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Man Steel“MAN OF STEEL” My rating: C  (Opens wide on June 14)

143 minutes | MPAA rating: PG-13

Henry Cavill, our newest Superman, certainly has the look down.  He knows how to fill not only the red-and-blue suit but looks extremely hot in a Royals T-shirt.

He might even be able to act, although you won’t be able to tell from “Man of Steel.”

Zack Snyder’s reboot of the venerable superhero franchise is yet another piercingly loud, atavistically violent affair, albeit one that seems to have been assembled from spare parts left over from other big, noisy summer popcorn flicks.

Superhero origin stories usually benefit from a human dimension lacking in followup films. They’re about a superhero discovering who he is, establishing what his relationship is to the rest of us mere mortals.

Sequels, on the other hand, invariably deteriorate into long, numbing passages of shit being torn up (see “The Avengers,” any “Transformers” film, etc.).

Snyder (“300,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “Watchmen”) and screenwriter David S. Goyer (the Christopher Nolan “Batman” films, the “Blade” movies), want it both ways – and so they have given us a glum, joyless origin story and a whole lot of destruction.

In the process  they inadvertently reconfirm that Christopher Reeve was/is the best movie Superman of all time, thanks to his disarming blend of sincere heroism and an intoxicatingly sly sense of humor.

 “Man of Steel,” on the other hand, occupies an irony-free zone.

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