Man of Steel
starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe
screenplay by David S. Goyer
directed by Zack Snyder
Based on the Superman character from DC Comics, Man of Steel is the very first movie based on a comic book that I have every liked. I habitually hate all movies based on comic books: Superman, Spiderman, Batman, X-men, Hulk, Green Lantern, American Splendor, Captain America, Spawn, Judge Dredd, Hellboy, Fantastic Four, you name it. But not this one. Sure, it was stupid. But there was a proper story to it, with good characters and action. The violence of Superman fighting other refugees from the planet Krypton in American cities - crashing into buildings, tossing cars, trucks and train locomotives around, etc. - got so tiring and boring that by the end of the film I was falling asleep and praying that it would end soon.
Kevin Costner plays the farmer who discovers the baby Superman when he crashed to earth. Costner is a salt of the earth kind of character. He excels at portraying baseball players, farmers, noble thieves, lawmen. There’s something Jack Lemony about him.