'Man of Steel' Isn't Your Parents' Superman

Think you know the story of Superman? Think again? Learn how 'Man of Steel' puts a new spin on the Superman mythology.

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Think you know the story of Superman? Think again. In this summer's Man Of Steel, producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Memento) and director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) retell the story of how Clark Kent arrived on Earth, taking the same dark, psychological approach Nolan used in his Batman trilogy. The movie's superb cast includes Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne and an enormously jacked Henry Cavill (Immortals) as Superman.

Viewers get a look at Superman's biological parents before they ship the young Kal-El to Earth to escape their war-torn planet, Krypton. Screenwriter David S. Goyer never understood why, in previous movies, humanity so readily accepted an alien in their midst; so in Man of Steel Superman is tormented not only by his inner feelings of estrangement, but also by the suspicions of earthlings who can't comprehend him. Oh, and he wrestles with lots of bad guys too.

The evil Kryptonian General Zod vows to travel to Earth in his uber-cool ship, Black Zero, to destroy Superman. The misunderstood Man of Steel is the only being who can protect the Earth from the wrath of this otherworldly villain. Explosions, disasters, and mid-air struggles between man and fighter jet ensue. The new-look Superman needs every extra pound of muscle Cavill put on for the role to survive the onslaught. Make sure you're in the theater to see if he can.

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