Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have been very tight-lipped about the script for the new Superman movie Man of Steel. We know next to nothing beyond the fact that Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and General Zod (Michael Shannon) are in the film, and that Clark Kent’s adoptive human parents (played by Diane Lane and Kevin Costner) are also factoring in.
Now Diane Lane has talked about her readthrough of the script, and suggests that yet another telling of Superman’s origin is part of the film.
I read the script under lock and key… I was locked in a room with the script and was only allowed three hours with it. I nailed it into my memory. I’m really excited. I’m really not allowed to talk much about it, I think, but it does cover the entire range of years, from infancy on.
Granted, we don’t know how much time is spent on the lower age range in Clark Kent’s lifespan. But this suggests (and could be misinformation) that we’ll see his youth once more. If that is via flashbacks or a quick trademark Zack Snyder montage recounting the character’s origin story, then we’ll be in good shape. And given that this whole project was kicked off when screenwriter David Goyer told producer/godfather Christopher Nolan about a new idea to put Superman in a modern context, perhaps there is a spin on his origin that is very necessary to the script. It is difficult to imagine a take on the character that dramatically re-contextualizes him without also seriously changing him, but it is possible that is exactly what this team is working towards.