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11 Best Superman Movies to Watch While Waiting For ‘Man of Steel 2’

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DCEU’s road to success has not been smooth, to say the least, and after the recent merger between Warner Brothers and Discovery, the superhero franchise’s future is in more danger than ever. With the recent cancellation of Batgirl, the fans of the franchise were hoping for some good news. Now, THR reports that a sequel to the 2013 Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel is in the works with the leading man Henry Cavill set to return as Superman.

Upon its release, Man of Steel divided both critics and fans alike. Much like in Snyder’s every film, the fans and critics were divided on if Man of Steel was a good Superman film or not. The film is very much a Snyder film and therefore it has a much darker tone than any of the previous Superman films. But since its release in 2013 the fans have come around to loving the film, and even stating that Cavill’s brilliant performance as Superman made the film worthwhile to watch and Hans Zimmer‘s excellent score, and epic action scenes also don’t hurt.

Finally, we saw, Henry Cavill return with all his glory as Superman in the post-credit scene of DC’s latest film Black Adam. Now, it looks like Cavill might finally return for a sequel to his first Superman film almost 11 years after. So, while you wait for the Man of Steel 2 here are the best Superman movies you can watch until then.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow

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Synopsis: Meet Clark Kent. Sent to Earth as an infant from the dying planet Krypton, he arrived with as many questions as the number of light-years he traveled. Now a young man, he makes his living in Metropolis as an intern at the Daily Planet – alongside reporter Lois Lane – while secretly wielding his alien powers of flight, super-strength and x-ray vision in the battle for good. Follow the fledgling hero as he engages in bloody battles with intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo and before fighting for his life with the alien Parasite. The world will learn about Superman…but first, Superman must save the world!

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

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Synopsis: Christopher Reeve not only dons the title hero’s cape for the fourth time in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, but he also helped develop the movie’s provocative theme: nuclear disarmament.

“For me, it’s the most personal of the entire series,” Reeve said. “It directly reflects what Superman should be, and should be doing.”

Superman does a lot this time around. To make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow). The two foes clash in an explosive extravaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty, plug a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna and rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Synopsis: From director Zack Snyder comes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing. Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Superman Returns

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Synopsis: While old enemy Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) plots to render him powerless, Superman (Brandon Routh) must face the heartbreaking realization that Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), has moved on with her life. Or has she? From the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space, Superman blazes an epic journey of redemption to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction. Director Bryan Singer takes the helm in this superpowered epic action-adventure that reunites Superman with a world that’s almost learned to live without him.

Superman

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Synopsis: Academy Award-winners Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman head an all-star cast in the fantastic, action-packed film that made Christopher Reeve an international star playing the greatest superhero of all time. From the doomed planet of Krypton, two parents launch a spaceship carrying their infant son to earth. Here he grows up to become Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet. But with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, he battles for truth and justice as Superman.

Superman II

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Synopsis: A trio of Krypton villains threaten havoc on Earth, while Superman and Lois Lane are just becoming involved in a long awaited love affair — an affair which may cost Superman his super powers.

Superman III

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Synopsis: After Superman: The Movie’s epic storytelling and Superman II’s awesome battles, how could the first two hits be topped?

In Superman III, meet Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), a half-witted computer programming natural. For him a keyboard is a weapon—and Superman faces the microelectronic menace of his life. Christopher Reeve reprises his most beloved role, deepening his character’s human side as Clark Kent reunites with old flame Lana Lang (Annette O’Toole) at a Smallville High class reunion. And when Superman becomes his own worst enemy after Kryptonite exposure, Reeve pulls off both roles with dazzling skill. Incredible visual effects abound—but above all it has heart, heroism and high-flying humor. All in superabundance.

Superman: Red Son

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Synopsis: When Krypton’s last son crash-lands in Cold War-era Russia instead of rural Kansas, an alternate reality unfolds in this DC Elseworlds adventure. Here, we find Superman spearheading a Communist campaign to advance the ideologies of the Soviet state. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, brilliant American scientist Lex Luthor devises a plan to rein in, and ultimately destroy, the alien Soviet threat. What follows is a gripping game of cat and mouse that will leave all of humanity hanging in the balance.

The Death of Superman

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Synopsis: Based on the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel comes an epic animated movie showcasing Superman’s greatest battle. An asteroid hurtles through our atmosphere and crashes into the ocean, with it arrives an unstoppable force fueled by uncontrollable rage known only as Doomsday! With innocent lives threatened and Metropolis under attack, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League rally to meet this otherworldly menace. But when the dust settles, only an epic showdown between Superman and Doomsday can decide the fate of Metropolis and ultimately, planet Earth!

Zack Snyder’s Justice League

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Synopsis: In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions. Presented in a 4:3 format to preserve the integrity of the director’s vision.

Man of Steel

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Synopsis: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. Featuring an all-star cast, Man of Steel offers up an entirely new Superman: alienated, misunderstood, but forever a beacon of hope.

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