Man of Steel parents guide

Man of Steel Parent Guide

Playing the iconic characters Clark Kent and Lois Lane requires a lot of pluck even from talented actors like Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. But both seem up to the challenge in this adaptation.

Overall B+

The first few times we may have wondered if it was a bird or a plane. Now we just aren't sure which Superman it is! This time the man of steel is being played by Henry Cavill. But the plot is still the familiar story of an alien baby arriving on earth, then growing up to be a super hero.

Release date June 14, 2013

Violence C-
Sexual Content B+
Profanity C+
Substance Use B-

Why is Man of Steel rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Man of Steel PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language.

Run Time: 143 minutes

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Playing the iconic characters Clark Kent and Lois Lane requires a lot of pluck even from talented actors like British-born Henry Cavill and Oscar-nominated Amy Adams. But both seem up to the challenge in Director Zach Snyder’s adaptation of the Man of Steel.

Snyder brings a serious and pensive Superman to the big screen. While there are moments of humor in this film, audiences never get the same endearing antics we saw in Christopher Reeves’ portrayal of the alien visitor disguised as a bumbling reporter. Discovering who he is and what his role is on his adopted planet is a somber quest for this extraterrestrial.

Clark’s (Cavill) identity issues begin as a child, often leaving him brooding over his obvious differences from the other Kansas kids he attends school with. And the dissimilarities are big. Not only does he have x-ray vision and the ability to melt metal with a fiery stare, he has incredible strength that he has to control and conceal. His earthly dad (Kevin Costner) is even more anxious to keep his son’s super strengths a secret. He fears the world isn’t ready to accept an alien—even one as normal looking as Clark. While the boy slips up a few times (he pushes a sinking school bus full of children out of the river and onto the shore), he tries to obey his father’s wishes to wait, even when it comes at a great cost. But as an adult, his inclination to save others and his search for answers means he can’t stay in one place for too long.

However when he finally stumbles upon an alien ship buried deep in the ice, meets a holographic version of his birth father (Russell Crowe) and gets the answers he’s been searching for, life doesn’t get easier. Now Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane (Adams) and US Military personnel (Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni) all have questions—especially after Earth receives a threatening communication from Krypton’s General Zod (Michael Shannon).

From this point on, storytelling takes a backseat to special effects as Smallville and then New York City are demolished in an extended sequence that sees buildings, a train yard, cars and even an orbiting satellite destroyed. While this kind of destructive chaos in a comic book movie (or any sci-fi for that matter) isn’t unusual, the explosions, falling office towers and crushing blows exchanged between the protagonist and his mortal enemy go on and on and on and on. Fortunately the catastrophic destruction is mostly bloodless and with few other content concerns the film stays in an orbit appropriate for most teens.

Like Warner Brothers 2006 reboot attempt in Superman Returns starring Brandon Routh, Man of Steel depicts a savior figure sent to protect mankind from themselves. But he can only do that after he figures out who he is. In this 2013 version, that takes a lot of brow furrowing and soul searching by this steely alien superhero.

Directed by Zack Snyder . Starring Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon. Running time: 143 minutes. Theatrical release June 14, 2013. Updated

Man of Steel
Rating & Content Info

Why is Man of Steel rated PG-13? Man of Steel is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language.

Violence: A child is bullied in school and on the street. A woman is shot on screen. Characters frequently engage in fistfights and other hand-to-hand combat. Minor depictions of blood are shown. A character is stabbed to death and others are engulfed in flames. A man steals clothes. Students are in peril when their bus drives over the side of a bridge and begins to sink in the river below. Characters are threatened by a tornado and one man is killed. The remains of corpses are seen at an abandoned outpost. A man vomits and bleeds after being exposed to a different atmospheric pressure. A woman is thrown around and pushed by aliens. Numerous planes are attacked and downed by aliens. Frequent destructive depictions are seen including falling building, crushed cars, demolished property and explosions. Weapons are used to attack aliens. An officer flies a suicide mission into the side of a target. Some frightening and grotesque images are seen.

Sexual Content: A couple kisses. A woman gives birth to a baby. Some mild sexual references are included. A man grabs a woman’s buttocks while she is at work.

Language: The script contains a partial sexual expletive and a handful of profanities along with a few terms of Deity. The script also includes some crude terms for male anatomy and infrequent slurs.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A man drinks a beer at home. A woman guzzles a drink in a bar.

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Man of Steel Parents' Guide

According to an online article by The Independent, Man of Steel has already brought in millions of dollars from product placements and has positioned itself at the top of the charts for the use of this marketing technique. In addition to several references and depictions of IHOP, can you spot Sears, U-Haul, Chrysler and Nokia merchandise among others?

How do the filmmakers update this old story and incorporate new technology into it?

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What are the advantages of having an embedded journalist cover a story? What challenges does this type of reporter have for soldiers, explorers or others he or she is covering? Are there times when journalists should not be allowed into an area?

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Home Video

The most recent home video release of Man of Steel movie is November 12, 2013. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Man of Steel

Release Date: 12 November 2013

Man of Steel releases to home video on Blu-ray (Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Digital Copy) or Blu-ray 3D (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Digital Copy) with the following extras:

- Strong Characters, Legendary Roles

- All-Out Action

- Krypton Decoded

- Journey of Discovery: Creating “Man of Steel” – Commentary with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they discuss re-imagining Superman.

- Planet Krypton – The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society.

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Other actors to don the red cape and tights include Christopher Reeve (Superman: The Movie) and Brandon Routh (Superman Returns). Another family of super heroes has to conceal their talents in The Incredibles.

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