The DC Extended Universe officially got its start four years ago today, with the release of Man of Steel. While the latest big-screen adaptation of Superman didn't please every viewer, it still boasted many awesome moments, and accumulated a passionate following.
The film's anniversary has become a noteworthy occasion for those fans, and the film's director, Zack Snyder, decided to join in on the fun.
Snyder shared a behind-the-scenes photo of the DCEU's Superman, Henry Cavill, via the photo and video sharing site Vero. You can check out the post below.
The photo shows Cavill during one of the film's most memorable scenes, in which the hero destroys a bank vault during a battle with Faora (Antje Traue). The caption of the post simply calls out the film's anniversary, saying "4 years ago today."
Since Man of Steel, Snyder and Cavill have collaborated several more times to tell further installments of Superman's story, in both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and November's Justice League.
As the planet of Krypton crumbles, General Zod (Michael Shannon) stages a coup as concerned leader Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his wife send their infant son Kal-El to a distant world called Earth. While the young child travels through space with an object containing the DNA of his home planet, General Zod and his cohorts are sentenced to an eternity in a black-hole prison. Named Clark and raised by kindly farmers Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha Kent (Diane Lane), young Kal-El lives in fear of what might happen should his neighbors learn about his extraterrestrial origins, eventually exploring the world in search of himself.
In time, Clark's travels take him to a frozen tundra, where the American government has discovered an 18,000-year-old anomaly buried deep in the ice. Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams) has just come to investigate when, after venturing out with her camera, she has a profound encounter with Clark. Convinced that his presence on Earth is proof of life on other planets, Lois finds her attempt to publish the story thwarted by her boss Perry White (Laurence Fishburne), who rejects it outright. Later, the airwaves are hijacked by General Zod, who threatens to obliterate the human race if they fail to hand over Kal-El within 24 hours. Forced to embrace his otherworldly origins for the first time in his life, Clark Kent dons the special suit from Krypton and prepares to take a stand against an enemy far more powerful than any he's ever known.
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