If you’re worried about possible spoilers in this first plot synopsis for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman film Man Of Steel, don’t be. Outside of confirming that it will be, once again, some sort of origin story, the synopsis doesn’t really give much of anything away. It doesn’t even mention who the villains of the film will be, outside of the oblique “when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack,” even though we know thanks to casting news that came complete with quotes from Snyder.
The synopsis comes from some extra casting notices that are circulating in Vancouver where the film will be doing some shooting.
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.
See? Not very revealing at all.
I suppose one could argue that the idea of Clark Kent wrestling with his identity could be considered a revealing plot point, but it is one that goes hand-in-hand with the Superman origin story. It was definitely already explored in various degrees in Superman: The Movie, Superman II and Superman Returns. At this point, I think there is no real need to once again tread this territory, unless it has something to do with Warner Brothers ongoing lawsuit with the heirs of Superman’s creators.
Man Of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Julia Ormand, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni, and Russell Crowe.