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"Man of Steel: The Prequel" (2013)
If you really want to ramp up for Zack Snyder's ride, you might have fun with the official prequel comic to the film. A Walmart exclusive, the Sterling Gates-scripted digital ditty tells the story of Kara Zor-El -- that's right, Supergirl -- who eons ago had a run-in with the Kryptonian Dev-Em. Dev-Em would make a ghastly bit of history by becoming Krytpon's first murderer in 1,000 years. As his trial has certain of Krypton's elite deeply considering the society's non-violent bedrock (which is long gone by the time the events of the film kick in), Kara sets out on a mission to spread Krypton's seed throughout the universe, so to speak…but let's not spoil it too much further for you here. In this lead-in you get the (somewhat more realistic) origins of the Man of Steel's Fortress of Solitude and even a bit of dabbling in ancient aliens theory -- all the rage these days -- raising a host of questions that might actually deepen the film-watching experience.