In this new take on Superman’s origin story, young journalist Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) – who came to Earth as a child from Krypton – has trouble fitting in with his secret superpowers. Questioning his purpose in life, Kent is forced into action when it comes time to protect those in need, becoming the hero we all know as Superman, built by the values set upon him by parents Martha and Jonathan Kent who adopted him as an otherworldly orphan.
Man of Steel is Warner Bros. Pictures’ first entry to the DC Extended Universe. (DCEU). The plot revolves around one of DC Comics’ most popular heroes, Superman. Henry Cavill plays the titular role under the direction of Zack Snyder. Writers David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan worked on the story of the movie, which was released in June 2013.
The story is centered on the origins of Superman, an alien who was sent to Earth at the eve of planet Krypton’s destruction. He grows up with a loving human couple, Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent, and lives in Smallville, Kansas. His foster parents name him Clark, and as he grows, he begins to discover his superhuman abilities. He finds out about his past but was asked to keep his super powers hidden, even when it meant letting his foster father die.
Clark was born Kal-El, the son of Jor-El (Russell Crowe), the chief adviser to Krypton’s supreme council. Kal-El was deployed to earth by his father when the planet was under attack by General Zod (Michael Shannon). Kal-El died during the attack, but Kal-El was sent to Earth as Zod vowed to find him and kill him. As Clark, Kal-El comes across a holographic message sent by his biological father who tells him the reason for his deployment.
The battle between Superman and General Zod is the jump-off story for the second installment of the DCEU, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Cavill reprises his role in that movie opposite Ben Affleck, who portrays Batman.
No official details about a Man of Steel sequel has been announced as of this writing, but moviegoers will see Cavill play Superman again in the upcoming Justice League to on November 16, 2017.