The first official synopsis for Man Of Steel, the new Superman movie being directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, has appeared as part of a casting call in Vancouver, site of some scenes about to be shot.
According to Superman Homepage, the synopsis reads:
“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?”
This is quite interesting on its own, but doesn’t tell us anything about the actual plot. In essence this is just Superman’s back story, the same one we all already know. More interesting, however, is the fact that this synopsis is exactly the same as one which was leaked in April on Movie Newz. But there were additional paragraphs revealed by the unnamed source at the time which do give away some story details. As discovered by Dark Horizons:
“General Sam Lane, the father of Lois Lane, is a central figure in director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot. This really is as Zack described in several interviews about the film, a ‘real world’ Superman. I’m told that when Superman arrives on the scene; people don’t know what to think. He’s an alien from another planet. What are his real intentions? He’s not human and that scares a lot of people. Here’s a guy who can fly, see through walls, is bullet proof and can lift a tank.
The military views him as a potential threat to national security. They find kryptonite, pieces of his home planet, and discover its radioactive elements can be harnessed as a near unlimited source of power, both literally and figuratively. It’s a brand new form of energy that is secretly developed by the government. The military, under the direction of General Sam Lane, uses kryptonite to power an experimental cyborg super solider named Metallo. He’s ultimately exploited as a weapon against Superman.”
This implies Superman arrives not as a baby but as an adult, and rather than being raised as a beloved child by kindly adoptive parents, is seen as a threat which humanity should be wary of. It’s original, that’s for sure.
Superman Returns didn’t work, but I have high hopes Man Of Steel will do, and provide a new springboard from which to launch a new Superman series. He is, after all, the greatest comic book hero of all time, so he deserves to be treated with high regard in cinematic terms. In recent years it is actually Spider-Man and Batman which have had that luxury afforded to them.