Superman’s Fight of the Millennium

HENRY CAVILL is the new Superman for the millennium. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

HENRY CAVILL is the new Superman for the millennium. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

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In the middle of the Supreme council meeting in Krypton an explosion kills guards, General Zod barges in. General Zod (Michael Shannon): This council has been disbanded. Ro zar (Mary Black): On who’s Authority? Zod: Mine. (shoots Ro Zar) The rest of you will be tried and punished accordingly. Jor El (Russell Crowe): What are you doing Zod? This is madness. Zod: What I should have done years ago. These lawmakers with their endless debates have led Krypton to ruin! Jor El: And if your forces prevail? You’ll be the leader of nothing. Zod: Then join me help me save our race. We’re staring new we’ll sever the degenerative bloodlines that led us to this day. Jor El: Who will decide which blood line survives? You? Zod: Don’t question me, the last thing I want is for us to be enemies. Jor El: You have abandoned the principles that bound us together. You have taken the sword against your own people. I will honor the man you once were Zod. Not this monster you’ve become.

right: General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his troops are in battle armor in Krypton. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

right: General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his troops are in battle armor in Krypton. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Brace yourselves for action like never before in MAN OF STEEL. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Brace yourselves for action like never before in MAN OF STEEL. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

MAN OF STEEL differentiates it self from other Superman versions because of the deeper exploration of the storyline in the planet Krypton. Casting Russell Crowe affords the role of Jor El better fight and action sequences. Gladiator gets to kick ass on planet Krypton. Henry Cavill as Kal El / Superman doesn’t show up til half the movie. The action starts way before there even was a Superman and that’s ok.

GLADIATOR Russell Crowe is Jor El he also gets to kick ass in Krypton. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

GLADIATOR Russell Crowe is Jor El he also gets to kick ass in Krypton. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

from left: Clark (Henry Cavill), Director Zack Snyder and (Jonathan Kent) Kevin Costner on the set. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

from left: Clark (Henry Cavill), Director Zack Snyder and (Jonathan Kent) Kevin Costner on the set. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Having director Zack Snyder of 300 fame is a guarantee to all fans that there are fast paced and elaborate action sequences. And he certainly delivered. There will also be a much-awaited sequel to his huge 2006 hit- 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE.

from right:  Faora Ul (Antje Traue) suits up Lois Lane (Amy Adams) for a breathing apparatus inside their ship, which has Krypton’s air. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

from right: Faora Ul (Antje Traue) suits up Lois Lane (Amy Adams) for a breathing apparatus inside their ship, which has Krypton’s air. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Michael Shannon is perfect for the self righteous zealot General Zod having played Agent Nelson Van Alden in HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall

Michael Shannon is perfect for the self righteous zealot General Zod having played Agent Nelson Van Alden in HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall

The role of General Zod is also given a greater importance here. Michael Shannon from previous experience is tailor made for it. Shannon played Agent Nelson Van Alden in HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE. He was a religious cop who was into self-flagellation during the era of prohibition. Since most of the police force were in the pockets of the bootleggers, he was the only one not on the take. So when he suspected his partner as corrupt he had no qualms of killing him. Shannon is able to portray insanity in a moralistic self-righteous way for BOTH characters.

Michael Shannon is perfect for the self righteous zealot General Zod having played Agent Nelson Van Alden in HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall. The format of this pic is for facebook covers, just click and save as.

Michael Shannon is perfect for the self righteous zealot General Zod having played Agent Nelson Van Alden in HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall. The format of this pic is for facebook covers, just click and save as.

HENRY CAVILL is the new Superman for the millennium. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

HENRY CAVILL is the new Superman for the millennium. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

For the first time, a Brit is cast as Superman, Henry Cavill (pronounced as travel). His best-known role was of THE TUDORS series. One of Henry Cavill’s favorite films of all time was GLADIATOR. MAN OF STEEL gives him the chance to play his idol’s son. Russell Crowe is also an international actor, being Australian himself.

from left: Jor El (Russell Crowe) has an expanded role in Man of Steel (right) Kal El/Superman (Henry Cavill). Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

from left: Jor El (Russell Crowe) has an expanded role in Man of Steel (right) Kal El/Superman (Henry Cavill). Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

German actress Antye Taure plays Faora Ul. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

German actress Antye Taure plays Faora Ul. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Apart from them there cast also has other international actors, one of which is young German actress Antje Traue, (pronounced as Ahntye Trow-uh). She plays one of Zod’s officers, Faora Ul. Antje was also recently seen in another sci-fi action film PANDORUM with Dennis Quaid and UFC star Cung Le. Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer (pronounced as EYE-uh-let Zer-AIR) is Jor El’s wife Lara Lor-Van. Ayelet was in ANGELS & DEMONS with Tom Hanks but can also be seen in the hit TV series TOUCH as Rosemary Mathis.

