EW Unveils MAN OF STEEL Cover; New Plot Details Revealed

     April 10, 2013


It’s safe to say that Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel is one of the biggest films of the summer, if not the biggest film.  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.  Hit the jump to read on, though be aware that some may consider the following spoilery (even though it’s about things that aren’t in the movie).

man-of-steel-ew-coverSpeaking 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.

man-of-steel-henry-cavillSo yes, it does appear that we will indeed be seeing Superman punch someone in the film.  For more on Man of Steel, pick up EW’s next issue, and to see what Legendary CEO Thomas Tull had to say about the pic, click here.  The film opens in 3D on June 14th.

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  • Tom

    Steve may be upset with your title, giving away that part of the film

    • Adam Chitwood

      Steve approved the title, but on second thought it may be best to take it out.

      • Sander

        What was the original title?

  • Die Nolan Hack Fraud

    No kryptonite because that would be “unrealistic”. What a sham this film is. Get ready for Sucker Punch 2 kids. Ye have been warned.

    • ed

      it doesnt say that at all, it just says that theyre not using it for this movie and honestly im a hundred percent cool with that. id rather see kryptonite in the sequel than in this one.

    • jack

      Can you read? it clearly says they decided not to use it because it’s overused not unrealistic…..your name says it all though, you’re just a troll who hated tdkr thus now has to hate everything that nolan has any part in

    • sunshine

      if he’s fighting kryptonians there is no reason to include kryptonie in this film dick bag. it doesn’t even make any sense.

    • Eric Nixon

      A Kryptonian using kryptonite would be a little counter-productive to Zod’s cause, wouldn’t it?

      But then again, as has already pointed out, you’re just a troll with unsupervised internet access.

    • Hack Snyder

      That’s not much of a prediction when you consider that the last good film Zack Snyder directed was released in 2004.

    • Who dat ninja

      I can’t say I agree with this post, but to those saying that a kryptonian using krytptonite doesn’t make sense: maybe you should rethink that a bit. That’s like saying it doesn’t make sense for the terrorists to use bullets to try and kill John McClane because bullets can kill the terrorists too.

  • Nmaster

    Maybe i’m making mountains out of mole hills, but:

    “As a result, Man of Steel presents the frustrated Superman, the angry Superman, the lost Superman”

    Wasn’t Cavill suppose to play edward cullen in the twilight films…
    (dun dun durrrrrr)

    • Eric Nixon

      I get your point, and part of me agrees with it. But they’re looking at through the lens of a man who has powers and abilities greater than those of man, who learns he’s not even from this planet. Imagine how that would affect a person, having to treat the world like it’s made of cardboard. He’d have doubts, fears, apprehensions. But he learns a lesson we’ve been taught by another hero, that having great power comes with great responsibility. I’m sure that about the mid-way point in the film, the Superman you want to see shows up.

    • smith

      Jennifer Lawrence was going to play Bella and you know how that turned out fine…

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  • sunshine

    if he\’s fighting kryptonians there is no reason to include kryptonie in this film d*ck bag. it doesn\’t even make any sense.

  • sunshine

    if he’s fighting kryptonians there is no reason to include kryptonie in this film genius. it doesn’t even make any sense. it’s will be way better to have luthor figure it out in subsequent films. god knows that kryptonite isn’t in every comic or every epidsode of JLU

    • Anthony

      ok, i think we get your point so stop saying it again and again.

  • Colonel Shraedder

    Nolan can dress him up in what ever sequined super suit be wants, but this is just NOT Superman. I’m predicting this will be the biggest Flop of the Summer. 2006 all over again, only tinged with Nolan.

    The guys at MPC said “There was a debate about converting to 3D, because Zack is so in love with shakey cam, it’s his new “thing”. He’s done with time-ramping shots – so the whole move is comprised of shakey hand held shots – so we just weren’t sure if the audience would, or could handle that much shake in 3D.”

    And yes that’s a direct quote from one of the VFX supervisors. And yes MPC did the “ponderous” FX work on Jack the Giant Slayer, so set your expectations accordingly.

  • xyzero

    The Green Kryptonite “allergy” always bugged me. From the looks of it Snyder’s Superman will be hindered by psychological weaknesses. Maybe, much in the same way Batman doesn’t kill, Supes won’t take any action that might endanger human lives. Like the iRobot rule. Oh the humanity! Now that’s a weakness.

  • Shaun

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

    Best news I’ve heard about this movie so far.

    In fact, how about taking a bold new direction and NEVER bringing Kryptonite into any future Superman/JLA movies? It’s been a crutch in the movies, cartoons, and comics for far too long.

  • Dmula

    Im glad no Kryptonite because its always a predictable plot point usually toward the end and then the bad guy starts beating on him etc. etc.

  • DMcHugh

    The problem with Superman as a character to begin with was that he only had ONE weakness. He was basically invincible = NO REAL DRAMA. Now, you’re going to take that one weakness away?! How will we every buy into the fact that he’s in any real danger. This movie will have no tension.

    • Anthony

      well actually kryptonite isn’t his only weakness, the people he cares about are also part of his weaknesses so yes it will have tensions especially if Zod uses them against him.

    • Me

      Aside from kryptonite, Superman is also susceptible to magic. And even without those two, Doomsday practically beat him to death.

    • bidi

      also, Zod is from Krypton as well, meaning he’s just like Supes. so two equally powerful beings duking it out should provide a bit of tension

      • Andrew

        Also not forgetting Zod’s fellow kryptonian henchwoman Faora who apparently is also in the film,looking very Ursa-like…,albeit with the armoured costume similar to Zod.

    • Who dat ninja

      When Superman died in the comics, he was not killed by Kryptonite.

  • Rich woa

    Cool,ill reserve my judgement till the movie comes out. Seems like a fresh idea versus the older movies.

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  • tinypony

    No Kryptonite, no surprise, of course it’ll harm Zod as well, so makes sense.
    The real question is why Zod comes to Earth, why he hates Superman so much. I’m guessing something went wrong on Krypton, turning Zod against Kal El.
    It’ll be two Kryptonians against one, while Earth watches and burns.

  • crackerdogsam

    Haven’t we already had two Hulk films where the hero was reluctant to use his powers and kept them suppressed and then said: aw, heck, smashing stuff is awesome?

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