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Jun 27, 2013

MAN OF STEEL (2013): 30 Plots Holes, Errors, Logic Gaps in the Film

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Man of Steel Plot Holes, Errors, Logic Gaps. Like most superhero film and comic book movies, Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel (2013) is not perfect. In fact, the cinematic return film was littered with more holes than Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, a deplorable achievement, but one with which this Superman film has been crowned. I am all for taking leaps of faith (John Dahl‘s Joy Ride) and for certain things not being shown on-screen (Robert Harmon‘s The Hitcher), but with Man of Steel, the gaps in logic began hurting the film. I noted many of the plot holes in our over 2300 word Man of Steel (2013) Film Review, but noting all the errors would have been detrimental to the flow of the review. Those story holes plus all those previously un-noted are below.

Man of Steel’s 27 Plots Holes, Errors, Logic Gaps:

1.) The biggest plot hole in the entire film happened within the brilliance of its beginning: no Kryptonians left Krypton before it exploded (besides the prisoners and Kal-El). Why? David S. Goyer already established that Kryptonians were capable of space flight, had colonized other worlds, and had set up outposts in the past. Jor-El said they couldn’t leave (that it was too late) but never why they couldn’t leave and why it was too late. It certainly was not too late to hold a trial and sentence criminals to prison.

2.) If the Jor-El A.I. was uploading into the Kryptonians’ ship during Lois Lane’s escape, after the upload was complete, why didn’t it take over the ship? If it could control the doors while uploading, it stands to reason that when the upload was complete, it could override and control more crucial systems.

3.) What happened when the Jor-El A.I upload into Zod’s Kryptonian ship was complete?

4.) Why didn’t the Jor-El A.I. stop the World Engine from being launched?

5.) Why didn’t the Jor-El A.I. shut down the ship or crash it into Earth?

6.) If the Jor-El A.I. could close doors then it could open them as well. Why didn’t it open an outer space door and blow the Kryptonians out into space?

7.) Speaking of doors, why did the doors stop the Kryptonians abroad their ship in the first place? They are all as powerful as Superman? One punch or kick would have gotten them through those doors instantly.

8.) How did the Kryptonians learn to speak English so quickly and why don’t they speak their own language when they are not in the presence of human beings?

9.) Why don’t the Kryptonians speak English with an accent? When foreign speakers learn a new language (especially quickly), they inherently speak with an accent from the region of the world they are from. Example: most people born in Mexico that speak English speak it with a Spanish accent. When don’t the Kryptonians speak English with a Kryptonian accent?

10.) On the subject of powers, how did all the Kryptonians (besides Ka-El)  know how to use their powers so expertly and so fast?

11.) Who taught the Zod’s Kyprtonians how to use their powers? Who was their teacher?

12.) How did Zod’s Kyprtonians know that they had enhanced jumping capabilities and strength in the first place?

13.) Martha Kent (Diane Lane) said that when Clark was a baby, he struggled to breathe. When General Zod was first without his helmet on Earth, he had absolutely no trouble breathing Earth air for the first time even though he had trouble with all of his other senses. Why?

14.) The same thing happened when Faora-Ul was knocked unconscious with no helmet on Earth yet was seen breathing normally. How? She was breathing in alien air into a system unaccustomed to it. Just because she was unconscious does not mean she could suddenly breathe Earth air normally or easily.

15.) Why do the humans give Clark Kent a nickname (Superman) when from the moment he became known to humanity, he was called Kal-El? Why shoe-horn that name into the film? No one called Catwoman Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. Since Kal-El is not a human being or a man (in Earth’s definition of the word), how does the moniker Superman apply to him? Won’t SuperAlien, Kryptonian, Alien Boy, Illegal Alien, or Fugee be more appropriate in the context of this film? For all humanity knows, female Kryptonians look like human men and vice versa or Kryptonians could all be hermaphrodites. No human scientists has studied Kryptonian physiology yet.

16.) Did Clark Kent go to college? Clark and Jonathan had an argument about Clark becoming a farmer but that was all the audience heard about Clark’s future plans. If he did not go to college, how did he get a job at the Daily Planet? A mere high school graduate could not get a job at such a prestigious newspaper, especially a reporting position.

17.) Why Does Kal-El tell the authorities that he is 33 years old and that he was was raised in Kansas? Those two pieces of information will make it extremely easy for the authorities to track down Clark Kent, his home, and Martha Kent. With those two pieces of information, the authorities can simply use the process of elimination for Kansas residents going back 33 years.

18.) Clark Kent, in full Superman regalia, appears on the porch of Martha Kent’s home when a cop car pulls up and Lois Lane emerges. The cop sees him. That cop will later see (if he hadn’t already) news footage of Superman, will put two and two together and call the FBI.

19.) How did Jonathan Kent hide such a large space craft beneath his barn?

20.) How did Jonathan Kent move such a large and heavy space craft without anyone noticing it?

21.) Why didn’t Earth detect Kal-El’s space craft when it was crash landing? They detected the other Kyrptonian craft beneath the ice after thousands of years there. It stands to reason they could detect one not covered in ice much quicker. They certainly detected Zod’s ship in Earth’s orbit.

22.) Without any explanation, the film jumps from Clark being a nomad on the road to him being a worker at a icy military dig.

23.) Why were there no military sentries on duty at the ice dig site to protect the dig’s integrity and security? The military just trusted that Lois Lane would not go snooping around or that no one curious would try to break into the site or out with something they shouldn’t have?

24.) How did Lois Lane get so high up on the ice wall without climbing equipment and ice spikes?

25.) Why couldn’t Clark hear Lois Lane following him into the ice with his super hearing?

