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Zack Snyder, 2013

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Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Superman franchise attempts to correct the high camp theatrics of the Christopher Reeve era, but overcompensates wildly.

Yes, the effects are impressively realised, but a distinguished cast, led by Russell Crowe and Amy Adams, are prevented from developing their characters by the surfeit of bombast. Henry Cavill as the protagonist flexes some serious muscle, but we long to hear the odd wisecrack. It is all so terribly earnest and po-faced: there is more fun in a Ring cycle.

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