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Man of Steel: The Official Movie Novelization Mass Market Paperback – June 18, 2013
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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
About 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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It adds scenes that aren't in the movie, and explains anything in the movie that was slightly confusing. I'm assuming that these added scenes will be included in the "Director's Cut".
Very well written. One reviewer mentioned playing the soundtrack while reading. I haven't done that yet, but it sounds like a richer experience.
Buy this book people. For seven bucks? It's a more visceral experience reading it in this book that watching the movie. It's that well written.
About the book, this is the second film adaptation by Greg Cox that I have read, the other being The Dark Knight Rises: The Official Novelization. I have enjoyed them both. While many reviewers say this book does not differ much from the movie, books can always provide some addition insight that movies cannot (such as what the characters are thinking at a particular moment).
I would say this is a good book to read if you are into superheroes at all, whether you have seen this movie or not. Now we all need is a serious take on the Superman vs Doomsday storyline.
Having now seen the movie, I found that the novelization followed it closely. It also gave additional information which I found helpful in understanding the motivation behind the character's actions and also added to the understanding of some of the technical aspects such as the World Engine. I think my enjoyment of the movie was enhanced by having read the book but I think the book could be enjoyed whether or not you've seen the movie previously.
As I usually do, I watched the movie first (last year), then read the book (this year), and when it hits Streaming on Amazon Prime or bargain price for DVD, I'll watch it again, then probably read the book again then watch the movie yet again.
I highly recommend this book.