26.) If Clark didn’t go to college and only has a high school education, how did he forge creditable documents to get into a highly classified military dig, documents that could pass the military’s screening? Clark Kent is not a NOC and he isn’t CIA. A fake driver’s license would not have gotten him into a dig of that magnitude.

27.) Why did this particular ice dig capture Kal-El’s interest when there are thousands of digs going on around the world?

28.) There were numerous Kryptonians on Zod’s ship yet Zod stationed none of them as sentry to the World Engine, the only World Engine he had. Why?

29.) The World Engine, from what was shown in the film, could create a Kyrptonian-friendly environment out of any environment, so why not use it on an uninhabited planet like Mars? Why did General Zod want to kill to get what you needed when he did not have to, when it was free on other neighboring worlds?

30.) After the World Engine decision was made, Zod’s biggest contradiction occurred: He said earlier to Kal-El that he had been trained to adapt but later Zod said to the Jor-El A.I. hologram that he did not want to adapt to Earth’s environment (because of the time it would take). If Zod was trained to and and could so easily adapt (which he did), why use the World Engine? Again, why use it on Earth? Why not train the new born Krypotonians the techniques of speedy adaptation? Wouldn’t that training  have helped them in a multitude of situations, as it was helping him on Earth?

We previously published these Man of Steel articles:

Man of Steel (2013) Movie Trailer: San Diego Comic-Con Video Footage

Man of Steel (2013) Teaser Trailers

Man of Steel (2013) Movie Poster

Man of Steel (2013) Movie Trailer

Man of Steel (2013) TV spot 1, 7 Entertainment Weekly Photos, Article Scans

Man of Steel (2013) Movie Trailer 2, Movie Pictures

Man of Steel (2013) TV Spot 7: Superman Uses Eye Lasers

Man of Steel (2013) Movie Featurettes: Speed, Strength, Flight, BTS

Man of Steel (2013) TV Spots 9-11: The Military is Scared on Superman

Man of Steel (2013) Movie Trailer 4, Early Film Reviews, 8 Movie Photographs

Man of Steel (2013) 5 Movie Clips

Man of Steel (2013) TV Spots 16-19

Man of Steel (2013) Film Review

Man of Steel‘s plot synopsis: “Clark Kent is a journalist in his twenties who was adopted as a child by Martha and Jonathan Kent after he was transported to Earth from the dying planet Krypton. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super abilities and struggles to find his place in life. When the world is attacked, he becomes the hero Superman to protect its people.”

Man of Steel stars Antje Traue, Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne, Jadin Gould, Ayelet Zurer, Tahmoh Penikett, Michael Kelly, Dylan Sprayberry, and David Paetkau.

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  • Shashank Duggi

    The humans never gave the name Superman to him, Lois gave a try but she was interrupted, but it was the military who starts calling him Superman, coz they trust him after the smallville battle.

  • Rollo Tomasi

    Lois Lane is human. The military is comprised of human beings. What did I miss?

  • Shashank Duggi

    Sorry, I meant the general population, and the reason is quite clear why they call him Superman.

  • Andrew

    1. This confused me until Jor-El stated that he could not leave because it was not his ‘job’ to leave. Everyone born or synthetically born on Krypton had been raised with a single purpose and had to live according to that purpose, without the luxury of free will, as is later revealed as Zod’s motivation, however negatively skewed it did become, his sole purpose was to protect Krypton and that’s how he thought (at least) he could do it best. I’d assume they all had their purpose and leaving their home planet was not within their realm of choices. However, Jor-El purposed with being a scientist, naturally sought the truth and true conservation of his people which allowed him to do what he needed to do with Kal-El.

    2. This is one of those things like, yeah.. He could’ve done that.. But then where would the suspense have gone? Where would the challenge be? Then again, there’s also no reason why he would’ve been capable of that, maybe being uploaded into a ship already controlled by someone else only granted him limited control over it. Maybe it was his intention to have it happen the way it did, as it was crucial to Kal-El’s development into Superman. Made obvious by the fact that he waited until Lois’ ship was almost destroyed and then let Kal-El know about it, so he could save her.

    3. I’ve only seen the movie once and was just focusing on enjoying it and not reviewing it, so you’ll have to bear with my memory concerning the finer details but I’d say this would again relate to Jor-El’s consciousness not having entire control of the system. Like maybe he’s similar to a computer virus, but not one that takes over your mouse and controls everything, just manipulates certain aspects of the system and maybe it’s limited to where the manifestation of his consciousness is?

    4. Refer to 3.

    5. Refer to 3.

    6. I’d say he would have preferred to not have to kill his Kryptonian people, if he didn’t have to? As terrible as they were. Or maybe it was just that there weren’t any convenient exits to whoosh them out through! Haha, who knows, I don’t think this is a giant ‘hole’, as much as a speck of dirt you’ve mistaken as a hole after inspecting it too deeply. Besides, why would he require Kal-El to smash a panel of the ship off to see Lois’ escape pod if these hypothetical external ship doors were so frequent and common?

    7. I believe the explanation for the Kryptonians not having their powers aboard the ship was that the ship had been isolated from the benefits of the yellow sun’s radiation in order to make it habitable by them and also as the reason why Kal-El was weakened. As for why they weren’t immediately stronger when Kal-El WAS made to be stronger again, a couple possibilities. There suits also maintained their home planet’s atmospheric conditions, or at least restricted them from the yellow sun’s goodness, whilst not being directly exposed to it, whilst Kal-El’s cells had stored some of the radioactive energy but were just being restricted from use whilst aboard the ship. Or maybe all of the Kryptonians just hadn’t fully learned of their capabilities yet.

