Entertainment Weekly features a closer look at one of the blockbuster movies coming out this summer, Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. There’s an interview questions and answers from Snyder, Henry Cavill ( Superman), and Amy Adams (Lois Lane), along with a gallery of new production stills.
Snyder starts off the interview with a bombshell quote that will spark forum discussions between Superman fanboys and girls everywhere.
“I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie.”
That’s a big departure from previous Superman movies, but overall it’s a good thing. Kryptonite is a cheap crutch to add tension when dealing with a character that is essentially impervious. This time around Snyder intends to look at Superman’s emotional vulnerability.
Cavill explains the how and why Superman might have trouble dealing with these emotional issues:
“Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties.”
This time around Superman isn’t comfortable with his god-like powers. In the film, his adoptive parents, Ma and Pa Kent (Kevin Costner, Diane Lane), warn Clark not to use his immense strength, even in life threatening emergencies. They feel that not everyone would be as accepting of him and his powers, as they are. That leads us to a Clark Kent that has grown up feeling isolated, constantly hiding who and what he is. As much as I hate this thought, we’re going to get an Emo-Superman, and we’re probably gonna love it.
One of the reasons Superman will be able to step up to the challenge that General Zod brings will be his growing connection to Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams. How can she relate to a Superman adrift in a sea of inner conflict?
“I think she’s (Lane) very transient. She’s ready to pick up and go at a moment’s notice, I think that definitely could be part of what she sees in Superman — not really laying down roots, not developing trust.”
The article goes on to reveals that, even on Krypton, Superman, Kal-El’s birth is considered to be “special,” so special that it “caused alarm” across Krypton. Could that mean Superman’s powers in Man of Steel will be unrelated to his Kryptonian DNA? Perhaps his powers are a result of his scientist father, Jor-El’s (Russell Crowe) scientific work?
It would help explain how Superman can defend the Earth from not only General Zod (Michael Shannon), but numerous other Kryptonian enemies. Perhaps Zod’s “superpowers” come from his Kryptonian armor and advanced alien technology. We’ll have to wait and see how that plays out.
I’m looking forward to seeing what else Snyder pulls out of his directorial bag of tricks in Man of Steel. Check out the gallery below for a closer look at what we’ll see this summer.