Man of Steel: The Official Movie Novelization Mass Market Paperback – June 18, 2013
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“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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- ASIN : 1781165998
- Publisher : Titan Books; Media tie-in edition (June 18, 2013)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781781165997
- ISBN-13 : 978-1781165997
- Item Weight : 6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.85 x 6.95 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
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The story begins on Krypton, a planet that is about to be destroyed. Jor-El and Lara decide to save their baby son, and send him in a space ship to Earth. As this happens, the tyrannical General Zod attempts to usurp the government of Krypton - but is arrested and imprisoned in the Phanton Zone. On Earth, the baby is found and raised by a human couple ... This child - known as Clark Kent - grows to adulthood, and possesses various super-powers. Clark always seeks to do good, helping people in need, but he feels ostracised from the world - keeping his abilities a secret. He finally discovers an ancient Kryptonian ship, and is informed of his ancestry. He decides to become a super-hero - whom the world will know as Superman!
Meanwhile, General Zod has escaped his imprisonment - only to find his home world destroyed. He and his fellow Phantom Zone escapees are lost in space ... until they receive a signal from the ancient Kryptonian ship activated by Superman. And so Zod heads off to Earth. Upon arriving there, he seeks to destroy Superman and re-make the Earth into a new Krypton. This results in an epic battle - with much of the city of Metropolis being destroyed. Fortunately, Superman is victorious.
This story interestingly combines an origin tale of Superman with a grand adventure involving the Man of Steel taking on the Phantom Zone criminals. It offers a serious narrative - and is not intended to be funny or light. This book suitably conveys the inner struggles Superman is experiencing, as he seeks to intervene in human affairs and do good - without actually interfering.
If you enjoyed the film, and you like reading tie-in novels, then I thoroughly recommend this book.
You get important characterisation on key scenes, actually improving on the movie in some spots.
The novel also helped clear up/ retcon a few of the things I initially disliked about the movie.
The novel does however suffer from some lacking language skills, that could have easily been corrected by an spell-checker. General errors of note include double usage of wording, article missing, article unnecessary and a few cases of words missing a single letter. This however, does not subtract from the story, if only from the novel's otherwise substantial pull.
Well worth reading for any fan of the movie, as well as for the doubting soul.
All will be explained!
Superman is probably the most underrated and misunderstood person, imagination ever understood.
Precisely because Superman is the most human superhero in the universe, he is at the same time also that humanity does not understand.
Man Of Steel was first shown Superman's soul to the world, and this book was a great help. Love how it gives a much greater perspective and explain many gaps film, left and greater depth for the Superman and Lois's love and føelser and growing confidence accepted at once.
Superman is without doubt the strongest but also the most vulnerable superhero world has ever gotten.
He has been called everything from; Last son of Krypton, the man and steel.
But his past - most unknown name - is perhaps the proposed title that holds his inner strength and hope for a bedere future.
He is the man of tomorrow.
If you enjoyed the movie but were left confused by some plot threads, character actions and other confusing things then get this book because it will in some ways help explain away those problems.
If you love Greg Cox or reading Movie Novelizations in general then get this book. It was a fun read and also interesting to help understand the world of that Zack Snyder and David Goyer have created in the movie universe.