    8. Because having this as a barrier would be pedantic to say the least. That’s like asking why every Hollywood movie set in Nazi Germany doesn’t have the native tongue with subtitles instead of shoddy accents or sometimes even a complete lack of accents as well. What would a Kryptonian accent even sound like? Invariably it would come off as a poor combination of Earth’s accents or sound cheesy nonetheless. As for how they actually knew the language, their people was supposed to have all of the universe’s knowledge, a highly developed and intellectual people. They could have done their research and it mightn’t take them as long as humans to learn a language. One of our own best humans became fluent in arguably our most difficult language in one week, without prior knowledge. Is it ridiculous that a highly advanced alien people can’t smash that with their average soldiers? A very human-centric and naive view to take!

    9. Whoops, answered this one in 8 as well.

    10. This was explained much better than it was in the original Superman movies when Zod came down to Earth. Back then it was just kind of like…. “What? We seem to have powers?? Sick, let’s murder” and they’re amazing at their heat vision etc. At least some form of struggle was shown, but it was clearly stated that Zod (much like the other Kryptonian soldiers) were bred with the sole purpose of being soldiers and hence had trained their whole lives to master their own bodies. So whilst their bodies did change significantly in their capabilities, they already know how to master their own abilities, something Kal had to learn from scratch without any formal training of any sort.

    11. Similarly to 10, they’re trained warriors, it would be much easier for them to master than a farm boy.

    12. Jor-El was aware of what the Earth’s sun would do for the Kryptonian bodies to some degree, so it’s not a stretch that Zod became aware of this as well and told the other Kryptonians. If not then why would they not discover this strength the first time they took a step or tried anything with their new strength? Obviously you’d find out very quickly.

    13. When Zod’s helmet was broken I assumed his painful screams included struggling to breathe… At least that’s what it looked like to me, because I remember instantly thinking how I’d hate to suffocate to death. As well as the fact that Kal-El was a baby when he adjusted to Earth’s atmosphere, but he went through a similar thing to Zod on Earth when he was adjusting to the Kryptonian atmosphere on the ship; just a short burst of suffocating pain and a bit of blood.

    14. Don’t remember what happened with this part, so not sure!

    15. He resembled an Earth man and at least some humans had seen Faora who clearly resembled an Earth female. Plus he was referred to as an “he”/”him” by Zod in his broadcast, I’m pretty sure, clarifying his gender quite obviously. This justifies the “-man” appendage to his name. Much like Lois, I’m sure the people of Earth related his El family crest to the letter ‘S’ and thereby came up with a name a bit more heroic to suit his costume and persona. Also, they only noted that he had begun to be called Superman as he was being accepted as an ally, rather than a foe, which makes it an act of acceptance as a protector of Earth’s people – one of them, just as people friendly with eachother often give them nicknames relevant to identifying features or qualities about them, it suggests familiarity. Much more preferable and accepting rather than using an alien name they have no understanding of and associated with fear.

    16. We don’t know that he didn’t go to college – the man was 33 years old! His father’s grave stone read 1997 if my memory serves me correctly, which I’d assume is when the goal of being a farmer was less forced upon him and when he would have done a bit more exploration and self-discovery, not necessarily solely as a fisherman or ice digger guy. It very well could have included college, but even if it didn’t Lois could have had something to do with him getting a job at the Daily Planet and being able to work up some fake documents. If she’s anything like classic Lois Lane she has a lot of connections as a result of dealing with all of the people she has met through out her illustrious career.

    17. Yeah, this was vague. I’m not sure how his papers and adoption were faked in this version of events – or even if it was, but there wasn’t enough information provided to say definitively whether it would’ve been enough information for them to go off using public records or not. But, give it a break! The period between Clark starting high school and becoming a reporter in Metropolis as a fully-fledged super hero was spread over 10 seasons in Smallville, which was an amazing show, taking some artistic liberties themselves with backstory but you can’t expect one movie to cover years worth of comic book details from all of these different universes, even remotely as finely as a 10 season tv show did, especially when they missed out on some key points. I’d say this movie is the culmination of not picking the best parts to stay in but rather culling out the absolutely non-essential pieces of story until you have a workable and acceptable time length for a movie. I think they did very well with what they had and thoroughly enjoyed the movie even if I did have to look past some of the details. It’s scratched an itch I’ve had for quite some time and was captivating to view.

    18. Maybe some people are better than we give them credit? More people know the identity of Superman than is obvious but they choose to keep that a secret for the greater good, just as those in Smallville who would put two and two together after all they saw young Clark do (the Ross and Lang families for instance). Fundamental attribution error at work?

    19. Maybe he built the barn on top of where the ship was? Is there undeniable proof it was there before?

    20. Farming equipment etc, I don’t recall it specifying where it crashed? Could’ve been directly in his backyard and not been too great a distance for him to move it with towing equipment etc.

    21. It doesn’t stand to reason at all? Clark’s ship landed 30-odd years before every other event you described. Different levels of technology were available and it was after all, a pre-911 world where I’m sure the skies weren’t watched AS much. It was a significantly smaller ship than the Genesis (I think that’s what the Fortress of Solitude replacement was referred to as??) and they were probably just doing general scans/observations when they happened across the Genesis, whereas a far smaller sized pod on a Kansas farm would be much less likely to be routinely searched or even as a once off. Zod’s ship was just sitting there.. Hovering… Clark’s could have easily passed as something else, like a meteor or something, if it was even noticed.

    22. I think it’s suggesting that many months is passing between these events and he’s simply moving from place to place after he does something that could be seen as suspicious or people believe he has died in the act of saving someone. Maybe he met someone on one job between those two who was like, I’ve got some work over here I’ll put in a good word for you, you’re strong and reliable! And he just went where the wind took him. He wasn’t working as a military work, even though it was at such a site, so I’d assume most of the work was done by contractors and every single worker wasn’t individually vetted as they probably just came and went?

