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New Man of Steel Plot Details Leak

For a big-deal comic book movie set to come out a year from now, very little is known about Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. That is, until a synopsis surfaced, if only briefly, on the IMAX website laying down more plot details than we’ve seen up to this point:

In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question ‘Why am I here?’ Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman.

The post also sported details about the film’s IMAX release:

The IMAX release of Man of Steel will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

While not overly detailed, the plot description does give us a little bit to work off without actually ruling out some of the rumored plot details. The film will also be released in 3D and IMAX, although there’s not much surprise there.

Opening June 13, 2013, Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick and Christopher Meloni as Col. Hardy.

(via ComicBookMovie)


  • Its_Always_Sunny_in_my_Pants

    Sounds like birthright to me

  • Andrew Filipe

    Um, this synopsis came out months ago.. This is not new. 

  • Michael Sacal

    Crapright my butt, dude! No offense to you, all offense is directed at Waid, the writer of that pos.

    ‘Why am I here?’ is from Man of Steel! Waid, the hack, stole left and right from multiple sources and never credited ANY of them, so those who read Birthright but aren’t aware of the sources he stole from are under the misconception that these ideas originated in his pos reboot.

  • Scud

    Origin story. Awesome.

  • Superman1974

    THis is not news guys, I knew about the plot for quite sometime but now here is News this version of Superman is base on Superman: Birthright and Superman: New Krypton plots the end of the movie will set Braniac for the sequel and Tie in to Justice League Movie….

  • Doctor Truth

    Sally Field and Martin Sheen would have made a better Ma and Pa Kent team. Just sayin.

  • West

    News to me. I enjoyed Birthright. From whom or what do you think Waid stole?

  • Mr_Wayne

    This has been on wiki and various other sites for eons now. Thank you for getting my hopes up for some real news. STFU until you actually have something to show us.

  • kalorama

    Details? What details?

  • Shecky

    …yeah… um… here’s the thing about that…  you can’t claim copy right issues on Birthright and Man of Steel dude.  Nothing was stolen.  You see the guy who wrote Superman: Man of Steel doesn’t own Superman, nor does he own the story that he wrote.  For you to call Waid a copyrighting hack, would require him to have been working independent of DC comics, and distrubiting a book and making money off of it without their approval

    Both books are the property of DC comics, who ASKED both writers to do a new origin stories for Superman.  DC required them to retain certain elements of Superman’s origin.  The writer was following the guidelines of DC comics editorial, and wrote a new RETELLING of the story as best he could.  As DC comics is the one who owns the character and the comics, THEY don’t need to give credit or state source material because its THEIR source material and THEIR property.

    You can not like Waid as a writer, but you cannot claim he stole anything, when he was simply doing the job the owners of the Superman comics asked/told him to do.  So sorry, but you’re righteous anger fails.

  • Michael Sacal

    Byrne cited the source he used in the single issue version and the trade. Waid did not. That’s stealing credit. People are under the false impresison that everything from Birthright is something Waid came up with.

  • j ultra

    Sorry, but no.  I think the problem is your interpretation.  An author does not have to credit themes or general ideas–particularly when they are working at the request of the company who owns the character and those previous stories being referenced.  A good writer can allude to previous works without having to come out and say, “_______ story by _______ author published in ______ originally presented this idea.”  Unless he were to be copying everything verbatim, that really isn’t necessary.  

  • Michael Sacal

    The difference is that Waid is a writer and Byrne isan artist first. Artists ALWAYS credit the people whose work they copy. You can find it in their signatures on covers (i.e. me after him, year x/year x).. Byrne credited his sources not only in the intro to Man of Steel #1 and the trade, but also in the artwork. In the opening of issue 5, he credited the authors of the original Bizarro story.

    As a writer, Waid failed to do the same. He did not credit any source in the single issues, and because of that people who don’t know better are under the false impression that he created EVERYTHING in Birthright, when, in fact, he did not. People who DO know better know what he took and from where he took it.

