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Man of Steel gets an official synopsis, tells us absolutely nothing

Aug. 18, 2011by: Mike Sampson

MAN OF STEEL is currently filming somewhere in the suburbs of Illinois but we still don't know a whole lot about the film. But now we have an official synopsis to rescue us from the morass of confusion! Read on to finally learn what fresh aspects of Superman's legacy will be tackled in MAN OF STEEL!

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 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 (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin 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.

Oh my god! That sounds...like I could've written it myself. That basically sounds like the synopsis for every Superman movie ever made. And is the big "hook" for this movie that Clark is questioning his desire to be Superman? Wasn't that kinda the gist of the last movie?

It does seem clear that they're deliberately leaving out some important pieces of information here. General Zod isn't mentioned and his actions are only insinuated ("under attack"). I think more so than any other superhero movie in recent history, MAN OF STEEL has to make the biggest hard sell to fans. Why this and why is this worth more to me than SUPERMAN RETURNS (which, so far, this seems somewhat similar to)? Unlike THE AVENGERS or DARK KNIGHT RETURNS where my interest is somewhat inherent, I feel like MAN OF STEEL needs to do some convincing. What do you think? Does this synopsis do anything for you?

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4:19AM on 08/19/2011

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The X-Files did something in the 90's that was really cool, they ended their season in the theatre. I am fan of Smallville and it seems to me this could have been done here also. I know it is a gamble to put unknowns like Tom Welling, Erica Durance and Michael Rosenbaum in the leads, but at least they already know the material( in the least E.D. has six years.) M.R. is the best Lex I have ever seen (yes better than Hackman or Spacey) and T.W. has the size, look and mannerisms down cold. Even
The X-Files did something in the 90's that was really cool, they ended their season in the theatre. I am fan of Smallville and it seems to me this could have been done here also. I know it is a gamble to put unknowns like Tom Welling, Erica Durance and Michael Rosenbaum in the leads, but at least they already know the material( in the least E.D. has six years.) M.R. is the best Lex I have ever seen (yes better than Hackman or Spacey) and T.W. has the size, look and mannerisms down cold. Even E.D. is great and totally believeable as L.L. Warner Bros. should have taken the cast of the T.V. show and made a feature length film while they wait for T.D.K.R. to conclude, give the fans what they want and reboot the whole thing for The Justice League when the time comes, b/c that is what they are going to do. Sorry, I had to get that out.
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10:54PM on 08/18/2011
Why can't we have a superman movie that isn't an origin story, has a villian the big screen hasn't seen before, and cuts out all that inner conflict crap. Just a straight up action movie where superman can finally kick some ass!
Why can't we have a superman movie that isn't an origin story, has a villian the big screen hasn't seen before, and cuts out all that inner conflict crap. Just a straight up action movie where superman can finally kick some ass!
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6:01PM on 08/18/2011
Mike Sampson: That basically sounds like the synopsis for every Superman movie ever made.
It's because every damn Superman movie ever made is pretty much, more or less, the same damn movie. They're all like remakes of one another!!!
Mike Sampson: That basically sounds like the synopsis for every Superman movie ever made.
It's because every damn Superman movie ever made is pretty much, more or less, the same damn movie. They're all like remakes of one another!!!
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7:06PM on 08/18/2011
I concur, my friend....
I concur, my friend....
4:54PM on 08/18/2011
i don't give a rat's ass about this movie. i loved 'superman returns.' i thought it was a great addition to the original films and a thoroughly enjoyable film in its own right. i would have wanted to see a sequel directed by bryan singer, not a reboot (or whatever) by zack snyder. singer is a great director. snyder isn't a hack, but he isn't a great director. he's just a great stylist. (ps. i'm expecting your downvotes).
i don't give a rat's ass about this movie. i loved 'superman returns.' i thought it was a great addition to the original films and a thoroughly enjoyable film in its own right. i would have wanted to see a sequel directed by bryan singer, not a reboot (or whatever) by zack snyder. singer is a great director. snyder isn't a hack, but he isn't a great director. he's just a great stylist. (ps. i'm expecting your downvotes).
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4:16PM on 08/18/2011
We'll see...this is the synopsis that says "something" without saying "anything"...it's happened before with the early synopsis of a film, and it'll happen again..."cards close to vest" is they way this will unfold for awhile since movie is far off.
We'll see...this is the synopsis that says "something" without saying "anything"...it's happened before with the early synopsis of a film, and it'll happen again..."cards close to vest" is they way this will unfold for awhile since movie is far off.
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3:58PM on 08/18/2011
Is it bad that one of the biggest things I'm excited about for this flick is the casting of Lane and Costner as his folks? Cuz that makes me pretty happy.
Is it bad that one of the biggest things I'm excited about for this flick is the casting of Lane and Costner as his folks? Cuz that makes me pretty happy.
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3:35PM on 08/18/2011
My only interest in this film is the cast and Nolan's involvement. Zod's storyline was done. New suit is ugly. I thought for sure Snyder would be the man to finally bring Darkseid or Doomsday to the big screen. At the very least Lobo.
My only interest in this film is the cast and Nolan's involvement. Zod's storyline was done. New suit is ugly. I thought for sure Snyder would be the man to finally bring Darkseid or Doomsday to the big screen. At the very least Lobo.
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2:16PM on 08/18/2011
Dark Knight Rises, not Dark Knight Returns. C'mon Mike, proofread your shit man!

