The cast of Man of Steel includes Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Kal El, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Wan (His Krypton mom). Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne, and others fill out a great cast of secondary characters.
Nolan and Goyer put together a decent origin story (yet again) of Kal El’s birth, leaving Krypton, and his life as a child on Earth.
This 143-minute film takes the first sixty minutes telling his origin and does it in a way where we jump back and forth between past, present, past, & present. The story does not get hurt by this technique and kept me pretty focused.
And then there’s Zod. But I’ll leave that for you to experience.
Director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) brought his usual eye for visuals to the screen. The visuals of Krypton, flying scenes, the subtle moments of heroism all had Snyder’s touch on them.
The screenplay was by David S. Goyer (Dark Knight franchise) and the story was co-written with Christopher Nolan and the story had Nolan’s fingerprints all over it.
This time around we had a very mature, down-to-earth, tale of Kal El and his conflicts. Kal El seemed vulnerable throughout, and unlike any previous chapter of the Superman movie franchise, this battle involved Superman and humans fighting together against the common foe.
Cavill was a very different Clark Kent, while Lois Lane could have been played by anyone. Adams didn’t mess it up but she didn’t stand out for me.
And Michael Shannon, was the best General Zod I’ve ever seen.
The movie has such a mature tone to it that it nearly transcends the popcorn movie category. But Nolan and company gives the story a great, down to Earth feel with a great story about Kal El’s struggles growing up.
There were a few details that detracted from the story for me, but overall, they were somewhat minor.
Though I do worry about the folks who will be seeing it in 3D, considering that at times, there’s a lot going on.
I also noticed a few kids in the audience that seemed a bit bored by the opening act, and I might understand their boredom. There were a lot of details tossed out there.