3D format as he was unhappy with the technical limitations of shooting in the format though did not go as far as to say that he would not shoot in it at all. Warner Bros. however had earlier said that all of their upcoming "tentpole films" would be released in 3D whether or not they were even shot in the format. For Smallville, the town of Plano, IL was chosen and filming took place there from August 22 to August 29. Filming also took place in the neighboring town of Yorkville where the Kent Farm set was. For interior scenes, the film would go to Vancouver Film Studios and for Metropolis scenes Chicago was used.
Warner Bros. employed the visual effects studios Weta, MPC, and Double Negative. Snyder and his visual effects team employed a usual style for the fight sequences, where instead of shooting the scenery footage and then adding in the animation, they animated things and then shot scenery to go around them. Visual Effects Supervisor John "DJ" Desjardin said he believes this helped create a more gritty, dynamic, and life-like quality to the aliens.
It is said that the majority of the work on Krypton was done by Weta, but the work in the final battle of Metropolis was mostly from Double Negative.
The Superman costume in the film will reflect the look of Superman in the comics and as a result, Superman in the film will not be sporting the famous red trunks that had been on his costume ever since he debuted in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938. The costume is meant to look "more alien like' and as a result has a different texture to it. In September of 2011, DC Comics revamped their entire universe and one of the most notable changes was an update to Superman, to both his costume and him as a character.
Man of Steel was a box office success. In the US, it made $291 million. This was only about $90 million more than Superman Returns had done in 2007. Returns, unlike Man of Steel, wasn't in 3D, and there had been years of ticket price inflation, so the actual attendance numbers were probably more even; however, Returns's budget was $45 million higher.
Overseas, Man of Steel earned an additional $371 million. This brought its worlwide total to $662 million. This ranked high above Superman Returns's $391 million, and was also above the first two Iron Man films. However, it is behind both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, as well as Iron Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-man.
Man of Steel was extremely polarizing with both critics and audiences. On Cinemascore, an audience polling service, it scored an A-, which is a very good rating; however, there have been a vocal online community of detractors. On Metacritic, which collects the reviews of top critics and factors in their scores, Man of Steel scored worse, earning a 55, which falls in the color bracket YELLOW and the Category "Mixed Reviews." 20 of the reviews were positive, 24 were mixed, and 3 were negative: This indicated an unusual lack of consensus among critics as to their opinions. On RottenTomatoes, which has a wider base of critics and only tabulates whether a review was positive or negative (and not the extent to which critics liked it), 56% of the reviews were positive (a movie needs 60% to be considered Fresh rather than Rotten).
Interestingly, the poorer received Superman Returns actually faired better with critics, earning a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 72 on Metacritic.
Less than a month after Man of Steel's release, Warner Bros announced their plans to go forward with a sequel. That summer, they announced that both Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder would be working on the project. It was announced the movie would in fact be a team-up film starring the characters of both Superman and Batman.
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|US Release||June 14, 2013|
|UK Release||June 12, 2013|
|AUS Release||June 27, 2013|
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