For me, one of the most exciting things about the choice of Zack Snyder to direct Superman: Man of Steel is that I have no idea what to expect from the film now. Luckily, he seems willing to talk about what he’ll bring to the table. Snyder spoke generally mere hours after the announcement (“I think there’s a real opportunity here“), and revealed a bit more to Filmsactu.com in promotion of the French release of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga‘Hoole. Roughly translated:
“The film will focus on early days of Superman, so there will be no links with other films. This is not a remake then. Similarly, although I still can not talk about the script, I can assure you that this new Superman will not be based on a comic book in particular.”
Let’s parse this out after the jump.
That phrase, “the early days,” suggests another origin story, no? It was previously suggested that Man of Steel would not be an origin story, that it “assumes audiences already know about Lois, Clark, Jimmy and Perry.” The two scenarios aren’t mutually exclusive: we could pick up in the first year of his hiring at the Daily Planet. Let’s hope for that. I don’t need to see Clark Kent run through cornfields again. Moreover, it probably dashes the hopes of those who dream of 39-year-old Jon Hamm donning the cape. Sorry, kids.
Likewise, if you were hoping Brandon Routh might reprise his role, he would presumably be a “link” to Superman Returns, so you’re likely also out of luck. But that’s nothing new. Too bad, really. I liked him well enough at the time, and I’ve only grown fonder with Chuck and Scott Pilgrim on his resume.
Lastly, the rumored logline for the film —“Clark Kent is a journalist traveling the world trying to decide if he should, in fact, even become Superman” — brought to mind Mark Waid’s twelve-issue limited series Superman: Birthright. It appears that comic book is not a direct source for the film, though I imagine it could still inspire the story.
To recap, here’s the rest of what we know about the film so far:
- Christopher Nolan is on board as producer/”godfather”
- David Goyer (The Dark Knight) is writing the script, with an idea of how to address Superman in a “modern context.”
- Warner Bros. is targeting a release date sometime between summer 2012 and summer 2013.
- It is rumored that General Zod will be the villain, though Snyder recently noted, “For now, it’s just a rumor.”