With Man of Steel set to hit theaters June 14th, there has been plenty of talk and speculation as to how the Zach Snyder version of Superman will be portrayed. So for those of you who have been wondering, like me, we’ve got a few answers for you. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Zach Snyder and Henry Cavill have revealed a few things about the film and what will, and won’t, be featured in it.
It will come as a bit of a surprise to know that the kryptonite that is the only thing that physically weakens and can ultimately be fatal to our superhero will not be a factor in Man of Steel. Snyder reveals, “I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie.” By now, we’ve all seen the still and trailer where Superman appears to be being taken by a group of soldiers and is walking with them in handcuffs. If there is no kryptonite in the cuffs to subdue his strength, then what could be the reason that Superman is being so complacent?
The rundown of the character and the story of Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman is quite interesting and definitely not your average run of the mill Superman tale. An excerpt taken from the article in EW explains, “This film reveals that even on Krypton, young Kal-El was a special child, whose birth was cause for alarm on his home planet. 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.
The origins story of Superman has been told and retold, but knowledge of Kal-El’s time on Krypton and what happened before the planet was about to explode and his parents put him in a spaceship and sent him to Earth to save him is mostly unknown territory. By examining the possibilities of who Kal-El was before he became Clark Kent, Snyder is opening us up to a whole new facet of the Superman saga.
While this film is definitely built on a lot of emotional baggage from Clark having to hide his true identity, and the struggle of what would/will happen if the world finds out who he truly is and what he can do, there will be no shortage of action to keep you on the edge of your seat as well. Another excerpt from the EW article confirms, “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.”
For more spoilery goodness about the Man of Steel movie and the interview(s) in question, make sure to grab your copy of Entertainment Weekly when it hits the newsstands in May.