    23. Lois is supposed to be cunning and sly, growing up as an army brat with a general for a father, I’d assume she had enough knowledge about military patterns etc, that she would be able to outsmart and slip past them just as she does so many times in the comics and any other incarnation of her character. This isn’t that weird, even if Amy Adams does project a softer, less wiley Lois, I’d still think the skills were there.

    24. She’s got teh skillz. I just assumed there was a not very difficult path leading there, or she’s a pro climber, probably doesn’t matter which!

    25. Yeah I don’t know why his super hearing is sometimes selective… But I’d say it’s another one of those ‘that’d make the whole situation suspenseless and too easy’ kinds of things.

    26. Again, maybe he did go to college, since it can’t be proven that he didn’t and maybe he made friends (a Chloe Sullivan-esque type character) who could sort out those kinds of things for him. Or as I said in 22, it could’ve just been on the fly contacts making things work for him because he’s a trustable and hardworking guy.

    27. It could’ve been accidental, just one of the places he happened upon or he heard word of something that seemed to defy or at least resist simple explanation and suspected it might not actually be a Russian submarine? He is supposed to possess an innate Kryptonian intuition which makes him a master detective, so it’s not unreasonable he could surmise its suspicious nature.

    28. As can be seen from what Superman experienced when approaching the World Engine, it was not a fun time for anyone from Krypton… Or anyone at all for that matter. The fact alone that getting close was so hard seems like it would’ve been a waste of resources to position a number of guards there with what already limited numbers you have at your disposal… PLUS the thing had some pretty decent defense mechanisms of its own, I think it’s obvious he and everyone else (understandably) underestimated Superman.

    29. Earth was noted as being a particularly rich planet for one, so I know it would’ve been levelled and turned to ash essentially, but I’d think some resources would remain usable otherwise it would be pointless? Plus, he did vow to kill Kal-El right at the start of the movie… I think he wanted to make him suffer by showing him he too could lose everything right from under him. He was making a point not simply looking to settle somewhere new.. He was specifically in search for Kal-El and the planet he landed on and not solely for the codex (or whatever that odd addition to the story was called). Another possibility is that the world needed a certain amount of ‘core energy’ or whatever they called it… Whatever the thing was that Krypton ran out of that made it implode! Maybe that was one of the things Earth is rich in.

    30. The burden of taking the time to adapt to Earth was not in reference to its atmosphere when Zod was talking to Jor-El, but rather to fitting in with the people and co-existing with humans. I thought this was obvious? Rather than trying to blend in and cohabitate in a peaceful world, he preferred to just start afresh with a planet he had total control over, containing only his native people.

    And that concludes my alternative/possible explanations for all of the issues you offered. Hopefully that provides at least a little bit of clarity, keeping in mind I have seen it only once and was just enjoying the movie so not consciously trying to commit every detail to memory! But yeah, I think the movie was really good, not saying it was amazingly, out of this world, best thing ever, but I think some people are being too harsh, simply because it’s Superman. Admittedly, III, IV and Returns don’t help the case but I think this one was a massive, building-leap in the right direction.

    Side note: This has provided me with a very useful way to spend my time, considering my last exam for the semester is a mere 10 hours away! Dammit… Why is procrastination my super power?!

  • Rollo Tomasi

    Why didn’t they nitpick the script before shooting then re-shoot when the holes became obvious? Didn’t they want to present the best, tightest story possible to the public? Didn’t they care about the quality of their product?

  • kingofmadcows

    The Kryptonians could have been exposed to yellow sun radiation during the 33 years they traveled around the galaxy and learned to use their powers before they got to earth.

    Anyway, Kryptonian society seems to be really stupid and wasteful. Just look at how they imprisoned Zod. First they put him in some kind of stasis, then they loaded him up onto a giant ship, then they sent that ship into the Phantom Zone. They probably could have used that ship to evacuate thousands of people but they wasted it to punish Zod and a dozen of his soldiers.

    Plus both Zod and Superman were kind of dumb. Zod says that he would do anything to protect Krypton but he clearly doesn’t care about putting the terraformer, his ship, and the genesis chamber at risk for no particular reason by trying to terraform a planet where he would meet resistance instead of finding an uninhabited world that he can terraform in peace. Even if it was necessary to terraform earth, it was stupid of Zod not to kill Superman first. He knew that Superman had the power to screw up his plans and yet, he ignored Superman for no particular reason. Zod must have been a really crappy general.

    As for Superman, he didn’t even try to reason with Zod. He could have told Zod that he would destroy the Codex unless Zod went to another planet. After terraformer, Zod’s ship, and the scout ship were destroyed, and Zod lost all hope, Superman could have reminded Zod that there are still thousands of Kryptonian colonies out among the stars and that the Codex still exists within him. Superman could have tried to tell Zod that if they worked with the humans then one day, it may still be possible to restore Krypton. Instead, Superman just stared at Zod like an idiot, called him a monster, and they started punching each other.

  • Shashank Duggi

    First, that was one stupid point.
    What’s wrong with calling him superman? The army saw this guy fighting and how powerful he is, Superman even saved a few including hardy, who even confirmed to his men that Sups is not the enemy.

  • Shashank Duggi

    The Council has no idea that Krypton is going to blow up, they didn’t believe in Jor El, ignorant old farts. Nobody knows about Krypton’s doom except Jor El and General Zod.

  • kingofmadcows

    Except we have no idea if the Council would have believed Jor-El since he was just telling the Council that Krypton was going to explode before Zod started his coup.

    Also, Jor-El says that everyone on Krypton was doomed when he could have suggested that they use the prison ship to save as many of them as they could.