  • Lewis Shepherd

    I hope they don’t use Brainiac like Avenger’s used Loki.

  • dayfan

     Wait! I read Birthright. I know Mark Waid created Superman. I know that much is true at least. Right?

  • Drew Melbourne

    Not only do I not believe this, I don’t believe YOU believe this.

    You’re saying that there are people out there who think Superman never had an origin story before Birthright? People who think that there was never an explanation of how Superman discovered his powers or how he came to Metropolis? Really?

    If you don’t like Birthright, that’s fine. If you don’t like Mark Waid’s writing, that’s fine. But when you make up bizarre claims like this, it sounds like you’ve got a vendetta. Just let it go. I’m sure there are plenty of comics you DO enjoy. You should spend time thinking about them.

  • Michael Sacal

    No, that’s obviously not what I’m saying. I’m talking about the ideas used to execute the story. Like the Kents being alive. Waid didn’t come with that for the modern Superman. Neither did he come up with Lex being a rich businessman, or Lana vanishing after Clark left school. He didn’t come up with the idea of Clark travelling around the world to find himself either… and that, above ALL else, is the very thing that this entire discussion hinges on.

    The first poster instinctively thought of Birthright based on reading the part about Clark asking himself why he is on Earth. That type of question first appeared in Man of Steel #1, and was explored in great lenght in subsequent comics, most importantly of all Superman The Odyssey by Dixon and Nolan.

    At best, 99% of Birthright originated in other sources, leaving Waid with 1% to fill out himself.

    Hell, he didn’t even come up the giant fraking spider from Krypton!

  • Sean Walsh

    Your missing two points. 1) It was a work for hire. Waid can pull from any DC source without having to credit it. It would be nice but he is under no obligation to do so. 2) The editor is just as much a part of this as the writer and artist. It could have been the editor’s pen that nixed the credit. You don’t know for 100% sure what happened behind the scenes. The editor may have given him the plot from up-on-high. It may not have been Waid’s choice.

  • Michael Sacal

    A: The decision was MADE earlier but ANNOUNCED later because, and I’ve
    been apologized by DC over and over again, we were just the victims of timing
    and nothing else. Because the big story that year was Jim Lee on the SUPERMAN
    title and had we tied into that somehow, had we come out the same month, had we
    been a direct prologue, it would have been okay. Instead, we were thrown out
    there and people weren’t sure what to make of us. Were we the new origin of
    Superman, were we not? I’m very proud of that story. It KILLS me that I feel
    like I played Carnegie Hall and no one showed up. [laughter] I mean, for years
    and years, this is the story I’ve been wanting to tell since I was 9-years-old
    and I feel like nobody paid attention, but it sold reasonably well and it will
    certainly last. It’s out in hardcover and the trade is coming out in a few weeks
    and that’ll be in print forever so great. And Grant Morrison and some other
    Superman writers are picking up elements of it, so terrific!

  • Paul Hostetler

     Don’t we already know why he’s here?  I can’t wait for the pendulum to start swinging the other way, and writers to start remembering that angst does not equal depth or drama.

  • Michael Sacal

    SIMONE: Is it fair then to say that this is THE Mark Waid Superman

    WAID: It may well be. It’s certainly everything, absolutely
    everything, that I love about this character all rolled into one series.

  • JYeager11

    I love when people on the internet start sentences with a condescending “Um” to make them feel above the crowd. Does it really work? Do you stand up straighter and stop stuttering after you’ve “Um”ed something on the internet? Tell me, I’m dying to know.

  • Michael Sacal

    Which editor would you be refering to, Dan Rasper, the original editor from when Birthright was intended to be set outside continuity a la Earth One, or Eddie Berganza, the second editor who took over for Rasper after, for some unknown reason, it was all of a sudden decided (long after the original announcement about the series) that Birthright would in fact be part of canon?

