Man of steel

"There is only one way this ends, Kal. Either you die, or I do."

Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film featuring the DC Comics character Superman. It is a British-American venture produced by Legendary Pictures, DC Entertainment, Syncopy Inc., and Cruel and Unusual Films, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the first installment in the DC Extended Universe.

The movie stars Henry Cavil as Clark Kent/Superman.

Why It Rocks

  1. Gorgeous visuals, especially those of Krypton.
  2. Does Superman's origin story well.
  3. It explores Superman's character as an unxeperienced person who still doesn't know what to do with his powers.
  4. A.I. Jor-El was a good concept.
  5. Fantastic soundtrack.
  6. Great battle scenes.
  7. General Zod was a good choice for Superman's first villain as both are Kryptonians.

Bad Qualities

  1. Superman feels very out-of-character compared to previous incarnations of the character. Throughout the final battle, Superman barely tries to save any civilians and in fact causes more destruction himself.
  2. The choice of Superman killing Zod by breaking his neck with his bare hands was very controversial. To be fair, he also killed Zod in Superman II.
  3. Slow pacing. The first half of the movie is mostly exposition then all the action sequences happen one immediately after the other one.
  4. Lots of product placement.
  5. Seriously overkill collateral damage during the climax.
  6. Shoved-in religious themes about Superman being compared to Jesus.


Man of Steel received mixed-to-positive reception. The film turned a profit but it became very polarizing among Superman fans, with some feeling that it's too different from previous adaptations of the characters while others welcomed the more darker and mature take on him.

The Nostalgia Critic's review of the movie, which features Angry Joe (a.k.a Joe Vargas, a huge Superman fan) as a guest appearance, takes a jab at the constant debate. Throughout the entire review, The Critic and Joe constantly bicker whether the movie is good or bad.


Man of Steel - Nostalgia Critic49:08

Man of Steel - Nostalgia Critic

The Nostalgia Critic and Angry Joe's joint review

Everything GREAT About Man of Steel!11:00

Everything GREAT About Man of Steel!

CinemaWins' look at Man of Steel

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