Henry Cavill in a scene from the movie Man of Steel.
Henry Cavill in a scene from the movie Man of Steel. Clay Enos - Contributed by Warner Bros media website

Movie review: Man Of Steel

SUPERMAN in the comics is quite amazing.

His potential is limitless, his actions are amazing.

His ventures on to the big screen however, have somehow failed to capture just what a man with god-like powers is capable of.

Until now.

Man Of Steel is an action packed venture into the origins of one of DC's most famous characters.

Forget everything you've seen on film previously, this is no homage to the Christopher Reeves' flick.

And thankfully, nothing like Superman Returns.

The story of Superman is a simple one.

A baby, named Kal-El, is born on doomed planet Krypton.

His father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe), sends his son across the galaxy to save his life.

Kal-El winds up on Earth, in the hands of the Kent family, and becomes Clark.

As he grows, he discovers his magnificent powers, and becomes Superman.

Zack Snyder's vision of the classic character doesn't deviate massively from the classic origin tale, but he certainly adds to it.

If you've seen some of Snyder's previous works, you know he's got a taste for action.

This is the guy who directed graphic novel adaptation 300 after all.

He really puts Superman's speed, strength and powers to the test.

Buildings fall and towns are destroyed during multiple battles between Superman and an invading army of his Kryptonian kind.

If you like what happened in the climax of The Avengers, then you'll be grinning ear to ear throughout Man of Steel.

The story is also quite exciting, and with Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan, has a sense of realism to it.

This isn't just a superhero film. It's about an alien invasion and the reaction of the human race when we realise we're not alone.

The only downside is the heavy use of flashbacks to help tell the story, especially during the first and second act.
Having said that, it's my only major gripe against it.

The cast fill in their respective roles well, especially with Henry Cavill in the cape, and Crowe and Kevin Costner as Kal-EL/Clark's father figures.

Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kypton's military leader, is also excellent.

He plays the creepy power hungry alien invader so well.

Amy Adams as fearless reporter Lois Lane felt a bit underwhelming at the start, but by the end of the film had grown on me.

Man Of Steel is the start of something big for Warner Bros and DC.

This is the Superman film fans have been waiting for.

With a rumoured Justice League film in the next couple of years, Cavill's Superman and this film could do for the DC universe what Iron Man did for Marvel years ago.

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Man Of Steel

  • Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner
  • Rated: M
  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Rating: 4 (out of five)