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New plot details and EW cover unveiled for MAN OF STEEL

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 6:53 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


A lot is riding on Man of Steel this summer. A future Justice League film hinges on its success, but possibly also the cinematic future for Superman, which has had a rocky last couple of decades. The studio is attempting to introduce a new Superman to audiences, and all eyes are on director Zack Snyder to see if Man of Steel does the character justice. The project began almost by accident when David S. Goyer ran into a wall regarding a plot point on The Dark Knight Rises and turned to his Superman comics as a distraction. Christopher Nolan spurred to Goyer’s take on the character and offered to produce the film based on Goyer’s script, and now we’ve got a brand new Superman movie headed our way in a matter of months.

Entertainment Weekly’s big Summer Movie Preview issue is hitting stands soon, and they’ve now unveiled their Man of Steel-graced cover along with some rather revealing information regarding the movie.

Man of Steel EW

Speaking with EW, Snyder dropped a fairly major nugget of info about his take on Superman:

“I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie.”

The filmmakers said that Kryptonite has been used so often as Superman’s weakness that they decided it would be more fresh not to use it. Whether Snyder and Goyer have come up with a formidable alternative remains to be seen, but EW also has a brief rundown of the pic’s story which finds Henry Cavill playing a decidedly different version of the character:

This film reveals that even on Krypton, young Kal-El was a special child, whose birth was cause for alarm on his home planet. (More on that in the magazine) And once on Earth, his adoptive parents, Ma and Pa Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), urge him not to use his immense strength – even in dire emergencies — warning that not every human would be as accepting of him as they are. So Clark Kent grows up feeling isolated, longing for a connection to others, and constantly hiding who he is. As a result, Man of Steel presents the frustrated Superman, the angry Superman, the lost Superman. “Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties,” Cavill says.

While there will definitely be a strong emotional pull to Man of Steel, EW notes that Snyder isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to the pic’s action:

Based on footage EW has seen, the film (which was directed by Zack Snyder and shepherded by Christopher Nolan) has plenty of building-smashing, train-slinging, heat-vision-blasting battles to cut through the emotional heaviness.

For more on Man of Steel, and the other summer films, pick up EW’s next issue. Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

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