Superman, Grounded

To save the Man of Steel, a new movie brings him down to earth

Courtesy Warner Bros.

Henry Cavill (center) as Superman and Christopher Meloni (far right) as Colonel Hardy in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action adventure Man of Steel, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

About a year and a half ago I spent a chilly, rainy winter afternoon on an oil rig in the middle of a parking lot in Vancouver. There wasn't any actual oil there: the rig had been built from scratch for a scene in Man of Steel (in theaters June 14), the new Superman movie directed by Zack Snyder, who also made 300 and Watchmen (and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, a very watchable movie for kids). The scene Snyder was filming called for the oil rig to be on fire, so it had been fitted with hundreds...

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