Man of Steel Plot Details, Justice League Connections, and POTENTIAL SPOILERS


Michael Shannon in Man of Steel (2013) Movie EW Scan Image

There was so much “Man of Steel” stuff in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly that I thought I’d separate it into two posts. There were a handful of new pictures from the issue, which you can find here, or sprinkled throughout below.

As for the article itself, it featured interviews with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, along with producer Charles Roven.

The film will start off by following a young Clark Kent as he grows up as the adopted son of Ma and Pa Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane). Clark, we’re told, is urged not to use his powers, even in case of emergencies, and this results in him feeling “isolated, longing for a connection to others”, leading a “frustrated Superman, the angry Superman, the lost Superman.”

Kevin Costner and Diane Lane in Man of Steel (2013) Movie EW Scan Image

Or as star Henry Cavill puts it:

Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties.

So it sounds like this will be a pretty heavy Man of Steel, emotionally and drama-wise. They probably got the right guy for the part, then, because Cavill looks like he can really do heavy. And, of course, the superhero stuff, too.

Henry Cavill in Man of Steel (2013) Movie EW Scan Image 2

But that doesn’t mean it’ll skimp on the comic book action. Producer Charles Roven chimes in:

You want to give the audience great spectacle. You want them to go to the movie, be eating their popcorn and be like, ‘Wow!’ But it’s just not good enough to give them the ‘Wow.’ You want them to be emotionally engaged. Because if you just have the ‘wow,’ ultimately you get bludgeoned by that and you stop caring.

As for how “Man of Steel” will connect with that “Justice League” movie that Warner is cooking up, Roven adds (via CBM):

[Man of Steel's] setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, Man of Steel is definitely a first step. What Zack and Chris have done with [Man of Steel] is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.

Screenwriter David Goyer, meanwhile, adds:

I would love to tell you yes or no [on Man of Steel leading to a shared universe], but I think it’s going to be more exciting for people to keep a beady eye out and find what they can find.

“Find out what they can find?” Sounds like he might be saying that “Man of Steel” may (or may not) hold some potential Easter eggs for the eagle-eye viewer. No mention of Guillermo del Toro’s “Justice League Dark” movie, though.

Laurence Fishburne and Amy Adams in Man of Steel (2013) Movie EW Scan Image

But what about this new Lois Lane? Sounds like she’ll be just as spunky and worldly, with Amy Adams saying of her character:

I think she’s very transient. She’s ready to pick up and go at a moment’s notice. I think that definitely could be part of what she sees in Superman — not really laying down roots, not developing trust.

And oh yeah, one final thing — there will be no kryptonite in the film. Zack Snyder confirms as much, telling the issue:

I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie.

Which is a good idea, I think. Always giving the bad guys the easy option of turning Supes into a mere mortal with kryptonite is such an easy out, like how all the Crow’s villains in the “Crow” movies inexplicably figure out that his powers are tied to that damn crow that keeps following him around.

“Man of Steel” takes flight June 14, 2013.

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  • Dedpool

    YAY No Kryptonite!!!

    • Juggernaut

      That is great news. In every movie it was Lex Luthor gets Superman’s one weakness and then all of the awe is taken away from him. I say keep him fighting super- powered foes for the first few without the Kryptonite and then after slowly introducing both Luthor and the knowledge of Kryptonite existing bring that story together.

      • TsTi Dot Com

        I just want to know why Superman turning mortal usually looks like him having a heart attack. Due to media over the last few years I thought they just upgraded it to killing him.

        I, for one, would like to see superman in a fight verse lex luther with no super powers, just mano y mano. I think that would be one of the best scenes ever. Vin Diesel as Lex Luthor and we have one bad ass scene in the making.

        • Curtis Andrew Hedrick

          Green Kryptonite has never just turned him mortal, it kills him, there are other colors and one causes him to become mortal. But Kryptonite as always been a way to kill superman, heck prolonged exposure even causes cancer in humans

          • Dedpool

            Yes but the effect that Kryptonite has is iffy. Yes it weakens him and eventually would poison and kill him, but there needs to be some sort of status quo for how this works. Writers are very liberal with it. SOmetimes he could be around it and doesn’t know it and then only seems afected when he sees it. Others they write that he feels it before he sees it. He’s been shot with kryptonite twice and should died right away of Kryptonite blood poisoning. In Returns he was able to lift a continent partly made up of the stuff. Plus he recovers from it faster than it actually affects him.
            There should be like a 30 min exposure rule. 30 minutes around it and he dies, end of story.

          • Curtis Andrew Hedrick

            oh i can agree that the writers constantly muck around with how long it takes to kill him, using it as a writers device. I don’t know how the New 52 has done it. But even then there are many who still think it just takes his powers as they make the joke about his fighting skill. Hard to fight when you’re not only being drained of your superpowers, but your body functions are shutting down. It should really be measured by the amount, say something the size of a bullet should take longer to kill him than a 5 lb chunk.

    • 0ptik

      That annoyed me about small ville, every episode had Clark exposed to kryptonite. I’m glad there isn’t any, its a cheap gimmick.

  • schnydz

    “[Man of Steel's] setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. ”

    So wait, does that mean Nolan’s Batman will not be included. Or perhaps another reboot?

    • Dedpool

      ALready pretty much been the case. Those were always supposed to be stand alone films.