Possible Storyline Details Emerge For SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL
Published: October 5, 2010 - 9:08pm
As Warner Brothers, along with Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas (Nolan's wife and producing partner), have finally made their choice on Superman: Man of Steel to be helmed by fan favorite director Zack Snyder, more news is emerging.
Snyder who has been best known for his faithful adaptations of 300 and Watchmen is very excited about working on the daunting project as soon as he wraps Sucker Punch. One of the biggest challenges will be bringing a character with a long history up to speed for an anticipated holiday 2012 release.
“I can’t say why they came to me other than the fact that they know I have a fondness for the character and a real desire to understand him and present him to a new audience,” Snyder said. “The challenge is huge but you know with Chris and Emma and Debbie [Snyder's wife and producing partner] I have a lot of people I can rely on. And Chris and David [Goyer] have given this the shape with a great story. It is a hard character to crack.”
Source: Hero Complex
Snyder also told MTV yesterday:
“"All I'll say is that those guys — Chris and David — have created an amazing story," he enthused. "The 'Why [remake] Superman?' is definitely being looked at with care, that's all I could hope for as a director.
"Everyone always says, 'Why Superman? Why is he relevant? Who is he now?' " Snyder added. "I think those guys have done an amazing job with that. That's the real trick." ”
So what could be the fresh new angle to bring one of the most iconic characters more into relevancy for a modern audience? It seems that New York Magazine’s Vulture is shedding some light on where writer David Goyer may be heading with the story:
Clark Kent is a journalist traveling the world trying to decide if he should, in fact, even become Superman
This angle resembles the twelve-issue comic book limited series called Superman: Birthright that DC Comics released in 2003 and 2004. The story attempted to retell the Superman origin story for the 21st century. In the story. Clark Kent is a freelance reporter in his early twenties, traveling the world to cover news stories. While covering an ethnic conflict between the fictional Ghuri and Turaaba clans in West Africa, he is forced to use his super powers to detain a fleeing assassin. This results in Kent returning to Smallville to learn more about his alien heritage and make the decision to become Superman.
In an interview Birthright writer Mark Waid pointed out that it is not Superman but Clark Kent that readers are supposed to relate to. Doing this made Waid avoid a "Clark-is-dull" trap as, by making Clark get chewed by the boss, whose dry cleaning gets lost, who longs to connect and be accepted, made the character a touchstone.
Snyder is well aware of the trappings with an endearing character such as Superman and whether he is still relevant. “I think he is viable, yes,” Snyder told Hero Complex. “He endures. We all want to know, ‘How will he come to us now?’ He is the biggest and the baddest of them all. The greatest of them all, right? We all want to know how the next chapter takes shape. I want to know how it will take shape.”