Man of Steel

Synopsis: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
Director(s): Zack Snyder
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  7 wins & 46 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
143 min



Do you not understand?

Krypton's core is collapsing.

We may only have a matter of weeks.

I warned you.

Harvesting the core was suicide.

It has accelerated...

...the process of implosion.

-Our energy reserves...

...were exhausted.

What would you have us do, El?

Look to the stars, like our ancestors did.

There are habitable worlds within reach.

We can begin by using the old outposts.

Are you seriously suggesting

that we evacuate the entire planet?

No. Everybody here is already dead.

Give me control of the Codex.

I will ensure the survival of our race.

There is still hope.

I have held that hope in my hands.

This council has been disbanded.

On whose authority?


The rest of you will be tried

and punished accordingly.

- What are you doing, Zod? This is madness.

- What I should have done...

...years ago.

These lawmakers...

...with their endless debates...

...have lead Krypton to ruin.

And if your forces prevail...'ll be the leader of nothing.

-Then join me.

Help me save our race. We'll start anew.

We'll sever...

...the degenerative bloodlines

that led us to this state.

And who will decide

which bloodlines survive, Zod?


Don't do this, El.

The last thing I want

is for us to be enemies.

You have abandoned the principles

that bound us together.

You've taken up the sword...

...against your own people.

I will honor the man you once were, Zod...

...not this monster you've become.

Take him away.

Sir? Is everything all right?

Out of the way.

I said--

Get me Lara.

Jor. Behind you.

Lara, you have to ready the launch.

I'll be with you as soon as I can.



- Can you see the Codex?

- It's just beneath the central hub.

But I'm compelled to warn you.

Breaching the genesis chamber

is a Class-B crime--

Nobody cares anymore, Kelex.

The world is about to come to an end.

Jar-El, by the authority of General Zed...

...surrender the Codex.



Easy, H'Raka.

Did you find a world?

- We have.

- Orbiting a main sequence yellow star...

just as you said it would.

A young star.

His cells will drink its radiation.

It's a seemingly intelligent population.

He'll be an outcast.

A freak.

They'll kill him.


He'll be a god to them.

What if the ship doesn't make it?

He'll die out there...


I can't do it.

I thought I could, but...

- Lara. that he's here...

Krypton is doomed.

It's his only chance now.

It's our people's only hope.

What is it, Kelex?

Five attack ships

converging from the east.

Citadel's defenses

are being scanned and evaluated.

I'll upload the Codex.

No, wait.


Just let me look at him.

We'll never get to see him walk.

Never hear him say our names.

But out there...

...amongst the stars...

...he will live.

Goodbye, my son.

Our hopes and dreams travel with you.

Concentrate fire on the main doors.

Lady Lara.

- The phantom drives are coming online.

-Proceed to ignition.


We have identified an engine ignition

within the citadel.

A launch.

Hold this platform, commander.

I know you stole the Codex, Jor-El.

Surrender it...

...and I'll let you live.

This is a second chance for all of Krypton...

... not just the bloodlines you deem worthy.

What have you done?

We've had a child, Zod.

A boy child.

Krypton's first natural birth in centuries.

And he will be free.

Free to forge his own destiny.


Destroy it.



...listen to me.

The Codex is Krypton's future.

Abort the launch.


Your son, Lara...

...where have you sent him?

His name... Kal...

...son of El.

And he's beyond your reach.

Bring that ship down.

Target locked.

Lay down your weapons.

Your forces are surrounded.

General Zod...

...for the crimes

of murder and high treason...

...the Council has sentenced you

and your fellow insurgents... three hundred cycles

of somatic reconditioning.

Do you have any last words?

You won't kill us yourself!

You wouldn'l sully your hands!

But you'll damn us... a black hole for eternity!

Jor-El was right.

You're a pack of fools,

every last one of you.

And you.

You believe your son is safe?

I will find him.

I will reclaim

what you have taken from us.

I will find him.

I will find him, Lara.

I will find him!


Lady Lara, shouldn't you find refuge?

There is no refuge, Kelor.

Jor-El was right.

This is the end.

Make a better world than ours, Kal.

Watch it, dumb-ass!

Keep your eyes open

or you're gonna get squashed.

Where the hell did they find you,


Let's get this trap in the air.

Gentlemen, secure the deck.

We just got a distress call

from a rig due west of us.

Secure the deck.

All civilian boats, stand clear.

The sub-sea valves failed

and the rig is about to explode.

Roger, Coast Guard.

What about the men left inside?

- Forget them. They're dead.

- Greenhorn...

...fetch me my binoculars.


This is the last of the oxygen. I don't know

how much longer we can hold out.

This is Coast Guard 6510.

We'll make one more pass then get out.

Wait, wait.

I got some guys on the helipad.

Right here!

Come on, come on! Let's go! Let's go!

- Let's go!

- Let's go!

Get that last guy loaded.

We have got to go.

Hey, let's go. What are you doing?

Go! Go!



"when Kansas became a territory?


Are you listening, Clark?

I asked if you could tell me who first...

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David S. Goyer

David S. Goyer was born on December 22, 1965 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA as David Samuel Goyer. He is a writer and producer, known for Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and Man of Steel (2013). He is married to Marina Black. They have two children. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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  • ChristopherSchiller
    It seems to me that this is one of the cult films from which many similar sequels began
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