Superman: Man of Steel plot reveals big surprise?
It looks like the plot of Zack Snyder's Superman: Man of Steel has been revealed, and I know we've seen a few false starts before, there's hope that this might be the real one as it comes from an open casting call for the film.
Superman: Man of Steel has been quite quiet since it was announced, and there have been plenty of rumours but even the casting hasn't set the world alight. The biggest news was that Snyder was taking the helm and Bryan Singer was not, or more than that, that this new Superman would once again be a restart of the franchise.
Actually that's not quite right. Superman Returns (Filmstalker review) was a restart, as the story was set some time in the future, Superman: Man of Steel will indeed be a reboot as we journey back to the origin story to tell it all again. Just in case you didn't know the origin story of Superman - what planet have you been living on? Krypton?
Anyway, ComicBookMovie through Collider have the plot synopsis, or what they claim to be the plot, this may be refuted by the studio at some point in the future and who knows, the actual plot may be better.
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone's imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question - Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as "Superman," not only to shine as the world's last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.
Let me side with Matt from Collider for a moment and say that we know his origin story, and I seriously hope that there's no more than twenty minutes of the film spent on that. How can it be any different in a reboot of the franchise? Unless of course they are making him land in Russia, which they are clearly not, so let's get the origin out of there quick enough and get to the main crux of the story.
The other part that causes a little annoyance is the seemingly daft comment about "Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer?". Of course he is Superman, he will use them for good ultimately, but here we're left wondering if there is really going to be a period of the film where he's struggling with his more materialistic and selfish side. Perhaps Clark Kent isn't really the altruistic creature we think he is, that is until he finally decides what Superman stands for.
Perhaps that's Snyder's big surprise, maybe we're going to see Superman arrive pretty late in the film and the real struggle will be with a young man trying to find out what he is while carrying all these powers, after all the plot also says "Clark struggles with the ultimate question - Why am I here?". Perhaps he does use them for his own good, maybe even he's on the side of General Zod for a while?
Now there's an interesting wrinkle. Imagine you're the only Kryptonian on Earth, trying to blend in and hide where you came from, then three others arrive from your home planet and revel in who they are. Perhaps Clark doesn't even know they are outcasts to begin with, just survivors. He could side with them, be seduced by...I almost said it, wrong franchise...their talk of them being superior over humans. Maybe he does indeed side with them until something happens and causes him to become Superman?
You know, I actually like that idea. It could really work, and it's certainly another way to read that line in the plot.