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Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction.

This is the latest of several incarnations of the Superman, originally thought to be the last survivor of the distant planet Krypton. Raised as a human named Clark Kent, he endured the feeling of being an outcast due to his extraordinary powers, which he eventually learned were because of his extraterrestrial origins. This film paints him in a darker light, focusing on his angst and having him not take on his heroic purpose until the Earth is in deadly peril because of a foe unwittingly drawn there by him. In most films and TV treatments, Superman is beloved and lauded by the public, but here, they are much more suspicious of him, and he is far less sure of himself. Additionally, because he has avoided his powers as much as possible, he does not have the mastery over them that he should at this stage of his life. This film can be found on Netflix alongside many classic superhero movies, including the classic Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve.

Henry Cavill plays Clark in this movie, and after a peek into his troubled childhood and adolescence, the audience sees him trying to survive away from society, but he returns after a long absence and soon becomes the planet's best hope of defeating the villainous Zod, a fellow Kryptonian who is capable of wreaking massive havoc on the Earth. Clark's attachment to journalist Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams, complicates his mission to stop Zod at all costs. How much personal loss must he be willing to endure for the sake of keeping as much of the world safe as possible? It isn't easy to be a superhero, and this Superman has the hardest time yet of attempting to have a regular life while using his powers for the good of all humanity.

Zod is a terrifying menace, and special effects are used to great effect as he demonstrates the ferocity of his power. The destruction in this film is terrifying and widespread. Indeed, it seems more befitting a Batman movie, but since a follow-up to this will have Superman and Batman teaming up, there may be a deliberate attempt to darken the tone so that the two can more easily coexist in the same film when their worlds tend to feel so different. There are still many small character moments that allow Clark to demonstrate his decency, even though he isn't quite the squeaky-clean boy scout that he tends to be in earlier versions. His relationship with his mother, played by Diane Lane, is one element that helps to emphasize his humanity. The movie stands apart from previous editions so that it can be watched and understood by those who have never encountered Superman before. It also sets viewers up to expect future films.

This movie was directed by Zack Snyder, who has several films available on Netflix. It was written by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan. This more adult Superman movie carries a PG-13 rating for language, violence and destruction. It was produced by Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures and Syncopy, and it was filmed in various locations in British Columbia, Illinois and California. The movie, which runs 143 minutes long, cost about 225 million dollars, and it earned more than 291 million dollars. The soundtrack includes the Johnny Cash song "Ring of Fire," the Chris Cornell song "Seasons" and "The Long Walk" by Buck Sanders and Marco Beltrami. It is unusual among Superman movies not only for its darker tone but also because of the fact that it makes no mention of Kryptonite, the substance capable of weakening Superman.

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