The line between superhero movies and science fiction is a blurry one, which is probably why so many other science fiction blogs you may have visited are so often completely overtaken by the man in tights genre. We pledge not to let that happen here at GFR, but when the line between superheroes and science fiction gets a little blurrier than normal, we’ll be there.
That seems to be happening more than ever with the next Superman movie, Man of Steel. Superman has always been a little bit sci-fi, he is technically an alien from another planet after all. But most of the superhero’s other incarnations have always played down that aspect of who he is, even when he’s talking to his space dad Jorel, the truth is that Superman is still mostly that farm boy Clark Kent. Or is he?
The first official plot synopsis for Man of Steel has been released, and it sounds like at least a part of the film will be dedicated to having Superman attempt to come to grips with his outer space origins. Here’s how Warner Bros. describes their new reboot:
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 you’ve probably guessed, the movie is sort of a prequel, though unlike Bryan Singer’s underrated Superman Returns it probably won’t have much of a connection to the Donner films we all know and love from the 70s and 80s. Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent, the alien who contemplates becoming a Superman. Except of course, he isn’t really a man at all, now is he?