'Man of Steel' Earns PG-13 Rating

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With just a few months to go before Man of Steel lands in theaters on June 14, the MPAA has issued its ratings verdict on the Zack Snyder-directed update on DC Comics' most venerable superhero: PG-13 for "intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language."

This really shouldn't surprise anyone at all -- there was no way Warners was going to let their latest hopes for rebooting the Superman franchise stray into R territory, and everyone likely felt like they needed to add a few PG-13-worthy moments to keep Snyder's Supes from seeming too square -- but now it's official.

Expected as it may have been, the MPAA's rating cements the studio's blockbuster hopes for Man of Steel, a reportedly $225 million project that seeks to get the franchise back on track after roughly a quarter-century in the wilderness. Warners has struggled with the character since 1987's underwhelming Superman IV: The Quest for Peace triggered years of tortured development efforts that saw everyone from Kevin Smith to Tim Burton taking a whack at making the character relevant in a post-ironic world.

The stakes are high -- 2006's Superman Returns raked in more than $400 million, but it was still regarded as a disappointment. If anyone knows about rebooting Warners' turnaround-plagued superhero properties, it's Man of Steel producer Christopher Nolan -- who, you might recall, aimed for a PG-13 with each installment of his Dark Knight trilogy.

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