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).
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.
So 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.
Click here to catch up on all of our Man of Steel coverage, or browse the links below:
- Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull Says MAN OF STEEL Is “The Superman Movie I’ve Always Wanted to See
- First TV Spot for MAN OF STEEL
- New Trailer for Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL Starring Henry Cavill
- WonderCon: MAN OF STEEL Action Figure Images Featuring Superman, Jor-El, Zod, and Faora
- Screenwriter David S. Goyer Talks About How He Got Involved with MAN OF STEEL and His Reaction to Seeing the Finished Film
- Zack Snyder Calls His Superman “More Relatable, More Human”
- Early Screening Buzz for MAN OF STEEL Highly Positive; Teases “Tons of Action” and All-CG Cape