  • guest

     Other no-talent hack rip-off artists who plagiarized Superman and ripped off the Copyright of Superman by writing a Superman story for the company who owns Superman but not being the original creator include: 

    Adam Kubert, Alan Burnett, Alan Moore, Alex Ross, Brian
    Azzarello, Curt Swan, Dan Jurgens, Darwyn Cooke, Dave Gibbons, Doug Mahnke,
    Eddy Barrows, Ed McGuiness, Ethan van Sciver, Gary Frank, Geoff Johns, Greg
    Rucka, Ivan Reis, James Robinson, Jeph Loeb, Jerry Ordway, Jim Lee, JMS, John Byrne,
    Jon Sibal, Judd Winick, Kurt Busiek, Mark Millar, Mark Verheiden, Mark Waid,
    Marv Wolfman, Michael Green, Michael Turner, Mike McKone, Paul Dini, Paul Levitz,
    Pete Woods, Phil Jimenez, Richar Donner, Scott Williams, Scott Lobdell, Shane
    Davis, Sterling Gates, Elliot S! Maggin, Marty Pasko, Jack Kirby, Len Wein,
    Weezie Simonson, Denny O’Neil, Jim Shooter, Cary Bates, Keith Giffen, Karl
    Kessle and Otto Binder.

    Total worthless crap artists who did nothing but rip-off and exploit Superman’s…er.. copyright. 

    In other news, every can of Coca-Cola sold today is a shameless rip-off because it was not bottled in 1886.

  • Michael Sacal

    we’re not talking about copyright. get your facts right.

  • guest

     My facts are that only 2 guys CREATED Superman and they’re both dead.  Anything that was written by other people and published by DC is derivative of the boys from Cleveland and no amount of Fanboy Bitching changes that.  The *fact* is that Waid, like the others mentioned above, were hired to tell a story, period.  Any story featuring Superman, regardless of what else happens in that story, is derivative. 

    Also, I apologize for starting my sentences with capital letters. 

  • Michael Sacal

    and yet your facts have nothing to do with the issue being discussed since those facts are not being argued. what is being argued is the suggestion that Waid came up with the interpretation of the character of Superman portrayed in Birthright, which he did not.

    Not only did he not come up with the interpretation of Clark setting out on a journey across the world to find his place in it, but he did not come up with almost anything seen in Birthright.

    This specific interpretation of the character in comic book form as far as I am aware (and I could be wrong, it could have happened prior to it), harkens back to Man of Steel as, prior to the publication of that reboot, Clark knew his place in the world since he left the ship, first as Superbaby and then as Superboy, thus negating the need for him to travel the world to find himself.

    The notion of Clark going on a journey of self-discovery did NOT appear first in Birthright nor it was it conceived by Mark Waid. That first appeared in Man of Steel by Byrne, and was later explorered in greater lenght by Chuck Dixon in a one shot and other writers in multiple graphic novels and annuals. None of that work was acknowledged in Birthright, which has lead people like the initial poster to wrongly believe that this idea began in Birthright and that Mark Waid came up with it, which he did not.

  • Guest

    You’re a jackass.

  • Michael Sacal

    that’s piffy.

  • kalorama

    You do realize that the concept of a character going on a journey of self-discovery wasn’t actually invented by John Byrne, right? Regardless of whether he was the first writer to apply it to Superman (and he wasn’t).

  • Michael Sacal

    we’re not talking about the idea of the journey of self discovery, we’re talking about the idea being applied to Superman. it didn’t originate with Waid.

  • Adekis

    It sounds like Superman is again going to delay showing up until an extraterrestrial threat forces him to, just like in “Earth One”.  Dammit, that’s missing the point!

    “Early, Clark decided he must turn his titanic strength into channels that would benefit mankind; And so was created SUPERMAN! Champion of the Oppressed, the physical marvel who has sworn to devote his existence to helping those in need!” – Siegel, Jerry. Action Comics # 1.

    There’s nothing there that requires an alien invasion. Superman does what he does because it’s the right thing to do. He fights for those who can’t fight for themselves, whether their oppressors are aliens or just crime bosses and corrupt corporations. But it should always be the down-to-Earth stuff first. Escalation comes later.