Fight scenes are ultra fast because of Super speed and flight on both sides. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Fight scenes are ultra fast because of Super speed and flight on both sides. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

General Zod (Michael Shannon) is in armor even in Krypton. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

General Zod (Michael Shannon) is in armor even in Krypton. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Epic Battle between supermen

By the time Zod reaches earth to look for a grown up Kal El, the action here gets turned up a notch. MAN OF STEEL unlike previous versions is a lot darker and more apocalyptic. The fight scene between Faora Ul and Kal El is particularly violent. Whole blocks of buildings are damaged. The fight also goes so fast because of super speed and flight. The violence far exceeds that of SUPERMAN II with Christopher Reeve also battling other Kryptonians.

from left: General Swanwick (Harry Lennix), Major Carrie Farris (Christina Wren) and Dr. Emil Hamilton (Richard Schiff). Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

from left: General Swanwick (Harry Lennix), Major Carrie Farris (Christina Wren) and Dr. Emil Hamilton (Richard Schiff). Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

General Zod in battle armor (Michael Shannon). Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

General Zod in battle armor (Michael Shannon). Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Zod and his other soldiers land on earth complete with a special suit of armor. Understandably the atmosphere in Krypton is different and although the air on Earth is survivable still takes some getting used to. Kal El arrived as an infant and is already acclimatized to our air. He’s also had a lifetime to master the superpowers that being on earth gives Kryptonians.

General Zod (Michael Shannon) struggles with using heat vision and other new powers on Earth. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

General Zod (Michael Shannon) struggles with using heat vision and other new powers on Earth. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Laurence Fishburne is Daily Planet Editor Perry White and Amy Adams is tough investigative reporter Lois Lane. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Laurence Fishburne is Daily Planet Editor Perry White and Amy Adams is tough investigative reporter Lois Lane. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Faora Ul (Antje Traue) has breathing apparatus with suit / armor.  Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Faora Ul (Antje Traue) has breathing apparatus with suit / armor. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Faora Ul battled Kal El along with another figure in a suit but has a dark or covered faceplate. The look is reminiscent of an armor seen in IRON MAN 3.  Was the figure an android? Was the suit a response to the popularity of a MARVEL franchise film? We’re not exactly sure but it really made for an explosive fight scene.

Faora Ul (Antje Traue) in Kryptonian battle armor. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Faora Ul (Antje Traue) in Kryptonian battle armor. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Kal El (Henry Cavill) there are quite a few epic fight scenes versus OTHER Kryptonians. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Kal El (Henry Cavill) there are quite a few epic fight scenes versus OTHER Kryptonians. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s all action with no substance. Hardcore comic book fans will appreciate seeing planet Krypton’s, culture, science and motivations as a race is fully explored more than previous versions. Sci fi fans will be able to see how and advanced alien technology is visualized. For example interactive 3D technology is taken one-step further. Nano particles take the shape of what needs to be visualized as opposed to screens, like living sculptures.

Director Zack Snyder and Amy Adams who plays Lois Lane. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall

Director Zack Snyder and Amy Adams who plays Lois Lane. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall

Christopher Meloni plays Colonel Nathan Hardy. He’s more known for HBO’s TRUE BLOOD and Law & Order: SVU. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Christopher Meloni plays Colonel Nathan Hardy. He’s more known for HBO’s TRUE BLOOD and Law & Order: SVU. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

The film also explains why Zod is so obsessed with conquering earth and why Kal El is fighting for us. It helps us earthlings realize why we should take care of our planet; it’s the only one we’ve got.

Kal El (Henry Cavill) flies in Earth’s orbit, this film also has an environmental theme. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall

Kal El (Henry Cavill) flies in Earth’s orbit, this film also has an environmental theme. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall

Kal El (Henry Cavill) is buried in a sea of skulls. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Kal El (Henry Cavill) is buried in a sea of skulls. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Kal El (Henry Cavill) is taken in by the U.S. Government. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Kal El (Henry Cavill) is taken in by the U.S. Government. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Brace yourselves for action like never before in MAN OF STEEL. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

Brace yourselves for action like never before in MAN OF STEEL. Catch MAN OF STEEL in Newport Cinemas-Resort’s World Manila, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

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