But I agree, this movie is going to need some convincing to get people interested.
Dark Knight Rises, not Dark Knight Returns. C'mon Mike, proofread your shit man!

But I agree, this movie is going to need some convincing to get people interested.
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1:57PM on 08/18/2011

Plot Synopsis:

"He's got balls of STEEEEL!"
"He's got balls of STEEEEL!"
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12:43PM on 08/18/2011

SYNOPSIS

Wait this sounds like Smallville...oh wait...
Wait this sounds like Smallville...oh wait...
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12:28PM on 08/18/2011
I have a feeling this Superman won't be the noble, do-gooder,pussy we always get. I want a Superman who can be a little bad without red kryptonite. Give his personality more dimensions, please.
I have a feeling this Superman won't be the noble, do-gooder,pussy we always get. I want a Superman who can be a little bad without red kryptonite. Give his personality more dimensions, please.
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11:54AM on 08/18/2011
It sounds like it could be good just cuz the cast, but Im not sold on that Jersey shore looking superman in that picture. And for God's sake someone tell Zack Snyder to fucking cool it with the slow mo and shitty music!!!
It sounds like it could be good just cuz the cast, but Im not sold on that Jersey shore looking superman in that picture. And for God's sake someone tell Zack Snyder to fucking cool it with the slow mo and shitty music!!!
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11:40AM on 08/18/2011

Have a lil Faith

One thing we know about Zack Snyder is that it's 'GO BIG OR GO HOME'. Thats what all the past movies have been missing. We also know that Nolan is not going to attach himself to a run of the mill re-hash of a storyline. He'll make sure that this movie brings something new to the table. I also liked returns except for TWO huge mistakes that will be corrected in 'Man of Steel' 1) I'll bet everything i own that there will be NO superbaby and 2) Show some strength/emotion. In the words of Mr.
One thing we know about Zack Snyder is that it's 'GO BIG OR GO HOME'. Thats what all the past movies have been missing. We also know that Nolan is not going to attach himself to a run of the mill re-hash of a storyline. He'll make sure that this movie brings something new to the table. I also liked returns except for TWO huge mistakes that will be corrected in 'Man of Steel' 1) I'll bet everything i own that there will be NO superbaby and 2) Show some strength/emotion. In the words of Mr. Snyder "My Superman will punch somebody in the F'n face". If that doesnt get ya excited, then your not a fan. (I'm still hoping for a litte Darksied/Apokolips also)
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10:42AM on 08/18/2011

Just don't know...

I am a gigantic Supes fan, and this is just blah to me. I hate the suit (why do directors keep trying to make superhero costumes look like scuba gear?), and I'm not real hip on the actor cast a Superman. As much as I disliked "Returns", I totally bought Routh as the Man of Steel.

As far as this synopsis goes...Very vanilla. But, with Nolan attached as an exec on the film, I'm not shocked. He is still attached isn't he? Anyway, I'm holding out hope that this will revive Superman's
I am a gigantic Supes fan, and this is just blah to me. I hate the suit (why do directors keep trying to make superhero costumes look like scuba gear?), and I'm not real hip on the actor cast a Superman. As much as I disliked "Returns", I totally bought Routh as the Man of Steel.

