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Man of Steel
Directed byZack Snyder
Produced byChristopher Nolan
Emma Thomas
Charles Roven
Deborah Snyder
Screenplay byDavid S. Goyer
Story byChristopher Nolan
David S. Goyer
Music byHans Zimmer[1]
CinematographyAmir Mokri[2]
Edited byDavid Brenner
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • June 14, 2013 (2013-06-14)[3]
Running time
148 minutes[4]
CountryUnited States, United Kingdom
Budget$175 million[5]

Man of Steel is an 2013 action-adventure movie based on the DC Comics character Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Man of Steel's red carpet premiere in the U.S. was attended by most of its cast members in New York City on June 10, 2013.[6] The movie was released to the general public on June 14, 2013, in 3D[7] and IMAX theaters.[8] The movie has earned more than $643 million at the worldwide box office, despite mixed reviews from critics. Some critics liked the movie's narrative, acting, visuals and reinvention of the main character, while others were critical of the movie's pacing and lack of character development.

A sequel featuring Batman will be released on May 16, 2016, with Snyder, Goyer, Nolan, and most of the first movie's main cast set to return.[9]


The planet Krypton faces imminent destruction due to an unstable core, and its ruling council is under the threat of rebel General Zod and his followers. Scientist Jor-El and his wife Lara-El secretly imprint a genetic codex into the cells of their newborn son Kal-El, and launch him on a spacecraft to Earth to preserve the Kryptonian race. After Zod murders Jor-El, he and his followers are banished to the Phantom Zone, but manage to escape when Krypton explodes. The infant Kal-El lands on Earth in Smallville, Kansas, where he is discovered by couple Jonathan and Martha Kent, who name him Clark and raise him as their adopted son.

Clark's Kryptonian physiology affords him superhuman abilities on Earth. Young Clark gradually learns to hone the abilities that initially cause him confusion and discomfort. Jonathan reveals to a teenage Clark that he is an alien, and advises him to not utilize his powers publicly, fearing that society would reject him. After Jonathan's death, an adult Clark spends the next several years living a nomadic lifestyle, working different jobs under false names to cover his tracks and hide his identity. He eventually discovers a Kryptonian scout ship with technology that allows him to communicate with the consciousness of Jor-El in the form of a hologram. Lois Lane, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from the Daily Planet, also discovers the ship while pursuing a story, and is rescued by Clark when she is injured. Lois's editor Perry White rejects her story of a "superhuman" rescuer, so she traces Clark back to Smallville with the intention of writing an exposé. After hearing his story, she decides not to reveal his secret.

Detecting the scout ship, Zod travels to Earth where he demands that Kal-El surrender to him, or humanity will suffer the consequences. Clark agrees to surrender to the U.S. military, who hand Lois and Clark over to Zod's second-in-command, Faora. Zod reveals that he intends to use a terraforming "world engine" to transform Earth into a Krypton-like planet, to eradicate the human population, and to use the codex to repopulate the planet with genetically-engineered Kryptonians. After Clark and Lois escape the ship, Clark defeats Faora and another of Zod's henchmen in Smallville, convincing the military that he is on their side. Zod deploys the world engine and initiates the terraforming in Metropolis and over the Indian Ocean.

Clark, now dubbed "Superman", stops the world engine in the Indian Ocean. The military uses the spacecraft that brought Superman to Earth in an aerial strike to create a portal that returns Zod's ship and his crew to the Phantom Zone. Only Zod remains, and he and Superman engage each other. After a battle, Superman is forced to kill Zod to save a group of innocent civilians that Zod attempts to murder. Superman decides to blend into the society by wearing eyeglasses, being mild-mannered, and resuming his identity as Clark Kent. He is hired by White to work as a reporter for the Daily Planet


Zack Snyder (left), Henry Cavill (center), and Russell Crowe (right) at the premiere for Man of Steel, June 2013

Release dates

Country Premiere
 Philippines 12 June 2013
 Taiwan 12 June 2013
 United Arab Emirates 13 June 2013
 Argentina 13 June 2013
 Bahrain 13 June 2013
 Bolivia 13 June 2013
 Chile 13 June 2013
 Indonesia 13 June 2013
 South Korea 13 June 2013
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 Malaysia 13 June 2013
 Peru 13 June 2013
 Puerto Rico 13 June 2013
 Singapore 13 June 2013
 Thailand 13 June 2013
 Uruguay 13 June 2013
 Canada 14 June 2013
 Colombia 14 June 2013
 Denmark 14 June 2013
 Egypt 14 June 2013
 United Kingdom 14 June 2013
 Croatia 14 June 2013
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 14 June 2013
 India 14 June 2013
 Kuwait 14 June 2013
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico 14 June 2013
 Panama 14 June 2013
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 Turkey 14 June 2013
 United States 14 June 2013
 Venezuela 14 June 2013
 Vietnam 14 June 2013
 Belgium 19 June 2013
 Switzerland 19 June 2013 (French speaking region)
 France 19 June 2013
 Iceland 19 June 2013
 Norway 19 June 2013
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 20 June 2013
 Switzerland 20 June 2013 (German speaking region)
 China 20 June 2013
 Czech Republic 20 June 2013
 Germany 20 June 2013
 Greece 20 June 2013
 Hungary 20 June 2013
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 Italy 20 June 2013
 Cambodia 20 June 2013
 Netherlands 20 June 2013
 Serbia 20 June 2013
 Russia 20 June 2013
 Slovenia 20 June 2013
 Slovakia 20 June 2013
 Ukraine 20 June 2013
 Austria 21 June 2013
 Bulgaria 21 June 2013
 Cyprus 21 June 2013
 Spain 21 June 2013
 Pakistan 21 June 2013
 Poland 21 June 2013
 Romania 21 June 2013
 Finland 26 June 2013
 Sweden 26 June 2013
 Australia 27 June 2013
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 New Zealand 27 June 2013
 Portugal 27 June 2013
 Bangladesh 28 June 2013
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 Lithuania 28 June 2013
 Latvia 28 June 2013
 Namibia 28 June 2013
 South Africa 28 June 2013
 Brazil 12 July 2013
 Japan 30 August 2013


