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Rated PG-13 · 143 minutes · 2013

Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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).

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Director: Zack Snyder
Producer: Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Deborah Snyder, Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters
Cast: 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 and Tahmoh Penikett

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