  • Shashank Duggi

    Nope, it was never Jor El’s plan to save the people from the planet, as he believed that every kryptonian on the planet was destined with its fate. Which Jor El explains to the grown up Kal, when he’s asked why he couldn’t accompany with the baby Kal.
    His plan, was to ditch the artificial birth system, and start anew with the natural birth process, expand on another planet like their ancestors did. Yeah that’s kind of a douche move, but it is the way it is in the movie.

  • kingofmadcows

    That’s just downright evil. He’s willing to let all the Kryptonians, even the children and the infants, die simply because they’re genetically engineered.

    Not to mention the fact that his plan doesn’t even make any sense. If the Codex contains the genetic code of all the Kryptonians and Kryptonians are genetically engineered then any child that is born from the Codex will also be genetically engineered. In fact, genetic engineering technology has to be used in order to bring Kryptonians back using the Codex. So what makes Jor-El think that the new Kryptonians wouldn’t continue that tradition?

  • Mosesvii

    What a rubbish list…. I didn’t bother reading the whole thing. I can answer many of the so called plot holes!

  • greg

    I like part where the father took the kryptonian artifact to a scientist who told him it wasn’t even on the periodic table. Then, you know, probably just dropped it. No science here.

  • Rollo Tomasi

    Do it. Answer them.

  • anonymous

    Superman loses his powers aboard the space ship, because of being out of the earths atmosphere.
    Yet while constantly breating the Kryptonian atmosphere trough masks, the other Kryptonians DO get superpowers on earth while wrecking havoc. Shouldnt they remain ‘mere mortals’ because they dont come into direct contact with the earths atmosphere?
    After all, when Zod’s mask gets damaged, he is overwhelmed by his powers appearing…

    Also… superman is seen surviving in space and underwater where there is no air, as shown in the movie. Why is the change in atmosphere on the Kryptonian ship even a remote issue to him?

  • thatonguy

    7.) The Kryptonian environment and the fact that it was stated in the movie that the sun’s radiation gave him the super strength.

    10.) Most of the Kryptonians on the ship were bred from birth to be soldiers. Their strength is genetics combined with the low gravity on Earth.

    11.) They were soldiers who have honed their body and skills since their birth.

    12.) Low gravity. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to feel the low gravity effects.

    16.) He probably faked his credentials like all the other documents he faked while traveling.

    22.) He heard people talking about the dig and got curious.

    23.) They were in an isolated frozen wasteland. What human in the right mind would even try to infiltrate a camp like that.

    24.) She didn’t climb, looking to the left of the screen, you can see a ledge that she had been walking on.

    25.) He has been limiting his powers and “focusing on one thing” since he was little.

    26.) Security probably isn’t that tight if they let a reporter in.

  • Anonymous

    What a terribly written article.

    1. In the movie, plenty of Kryptonians left their world they just all died at the outposts, Superman survived because he was sent to Earth, and the only reason Zod found him was because he triggered the beacon. So it appears that finding a suitable planet was nearly impossible.
    2.-6. What makes you think Jar-El is that powerful? He is basically just a last minute computer program being installed on a supercomputer spaceship.
    7. They are not as powerful as superman when they are in there own natural habitat which the ship was mimicking.
    8.-9.Are you joking? you’re right the directors should have got actual aliens to play the parts because of the accents. Anyways, Kryptonians are way more advanced and way more intelligent so they could easily have learned it. I don’t want to hear a movie in gibberish I want one in English.
    10. Its in their blood, Zod himself explained how he was trained to be a warrior from birth. They were quick learners and more grown up.
    11. they taught themselves… not too hard when
    12. I imagine its pretty obvious they could feel the effects of radiation from a yellow sun as soon as their ship came to Earth.
    13. One is a baby, the other is a grown man. Clearly different circumstances.
    14. She wasn’t a baby, she could adapt a lot quicker than Superman as an infant.
    15.Did you even watch the movie? Lois dubs him Superman from the S on his suit.
    16. Who cares? This isn’t a plot hole, maybe he was a free lance writer, maybe he had been practicing journalism his whole life.
    17. He doesn’t care if they know? He isn’t the enemy, Zod is, it just takes them a while to figure that out.
    18. Maybe he did, but that takes time. Superman didn’t stay long.
    19. He put it in his truck, brought it to his barn, covered it, and never showed anyone.
    20. He did it quickly before anyone came to the scene. Smallville is in the middle of nowhere so its not like the police would be there in a half a minute.
    21. Supermans ship was a lot smaller, it probably didn’t send out radio signals like the other ships.
    22. The movie was long enough as it is. They don’t need to explain every detail, just imagine it taking place over a larger time period.
    23. maybe they did, or maybe they didn’t have a reason to. Did they even know what they were going to find?, they didn’t expect anyone to go snooping around in the freezing weather at night.
    24. She followed the path that Superman took. He cleared a path for himself.
    25. that takes focus. he had nothing to suspect and no reason to assume someone would come after him.
    26. He was just a bag carrier, does he need a Ph.D. to get that job?
    27. Maybe he did go to a bunch of other ones, maybe he found out that this one was secret or different in some way. Maybe he was called towards it.
    28. They weren’t accustomed to the Earths atmosphere and they didn’t expect anything to go wrong, humans are nothing compared to them.
    29. Again, in the movie they show they looked for other planets but all the outposts they had failed. He is looking for the codex so he needs to go to Earth to find Superman.
    30. He could have adapted but he didn’t want to wait that long. He wanted to use the world engine because he wanted to recreate his home world for the Kryptonians. Did you even watch the movie? The whole point was to get the Codex which tells them what they are destined for, the only reason Zod could adapt quicker than most was because he is a military general.

