Man of Steel Official Plot Synopsis Hints at a Familiar Story

The last few weeks have been filled with scores of unofficial sneak peeks at high-profile comic book films - which have been filming in very public locales. The Dark Knight Rises teased us with set-photos of a new bat-vehicle and The Avengers gave us a look at Captain America's modern costume.

However, Zack Snyder's Superman: Man of Steel shoot has been a bit more aloof - with very little leaked info to show for the several days of filming in Plano (so far). That said, with everyone chomping at the bit for candid paparazzi shots of Henry Cavill in the Supersuit on-set, it's easy to forget that studios actually release official info these days - just as Warner Bros. did today, unveiling the official Superman: Man of Steel plot synopsis.

ComicBookMovie was the first to post the synopsis - which was originally attached to a casting call looking for "loggers" and "commercial fishermen."

Fans that are hoping for an exhaustive explanation of why Michael Shannon's Zod decides to visit Earth, or what exactly we can expect from Antje Traue's villainess Faora, will have to wait - since the Man of Steel plot synopsis is... just a synopsis.

As we’ve previously warned, pre-release details can contain MILD SPOILERS for Superman: Man of Steel. If you are attempting to avoid spoilers altogether, please be advised to turn away now – you have been WARNED.

Check out the official Superman: Man of Steel plot synopsis below:

“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.”

As mentioned, the plot synopsis is light on details, it doesn't even mention Zod or Lois Lane (played by Amy Adams), and instead zeroes in on Superman's place as a cultural icon - and less on specifics about the actual story. However, as previously reported, it sounds as though Superman's origins will factor heavily into the Man of Steel plot.

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That said, for anyone who enjoyed watching Smallville's Clark Kent learn to embrace his destiny as Earth's super-friend, the Man of Steel plot may look strangely familiar. Let's just hope it doesn't take Henry Cavill's Superman ten movies (like the ten seasons of Smallville) to lace-up his super suit. Considering the recently released Superman image of Cavill sporting the iconic "S" and red, blue, and yellow suit - it looks like Snyder's film may not take quite as long a route into the sky.


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Superman: Man of Steel will be in theaters on June 14, 2013.

Source: ComicBookMovie

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