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Media Review: “Man of Steel”

Man of Steel,” the new Superman reboot, was released in theaters on June 14.

Henry Cavill plays Clark Kent/Superman, who as a baby was sent to Earth by his biological parents on the dying planet Krypton. After landing on Earth, his foster parents keep him a secret from the world, knowing that humanity wasn’t ready and would act negatively towards him.

General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, was imprisoned prior to Krypton’s demise, only to be released by its destruction. He seeks the codex that was sent away with Superman that holds all of Krypton’s history.

When Zod tracks the codex to Earth, he intends to create a new Krypton on Earth, which would destroy humanity in the process. This causes the conflict between Superman and Zod, setting up the main storyline for the film.

Director Zach Snyde is known for films such as “300,” “Watchmen,” “Sucker Punch” and “Dawn of the Dead.” It’s produced, in part, by Christopher Nolan, who many know as the man behind “The Dark Knight” trilogy. “Man of Steel” features an all-star cast which includes Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Lawrence Fishburne.

Some moviegoers will be disappointed in the low amount of romance in the film, which concentrates more on the action and alien storyline as opposed to the relationship between Superman and Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams. The ending is controversial in that Superman is forced to make a choice outside of his normal character, potentially upsetting many fans.

“Man of Steel” is DC’s first film in its planned cinematic universe, with a “Man of Steel 2” being fast-tracked for a potential 2014 release. It will face competition in the superhero movie market, competing with Disney’s Marvel films, Fox’s “X-Men” films, and Sony’s “Spider-Man” films.

While not the best superhero film of all time, or even the summer, the action, special effects and all-star cast make this reboot one of the best, if not the best Superman movies made to date.

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