The movie was directed by Zack Snyder. It was produced by Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, and Emma Thomas. The movie is distributed by Warner Bros.. The movie was filmed in Weta Digital, Moving Picture Company, and Double Negative provided visual effects for the movie.[15][16][17]


Hans Zimmer composed and produced the Man of Steel soundtrack

Hans Zimmer denied popular rumors that he would be composing the movie's score.[18] However, in June 2012, it was confirmed that Zimmer would in fact be writing the movie's musical score.[19] To remove any likeness of Man of Steel from the last Superman movies, the iconic "Superman March" by John Williams was not used in the movie.[20] It is the first Superman movie to do so.[21] Hans Zimmer's soundtrack for Man of Steel was released publicly on June 11, 2013.[22] An unofficial part of the musical score from the third trailer, entitled "An Ideal of Hope", and confirmed to be a cut down version of the track "What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?" [23] was released on April 19, 2013.[24] In late April 2013, the official track listing of the two-disc deluxe edition was revealed.[25]

Critical response

Man of Steel holds a 55% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 271 reviews, with a rating average of 6.2/10. The site's summary review reads: "Man of Steel provides exhilarating action and spectacle to overcome its detours into generic blockbuster territory." Metacritic has given the movie a weighted average score of 55/100, based on 47 reviews, saying "mixed or average reviews".[26] CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade cinemagoers gave for the movie was an "A-", with an "A" from those under 18 years old and those older than 50 years old, on a scale of "A+ to F".[27]

Box office

As of July 28, 2013, Man of Steel has earned $286,807,505 in North America and an estimated $357,050,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $643,857,505, making it the highest grossing Superman movie ever. The movie earned $116.6 million on its opening weekend, including $17.5 million from IMAX theaters.[28]

Awards and nominations

Association Category Result
Golden Trailer Awards[29] Best Summer 2013 Blockbuster Poster Won
Best Teaser Poster Nominated
Summer 2013 Blockbuster Trailer Nominated
NewNowNext Awards Cause You're Hot – Henry Cavill[30] Nominated
Next Must-See Movie[31] Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards[32] Choice Summer Movie: Action Nominated
Choice Summer Movie Star: Male – Henry Cavill Nominated
Choice Summer Movie Star: Female – Amy Adams Nominated
Choice Liplock – Henry Cavill and Amy Adams Nominated

DVD release

Man of Steel was released on a Two-Disc DVD, and on Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D Combo Packs on November 12, 2013.[33]


The movie was mainly made in Chicago, Illinois. Other locations include Toronto, Ontario, Plano, Illinois, Vancouver, and in West Chicago, Illinois.[34] The Daily Planet will be based on The Chicago Board of Trade Building and the Willis Tower.

Batman crew

Only five crew members (Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, David S. Goyer, and Hans Zimmer) was part of this movie that had been in The Dark Knight Trilogy. Hans Zimmer composed the music. This movie wias the first Superman movie that did not use John Williams' iconic Superman theme song.[35]


The success of Man of Steel made Warner Bros. plans of a cinematic universe featuring other DC Comics characters. In June 2013, it was announced that director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer would both be returning for a Man of Steel sequel, which is being fast tracked by Warner Bros. Goyer had previously signed a three-movie deal, which includes Man of Steel, its sequel, and a Justice League movie featuring Superman. The following month, Snyder confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con International that the sequel to Man of Steel would have Superman and Batman meeting for the first time in a movie.

Cavill, Adams, Lane, and Fishburne will reprise their roles.[36][37] Snyder stated that the movie would take inspiration from the comic The Dark Knight Returns.[38] In August 2013, Ben Affleck was announced to be playing Batman,[9] while Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in December 2013.[39] Later in December, Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio was hired to rewrite the script, due to Goyer's commitments in other projects.[40]

In January 2014, it was announced that the movie had been delayed from its original July 17, 2015 release date to May 6, 2016,[41] and in May 2014, the movie's title was revealed to be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[42] The date was moved again to March 25, 2016.[43]


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