Franchises of All Time
Man of Steel (2013)
Superman (1978) | Superman II (1980) | Superman III (1983) | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Superman Returns (2006) | Man of Steel (2013)
|Man of Steel (2013)
d. Zack Snyder, 148 minutes
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With a production budget of $225 million, and box-office gross receipts of $291+ million (domestic) and $668+ million (worldwide).
This film was another reboot (or pseudo-sequel) of the original Christopher Reeve series of films in the 70s and 80s (after 19 years, since 1987). Here was an expensive blockbuster titled Man of Steel (2013), directed by Zack Snyder - on the 75th anniversary of the DC Comics hero (from 1938).
After the lukewarm reception for WB's previous rebooted film Superman Returns (2006), it was imperative that this film rejuvenate and revamp the series. Its success boded well - it set the stage for the upcoming Warner Bros.' Batman-Superman movie and, presumably, a Justice League franchise.
The modernized role of Superman was played by Henry Cavill, while Amy Adams took on the character of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Lois Lane. Russell Crowe performed in the role of Superman's (Kal-El) Kryptonite father Jor-El (played earlier by Marlon Brando), and Michael Shannon portrayed villainous General Zod on Krypton. Superman's adoptive earthling parents were the Kents (a Kansas farm couple Jonathan and Martha), who were portrayed by Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, and Daily Planet boss Perry White was played by Laurence Fishburne.
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