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    Sounds Like The Man of Steel is an Origin Story

    I know many of you were hoping for The Man of Steel to feature Henry Cavill in the red-and-blue suit the first minute into Zack Snyder's reboot with all the characters and that world already established.

    Sorry to be the messenger of bad news of those cats, but it looks like we're in for another full-on origin story. By no means is that a bad thing; it's just a tad on the amusing side when you factor all the comments about how "innovative" and "fresh" this new Snyder/Christopher Nolan/David Goyer take was on the Big Blue Boy Scout.

    Chatting it up with E! Online, Diane Lane discussed the process of her reading the script and inadvertently blabbed of the origin story nature:

    "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."

    During our daily bullshit-a-thons, Peter has chatted up how he thinks this will be a kin to Superman: Year One and less on it being a re-do-over of the Richard Donner film. That could be the case here. For all we know the bits when Lane and Kevin Costner discover the rocket-ship could simply be a flashback a la the manner done in John Byrne's The Man of Steel comic.

    Either way, it sounds like we're getting another "hero's journey" story as we did with the Donner film, Batman Begins and most recently J.J. Abrams' Star Trek.

    Reader Comments (4)

    I like what she says later in the article, too: "But this is going to be a whole reinvention. A visitation and a reinvention."

    "Visitation" is a nice word. And I tend to agree with Peter that it'll be Year One-ish or possible even Batman Begins-ish. Saying it covers "the entire range of years, from infancy on" doesn't nail it down to a by-the-numbers origin. All it takes is one scene with Zod talking to Jor-El with baby Kal-El cooing in the background to make Lane's statement true.

    I think we're in for something really special with this movie. Can't wait. You guys are THE best place for Superman coverage and commentary.

    04-13-2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Bierly

    Personally have no issue with seeing origins again. This is a new film series so of course we need to see origin of krypton and some youth stuff with clark. So we can see why this film is different then past takes of the character.

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