    I still can’t believe you really said their accents were a plot hole. Lol wtf,

    p.s its Kryptonian not Kyrptonian.

  • Igor Neres

    I can answer everything, but I’m too damn lazy, and I bet someone already did it for me.

  • LordReserei

    23. Solid Snake

  • Phillip Derrick Gray

    Most of those are very good questions, however I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film that was absolutely perfect where everything lined up perfectly and left no questions. But this film seemed like it was written and filmed in an enormous hurry, despite the fact it was talked about for years after they decided they were unhappy with the results of Superman Returns. They screwed up so much in this movie, my suspension of disbelief only goes so far. Sure I would’ve liked a different villain in Superman Returns as well, preferably one with super powers but honestly, Superman Returns was still a better film. The 2 biggest holes in Returns, were (1) Luthor getting out of prison because Supes didn’t show up for court and (2) Lois knowing she was prego with Supes’ baby when presumably she was supposed to have forgotten their relationship and his identity. #1 is an utterly ridiculous concept. #2 is answered just by saying that somehow Clark made her forget only the part about Clark in particular, but she still remembered being with Superman but not his identity. Would it make sense? Probably not, but more so than the gazillion holes that are in Man of Steel. Also, why the f*ck didn’t they use John Williams’ Superman score as the theme? That’d be equivalent of Disney not using the Star Wars score for their upcoming films. It’s that particular music that everyone applies to Star Wars, just as they do to Superman. I also don’t get why they only called it Man of Steel rather than Superman: Man of Steel. I guess same reason Batman 2 & 3 were The Dark Knight & The Dark Knight Rises, which, btw, was also stupid

  • Joseph Gallina

    This is how I reconciled some of these questions. This represents simply my viewing of the movie and some of my thoughts on the matter:

    1.) The biggest plot hole in the entire film happened within the brilliance of its
    beginning: no Kryptonians left Krypton before it exploded (besides the prisoners and Kal-El). Why? David S. Goyer already established that Kryptonians were capable of space flight, had colonized other worlds, and had set up outposts in the past. Jor-El said they couldn’t leave (that it was too late) but never why they couldn’t leave and why it was too late. It certainly was not too late to hold a trial and sentence criminals to prison.

    Answer: You get the impression that their is an air of denial and incredulousness among the council that Krypton will actually be imminently destroyed. Even Lara stares at the impending doom and says “Jor-EL was right.” I interpreted this to mean that even if they were aware the planet was unstable, it was only Jor-EL who knew or believed how little time remained on the planet. The flippancy and calm of the council only underscores this point. If anything, I think this speaks to the extent of arrogance the people of Krypton have demonstrated, one of the traits that ultimately leads to their demise.

    2.) If the Jor-El A.I. was uploading into the Kryptonians’ ship during Lois Lane’s escape, after the upload was complete, why didn’t it take over the ship? If it could control the doors while uploading, it stands to reason that when the upload was complete, it could override and control more crucial systems.

    Answer: We don’t know the extent of control Jor-El has on the ship, and what his A.I counterpart is capable of. I take this to mean that he simply did not have control of the more crucial systems of the ship, period. It’s an assumption that he would have this ability, as his program was seemingly designed to provide information to his son.

    3.) What happened when the Jor-El A.I upload into Zod’s Kryptonian ship was complete?

    See above.

    4.) Why didn’t the Jor-El A.I. stop the World Engine from being launched?

    See above.

    5.) Why didn’t the Jor-El A.I. shut down the ship or crash it into Earth?

    See above.

    6.) If the Jor-El A.I. could close doors then it could open them as well. Why didn’t it open an outer space door and blow the Kryptonians out into space?

    Answer: Because they would simply fly back in with their super powers? Superman breaches the hull and it has no affect on the ship’s system later in the film. Less so, there could be practical explanations about how an advanced ship handles such breaches. I think the program also trusted Kal-El and left him to his own devices, as he had better means to stop them.

    7.) Speaking of doors, why did the doors stop the Kryptonians abroad their ship in the first place? They are all as powerful as Superman? One punch or kick would have gotten them through those doors instantly.

    Lois is running through the ship, so the doors closing provided a momentary distraction.

    We don’t know the full extent Kryptonians can interact with Kryptonian technology on Earth. Can Superman tear his own suit? We do see Superman punch a hole in the hull Jor-El specifies “THIS panel” possibly indicating he knew its particular weakness. But the doors might be particularly strong. Its an alien material, and I can believe some elements will carry their strength even if the Kryptonians have super strength themselves.

    It also looks like the doors land on at least some of the Kryptonian weapons as they fall out of their hands. This may have stopped the Kryptonians from following. Perhaps they went to retrieve more weapons, perhaps they went somewhere to open the doors. And perhaps they aren’t sure of their abilities yet having remained on the ship.

    8.) How did the Kryptonians learn to speak English so quickly and why don’t they speak their own language when they are not in the presence of human beings?

    Kryptonians are incredibly intelligent, but we know technology plays at least some role: Zod translates his messages to the people of Earth and it is delivered in different languages simultaneously. This might be due to an alien technology that translates their words instantaneously like other shows have established (see Star Trek the Next Generation), or perhaps they learned English in the short time they studied it. As each Kryptonian is genetically enhanced for his or her purpose, language traits might be useful for travelling warriors.

    We can assume they ARE speaking Kryptonian when they are not in the presence of human beings. This is a film device long used in films. It’s the same reason Luke Skywalker isn’t speaking English in Star Wars, as well as Tom Cruise in Valkyrie. It’s for the viewers benefit not to have to undergo subtitles for a foreign, in this case alien, language, and it certainly spares the actors as well.

