Is The Man Of Steel An Origin Story?

Diane Lane might have gone and put her foot in her mouth. She's now read the script of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, which we understand to have been written by David Goyer. They wouldn't let her take a copy home, however, but literally kept her in a locked room with the pages.

I think we can trust she read it properly, as Ms. Lane has told E! that she spent three hours scrying, memorising:

I was locked in a room with the script and was only allowed three hours with it. I nailed it into my memory.

How Fahrenheit 451. Should the Firemen come and Lane and I have to run for the hills, she can be Man of Steel and I'll be Terry Gilliam's Brazil. We can act them out like the "tells" in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. She'd look just like she does in the picture to the left.

But enough of that quaint perversion… it's what Lane said next that catches the eye:

I'm really not allowed to talk much about it, I think, but it does cover the entire range of years, from infancy on.

Does this mean we're on for another origin story? Surely ten years of Smallville would render that a bit of a hard sell, and there's certainly some geekosphere antipathy to the notion of rehashing the Superman Just So Story one more time.

But it isn't necessarily so. The film could easily start in medias res, and just use flashbacks. Without knowing any more about the story line at all, I don't want to rush right to the assumption that all we're getting is another origin. Besides, it's called Man of Steel, not Seven Ages of the Man of Steel.

But lots of people have. Twitter is angry. If I ever logged into Facebook, I'd probably find the same thing among my friends.

Incidentally, I wouldn't be surprised if Ms. Lane has only been cast for scenes in which Superman is younger, and we won't be seeing Ma and Pa Kent in the "main body" of the film. Just a hunch.