According to ComicBookMovie.com, the Man Of Steel production team is recruiting extras for shoots in Vancouver in early October, specifically requesting "those who could be passed off as loggers for Nanaimo and commercial fishermen in Ucluelet." While that might shed light on a scene or two for the film, the casting call also had this little official synopsis of the film attached to them:
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.
So, a more existential Superman for a confused 21st Century? We'll see how that plays out - it's not like anyone really needs to be told the Superman origin story again, do they? And is that description a bit too close to sounding like Smallville to anyone else? I'm mildly curious to see if Zack Snyder can do anything psychological, at all, but if he's working from a decent script and has capable producers guiding his hand, here's hoping he can pull it off. I'm also a bit curious as to what the "world under attack" plotline would seem to indicate; presumably Zod reappears early on, bent on conquest, or at least something bigger than the machinations of Lex Luthor. Only time will tell.
What do you make of all this? Is there any info in here that you found unexpected, or are you just looking forward to another big dumb movie featuring the world's most famous Boy Scout?