A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. However, the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. Will he be able to find it within himself to truly become, "The Man of Steel"?
The film is set to release in June of 2013, during the 75th anniversary of Superman.
Diretor Zack Snyder enlisted the services of Gym Jones to get lead star Henry Cavill in shape for this role.
Both posters for the film bear a striking resemblance and may be homages to images of Superman from Mark Waid's critically acclaimed 1996 graphic novel "Kingdom Come" which examined.
This is the first live action Superman movie not to feature the character Jimmy Olsen. Not only was the Jimmy Olsen character in every live action Superman movie prior to Man of Steel but he was also in Supergirl.
One of three live-action theatrical Superman films to not feature Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor. The other films were Superman III and Superman and the Mole-Men.
According to Zack Snyder, he tried very hard to keep Superman's red trunks as part of his costume, but failed.
Henry Cavill said that after training for Superman, his body transformed so drastically that he had to throw all his older clothes out.
Henry Cavill said that he was on a diet of 5000 calories while bulking (putting on mass), dropped down to 3500 calories to get into suit-shape and then further dropped down to 2500 calories for his shirtless scenes.
The character of Whitney Fordman was not in the original DC comics. He was created for Smallville, a TV series based on Clark Kent's time at high school.
Henry Cavill is the first non-American actor to play the role of Clark Kent. London-born Lee Quigley played Superman as a baby in Superman.
The first Superman film not to feature Kryptonite, Superman's main weakness.
Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane, had previously appeared in a Season one episode of ''Smallville'', which also detailed the Superman story.
Alessandro Juliani, who plays Sergeant Sedowsky, is no stranger to the world of Superman. Juliani also played Dr. Emil Hamilton on the Superman TV series Smallville.
Connie Nielsen was considered for the role of Lara Lor-Van. Julia Ormond was cast, but she dropped out, so Ayelet Zurer was cast in her place.
The idea that Superman's S-Shield means "hope" comes from Mark Waid's Superman: Birthright series: The S-Shield is the Kryptonian symbol for "hope" and Superman believes it may have begun as a coat of arms for the House of El.
This is Amy Adams's third time auditioning for Lois Lane. She first read for Lois Lane in Brett Ratner's abandoned film, then for Superman Returns. Adams has stated that it became ridiculous and this time she had to play Lois and put her stamp on it.
Henry Cavill and Russell Crowe had met years prior to playing father and son when Henry was an extra in Proof of Life and received words of encouragement to pursue acting and an autographed picture from Crowe, who was his favorite actor.
Diane Lane previously appeared in Hollywoodland, whose subject was previous Superman actor George Reeves.
The majority of the action scenes use a CGI cape for Superman.
Prior to being cast as Lois, Amy Adams had two previous Superman connections. Adams played Jodi Melville in Smallville; and her co-star from Enchanted, James Marsden played Richard White in Superman Returns.
Dennis Quaid, Bruce Greenwood, Michael Biehn and Kurt Russell were considered for the role of Jonathan Kent.
Viggo Mortensen was considered to play General Zod.
Julianne Moore, Lisa Rinna, Jodie Foster, Sela Ward and Elisabeth Shue were considered for the role of Martha Kent.
Amanda Seyfried auditioned for a role but was turned down.
According to Zack Snyder, the filmmakers outfitted Henry Cavill in the Superman costume to see how well he fit the role. Despite the outfit bearing a lighter blue color and red trunks, no one laughed at Cavill. Snyder knew then that Cavill was right for the role.
Jonathan Kent's monologue from the teaser trailer is taken directly from Geoff John's "Superman: Secret Origin".
This is the second film where Diane Lane is mother to a "special" child. The first was Jack, starring Robin Williams, the best friend of Superman actor Christopher Reeve.
Darren Aronofsky, Duncan Jones, Ben Affleck, Tony Scott, Matt Reeves and Jonathan Liebesman were considered to direct the movie before Zack Snyder was later chosen.
Natalie Portman, Charlotte Riley, Anne Hathaway, Dianna Agron, Kristen Stewart, Malin Akerman, Rachel McAdams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kristen Bell, Lake Bell, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis and Jessica Biel were considered to play Lois Lane.
General Zod wears a black astronaut suit. This is based on the Modern Age comics, where he wore a special red suit that filtered sunlight.
Production designer Alex McDowell described the Kryptonian technology in the film as "geo-tech, scientifically advanced but also less glossy and more organic than the styles on Earth."
A building in Metropolis bears the sign "Lexcorp". This is the company run by Superman's archrival Lex Luthor, and hints at his appearance in a sequel.
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