If you're trying to figure out the plot of director Zack Snyder's "Superman" reboot, don't look at the Man of Steel's previous cinematic endeavors for any clues. Likewise, there are no breadcrumbs to follow in the character's considerable comic book run. In fact, there's really no where to look except for the minds of those who have worked on the script.
According to an interview with French site FilmsActu.com (via Bleeding Cool), Snyder's "Superman" won't take any cues from previous films or comic books. Instead, the DC Comics icon will return to his early days as a crimefighter in a wholly original story.
"As I have already explained, the film will focus on early days of Superman, so there will be no links with other films," said Snyder. "This is not a remake then. Similarly, although I still can not talk about the script, I can assure you that this new Superman will not be based on a comic book in particular."
Snyder's comments are interesting for a number of reasons. Without ties to the previous "Superman" films, it's now more likely than ever that Brandon Routh will not have a part to play in the reboot. Further, by focusing on the "early days of Superman," the chances of an older actor like Jon Hamm donning the red-and-blue tights are significantly lessened as well.
As for the comment that this film won't "be based on a [particular] comic book," it seems that we can shut down the early speculation that Snyder's reboot would follow in the footsteps of Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu's "Birthright."
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