Man of Steel moves into post-production

Posted by CB Droege

Man of Steel Director Zach Snyder confirms that principle photography is complete for his Superman adaptation, showing off some of the unfinished footage at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego.

We don't have any of that footage to show you yet, as it hasn't been released to the press, but MTV published a fairly succinct list of the scenes which were shown off on the preview reel:

"...shots of Smallville and the Kent farmhouse; a teenaged Clark Kent saving a bus full of kids; a bearded Clark walking down a snowy road; a face-to-face conversation between Superman and Jor-El (Russell Crowe); Superman flying, facing off against the military, saving a guy who fell from a building and being led away in handcuffs; Papa Kent (Kevin Costner) telling him the world fears what it doesn't understand; Clark with his entire body on fire; plus, Superman emerging from a bunch of skulls!"

According to Snyder, the plot of the film is not based on any one arc from the comics. Though we know General Zod is in the movie, Snyder would not confirm that he is the villain, nor would he give any hints as to who it might be.

When asked about plans to turn the DC universe into a pantheon of interconnected films, like Marvel has done with their Avengers, Snyder said, "Superman is the jewel in the DC crown. What we're trying to do is to get his house in order, and then we'll see what happens."

This synopsis for the film was accidentally leaked last week by IMAX:

In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question ‘Why am I here?’ Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman.

The new Superman is a bit more moody and a somewhat of a loner, marking a huge shift from the previously canonical cheery and happy-to-help Superman of yore. Indeed, Superman is an alien, and now he finally feels it - incapable of truly relating to any of the people around him.

Expect to see Cavill’s Superman smile less, with barely any banter with bad guys, at least compared to previous Superman films. 

Man of Steel remains on track to hit theaters on June 13, 2013.