The 25 Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2013

2. Man of Steel

Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni
Release Date: June 14

Can blockbuster champ Christopher Nolan do for Superman what he did for Batman with his Dark Knight trilogy? That's the central, pressing question surrounding Man of Steel, which Nolan both produced and shares story credit with screenwriter David S. Goyer (another Dark Knight veteran).

Looking to remove some of the DC Comics' character's campiness, the Man of Steel team (guided by 300 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder) have replaced the comic book playfulness of previous movies and gone full-on dark. One look at the moody, intense trailer proves two things: Henry Cavill already makes for a convincing Clark Kent (unlike, you know, Brandon Routh in the unsatisfying 2006 flick Superman Returns), and Christopher Nolan sure loves pairing superheroes with ominous soundtracks and man-on-the-edge themes.

Which worked out pretty well for him and Gotham City's caped crusader, didn't it?

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