    If the movie doesn’t get that, I’m not sure I’m sold on it.

  • Michael J

    When the film comes out you better believe that their are film critics who’ll compare this movie to Superman 2.This is due to the 3 Kryptonians who came to earth in hopes of dominating the planet and we’ve got a similar theme in Man Of Steel.General Zod and company aren’t coming to earth for the Starbucks you know.The special effects will look a lot better but what Christopher Reeve’s Superman 2 movie had going for it was heart.No doubt that someone out there will say that the Man Of Steel movie is everything Superman 2 should have been.

  • Zenstrive

    Soooooooooooooooooooo another origin movie? Lame. Just adapt Grant Morrisons’ action comics please!

  • Runitdown

    Reading all these replies, it’s very clear that Michael Sacal hasn’t read more than two stories before.  ‘Artists always credit their sources.’

    Line of the fucking day, man. Wow. Way to not know a damn things, sir. Keep on trucking.

  • Customart81

    But nobody cares. Let it go. 

  • kalorama

    Nor did it originate with Byrne

  • Bill

    Well…………I seem to recall the Lex Luthor corupt business tycoon angle was stolen from Marv Wolfman.  Do I believe Byrne literally stole the idea from Wolfman?  No just like I don’t believe Waid stole from Byrne either.  All writers at one time or another “borrow” from other writers whether conciously or not.  The only thing Waid is guilty of  is making Birthright kinda bland for me.

  • Upickafrigginname

    I know that me saying this will open the flood gates to people trying to rip me a new one, but I will say it anyways. The number one problem with this film is the Dark Knight influence it appears to have. Since Nolan’s Batman, every superhero coming from DC has to be darker and edgier to make it to the big screen. Green Lantern was considered a failure by WB because is was not dark enough, and had nothing to do with the fact that the movie was too long, the casting off ( although I did not hate Reynolds as Jordan), and there was too much info for one movie.

    Every teaser and leaked image from this movie looks too dark, and Superman looks like he stepped off the new Terminator set. This movie feels like another Superman Returns to me (again did not hate Routh, it was all Singers fault). So unless the trailer shows Superman being the light, bright, defender of truth and justice, I have no interest in this film.

  • Michael Sacal

    prove it. cite your source. prior to man of steel, which comic showed Clark leaving Smallville to travel around the world in a journey of self-discovery?

  • Michael Sacal

    it wasn’t stolen given that Wolfman worked with Byrne in the reboot. you really should find out what the facts are before you make stuff up. Byrne has a Q&A section on his site where he talks about how that idea came up.

  • Roivampire

     I don’t think anyone is under that impression, we all get it, he’s building off the works of those who wrote superman before him. Byrne cited his stuff because thats how he works. Geoff Johns didn’t cite anything for Secret Origins GL and superman and i don’t hear you complaining about that

  • Michael Sacal

    we’re weren’t talking about secret origin, are we? that was another piece of shit too that stole from the movies and other sources. “definite origin of superman” my ass. within a year, it was invalidated by the current piece of shit by morrison.

  • Not Daniel

    “General Zod and company aren’t coming to earth for the Starbucks you know” may just be the best thing in this entire thread.

  • kalorama

    I don’t know, but it really doesn’t matter because that’s not actually the point. This is:

    There’s nothing in Man of Steel about Clark “leaving Smallville to travel around the world in a journey of self-discovery.” At the end of the first issue he leaves Smallvile. The next issue opens with Ma and Pa looking over their scrapbook of his unnamed exploits and talking about how it’s been 7 years since he left. A few pages later Clark shows up and says something about having spent the last 3 years living in Metropolis. At no point is there any mention of what he’s actually been doing (aside from covertly using his powers to save people) during that time. Based on what’s in the actual book, for all we know he’s spent the last 7 years going to community college and then working as a CPA.  Byrne never actually addresses how Clark filled those seven years during his down time. All that came later, from other writers who worked on the various Superman books. Was Waid the first one to come up with it? Maybe not. I don’t really know (or care). But I know that Byrne wasn’t, because he never dealt with it at all in Man of Steel. He basically just left a gaping 7 year gap in Clark’s life that other people filled in.