As far as this synopsis goes...Very vanilla. But, with Nolan attached as an exec on the film, I'm not shocked. He is still attached isn't he? Anyway, I'm holding out hope that this will revive Superman's movie career, but I'm not holding my breath.
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10:30AM on 08/18/2011
The only thing about this movie that has me slightly interested so far is the cast, which is way better than Superman Returns.
The only thing about this movie that has me slightly interested so far is the cast, which is way better than Superman Returns.
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10:19AM on 08/18/2011

on a limb

I agree this a vanilla type synopsis but seriously this movie, again, is two fucking years away. get a grip fanboys, they have been shooting the film already and it still has two years to go; damn looks like they know they have a heck of a lot to lose here; so i have a feeling this one will count. Im hoping if they do origin stuff that its brief and covers something like the superman tas covered, cause that story with brainiac being the lead reason why krypton was destroyed and being a badass
I agree this a vanilla type synopsis but seriously this movie, again, is two fucking years away. get a grip fanboys, they have been shooting the film already and it still has two years to go; damn looks like they know they have a heck of a lot to lose here; so i have a feeling this one will count. Im hoping if they do origin stuff that its brief and covers something like the superman tas covered, cause that story with brainiac being the lead reason why krypton was destroyed and being a badass was brilliant. I think there is enough material to choose from to get a good superman story going here. Its funny about the tone getting darker for spidey and supes, know one cares about that anymore, i always thought it was a great idea; not to make it dark like batman but dark in a more serious manner. still not a peep from anyone, where did those people go? :)
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10:01AM on 08/18/2011
Truth, justice, and generic, safe storylines.
Truth, justice, and generic, safe storylines.
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9:58AM on 08/18/2011
"Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions."

I hope those decisions involve weighing up whether to throw a building or a battleship at Zod.
"Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions."

I hope those decisions involve weighing up whether to throw a building or a battleship at Zod.
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9:33AM on 08/18/2011
The movie like 2 years away. You think their going to give you the whole plot right now. NO
The movie like 2 years away. You think their going to give you the whole plot right now. NO
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9:29AM on 08/18/2011
God I hope they don't make it like that book Superman: Earth One because that book was terrible. That book took emo superman to the next level and then topped it off by making him a hipster. Seriously, reading Superman say "yes, that was my geek side showing" had me shuddering.
God I hope they don't make it like that book Superman: Earth One because that book was terrible. That book took emo superman to the next level and then topped it off by making him a hipster. Seriously, reading Superman say "yes, that was my geek side showing" had me shuddering.
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9:05AM on 08/18/2011
Thank you for explaining the legend of Superman for me. I have lived under a rock for 29 years and had no idea who or what Superman was until you gave me that synopsis of the new movie.

In all seriousness, I have no interest in Superman origin story. For fuck's sake, can no one make the Doomsday/Superman ressurection storyline. It was only the best selling comic storyline of this generation.
Thank you for explaining the legend of Superman for me. I have lived under a rock for 29 years and had no idea who or what Superman was until you gave me that synopsis of the new movie.

In all seriousness, I have no interest in Superman origin story. For fuck's sake, can no one make the Doomsday/Superman ressurection storyline. It was only the best selling comic storyline of this generation.
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8:45AM on 08/18/2011
Enough with Superman. He is one of the worst superheroes and this will be the 6th movie he has had. Out of the 5 we have already had only 1 has been decent. He is just not an interesting character. This will fail just like the previous one.
Enough with Superman. He is one of the worst superheroes and this will be the 6th movie he has had. Out of the 5 we have already had only 1 has been decent. He is just not an interesting character. This will fail just like the previous one.
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3:08PM on 08/18/2011
I agree with most of your comment, except for the last sentence. I have a feeling this movie will be accepted quite well.
I agree with most of your comment, except for the last sentence. I have a feeling this movie will be accepted quite well.
8:33AM on 08/18/2011

I don't get it

So, is this suppose to be a reboot with another origin story like what Spider-Man is going through? Is it "sequel" to Superman Returns? Or is it more like Incredible Hulk where it's just a different movie with different actors, not really a direct sequel but recognizes the other movies? I'm always for a new and up to date Superman movie, I just don't understand where they are going with this.
So, is this suppose to be a reboot with another origin story like what Spider-Man is going through? Is it "sequel" to Superman Returns? Or is it more like Incredible Hulk where it's just a different movie with different actors, not really a direct sequel but recognizes the other movies? I'm always for a new and up to date Superman movie, I just don't understand where they are going with this.
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11:16AM on 08/18/2011
This will be a total reboot with no connection to any previous movies.
This will be a total reboot with no connection to any previous movies.
8:26AM on 08/18/2011

Terrible synopsis

It feels like they're hesitant to say anything other than the obvious for fear of saying something wrong. Being TOO SAFE is also wrong.
It feels like they're hesitant to say anything other than the obvious for fear of saying something wrong. Being TOO SAFE is also wrong.
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