With so many big movies coming out this summer, it’s hard to tell which one is the most exciting. However, Entertainment Weekly’s annual Summer Movie Preview issue seems to have an idea. The “Man of Steel,” Superman, graces the cover of the 2013 edition of the magazine.
Inside, the cast and crew spill quite a few details about the movie, shedding light on what to expect. If you don’t want to know anything, it’s best to avoid the minor spoilers that follow.
One of the biggest changes to the Superman story, according to director Zack Snyder, is the use of that familiar green rock that weakens the hero. “I’ll be honest with you,” he says, “There’s no Kryptonite in the movie. It’s all emotional Kryptonite.”
Superman himself, Henry Cavill, agrees about the “emotional Kryptonite.” He explains how hard it is for Clark Kent to have full relationships with those around him, with the fear that they’ll discover what he truly is. “Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties,” Cavill says.
Many have wondered if “Man of Steel” is the first entry in what will eventually lead to a “Justice League” movie, following the success of “The Avengers.” According to Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov, that may be the plan. “It’s setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, it’s definitely a first step.”
Don’t expect Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale to bring their “Batman” franchise into the mix, though. “[Nolan’s] ‘Batman’ was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world they lived in was very isolated without any knowledge of any other superheroes.” However, he says the world created for “Man of Steel” allows for the introduction of new heroes.
It sounds like fans won’t have to wait long, as Robinov promises an announcement “in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making.”
Maybe the DC Comics cast of heroes are finally ready to start catching up to where Marvel has been since launching “Iron Man” in 2008. “Man of Steel” flies into theaters July 14.