    9.) Why don’t the Kryptonians speak English with an accent? When foreign speakers learn a new language (especially quickly), they inherently speak with an accent from the region of the world they are from. Example: most people born in Mexico that speak English speak it with a Spanish accent. When don’t the Kryptonians speak English with a Kryptonian accent?

    Who are we to judge what a Kryptonian accent sounds like? Maybe it sounds a whole lot like an American accent. Not to mention, there ARE Kryptonians with accents because the actors who portray them are not American. If they had the mental capacity to learn to speak English so quickly, or are using technology to do so, it would also make sense there would be no accent.

    10.) On the subject of powers, how did all the Kryptonians (besides Ka-El) know how to use their powers so expertly and so fast?

    Answer: Jor-El seemingly had the technology to show him the affects Earth would have on Kal, and its reasonable to assume Zod did as well. In addition, a boy in Kansas has much less need to quickly sort out his powers than a warrior launching on attack. It only takes one punch, one jump, and one heat vision episode to figure out the basics.

    11.) Who taught the Zod’s Kyprtonians how to use their powers? Who was their teacher?

    Answer: Why would they need a teacher? Maybe they used their technology to learn how Earth would affect them (see above). Maybe they simply started swinging and figured it out through trial by fire.

    12.) How did Zod’s Kyprtonians know that they had enhanced jumping capabilities and strength in the first place?

    Answer: They jumped and looked down.

    13.) Martha Kent (Diane Lane) said that when Clark was a baby, he struggled to breathe. When General Zod was first without his helmet on Earth, he had absolutely no trouble breathing Earth air for the first time even though he had trouble with all of his other senses. Why?

    Answer: We have no idea what Zod was going through internally. As a proud warrior, we don’t know his sense of self control. He certainly stops himself rather quickly from demonstrating his weaknesses to Kal. Maybe he can’t breathe well but isn’t showing it as one would expect him to. When he is struggling with his senses, he is on his knees. Perhaps that was the greater pain.

    14.) The same thing happened when Faora-Ul was knocked unconscious with no helmet on Earth yet was seen breathing normally. How? She was breathing in alien air into a system unaccustomed to it. Just because she was unconscious does not mean she could suddenly breathe Earth air normally or easily.

    Answer: See above. And we couldn’t hear her breathing.

    15.) Why do the humans give Clark Kent a nickname (Superman) when from the moment he became known to humanity, he was called Kal-El? Why shoe-horn that name into the film? No one called Catwoman Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. Since Kal-El is not a human being or a man (in Earth’s definition of the word), how does the moniker Superman apply to him? Won’t SuperAlien, Kryptonian, Alien Boy, Illegal Alien, or Fugee be more appropriate in the context of this film? For all humanity knows, female Kryptonians look like human men and vice versa or Kryptonians could all be hermaphrodites. No human scientists has studied Kryptonian physiology yet.

    Answer: Its been a device since the beginning of comics that humans have a propensity to nickname heroes, and they take on that nickname as their own name. That not withstanding, it seems reasonable that at least SOME of the military members would call him a harmless nickname being thrown around due to wonder and intrigue. It is also assumed that Lois and the Daily Planet will refer to him as Superman in papers as well, establishing this as his identity (though this is to be seen) And no, none of the nicknames listed sound more appealing or fitting than “Superman” for the flying dude with the big “S” on his chest. He looks like a man, and identifies as one, so people assume he is one.

    16.) Did Clark Kent go to college? Clark and Jonathan had an argument about Clark becoming a farmer but that was all the audience heard about Clark’s future plans. If he did not go to college, how did he get a job at the Daily Planet? A mere high school graduate could not get a job at such a prestigious newspaper, especially a reporting position.

    Answer: We need to understand a bit more about the Daily Planet dynamic. Did Lois get him the job? Does Perry White suspect Clark is Superman, but won’t admit it out of respect? Are they all being coy for the benefit of everyone is ear shot? We just don’t know. Based on the circumstances, I think its possible White has an idea and is grateful for what Superman did for the City. It also pays to have the biggest story in the world so close. Even if he doesn’t know, I get the sense that Clark may just be good at getting jobs or fudging credentials. Maybe he simply went to college. Maybe during the scene you mentioned, Clark was 21 and had already graduated.

    17.) Why Does Kal-El tell the authorities that he is 33 years old and that he was was raised in Kansas? Those two pieces of information will make it extremely easy for the authorities to track down Clark Kent, his home, and Martha Kent. With those two pieces of information, the authorities can simply use the process of elimination for Kansas residents going back 33 years.

    Answer: Sure it might narrow it down, but we are talking every 33 year old that has ever lived in the state as a child. Just because he grew up in Kansas doesn’t mean he wasn’t transient and would appear all over official records. Not to mention, Superman’s identity known to the US government is a different issue than his identity known to the public. His remaining secret is only to protect his mother, Lois, and the Daily Planet. Assuming the US isn’t out to destroy him, which I believe Superman is cautiously optimistic they aren’t, this information carries less importance if the US had it then if his enemies did. Superman reveals this information for a purpose, to garner the trust of the US. “I am as American as they come” and in return, he trusts them with this info.

    His last line “I guess I am going to have to trust you” says it best. This is the infancy of what we can assume to be an accepting and lasting relationship between Kal and the US government. The government knows it cannot harm him, and certainly still fear him. This detente if you will, where each side will cautiously coexist, is delicate.

    18.) Clark Kent, in full Superman regalia, appears on the porch of Martha Kent’s home when a cop car pulls up and Lois Lane emerges. The cop sees him. That cop will later see (if he hadn’t already) news footage of Superman, will put two and two together and call the FBI.

