What Man Of Steel Adds To The Superman Story… And What It Leaves Out

Here are a couple of interesting points about Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, and how the Superman story has been retooledew man of steel cover once again for this umpteenth do-over.

First of all, it seems like Superman’s weaknesses are going to be a little bit more relatable in the new movie. That’s the idea, anyhow.

Entertainment Weekly have a quote from Snyder, who says:

I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie.

Now, I’m not anti-kryptonite by any means, and I appreciate the metaphor it works with, but I’m sure I won’t miss it.

Besides, the other go-to weaknesses still seems to be in place, with both Lois Lane and Ma Kent on hand to become Kal-El bait. There are strong signs that all of Smallville will get roughed up by Zod and company, and that would certainly hit Supes where it hurts.

I hope, though, there are more interesting weaknesses exploited than the old “loved ones in danger” schtick. There’s scope for a lot more than that.

The real and immediate effect of there being no Kryptonite, I expect, will be the lack of an ‘easy kill’ option for Zod to exploit. With no superweapon, Zod will have to give Kal-El a lot more to fight off, physically speaking, just to slow him down, just to curb him. We’re expecting huge action sequences in the film, and this change to the film’s ‘combat logistics’ would seem to facilitate them well.

Perhaps another key change will be far more important…

Also quoted by Entertainment Weekly is the promise of a new status for the young Kal-El before he even leaves his home planet. They say:

This film reveals that even on Krypton, young Kal-El was a special child, whose birth was cause for alarm on his home planet.

Cause for alarm? The reason the planet is destroyed, perhaps? That’d be a burden to bear. Everywhere he goes, destruction follows… and there he is, cursed to survive it, and live with the feelings of blame and guilt. Man, it sucks being Superman. Again.

We’ve had a lot of “golden child” prophecies, and this sounds like it might be another. Again, I don’t see a problem implicit in this, though I am curious about what it will come to mean.

Man of Steel is set for release on June 14th. Sooner than you’d think, really…


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