  • Michael Sacal

    Fair enough. I’ll let your false assertion that Byrne did not come up with Clark’s journey of “self-discovery” pass (since you lack a source, that renders your previous assertion false since you cannot back it up) and we’ll reduce the concept to a simple journey around the world, with no specific purpose (hence the quotes around self-discovery).

    That still doesn’t change the fact that Byrne came up with the idea of having Clark travel around the world. In fact, in World of Metropolis #3 Clark remarks that in the time since he left Smallville he had been around the world.

    Writers who followed Byrne’s application of the concept of the journey in the Superman comics, like Chuck Dixon, extrapolated the idea and made it a journey of self-discovery, in which he asks himself basic questions like “where do I fit in?”, like seen on this page.

    Even IF we dismissed Byrne’s work entirely and agreed that he wasn’t the one who came up with the idea of sending Clark on a journey around the world specifically to find himself, we’d still have to credit Dixon BEFORE we credit Waid.

  • Michael Sacal

    At the very least, in the absence of Birthright, a movie that uses the question possed in the summary seen above would evoke Byrne’s and Dixon’s work in whatever order or context one likes.

  • kalorama

    LOL! You’re certifiable.

    Not that I actually care, since it’s clear your rant has no connection to reality or rationality, but since there’s a certain perverse thrill to be had from poking caged rodents with a stick, I’ll ask anyway:

    How is my point about Byrne not coming up with the journey of self-discovery a “false assertion” that “lacks a source”? I cited the source: The Man of Steel miniseries, in which John Byrne says not one word about any “journey of discovery.” I never said anything about Waid (or anyone else) coming up with it before MOS, so you can hammer that nail until your wrist goes numb. My point, my only point, is that your insane assertion that Waid stole the idea from Byrne is complete, utter nonsense, because it was never Byrne’s idea to begin with. Byrne never wrote anything about Clark going on a “journey of discovery.” Never. 

    And your  mealy mouthed attempt at backpedeling in the face of being proven wrong is even weaker than your original tirade. There’s not a single word in MOS about Clark “traveling around the world.” None. Nada. Again, Byrne never gives any hint or indication of what Clark was doing in the years since he left Smallville. None. Yeah, he stopped disasters and crimes that occurred all over the world, but he . . . he’s Superman. He can be anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes. At no point did Byrne indicate that he was” traveling the world” as Clark Kent. in fact, as noted, the book very specifically says that Clark had spent the last 3 years living in Metropolis, not “traveling” anywhere.

  • Michael Sacal

    are you really this dense? this is what you said

    “Nor did it originate with Byrne” and when asked to provide proof of that, you later said “I don’t know” that’s what makes your assertion FALSE.

    You have NO evidence to prove that someone other than Byrne and a comic other than Man of Steel introduced the notion of Clark leaving Smallville on a journey around the world. Whether it was to find himself or find a place to built his Fortress, what he left for is not as important as him leaving.

    Waid did NOT come up with the idea of Clark Kent travelling around the world.

    I’m not going to continue wasting time with someone who makes false claims and then can’t back them up with actual proof.

  • Gridlock Manifesto


    If there is a trailer for “Man of Steel” for “The Dark
    Knight Rises,” I will be one of the first to see it that midnight, and I
    certainly hope it is true.  Being a
    superhero fan I wouldn’t miss any incarnation regardless of the reviews.  I just saw Spiderman in 3D XD and it was phenomenal.  I feel sorry for the guy who jumped the
    gun.  By the way, my Dish co-worker was
    looking at the Sci-fi category on Dish Online one day; it got me asking
    questions, and now I’m getting my superhero fix by renting Batman and Superman
    (Doomsday) animated movies I found there. 
    It is easier to search there than on my DVR, and then I watch it on my