Book Review: Man Of Steel: Inside The Legendary World Of Superman



Book Description: In Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) have delivered a stunning new version of Superman that is both fresh and familiar.

Man Of Steel: Inside The Legendary World Of Superman explores the remarkable creative process behind the movie and showcases the exceptional concept art that shaped its unique visual style. From the stark alien vistas of Krypton to the down-to-earth warmth of Smallville, this book uncovers the intensive world-building process that makes Superman’s universe both thrilling and believable. Also featuring in-deph interviews with the cast and crew, and candid on-set photography, Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman is the ultimate insider’s look at one of the most electrifying movies in recent memory.

Review: When Titan asked me if I would be interested in doing a review of this particular book. I practically tore their arms out of their sockets.

If there is one thing I love in this world beyond a damn good story. Its a damn good book, which illustrates with pictures and interviews how films and television shows are made and this book does just that.

Written and put together by Daniel Wallace with a Forward by Christopher Nolan and Introduction by Zack Snyder. This is a definite must have for fans of the new movie, but if you are like me and were not a big fan of the movie. It offers a fascinating insight into why certain creative decisions were made.

Included in the book are some amazing pictures from the set of the movie as well as some awesome photographs of the production art.


The book also includes some fascinating interviews with cast members, but also looks at the physical training, which Henry Cavill and the other cast members had to go through in a section of the book that highlights the physical demands for the actors in the film.

The first chapter, which is titled ‘Modern Myth Making’ takes a closer look at the challenges the film makers faced in updating Superman for the modern audience and grounding the character in our every day reality as apposed to the comic book world that has seen many interpretations in both films and television.

Among my favorite pages of this book are the ones that talk about creating the visual style of Krypton, which when watching the movie kind of put me in mind of things like Dune and the desert planet on Star Wars, but we also get an explanation of the symbolism of Krypton in terms of what the different insignia’s mean, which are worn on the chest of the various characters that we meet during the first 18 minutes of the movie.

If your a movie fan then this book is one to have on your book shelves, but if you are a Superman fan and among those comic book fans that enjoyed this film. Then I’d have to say that this book is an absolute must have.

The book is out now and available at all good book stores as well as online retailers at the princely sum of £29.99


Written By: Ian Cullen

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Ian Cullen is the owner of A wannabe musician. Ian is a legend in his own mind and when not working on the website host the hugely successful SFP-NOW Podcast he can be found skulking around empty corridors. A longtime fan of genre television and movies Ian was also a producer on the Reality On Demand web-series and has even been published in the official Star Trek Magazine.


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