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Thursday, August 18, 2011

'Superman' Synopsis Hits Web

It sounds as though the Superman: The Man of Steel filming is well underway and we may just be in store for some cool action set pieces—you’ll remember that we were left somewhat deprived after Superman Returns (that’s the last swipe on that movie, I promise).


Comic Book Resources featured a tidbit from an extra who confirmed that the Smallville sets that appeared to be partially destroyed involve a scene in which a tornado hits Superman’s adopted home. The extra explained that the scene has Jonathan Kent (played by Kevin Costner) sucked into a tornado from which Superman (or possibly a young Clark) saves him. This must mean that Lois Lane isn’t the only supporting character that is prone to freak accidents in the new Superman film.

CBR also printed a plot synopsis from the film that was released for a casting call when the production moves to Canada:

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.

I wonder how accurate this is? I’ll never understand why casting calls sometimes seem to feature important plot details when it really isn’t going to matter to the actors who submit their headshots for a chance at a single line of dialogue in the film. If the casting call simply read “Expensive Superman movie to film in Toronto” the same actors would be clamoring for a chance to be in the film.

Perhaps I’m just concerned that we are going to get a Superman film in which the hero struggles with power and responsibility. To me, that has never really been Superman. I thought that might have been one of the weaker elements to J. Michael Straczynski’s Superman: Earth One. We’ll probably have to wait until next summer before some concrete details about the film’s plot are released.

Superman: The Man of Steel is scheduled for release on June 14, 2013.

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