Stars at Superman premiere

The British premiere of the new Superman prequel, Man of Steel, will take place in Leicester Square last night. The star, and the first non-American superman, is Henry Cavill, from Buckinghamshire.

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High box office hopes for Man of Steel

Man of Steel premieres in Leicester Square tonight Credit: Legendary Films/Warner Bros

Man of Steel Director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead) begins with Superman's birth on Krypton. As the last hope for his people's survival, his parents send him to Earth to escape an insurrection by General Zod, played by Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Shannon.

With the action brought by Dark Knight producer Christopher Nolan, Warner Bros is hoping it can re-launch a new series of Superman films after Superman Returns in 2006 failed to live up to box office expectations.

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