Has the plot to the Zack Snyder Superman movie been revealed? It’s already been rumored that Clark Kent would be traveling the world as a young reporter – which kind of contradicts the 28 to 32 age that has been bandied about, but whatever…
The movie description goes on to say that Kent is forced into the role of Superman to track down an assassin, instead of reporting on an ethnic conflict between two tribes in West Africa. Clark returns to Smallville to discover just what’s up with his powers and his “secret origins”.
UPDATE: Someone mentioned that this sounds a lot like Superman: Birthright. It does…doesn’t it?
The story begins with a retelling of the destruction of planet Krypton. Jor-El laments the fact that his world accomplished “miracles no one will remember” while he is busy preparing infant Kal-El’s voyage. Kal-El’s shuttle pod fires into space moments before the planet’s destruction. Jor-El and his wife Lara regret that they will never know if Kal-El survives the journey.
Time winds forward to present day West Africa, where an ethnic conflict between the fictional Ghuri and Turaaba clans is claiming lives (this conflict is very reminiscent of the Hutu and Tutsi wars in Rwanda). Clark Kent, a freelance reporter in his early twenties, arrives to cover the conflict, and to meet with the Ghuri representative and activist, Kobe Asuru. Later, Clark interviews the Turaaba representative Mr. Kebile who dislikes Kobe and opposes Ghuri rights. While protecting Kobe’s sister Abana from a thrown bomb, he hears a commotion and speeds back to the rally where Kobe has already been stabbed. Enraged, Clark grabs the fleeing assassin and throws him into a wall, demanding to know who hired him. The terrified killer raises his arm—pointing directly at Rep. Kebile, who is incidentally surrounded by media. Kebile is besieged with questions and is later forced to resign.
Clark returns to Smallville, determined to learn more about his alien heritage. He tells his mother Martha that he wants to unearth his spaceship. He and Martha use the data tablet that came with Clark from Krypton to examine holographic records of Kryptonian history. Clark realizes the S insignia had great significance on Krypton and seemed to symbolize the Kryptonians’ hope for a better tomorrow. He refuses to wear a mask while taking flight. Martha’s solution is that only Clark’s human half requires a disguise. She dresses him in professional, nerdy attire that stands apart from his usual look and gives him prescription glasses to wear. She promises they will refract light so no one will notice his startling blue eyes (which would otherwise give him away). Clark learns to slouch and act nervous and clumsy, to distance his civilian identity from tall, self-assertive Superman.
David Goyer penned the script that will be directed by Zack Snyder and should begin shooting in June.
So, what do you think? This of course could all be a dummy setup for the real plot, which wouldn’t be a total surprise as companies have done this in the past to cover up the real deal.