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Is This The Plot Of Man Of Steel?

We’ve seen suggestions that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel might be inspired by DC Comics’ Superman: Secret Origin or Superman: Birthright, but now the Superman Homepage has what may be an official, if not necessarily final, synopsis for the Warner Bros. franchise reboot.

The fan site got its hands on the casting call for extras on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, which contains this overview:

In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

It’s in keeping with the broad plot of 2003’s Birthright, which followed Clark Kent as a globe-trotting young freelance reporter who, after using his powers in West Africa, returns to Smallville to learn more about his Kryptonian heritage. Clark later adopts his civilian disguise and moves to Metropolis where he lands a job at the Daily Planet. He also comes into conflict with Lex Luthor, who’s revealed to have a history with Clark, and an apparent Kryptonian invasion force.

There’s been no hint that Man of Steel has cast anyone in the role of Lex Luthor, and in Birthright “apparent” is the key word in describing the force. Perhaps — if the casting call is accurate, of course — the story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer replaces Luthor and his Kryptonian hoax with an actual attack by General Zod and Faora.

Filming is under way in the Chicago area, and will move to British Columbia on Sept. 21, where it will continue through Jan. 20, 2012.

Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Julia Ormond as Lara Lor-Van, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick and Christopher Meloni as Col. Hardy. The film opens June 14, 2013.


  • Michael Sacal

    As I said before, were it not for Man of Steel (the comic book reboot), Birthright (from which this movie takes certain ideas), wouldn’t have been what it was (i.e. Clark becoming Superman as a grown man instead of a baby or teenager and Lex as a businesman instead of a sore fanboy). Hell, if it hadn’t been for Man of Steel Clark Kent would be a TV anchorman instead of a newspaper reporter.

    From the sounds of it, the movie takes elements from various sources, like Earth One (i.e. the military), Man of Steel (i.e. Clark was never Superboy), and Birthright (the Kryptonian invasion), and even Secret Origin (i.e. Metallo and the use of Kryptonite).

    Birthright is not the only source of inspiration. The notion of Clark traveling the world to find himself comes from Man of Steel, NOT Birthright. It inspired Dixon’s “Superman The Odyssey” published a decade before Waid’s fanboy crap.

  • Coryjameson

    If this is true then this Superman movie is D.O.A.

    Why didn’t they just have Grant Morrison write the script?! He’s written the best Superman story EVER – and it never occurs to these studio morons that maybe he should write the movie here?!

    With the sole exception of the Nolan Batman movies, Warner Bros has a perfect negative record on superhero movies. Congratulations.

  • Michael Sacal

    Morrison’s writing is better suited for animation, not live action. When people see live-action, they expect more realism than when they watch cartoons, and Morrison’s writing doesn’t translate well into live-action. Let’s just leave it at that.

  • Jase

    “Morrison’s writing doesn’t translate well into live-action”

    How would we know?

  • Michael Sacal

    Read it and try to imagine it in live-action. It wouldn’t work, it’s too far-fetched. Consider something like JLA Classified, or Seven Soldiers.

  • TheCommander

    Oh so it won’t work because you can’t imagine it working? Well maybe others can. And given the boring, stale ideas that audiences are beginning to shun, perhaps something far-fetched, outlandish, and fantastic is just what the doctor ordered.

  • Michael Sacal

    No, it wouldn’t work because the work doesn’t translate into live-action. It’s one for for the work to be done, it’s another for it to “work”. Sure, they can do something out of the Zatanna mini series, with the visuals of the characters in wherever it was they were, but it wouldn’t really work in live action, specially if the effects aren’t done right and it looks like cheap blue screen.

    One advantage of animation is that characters and background mesh better than they do in live-action.

  • Leo_darkheart03

    “If this is true then this Superman movie is D.O.A.”
    ummm Why is that? It sounds like they are going to do something amazing actually.

  • TheCommander

    You have no idea if it will work or not. Saying “it won’t translate to live action” is meaningless. You don’t know what Morrison might write for a Superman movie, or if such a thing would “work” on the big screen or not.

