"Exciting" news is pounding the internet today with might Kryptonian fists: there's an "official plot synopsis" for Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel. That's good! But it's from a casting call sheet. That's bad. It gives our first official word about what we might see in Man of Steel. That's good! It doesn't tell us about the actual "plot." That's bad. It also contains Potassium Benzoate.
Comic Book Movie caught themselves a nifty scoop with the casting call for extras in Vancouver. (Click over to their site for information on how to sign up.) The call sheet includes the following information about Man of Steel:
"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."
Not that we're pissed or anything – that sounds just fine – but it's not really telling us what Man of Steel is really about, plotwise. It gives us the themes and reaffirms that Zack Snyder is retelling Superman's origin story (which some people don't think audiences need) but it's all set-up, no pay off. How does General Zod fit in? And seriously, where the hell is Lex Luthor?
The only really interesting aspect of this plot synopsis is the bit about Superman's abilities being "used to divide and conquer." We guess that's where the "grim and gritty" element comes in.
What do you think, sirs? (And madams?)
CRAVE Online will be back with more Man of Steel news after we work on our gun-throwing arm.