Dark Knight Trilogy architects David S. Goyer and Chris Nolan put their heads together to come up with the script and story for Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot film, Man of Steel, and it was undoubtedly a challenge. Bryan Singer’s 2006 film Superman Returns all but proved that the warm nostalgic glow of Richard Donner’s seminal 1978 Superman film hasn’t shone through to modern times, leaving need for a new vision of the iconic hero on the big screen.
Man of Steel trailers have revealed a story focusing on Clark Kent’s (Henry Cavill) journey from alien orphan to a young man burdened by his secret gifts, to the hero he must eventually become in order to stop the threat of General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his Kryptonian forces. But, as with any new vision, there are revisions and changes to the mythos fans know and love – and Man of Steel has many such changes in store.
A tweaked origin story, a new Superman costume, and an all-around more “grounded” and “real-world” approach are in the cards – but many of the iconic Superman supporting character roster are also undergoing an evolution of sorts. Perry White is now black (thanks to Laurence Fishburne stepping into the role); Lois Lane is now sporting some red hair (thanks to Amy Adams stepping into that role); Lex Luthor has been decidedly absent from the proceedings (thanks to fan outcry about the need for a different villain); and there was even considerable rumor of Jimmy Olsen being changed into a female character.
Well, I Am Rogue sat down with David S. Goyer to talk Man of Steel (amongst other things), and directly addressed the many character changes that the movie will present. And, while trying to keep as coy as possible, Goyer may have inadvertently fueled several of the longstanding rumors surrounding the film.
When questioned about why Lex Luthor wasn’t included in the film, Goyer responded, “I don’t think anyone has ever confirmed that we haven’t included him.” Not a surprising that he is being vague: It’s long been suspected that like Batman Begins, Man of Steel would focus more on the central character in the first chapter, while setting up the primary antagonist for the second chapter. In any event, given his power, wealth and influence, there are so many ways to have Lex Luthor “in” MoS without actually having him seen (see: Norman Osborn in Amazing Spider-Man).
Regarding the question of having a female Jimmy Olsen, Goyer was less forthcoming, stating “I can’t comment on that.” Not that we need him to, per se: The initial rumors pointed to actress Rebecca Buller playing “Jenny Olsen,” and the following screen shot from the Man of Steel trailer practically confirms as much (I mean, who else would Perry White be dragging away from a collapsing Daily Planet?):
Goyer wasn’t afraid to address the so-called “controversy” over the race-switching of the Perry White character, stating, “I Thought it was an awesome choice. I think that it is silly that people are like, ‘You Can’t have a black guy named White.’ But I’m like, well what about Barry White? I thought that was stupid. You just want to get the best actor.” Amen to that.
How do you feel about the changes being made to the Superman mythos in Man of Steel? Are you good with it? Against it? Just hoping for a good Superman movie?
Man of Steel will be in theaters on June 14, 2013.
Source: I Am Rogue