During General Zod’s (Shannon) attempted coup on the dying world Krypton, chief scientist Jor-El (Crowe) rockets his son Kal-El, the planet’s first natural-born child for centuries, into space. Crashing on Earth, the child is raised by the loving Kents (Costner and Lane) to keep his immense strength and super-sensory perception secret. But when the Kal-seeking Zod appears on Earth 33 years later, it is surely time for Kal / Clark (Cavill) to reveal himself.
It aches for more depth and warmth and humour, but this is spectacular sci-fi — huge, operatic, melodramatic, impressive. It feels the right Superman origin story for our era, and teases what would be a welcome new superfranchise.
Reviewed by Dan Jolin
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