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Man of Steel

Superman returns, in a complete reboot only seven years after Bryan Singer's tedious Superman Returns. Warner Bros. decided that one didn't merit a sequel and instead started over with Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, who wrote the "Dark Knight" trilogy; their screenplay is a big improvement over the previous one, mainly because they've created a satisfying arc between the hero's genesis story (just before his native Krypton explodes his father fires him off to earth in a rocket) and the big battle at the end (the wicked General Zod, a fellow survivor of Krypton, arrives on earth 30 years later, hoping to colonize the planet). Zack Snyder (300) directed; with Michael Shannon (monochromatic as the snarling Zod), Amy Adams (as Lois Lane), Kevin Costner and Diane Lane (as the homespun Kents), and Henry Cavill (dully handsome as Clark Kent/Superman, which is all the role requires).



  • Zack Snyder


  • Henry Cavill
  • Amy Adams
  • Michael Shannon
  • Diane Lane
  • Russell Crowe
  • Antje Traue
  • Harry Lennix
  • Richard Schiff
  • Christopher Meloni
  • Kevin Costner
  • Ayelet Zurer
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Dylan Sprayberry
  • Cooper Timberline
  • Richard Cetrone
  • Mackenzie Gray
  • Julian Richings
  • Mary Black
  • Samantha Jo
  • Michael Kelly
  • Rebecca Buller
  • Christina Wren
  • David Lewis
  • Tahmoh Penikett


  • Charles Roven
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Emma Thomas
  • Deborah Snyder
  • Thomas Tull
  • Lloyd Phillips
  • Jon Peters

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