Every filmmaker should take notes on this movie, because this is how you remake a franchise and set the tone for upcoming movies. Man Of Steel delivers for new and old fans of the Superman franchise.
It starts off with the destruction of the planet Krypton, Superman’s home planet. We are given the backstory of the dying planet and get a glimpse of Superman’s parents. Russell Crowe plays his real father Jor El who in the planets final moments sends him newborn son off to Earth to continue the legacy of Krypton’s people.
Now we don’t know “exactly” why this is happening to Krypton, but all we do know is that the inhabitants did this to the planet accidentally. I think mining the core of the planet or something along those lines.
Jor El placed in the escape pod, the biological DNA blueprint of all the unborn Kryptonians. General Zod is desperate to get this blueprint back and ensure the survival of his people. He is ironically the bad guy, but is really that bad? His actions were noble, but his delivery is why he is considered bad. But that is for another upcoming article I plan to write. (Tune in for that one)
Zod and his followers are condemned to be banished to the far reaches of space. That doesn’t last long at all. He finds a way out and pursues Superman to Earth. We learn a lot more about Superman than previous movies. We see him as a child just learning his powers. The radiation of our sun gives him his powers, but not all at once. In the beginning he can’t even fly, he can jump really high. In school his powers awaken unexpectically and he is deemed a freak by his classmates.
On Earth he is now called Clark by the family that found him. They are simple farmers who don’t want Clark to reveal himself to the world. They don’t think it’s the right time and society won’t accept him. His Earth father, Jonathan, even goes as far to say that Clark shouldn’t save people because that would reveal Clark to the world as an alien. Not save people? Let them die? Not very heroic.
Clark lives his life constantly on the move. Whenever he is forced to reveal himself and save the day, he’s gone the next. Eventually his travels bring him to a frozen wasteland. Antarctica I think. Where he meets Lois Lane. Lois is a reporter for the Daily Planet and is an adventure seeker. When Clark goes out in the middle of the night, she tails him.
The people of Krypton have always thought their planet might be destroyed, so they traveld to other planets to try to continue their legacy. In Antarctica, a Krypton ship is buried in the ice. Clark comes face to face with a hologram of his father, who explains everything to his son.
I don’t really want to spoil everything for you, but Zod comes back….and he is PISSED! Now remember that Clark gets his powers from the sun? Imagine about a half a dozen Super people bent on just destruction. So many innocent people get killed in this movie. Almost the entire city is destroyed, but that’s where I end this. I don’t want to spoil it all for you. This movie is a perfect 5/5. It has some slow parts, but it is all to explain the backstory and set up for the future.