It looks like we’re in for yet another telling of Superman’s backstory. Diane Lane, who plays Martha Kent, tells E! Online that the script for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is being kept under lock and key and she was given only three hours to read it. Lane says she can’t talk much about it (obviously), but does say Man of Steel “does cover the entire range of years, from infancy on.” I wish we would just get a quick montage of Superman’s youth, but with casting name-actors like Lane and Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, it looks like we’re in for at least 40 minutes of stuff we already know.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on why it’s time to ditch the origin story for Superman. Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, and Amy Adams. The film is set to open in December 2012. For all of our Superman coverage, click here.
I don’t expect the average moviegoer to know the origin story of every superhero. But I expect them to know the origins of Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man. Those three heroes are large enough and have had a new movie recent enough to let America know “This is how I came to exist.” Don’t most people know by now that Superman came from the dying planet of Krypton and was adopted by a kindly, childless couple who came upon his downed spacecraft? Even if you don’t know that origin, you can hop on Wikipedia or the Google Machine and find it out in about a minute. The character has been around since 1932. I doubt you’ll be hearing folks say “Who is this Superman fellow I keep hearing about?”