For those of you who’ve been living on Krypton since birth, British actor Henry Cavill stars as the rebooted Supes. Transported from his doomed home planet by father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) to the Kansas farm of Jonathan and Martha Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), Clark – née Kal-El – grows up confused by his ability to lift school buses and shoot laser beams from eyes. We first meet him as a bearded wanderer looking for his place in the world, and when his father’s nemesis – the fiendish General Zod (Michael Shannon) – arrives to destroy him and the world he calls home, Clark slips into his skin-tight suit and flies off for a date with destiny.
Sadly, screenwriter David Goyer seems to be making it up as he’s going along, throwing random robotic tentacles into the mix and forcing a relationship between Clark and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) that he doesn’t bother to build up to. The editing is similarly woeful, flicking from the past to the present to Zod knows where, with chunks of scenes seemingly being ripped out; Snyder carries on regardless, hoping, perhaps, that nobody will notice. In terms of performances, Shannon is no great shakes as the shouty villain and Adams does little with a thankless role. As for Cavill, he certainly looks the part but lacks crucial charm and charisma, surely the two essential qualities any ‘Man of Steel’ needs.