“Man of Steel,” directed by Zack Synder (“300,” “Watchmen”) and produced by Nolan, is as action-packed as you hope to expect from a modern-day superhero movie but also stayed grounded with a sober self-awareness of the issues bubbling beneath the surface.
“Man of Steel” tells a familiar story, the arrival of the baby Kryptonian Kal-El, his adaption by the Kents in rural Kansas and his eventual rise to become the world’s mightiest superhero. But there is a freshness provided by Synder and screenwriter David S. Goyer (“Batman Begins”) that feels new and unexplored. Although fans can and will most certainly debate specific storytelling decisions made during the course of the film, I can say I enjoyed the film for what it was.
The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language.