David Goyer co-screenwriter to Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Superman film, may have given away a main plot point in the forward of the Superman: Secret Origins graphic novel.

Goyer wrote something in the forward of Superman: Secret Origins which references the upcoming film.

Here’s what Goyer had to say:

“There is a heart breaking moment halfway through the first chapter in which young Clark is told the truth about his heritage. He races out into the night, sobbing, stumbling through the cornfields. Eventually, his foster father, Jonathan, finds him.”

‘I don’t want to be someone else,’ says Clark. ‘I don’t want to be different. I want to be Clark Kent.’

‘I want to be your son’

“Right there in that moment, Geoff contextualized Superman in a way that I’m not sure has ever really been done before. I had an ‘aha’ experience when I read that. For the first time I was able to grasp how lonely Clark must have been when he was growing up. And what a sacrifice Clark must continually make by being Superman.”

“As I write this, I am midway through my first draft of a new Superman screenplay. It’s a task that has stymied many talented fimmakers in the years since Donner’s film. And for all I know, it will end up stymying me as well.”

“But I’ve got one advantage that the screenwriters who came before me didn’t have—and that’s access to all the wonderful Superman stories written by Geoff Johns—first and foremost being the SECRET ORIGIN issues reprinted in the very volume you are now holding”

He was halfway through the script when he wrote that so things definitely could have changed, but a loner (and potentially emo) Superman?  Loneliness is key to the character of Superman? Um, that has to be one of the most obvious elements of the Superman mythos. In fact, it’s the only aspect of Superman’s character.

Regardless of whatever ‘eureka’ moment Goyer may have had, I’m not too pleased at the thought of this flick being a another origin story. Do we really want a film to take over an hour to tell us a story we already know? How is it all different from what we saw in Superman Returns? On the other hand, this is David Goyer we are talking about. He made magic happen with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight (of course, he also did David Hasselhoffs Nick Fury: Agent of Shield). I’m sure Superman is in good hands.

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