Speaking to the French press while promoting “Legend of the Guardians,” new “Superman” director Zack Snyder may have spilled the beans on what the plot may entail. If a shaky French translation is to be trusted, we’re going to be blessed with yet another origin story.
According to Snyder, “As I have already explained, the film will focus on the early days of Superman, so there will be no links with other films. This is not a remake then. Similarly, although I still cannot talk about the script—I can assure you that this new Superman will not be based on a comic book in particular.” This does defeat the theories that the new film would be based on pre-existing storylines like “Birthright,” “All-Star Superman” or “That Peanut Butter Jar From Krypton Shan’t Open.”
So what does this tell us about the upcoming film? The most significant information has to be the suggestion of “early days,” meaning yet another younger Superman, so those Jon Hamm rumors can be put to rest. We can count Brandon Routh out as well, since his version of the character was meant to be the well-traveled version of the first two films in the series. Beyond that? We dread the possibility of an origin story, one of the most tiring tropes this genre has inexplicably embraced. Do we need to know where Indiana Jones found that fedora? Where Charles Foster Kane bought that sled? How Stella originally obtained her groove before losing it, then subsequently retrieving it through the love of Taye Diggs? We do hope it’s just iffy translation, and that Snyder’s “vision” is able to accommodate a Superman that we haven’t seen yet before, and not yet another version of a story everyone knows by heart now.