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MAN OF STEEL <span>(2013)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 143

Release dates 14/06/2013

BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence

Genre(s) Fantasy, Action

Director(s) Zack Snyder

Cast includes Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer

Summary Story of Superman's early life from his birth on his home planet of Krypton, his childhood on Earth, and his battle with super-powered villains.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 04/06/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

MAN OF STEEL is a new version of the Superman story, covering his origins on his home planet of Krypton, his childhood on Earth, and his battle with super-powered villains from Krypton. The film is rated 12 for moderate violence.

Early scenes in the film show the battles that took place on the planet Krypton between Superman's father and the principal villain, General Zod. These fights include some crunchy blows and some head butts. General Zod is seen with blood trickling down his face from a cut to his temple. A fatal stabbing also occurs but this is below frame. In the second half of the film, General Zod and his allies arrive on Earth to kill Superman. They all have the same superpowers as Superman and their battles are therefore evenly matched. Nonetheless, huge destruction and devastation are inflicted on the city of Metropolis as the battling protagonists throw and punch each, crashing into and through buildings. During the course of these prolonged battles there are a couple of crunchy neck breaks but no injury detail is shown.

The film also contains some mild bad language. This mostly occurs during flashback scenes in which the young Clark Kent is being teased by a school bully.

The scenes of Clark as a baby on his home planet show the baby lying naked in his spacecraft, but the nudity is entirely natural.

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.



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Warner Brothers Entertainment UK Ltd,Warner Home Video Ltd
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Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience

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