Man Of Steel: New Photos & Krypto-not?

rsz-man-of-steel-logo-2013New photos from the Big Boy Scout’s Dark Knight-eque reboot and news that his ‘weakness’ is not included. Much is the same way as Nolan’s Dark Knight dropped some of the Batworld more exotic elements, it seems that Man of Steel is dropping certain “elements” in the Superman mythos – quite literally.

Kryptonite, the green glowing radioactive fragments hurtling through space as the only remains of Superman’s home planet, Krypton is being dropped from the new movie. Kryptonite has always been a key component to weakened Supes in his movies, with Gene Hackman’s Lex Luthor fitting our hero with a Kryptonite necklace in “Superman” and Kevin Spacey’s Lex going overboard with a Kryptonite-rich island and stabbing him in the back with a Kryptonite dagger in “Superman Returns. “I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie,” says “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder in April 19/26 issue of Entertainment Weekly, which also features Henry Cavill as Superman on the cover.

Not including Kryptonite seems in tune with presenting a more “real-world” Superman in the new film. The back-story of his revelation seems to focus on keeping his abilities it as a secret, for fear of demonisation – we (humans) don’t like anything too ‘different’. But in addition to that, in “Man of Steel”, the young Kal-El is also something of a special child even on his home planet.

In fact, the birth of the son of Jor-El is cause for angst amongst Kryptonians. Once on Earth, Clark Kent is encouraged by his adoptive parents, the Kent not to use his incredible powers, in case he becomes an outcast. 21st century Earth does not celebrate the differences in us; “Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties,” Cavill says.

Given Nolan’s involvement, we all have such high hopes, and looking at the cover, and new photos’ look & feel, I get a better feeling about Cavill in the role than Brandon Routh. The “Man of Steel” hits cinemas on June 14.

Source: EW Weekly
Reporter: SilverFox

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