Examining "Rebirth's" Treatment of Legacy & Promise of a Less "Grimdark" DC Universe
Surprising absolutely no one, the Motion Picture Association of America has given director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel a PG-13 rating “for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language.” Superman Returns received the same rating in 2006.
Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question ‘Why am I here?’ Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman.
The Warner Bros. franchise reboot, which arrives June 14, also stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick and Christopher Meloni as Col. Hardy.