Man of Steel

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Man of Steel
Man of Steel Teaser Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg US
Directed by Zack Snyder
Release Date 2013
Studio Warner Brothers
Legendary Pictures
Distributor Warner Brothers
Main Cast
Character Actor
Superman/Clark Kent Henry Cavill
Lois Lane Amy Adams
General Zod Michael Shannon
Jor-El Russell Crowe
Martha Kent Diane Lane
Jonathan Kent Kevin Costner
Perry White Laurence Fishburne
Colonel Nathan Hardy Christopher Meloni
Faora-Ul Antje Traue

Man of Steel is the 2013 feature film adaptation of the DC Comics superhero. The film was directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen) and produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy). The film, which is a reboot, stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, and Michael Shannon as General Zod. The film marked the beginning of what is now known as the Worlds of DC, which includes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League, Aquaman, and Shazam!.

The following weapons were used in the film Man of Steel:



Beretta 92FS

Beretta 92FSs are carried by various U.S. troops in holsters. Colonel Nathan Hardy (Christopher Meloni) uses one during the battle in Smallville. A pilot aboard a C-17 Globemaster also uses a Beretta.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Lieutenant General Swanwick (Harry Lennix) has a holstered Beretta 92FS on his right hip during his first encounter with Faora-Ul.
Colonel Hardy persistently fires his Beretta 92FS to no avail at General Zod's subcommander Faora-Ul (Antje Traue).
Colonel Hardy's Beretta 92FS locks empty.
A USAF pilot fires his Beretta 92FS at Faora-Ul before receiving a swift snap to the neck.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5K

A Heckler & Koch MP5K is taken from a dead pilot and used by Col. Nathan Hardy (Christopher Meloni) during the battle in Smallville, Kansas.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm
Colonel Hardy fires his MP5K at Faora-Ul.


M4A1 Carbine

US troops, FBI HRT members, and Special Forces soldiers are seen armed with M4A1 carbines.

M4A1 Carbine - 5.56x45mm
An FBI HRT agent with an M4A1 carbine pointed at Lois Lane.
A US Army soldier aims his M4A1 at Superman.
Soldiers and airmen who confront Superman are armed with M4A1s.
Faora-Ul faces a US Army Ranger armed with an M4A1 carbine.
US Army Rangers aim their M4A1 carbines as they approach a vehicle wreckage.

Mk 18 Mod 0

While escorting Superman, a USAF Pararescueman is seen with a suppressed Mk 18 Mod 0.

Colt Mk 18 Mod 0 with 4-position stock and RIS handguard - 5.56x45mm
The PJ on the left holds the suppressed Mk 18.


Several US soldiers and USAF airmen can be seen with M16A2 rifles when Superman (Henry Cavill) approaches a U.S. Air Force base for his detainment.

M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
On the left, a USAF airman takes aim at Superman with an M16A2.

Machine Guns


US troops can be seen with M249 machine guns.

M249 SAW with railed feed tray - 5.56x45mm
A USAF airman is armed with an M249 machine gun.
A USAF parajumper fires an M249 machine gun at a Kryptonian soldier.

Browning M2HB

The Browning M2HB heavy machine gun is mounted on Humvees and M1 Abrams tanks in the film.

Browning M2 - .50 BMG
The Browning M2HB heavy machine gun is mounted on M1 Abrams tanks in the film.
The Browning M2HB heavy machine gun is mounted on an M1 Abrams tank.
A M1 Abrams crewman mans a Browning M2HB during Superman's arrival at an Air Force military base.

FN M240D

The M240D machine gun is mounted on M1 Abrams tanks in the film.

M240D - 7.62x51mm NATO
An M240D machine gun is mounted on the right side on M1 Abrams tank turret.

Grenade Launchers

M203A1 Grenade Launcher

One of the US Army Rangers is armed with an M4A1 fitted with an M203A1 Grenade Launcher.

M203A1 Grenade Launcher - 40x46mm
One of the soldiers is armed with an M4A1 fitted with an M203A1 Grenade Launcher.

Milkor Mark 14

A Special Forces soldier fires a Milkor Mark 14 grenade launcher during the final battle in Metropolis.

Milkor Mark 14 in desert tan finish fitted with Armson OEG reflex sight - 40x46mm
A U.S. Special Forces operative uses a Milkor Mark 14 at Faora-Ul. Firing such a weapon aboard a jet aircraft doesn't seem like a particularly smart move.

Other Weapons


One of the Rangers carries an M26 MASS shotgun attached to a M4A1 carbine.

M4A1 carbine 5.56x45mm with M26 MASS - 12 gauge
One of the Rangers carries an M26 MASS shotgun attached to a M4A1 carbine.

M242 Bushmaster Chaingun

An M2 Bradley armed with an M242 Bushmaster chaingun is also seen in the film.

M242 Bushmaster chaingun - 25mm
The M2 Bradley armed with an M242 Bushmaster chaingun.
The M2 Bradley armed with an M242 Bushmaster chaingun confronts Superman.
On the left, an M2 Bradley armed with an M242 Bushmaster chaingun confronts Superman.

General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger

A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack fighters appear with integral General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger cannons during the battle in Smallville.

General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger - 30x173mm
The A-10 is also armed with AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.
An A-10 about to make a strafing run with its GAU-8/A Avenger.
A forward facing view of the Avenger making a strafing run on a city street.

GE M134D Minigun

Pylon-mounted GE M134D Miniguns alongside 2.75 rockets, are seen as the armament of by the AH-6 "Little Birds" during the battle in Smallville.

Dillon Aero M134 with flash suppressor - 7.62x51mm NATO.
An AH-6 "Little Bird" armed with GE M134D Minigun as it approaches Smallville.
An AH-6 "Little Bird" firing its GE M134D Minigun at Superman, Faora-Ul, and a Kryptonian soldier.

General Dynamics GAU-22/A

The F-35 Lightning IIs in the film are armed with GAU-22/As during the final battle in Metropolis.

General Dynamics GAU-22/A - 25mm
F-35 Lightning IIs in formation as they approach Metropolis.
An F-35 Lightning II is suddenly pushed downwards by the immense gravitational force of the Kryptonian's "world engine".

M136 AT4

An M136 AT4 rocket launcher is carried by a US Army Ranger during the battle of Smallville.

M136 AT4 Anti-Tank rocket launcher - 84mm
An M136 AT4 can be seen on the back of the US Army Ranger to the left.


In addition to the Bushmaster chaingun, the M2 Bradley IFVs are armed with twin tube BGM-71 TOW launchers mounted on the side of the turret.

BGM-71 TOW mounted on Bradley IFV - 152mm
An M2 Bradley with the twin TOW launcher in firing position on the left side of the turret.

See Also

Superman Franchise
Film George Reeves Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
Christopher Reeve Superman: The Movie (1978)  •  Superman II (1980)  •  Superman III (1983)  •  Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Brandon Routh Superman Returns (2006)
Henry Cavill Man of Steel (2013)  •  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)  •  Justice League (2017)
Television George Reeves The Adventures of Superman (1952-1958)
Dean Cain Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997)
Tom Welling Smallville (2001-2011)
Tyler Hoechlin Supergirl (2015-2021)  •  Superman & Lois (2021-)

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