The new edition of Entertainment Weekly has a full Summer release section, and included in it is a big piece on Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Coming with that is some brand new and interesting plot details, and even more amazing is our first proper look at Michael Shannon as General Zod.
First the plot details, and Zack Snyder told the magazine “I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie.”
It seems the filmmakers feel the Kryptonite idea as Superman’s weakness has been done enough, and they want to come up with something new and fresh. While nothing more was said on the matter, EW did provide a new description of the film:
This film reveals that even on Krypton, young Kal-El was a special child, whose birth was cause for alarm on his home planet. (More on that in the magazine) And once on Earth, his adoptive parents, Ma and Pa Kent (Kevin Costner andDiane 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.
Given the ‘realism’ of Man of Steel, and the clear drama involved, EW made it clear that from the footage they have seen, we’re in for a real treat when it comes to the action:
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.
Along with the magazine information, SlashFilm have gotten their hands on a number of images. You can see them below, and while we get a shot of Superman (Henry Cavill) flying, Lois Lane (Amy Adams), Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Jonathan and Martha Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), what is most interesting is our first proper look at Michael Shannon’s General Zod. Now, does he look blood awesome or what!
Directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Noaln and written by David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, the film stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent, Michael Shannon as General Zod and Russell Crowe as Jor-El. Also amongst the highly impressive cast are Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Ayelet Zurer and Antje Traue.
Man of Steel arrives in cinemas June 14th.
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question ‘Why am I here?’ Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman.