Man of Steel: The Official Movie Novelization [NOOK Book]

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The official novelization of the new Man of Steel movie featuring Superman. The film, from director Zack Snyder, stars Henry Cavill (The Tudors) as Superman/Clark Kent, three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (The Fighter) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (What's Love Got to Do with It) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent's adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar®...
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Overview

The official novelization of the new Man of Steel movie featuring Superman. The film, from director Zack Snyder, stars Henry Cavill (The Tudors) as Superman/Clark Kent, three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (The Fighter) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (What's Love Got to Do with It) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent's adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (Unfaithful) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves).
 
Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), and Faora, Zod's evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman's native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman's mother, played by Ayelet Zurer, and Superman's father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).
 
Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.
 
Man of Steel is being produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, from a story by Goyer and Nolan, based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.
 
Currently in production, Man of Steel is slated for release on June 14, 2013 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
 
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“If you’re a Man of Steel fan, don’t miss this chance to relive the film in a different medium -you’re sure to enjoy it! And, if you’re one who feels that the Man of Steel film just barely missed the mark, then do yourself a favor and take a second look at this tale of Kal-El by reading Cox’s excellent take on Snyder’s film!” – Fanboy Comics 

“The narration in Man of Steel does an excellent job at fleshing out some aspects that didn’t actually come across during the movie.” – Renegade Cinema 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781166000
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 157,582
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Knight Rises novelization. He has also written successful novelizations and tie-ins for Star Trek, Countdown, Infinite Crisis and many more. Cox is a consulting editor for Tor Books and was nominated in 2008 for the Best Speculative Adapted Scribe Award for 52: The Novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Fun book to read

    The movie was great!!! This book is a perfect depiction of the movie. The action sequence dont get mundane as in some books. I was hoping there were 'deleted scenes' in this novelaztion but was saddly disapppointed. Overall a fun quick read for the weekend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Man of steel Man of steel

    This is an over all great book. The action scenes are great but do not over shadow the dramitic parts of plotline. Also the big surprise ending was not really suspected but still welcomed. I have not yet seen the movie but if it is anything at all like the book it should be great.
    P.S. This book's SNAP is almost as good as the dark knight rises.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    YaY

    Great superhero movie !!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Now what I expected.

    I know that Superman had to be 'updated,' but this adaptation really destroyed the essence of Superman. He's was pretty much an confused person traveling the world with no direction. I know the point of this movie was to make Superman more human, but it really just turned him into a wander. No life, no direction, no goal and no hope. That sounds much to human to be Superman. Superman is different, he always has been. It's a good book as a book itself, but not what I'd consider a good Superman book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Windynight

    Where is that

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Best movie of the summer

    Great movie and great novel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 14, 2013

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

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    In preparation for seeing the new Superman film, Man of Steel, I

    In preparation for seeing the new Superman film, Man of Steel, I decided to read the movie novelization. I like to read the novels to films on occasion in order to obtain a better grasp for what the various characters' thoughts and feelings are, as well as to learn the background details the film doesn't have time to mention. Often, key details are mentioned in the script and the back story from the producer, directors, writers, or even actors, yet these don't make it into the final product seen in theaters. They wind up mentioned still in the script, and therefore in the novel, which is usually completed and submitted to the publisher before the final cut of the film is finished.

    To review this, I will primarily deal with how well the author adapted the film to the written page. From the commercials and reviews, most people know that Man of Steel's villain is General Zod, the bad guy of Superman II, played then with delightful hamminess by Terence Stamp. Here, Zod is equally hammy, but in a different way. Whereas Stamp's Zod was hammy in an almost rhetorically “Shakespearean” way (KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!), the latest big screen iteration of the character, played by Michael Shannon, is hammy in a very Machiavellian “evil overlord” type of way. He reminds one of the cheesy military villains in films of years past.

    For the most part, the material for the film comes from the John Byrne reboot of the Superman mythos post-Crisis on Infinite Earth. Some folks have ripped the film for being too dark and gritty. But really it isn't. It seems to be darker and grittier, but if we look at the whole product, it still shows the idealistic Superman of the comics. In fact, in many ways, it is much closer to the comics than the Donner/Reeve films were, and not in the bad way that the Nolan-verse Batman films were. This film is not ashamed of being a “comic-book film”, as Nolan's films seemed to be.

    The book properly gave the sense of urgency that the film did, in which Supes had no choice but to try to stop the World Machines first, and couldn't save individual folks in Metropolis the way he could in Smallville. This part of the film was criticized, but in the scope of the film's plot, it couldn't be helped. Most of the deaths were caused by the terraforming that the ships were doing, and so Supes going off to stop the machines was the most logical course of action.

