"Justice League": Exploring How Superman Returns (Again)
Film, Comic Books
One of the difficulties in adapting a long-running character to the big screen is picking and choosing which elements from the source material to include. In the case of Man of Steel, writers David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, along with director Zack Snyder, had 80 years of stories to draw from. Do you go with the thug-bashing original who could only leap tall buildings or the sunnier Silver Age Superman who had a rainbow of Kryptonite and a constantly changing pal to worry about? Heck, there’s practically as many versions of Krypton as there are of Superman.
Clearly, Snyder and company have made their choices ,and we’ll get to see what they are come June 14. However, thanks to the avalanche of press leading up to the film, you can see bits and pieces of where they’re coming from early. This latest poster gives the impression of a watchful hero trying to figure out how he fits into the world.
Meanwhile, IndieWire compiled a series of images, most of which feature Clark Kent at various ages. The biggest reveal was the first still of Rebecca Buller as Jenny Olsen. We’re not sure how different Jenny is from Jimmy, but is it telling that she’s not sporting a camera?
Another interesting photo is the one of a very pregnant Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer), better known to the world as Superman’s biological mom. This isn’t a huge spoiler or anything, but some versions of Krypton treat the society as a completely sterile, scientific one where the children are actually created from genetic material in a birthing matrix. Snyder’s version seems to be a more human take on the alien world.
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
The film also stars four-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams (“The Master”) as Daily Planet journalist Lois lane, and Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do With It”) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar nominee Diane lane (“Unfaithful”) and Academy Award winner Kevin Costner (“Dances With Wolves”).
Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue (upcoming “The Seventh Son”). Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Ayelet Zurer (“Angels and Demons”), and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). Rounding out the cast are Christopher Meloni (upcoming “42”) as U.S. military man Colonel Hardy, Harry Lennix (“State of Play”) as General Swanwick, Michael Kelly (“The Adjustment Bureau”) as Steve Lombard, and Richard Schiff (TV’s “The West Wing”) as Dr. Emil Hamilton.