    Answer: Superman couldn’t help the cop was there. He can’t be absolutely careful, only reasonably so. It was important for him to be at his mother’s, and her protection in that moment became more important than him protecting his identity. Also, Superman is all over the place. The cop has no idea why Superman was there, and Lois may have covered for him.

    19.) How did Jonathan Kent hide such a large space craft beneath his barn?

    Answer: I think there are reasonable thoughts as to how he did that. He is a farmer, with farm equipment. Maybe he rented a forklift, threw it on his truck and winched it down. Sure it wasn’t easy, but for his son’s sake, he did it. After all, the military easily transport it and load it on a plane. It certainly behooved him to hide it.

    20.) How did Jonathan Kent move such a large and heavy space craft without anyone noticing it?

    Answer: At night in the dark. Farms are far and wide. This is farm land in Kansas.

    21.) Why didn’t Earth detect Kal-El’s space craft when it was crash landing? They detected the other Kyrptonian craft beneath the ice after thousands of years there. It stands to reason they could detect one not covered in ice much quicker. They certainly detected Zod’s ship in Earth’s orbit.

    Answer: Our tracking of space is surprisingly fairly limited. Meteors hit the US daily and if they are small enough, NASA assumes they will burn up in the atmosphere. This was also 33 years ago and the Kents acted quickly. Jonathan shares your surprise when he says something like “I expected men from the government to show up, but they never came.” Sometimes things just fly under the radar.

    22.) Without any explanation, the film jumps from Clark being a nomad on the road to him being a worker at a icy military dig.

    Answer: Clark overhears two military men in the bar discussing the dig and this mysterious find. I think this piques his interest that it is related to his origin and he is right. We don’t know how he gets the job, but he does. I am sure finding people isn’t so easy in such remote places with that climate. Maybe he lied about his credentials, maybe he just blended in and no one questions his access.

    23.) Why were there no military sentries on duty at the ice dig site to protect the dig’s integrity and security? The military just trusted that Lois Lane would not go snooping around or that no one curious would try to break into the site or out with something they shouldn’t have?

    Answer: It is established that in the evenings, the weather drops so severely, no human can survive for long. Lois is warned and they assume she will abide, or die. Lois risks her life to follow Kal, and probably assumes she was told a lie when she sees Kal safely navigating the climate.

    Security measures are only qualified by the perceived risks and will be given an appropriate level by the military. This is simply a routine mission to recover what they think is a vintage submarine. It’s a secret dig in a remote part of Canada with a dangerous climate. They seemingly have appropriate measures to fight any attacking force if that happened.Two lone individuals may have been able to penetrate whatever general security measures they had in place.

    24.) How did Lois Lane get so high up on the ice wall without climbing equipment and ice spikes?

    Answer: We don’t know the exact path she took.

    25.) Why couldn’t Clark hear Lois Lane following him into the ice with his super hearing?

    Answer: Just because you can hear something doesn’t always mean you are paying attention to it. He may have been distracted, or the sound of his tunneling canceled it out.

    26.) If Clark didn’t go to college and only has a high school education, how did he forge creditable documents to get into a highly classified military dig, documents that could pass the military’s screening? Clark Kent is not a NOC and he isn’t CIA. A fake driver’s license would not have gotten him into a dig of that magnitude.

    Answer: See above. They may have been looking for civilian workers. Kal had no reason to work there, he could have simply slept outside the walls of the dig and snuck in under the cover of darkness. He saw an opportunity to enter this way, as a civilian grunt, and took it. We don’t know the circumstances and I am content that there are reasonable ways he could have gotten there.

    27.) Why did this particular ice dig capture Kal-El’s interest when there are thousands of digs going on around the world?

    Answer: Because he heard about this one at the bar, and none of the others.

    28.) There were numerous Kryptonians on Zod’s ship yet Zod stationed none of them as sentry to the World Engine, the only World Engine he had. Why?

    Answer: There weren’t numerous Kryptonians, there were a handful at best. His training led him to believe sticking together was the best course of action. Perhaps he felt sending two or more of his limited people to stand and wait aboard the World Engine was a waste of his soldiers.

    29.) The World Engine, from what was shown in the film, could create a Kyrptonian-friendly environment out of any environment, so why not use it on an uninhabited planet like Mars? Why did General Zod want to kill to get what you needed when he did not have to, when it was free on other neighboring worlds?

    Answer: Kryptonian arrogance. This was about Kal-El and the codex. He wanted to find him and make him pay for Jor-El’s perceived heresy, and to Zod, receiving the codex was the most important task he had. In his mind, using the Earth was the best way to pull Kal out of hiding. When he went through the trouble of seeking Kal out and making contact, its reasonable that he followed through by remaining there since he perceived he’d succeed.

    30.) After the World Engine decision was made, Zod’s biggest contradiction occurred: He said earlier to Kal-El that he had been trained to adapt but later Zod said to the Jor-El A.I. hologram that he did not want to adapt to Earth’s environment (because of the time it would take). If Zod was trained to and and could so easily adapt (which he did), why use the World Engine? Again, why use it on Earth? Why not train the new born Krypotonians the techniques of speedy adaptation? Wouldn’t that training have helped them in a multitude of situations, as it was helping him on Earth?

    Answer: See above. He needed the codex and wanted to punish Jor-El and Kal-El. Zod explains that he is simply unwilling to wait for him and his people to completely adapt. Again, Kryptonian arrogance and in this case, selfishness. This is a people who ultimately became morally corrupt and took a course of action that ultimately destroyed themselves. We aren’t dealing with the bastion of logic here, we are dealing with selfishness, egotism, and overconfidence. Zod is dark, ruthless, and simply wrong about his own strengths and perceived chances for victory.

  • NameNamerson

    A movie doesn’t get a rotten score of 55% for nothing.