One of the more controversial moments of Man of Steel comes in its final scene, when Clark decides that he’ll need to take up a profession that allows him to keep “an ear to the ground.”Arriving at The Daily Planet – using his own name, which Lois Lane has already uncovered – Lois welcomes him, making it known that she is in on the secret.

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We’ll have to wait for a sequel to see just how that change to the formula will complicate or simplify matters, but according to Goyer, Lois Lane isn’t the only one who knows the truth behind the headlines:

“In our minds there are people in Smallville who know Superman’s secret as well [as Lois], Pete Ross seems to know, there’s probably a couple dozen people who know and we thought it would be interesting if they’re protective of him.

We were able to sidestep the issue of the ludicrous glasses disguise in this film but going forwards, we’re going to find ourselves in a sticky wicket. Zack and I have definitely talked about “Okay, hmm, this will be interesting.” Clearly Perry White and Steve Lombard see Lois kissing Superman at the end of the film. Perry’s not an idiot. Moving forward, he’s probably going to say to Lois “What’s up with that?” We’re definitely going to have to go through some story gymnastics.”

Given the challenges of writing both global crises and romantic entanglements, we’d say it’s even less likely that Man of Steel 2 will be coming anytime soon.

Which enemies do you think would help expand this new take on the Superman series? Should the Man of Steel franchise stay planted in fiction, or continue to offer social commentary? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

Man of Steel is in theaters now. Be sure to read through our review as well.

Follow Andrew on Twitter @andrew_dyce.

Source: BBC Radio 4 (via BleedingCool), BleedingCool

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