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Man of Steel Movie Quotes

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"Man of Steel" movie quotes tell the classic story of DC Comics superhero Superman in a new way in the action film produced by Christopher Nolan. Using a screenplay written by David S. Goyer based on a story he and Nolan created, "Man of Steel" was directed by Zack Snyder. The highly anticipated summer blockbuster opened in 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters on June 14, 2013.

In "Man of Steel," the early story of Superman (Henry Cavill) is told starting right from when he is born as Kal-El and sent to earth by parents Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer) in order to survive the destruction if their home planet of Krypton. Kal-El is adopted by Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent and raised as a normal human being named Clark Kent.

As a teen, Clark is forced to confront where he came from, who he is and what direction he wants to take with his life. He tasked with keeping his powers a secret out of fear that the people of earth would reject him out of fear versus using his powers for their greater good. This decision becomes even more complicated when General Zod, a leader on Krypton, and his forces invade earth, threatening the people in search of finding Kal-El/Superman/Clark Kent.

While most will be eager to see "Man of Steel," there are many other great films in theaters at the same time such as "This Is the End," "The Internship," "The Purge," "After Earth," "Fast and Furious 6," "The Hangover Part III," "The Great Gatsby," "The Big Wedding," "Oblivion," "Scary Movie 5," "Evil Dead," "Jurassic Park 3D," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "Olympus Has Fallen," "Admission," "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."

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    Goodbye, My Son

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    Jor-El: "Goodbye, my son. Our hopes and dreams travel with you."
    Lara Lor-Van: "He will be an outcast. They'll kill him."
    Jor-El: "How? He'll be a god to them."

    Just following the birth of Kal-El, his parents have to quickly give him up to be sent to earth. It's a bittersweet moment for both but father Jor-El has high hopes for his son and knows that Kal-El will be seen as a god among men in his new world.
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    Keep This Side of Yourself a Secret

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    Fellow Parent: "My son was in the bus! He saw what Clark did!"

    Jonathan Kent: "You have to keep this side of yourself a secret."
    Teenage Clark Kent: "What was I supposed to do? Let them die?"
    Jonathan Kent: "Maybe"

    A teenage Clark Kent was forced to make a tough decision when a school bus crashes and Clark makes the choice to save the children aboard while also possibly exposing his secret powers. Later in a discussion with his adoptive father, Jonathan, Clark learns that sometimes he must make the hard decisions to keep his secret safe.
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    Doesn't Mean I'm Your Enemy

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    Superman: "You're scared of me because you can't control me but that doesn't mean I'm your enemy."
    General Swanwick: "Then who is?"
    Superman: "That's what I'm worried about."

    Superman tries to reason with General Swanwick, a high ranking military official, by telling him to not fear him as an enemy simply because of his powers. Instead, Superman points their combined focus to their shared enemy.
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    Jor-El: "You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But you will help them. You will guard them. You will give them hope. In time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders. That's what this symbol means, hope."

    Jor-El, Kal-El's biological father, explains to his son that the task ahead is not an easy one but eventually Kal-El will serve as the source of hope for the people of earth, that the S on their chests is the symbol of hope.
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