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June 19, 2013

REVIEW: ‘Man of Steel’ leaps expectations in a single bound



So begins Superman’s “origin” story, with the first of many different spins from what we’ve seen before. 
Directed by Zack Snyder (”300”), and working from a script written by David S. Goyer (”Batman Begins”), “Man of Steel” diverges from the usually upbeat, super-powered do-gooder in tights presentation of Superman, giving us a more introspective, haunted Clark Kent (Cavil) who wanders that land on a journey of personal discovery before he learns his true identity, dons his “hero” persona, and adopts his “mild-mannered reporter” alter ego.
Here, there’s no need for a secret identity (in the beginning), as the protagonist is just a man who happens to have out of this world ancestry and superhuman powers — initially, there is no “Superman,” there’s just Clark Kent, living in intentional obscurity, and coming to terms with who he is, and who he wants to be.
Flashbacks to Clark’s youth show pivotal moments in his development, while letting the story unfold in the present. 
His adoptive parents (played with earnestness by Diane Lane and Kevin Costner) are loving but protective, with Jonathan (”Pa”) Kent in particular concerned about what will happen to Clark when the world learns of his existence. People react with fear and alarm to unfamiliar things, Jonathan tells the young Clark, and the Kents’ fears are only confirmed when some of Clark’s heroic deeds become publicly known.
A certain newspaper reporter named Lois Lane (a plucky Amy Adams) also learns of this incredible “mystery man,” and gets involved as well.
At length, Clark, his powers, and his alien heritage are forced into the open with the arrival of General Zod (Michael Shannon), a Kryptonian psychopath who’s been searching the universe for a piece of technology called “the Codex,” which he believes was sent to Earth with baby Kal-El, and could rebuild the Kryptonian race, although at the cost of the human race.

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