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Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman [Hardcover]

Daniel Wallace
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18 Jun 2013
"The official companion for the new Man of Steel movie featuring Superman. Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman offers an intimate look at the reinvention of the world’s most iconic superhero through the eyes of acclaimed director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy). This unique companion book offers a rich selection of materials, from concept art and behind-the-scenes set photography to director commentary and interviews with key creatives, unlocking the secrets behind giving new life to an immortal hero.

Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Superman. Also appearing are three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (The Fighter) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do with It) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (Unfaithful) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves).

Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Ayelet Zurer, and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator). Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.

MAN OF STEEL and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics."

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (18 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781168172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781168172
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 24 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Wallace is a comic book expert, sci-fi sage, and lifelong geek. Author or co-author of more than a dozen books including The Art of Superman Returns, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, The Marvel Comics Encyclopedia, and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters, he has alternately found himself trading tense questions with Kevin Spacey about head-shaving and banging out three thousand trivia questions for Star Wars Trivial Pursuit.

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...this utterly engrossing picture-treat is such a superb slice of sheer imaginative indulgence no fan of film or funnybooks will want to miss out on such a marvellously magical experience. --Now Read This

"Some books are instant collectors' items, and Daniel Wallace's MAN OF STEEL is one such book... lavishly bound and illustrated, the perfect balance of text and picture, a beautiful book of concept art, one to be treasured. --Books Monthly

A sumptuous, visual treat of a book. --Starburst Magazine

About the Author

Daniel Wallace is a comic book expert, sci-fi sage, and lifelong geek, and author/co-author of books including The Jedi Path, The Art of Superman Returns, DC Comics Year by Year, The Marvel Encyclopedia, and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters. Other universes he has worked with include Smallville, Indiana Jones, and Supernatural.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not that good 23 Jun 2013
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 1:27 Mins
I wasn't very impressed by this Man of Steel art book. It's not bad but it's not that good either.

There aren't many character designs. Strangely, Zod's the only character with art featuring various designs. The rest of the characters, including Superman, are just shown with one or two illustrations or photos. The designs are the finalised ones. There's nothing on Superman's new suit besides the brief mention by director Zack Synder that underwear outside is no longer cool nowadays. The cover does have a nice embossed S with repeating patterns from the fabric of Superman's suit.

The concept art are generally nice but there aren't any mind blowing pieces in particular. There are some beautiful detailed pieces but also pretty rough ones. The overall tone is quite dark with a sense of grim throughout. There's a preference for the strong use of shadows, either to obscure detail or to suggest I'm not too sure, but I feel it's for the former because the detail I want to see usually fades into the shadow.

The art feels quite static. Environment art are meant to be static but I mean those scene paintings with characters. There are many pieces with characters just standing on location. Superman usually stands alone staring into space. Comics usually have their characters in dynamic poses. Not so here. And there aren't any storyboards. You won't get the idea that this is an action film from the art.

There aren't any set photography on the props and locations. Most of the photos included are film stills, mostly portraits, but they look great.

The commentary is quite insightful and focuses on the design and direction of the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something Missing. 23 Jun 2013
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I really enjoyed the movie so decided to buy this book. I do wish now though, that I had a chance to browse it first. Although it is beautifully packaged and bound, and has superb reproduction of the art and stills from the film, for me, it just doesn't have enough in it. The book has a lot of colour reproduction of the concept art, which are fantastic. However, many of these are two page spreads and I believe they could have reduced some of them in size so more sketches, prop designs and behind the scenes photo's could have been included. It feels that something is missing.

A good book, but not fantastic, unlike the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a big ol' book of movie art. 16 Aug 2013
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Just a big ol' book of movie art, nothing like the previous dark knight rises but then again superman has no gadgets to delve into. Definately one for fans to enjoy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing book 16 July 2013
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I have a large collection of books that are "art of " or film related and this has been one of the most disappointing one's that I have purchased for sometime. Maybe I was expecting to much, but given the directors track record with his openness to the film making process, the book gives almost nothing away. Sure their is plenty of concept art and a few set photos, but most of these have already been used to publicise the film and can be found in other places. My copy of the book also suffered from some of the pages being stuck together, due to the ink not being dry before the book was bound. Overall I would only recommend this book to the diehard fan who cannot live without anything to do with superman. For the rest of us mere mortals, wait for the blue ray release and hope that the film studio and director puts as much effort into the extras as they did with the watchmen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie tie-in for the Superfan! 19 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover
I received this book the day after it's release and for someone who is a self confessed Superman fan I must say I love it.
The hardcover is beautifully produced, with a textured pattern that mimics the suit that Henry Cavil wears in the film and a raised "S" shield. Combined with a minimalist title, you have a product that will look fantastic on any fan's bookcase.

The book itself is a behind the scenes look at the production of the recently released film and as such offers insights into the different facets of the production. Everything from examples of the kryptonian language, through to the design of the various costumes and profiles of the actors and their respective characters is covered.
Accompanied by high quality photos from behind the scenes, a wide selection of beautiful concept art, and commentaries by both Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder, fans get an exclusive look at not only the process of producing the film but an insight into the minds of those who made it possible.

Overall an interesting and well produced book to accompany the release of "Man Of Steel" and a wonderful edition to the collection of any Superfan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 16 April 2014
By jake c
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if you are like me and like knowing the how did they do that? and why?, this is the book for you, the photos and drawings are stunning too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic 11 Aug 2013
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75 years ago this superhero was born and he is still as new today as he was then ...the graphics are amazing and the story captivates the reader. Zach Snyder did an excellent job and he chose the perfect actor to play the part xXx
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