  • Burnsey

    I’m slightly thrown by the way it says “Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet” – o mention of it’s destruction! They removing that from the origin?

  • Michael Sacal

    I don’t care what he may or may not write for a Superman movie. I was talking about his work in general, which doesn’t translate from the printed page to the screen.

    But you keep arguing, fanboy. Demonstrate how saying something negative about Morrison enrages his Jidhadist-type followers…

  • TheCommander

    How much of his work has been translated from the printed page to the screen? You surely must be basing your well-informed opinion on such footage.

  • Michael Sacal

    I’m basing it on the comic book work he’s produced, the sort of visuals seen in projects like Seven Soldiers.

    I’m sorry to break it to you, but contrary to popular belief Morrison is not a God, and not everything he does is perfect.

    You’re taking what I said as an afront, like saying that his work doesn’t translate to live-action and works best in animation is an insult.

    That’s your hangup.

  • Michael Sacal

    Contary to recent retcons that state that Superboy Prime was rocketed to Earth Prime from Krypton Prime, in his original debut he was actually teletransported from one planet to another.

    It could be that we’ll see that happen in this movie, and all discussions about Birthright will be wrong and the movie will actually feature Superboy/man Prime.

    Here’s the page in question

  • Jacob

    The teleportation thing make more sense…

  • Michael Sacal

    No, it does not. Not only is the distance between both planets too large (the signal might degrade and, if it does, the individual being transported would die), but the system would require a PERFECT targetting system.

    Jor-El Prime would need to be able to calculate the exact place where the individual he is transporting is sent to, and ensure PERFECTLY that there is nothing in the area that could accidentally become part of the matter stream. Not a pebble, not a fly, not a leaf, not a piece of dirt, because once the individual materializes, if there is anything like where it appears the object will become part of their body, which could be extremely dangerous if something vital, like heart, lungs, or brain were to materialize around them.

    A ship makes more sense.

  • Anonymous

    An alien white guy with super powers makes more sense than teleporting tech thats just super-advanced? Wow, fiction gets scrutinized alot around here LOL.

  • Faust

    God – Negative much?

    I disagree with you. Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer are just starting another smash hit trilogy! And I can not wait!

  • Jmcreer

    I agree with Michael Sacal. 

    The All-Star Superman storyline/ approach is not suited for a two hour film.  While I quite enjoy it, the series is, by Morrison’s own admission a whimsical, fairytale look at Superman’s career that wouldn’t translate well to a standalone film.  It’s quite an insular tale that requires a lot of knowledge of Superman to truly appreciate it IMO.  However, it certainly contains a number of elements that should be incorporated into the film.

    I’ve always thought that Byrne’s Man of Steel was the perfect template for a Superman film (excusing the Batman issue).  The first issue itself is an almost perfect introduction (first act) to the film.

  • Michael Sacal

    Just because Superman flies it doesn’t mean that dogs can drive cars.

  • KrampusKringle

    It’ll make perfect sense if they have Jor-El rent a Zeta Beam from Sardath.

  • Michael Sacal

    Isn’t exposure to sunlight (as well as the intensity of the light itself) a factor in determining skin color? Given that Krypton revolves around a red star, shouldn’t Kryptonians be paler than white-skinned humans?

    Also, given that a red star giant is in a late phase of stellar evolution and, therefore, emits lower tempertures,  what would be out of place on Krypton is people with darker skin tones.

    As for the superpowers, that has been explained in different ways many times, sometimes using pseudo science and other times trying to use real science (i.e. Siegel comparing Kryptonian strengtht to an ant).

    In fact, attempts at using real-world science to explain Superman were part of the series LONG before the Stupid Age of comics began and hack writers (and their fanboy followers) dumb things down.

    I recall seeing charts and the like in the old Siegel and Shuster comics that compared Earth to Krypton and tried to explain how Superman’s powers work compared to creatures on Earth, like the aforementioned ant.

  • Michael Sacal