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."
Goodbye, My Son
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.
Keep This Side of Yourself a Secret
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"
You Are Not Alone
General Zod: "You are not alone. You are not alone. You are not alone. My name is General Zod. I have journeyed across an ocean of stars to reach you. For some time your world has sheltered one of my citizens. He will look like you but he is not one of you. To those of you who know of his location, the fate of your planets rests in your hands. I request that you return this individual to my custody. To Kal-El, I say this, 'Surrender within 24 hours of watch this world suffer the consequences.'"Kryptonian leader General Zod gives some fighting words to the people of earth in an attempt to find and retrieve Kal-El. He knows of Superman's powers and hopes that others who do too will come forward to save themselves by exposing him.
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.