I can't begin to express how disappointed I am that Christopher Nolan, after the Batman series, took on yet another superhero, except this time as the producer, not director--Superman. Titled differently, with a different actor as usual, director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer have basically recreated the Superman story, except with a different storyline. It is clear that Nolan had much input in the production, and perhaps in the scriptwriting, because we can see that there's a strong resemblance in the directing and execution of the story's plot.
Not much different from Superman Returns, Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) begins to wonder about his life, his purpose, and where he acquired his powers. Naturally, the story leads into the romance with Louis Lane (Amy Adams). The following is basically all that you need to read, you don't even have to watch the movie:
Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone's imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question - Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as "Superman," not only to shine as the world's last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.
There is much more character development, certainly, than in Superman Returns, and a twist: Superman's race is coming to conquer or destroy Earth. Naturally, the existentialist conflict is presented here as the all powerful Superman is taken down towards the realm of the humans, to feel their pain and to relinquish that which jeopardizes humanity.
One of the most tremendous aspects that make this movie better than its predecessors were the ways that Zack Snyder extraordinarily (of course with Christopher Nolan to help, I'm sure), created a dynamic sequence between love and adoration towards Lois and the fervent feverish complexity of the character interaction, setting, staging, and filming. Superman movies are plentiful, but none have been able to capture the audience like these. People were actually looking for a Superman Returns sequel, but I don't think that they'll find it!
With a budget of 225 million, you can only imagine how good the photography, directing quality and the cinematic sequences are. I haven't been able to find a Christopher Nolan Interview about what his thoughts were about the Man of Steel. Please don't forget to watch the Man of Steel trailer and to visit the Man of Steel Official Site for more information about the cast and story.