    The area that I thought the book failed on miserably was in it's failure to present two aspects of the character that Man of Steel accentuated, i.e., the Americanism and the religious overtones of the character. The wholesomeness and “American as apple pie-ness” of the character was not given as much emphasis here as in the movie. Also, the film plays up the religious overtones of the character of Superman. Historically, Big Blue has been portrayed as a Christ-symbol, and also to have similarities to Moses. The film makes these comparisons obvious in somewhat flagrant, but still very sweet and awesome ways. The novel didn't make these symbolic points as much, and that disappointed me.

    I would have given this book a perfect score, if not for how the above-mentioned symbolic themes were dropped or played down. The overall background information and the point of views of the characters answer many criticisms folks have of the film, and this makes the book well-worth reading.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Book

    LOVED IT IM REREADING IT HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2014

    The Man of steel by Greg Cox Is a great new version of the DC C


    The Man of steel by Greg Cox Is a great new version of the DC Comics series “Superman!” Greg Cox does a great job of integrating the original Superman story with his new story. His technique of using the original Superman story is great for Superman fans. The new version is actually better because he gives more explanation about Superman's beginnings. I think that superhero fans around the world will enjoy this new edition of the all time favorite superman!

    I easily give this book a solid four stars and might even push for four and a half. I would recommend this book for people of all ages who like Superheroes especially Superman. In the beginning the author gives a really great explanation of Superman's family and home planet. He even explains how the destruction of Jor-el's (Clark Kent/Superman) home planet unfolded. It a gives a great foreshadow to the far future events to come. Cox gives great detail about Clark Kent growing up on a farm in Kansas and transforming into the Superman everyone knows today!
    In the end like every good Superhero the Man Of Steel has to save the distressed from their perils. He saves lives and helps others in need, unknown to the endeavors that await him. To top all of that this time he has to face his own people. Superman has to live up to his father's high expectations and the hopes of everyone depending on him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Man ofSTEEL MAN of STEEL

    Best book Ever!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    This book is dope

    Superman is the greatest hero eva.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    MAN OF STEEL

    I NEED TO SEE TGE MOVIE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Excellent. Excellent.

    I was a little wary about this darker version of Supes, but it really works well.

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Man of Steel: The Offi­cial Movie Nov­el­iza­tion by Greg Cox is

    Man of Steel: The Offi­cial Movie Nov­el­iza­tion by Greg Cox is exactly what it claims to be, a novel of the sum­mer block­buster. Mr. Cox has writ­ten other nov­el­iza­tion, includ­ing sev­eral in the super­hero genre.

    On the doomed planet Kryp­ton a son is born to Jor-El and Lara-El, the boy, named Kal-El is the first Kryp­ton­ian nat­ural birth in cen­turies. Jor-El steals the genetic infor­ma­tion from which Krp­ton­ian babies are “made” of and sends it with his son shortly before the planet explodes. The only Kryp­to­ni­ans to sur­vive, besides Kal-El, are rene­gade sol­diers led by Gen­eral Zod who make it their mis­sion to find the infor­ma­tion Jor-El stole.

    Thirty-three years later, Clark Kent ( Kal-El) trav­els the world in search of his iden­tity, inten­si­fy­ing the myth of a sav­ing angel wher­ever he goes. In a truck stop he over­hears Cana­dian air­men talk about a UFO found in deep in the ice. Clark goes inves­ti­gat­ing, finds his roots but also sends out a mes­sage into space bring­ing the genet­i­cally engi­neered sol­diers to Earth.

    When I saw Man of Steel: The Offi­cial Movie Nov­el­iza­tion by Greg Cox on sale I imme­di­ately grabbed it. I thought the movie was great and wouldn’t mind a quick read of the novel. The oppor­tu­nity to read this book came on Thanks­giv­ing week­end, when I didn’t want to read any­thing heavy or pro­found (and I got the Man of Steel DVD for Chanukah).

    I thought the book was very good, a quick read and lots of fun. The book added onto the movie going into more details and into the char­ac­ter heads. For exam­ple, the story cov­ers more thor­oughly the genetic engi­neer­ing of Kryp­to­ni­ans which leads to the con­fronta­tion of Super­man with sol­diers who can feel no empa­thy or remorse.

    I used to read many movie nov­el­iza­tions, mainly since I love films as well as books, but as we all know nov­el­iza­tions are some­times bor­ing, some­times sim­ply bad and mostly never bring any­thing new to the reader. For me, the nov­el­iza­tion helped enhance the movie and some of the aspects which I was unclear about (mainly due to the explosions).

    Mr. Cox says that he wrote the book before see­ing the movie, read­ing how well he man­aged to cre­ate the fic­tional scenery and descrip­tions to match the movie is a tes­ta­ment to his skill as an author and observer.

    The novel fol­lows the movie very closely, is fast paced and easy to read. If you’re look­ing for a fun and enter­tain­ing book, not too seri­ous and enjoy­able pick up this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    The book was exactly like the movie

    I liked it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Awesome

    Hunger games sucks

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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