Man of Steel

In this entry in our Snyder Series, we explain why we love the story of Clark Kent learning how to be the Man of Steel. We're also joined by Christina Wren who tells us what it's like to work with Zack Snyder.

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Interview with Christina Wren (Major Carrie Farris)

The Theme

  • How to be the Man of Steel
    • Real or Ideal: The Choice of Steel
    • Choosing Humanity
      • Clark Kent: Zod can’t be trusted. The problem is, I’m not sure the people of Earth can be either.
        Jonathan Kent: All these changes that you’re going through, one day… one day you’re gonna think of them as a blessing; and when that day comes, you’re gonna have to make a choice… a choice of whether to stand proud in front of the human race or not.
      • Jor-El: The people of Earth are different from us, it’s true, but ultimately I believe that is a good thing. They won’t necessarily make the same mistakes we did, but if you guide them, Kal, if you give them hope, that’s what this symbol means. The symbol of the House of El means hope. Embodied within that hope is the fundamental belief the potential of every person to be a force for good. That’s what you can bring them.
  • Krypton
    • Elders vs. Zod vs. Jor-El
      • Jor-El: Will you not understand? Krypton’s core is collapsing! We may only have a matter of weeks! I warned you, harvesting the core was suicide! It has accelerated the process of implosion!
      • Lor-Em: Our energy reserves were exhausted. What would you have us do, El?
      • Jor-El: Look to the stars, like our ancestors did! There are habitable worlds within reach. We can begin by using the old outposts.
      • Ro-Zar: Are you seriously suggesting that we evacuate the entire planet?
      • Jor-El: No, everybody here is already dead. Give me control of the Codex. I will ensure the survival of our race. There is still hope. I have held that hope in my hands…
      • General Zod: Look at this. We could have built a new Krypton in this squalor, but you chose the humans over us. I exist only to protect Krypton. That is the sole purpose for which I was born. And every action I take, no matter how violent or how cruel, is for the greater good of my people. And now… I have no people. My soul, that is what you have taken from me!
      • Jor-El: Artificial population control was established. The outposts and space exploration were abandoned. We exhausted our natural resources. As a result, our planet’s core became unstable. Eventually, our military leader, General Zod, attempted a coup, but by then it was too late. Your mother and I foresaw the coming calamity and we took certain steps to ensure your survival. This is a genesis chamber. All Kryptonians were conceived in chambers such as this. Every child was designed to perform a predetermined role in our society as a worker, a warrior, a leader, and so on. Your mother and I believed Krypton lost something precious, the element of choice, of chance. What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater? You were the embodiment of that belief Kal. Krypton’s first natural birth in centuries. That’s why we risked so much to save you.
  • Earth
    • Truth, justice, and the American way
    • Jonathan Kent
    • Growing up Superman
      • The classroom: “What’s wrong with me, Mom?”
      • The bus
      • The bullies
  • Adult Superman
    • Pete
    • Perry
    • Lois
    • Last Lines
      • Lois Lane: Hi, Lois Lane. Welcome to The Planet.
      • Clark Kent: Glad to be here Lois.
  • Jesus Myth Inversion
    • Jesus imagery
    • Scene in church
      • Clark Kent: Zod can’t be trusted. The problem is, I’m not sure the people of Earth can be either.
      • Father Leone: Sometimes, you have to take a leap of faith first. The trust part comes later.
  • His Choices
    • Jonathan Kent’s Death
    • Zod’s Death

The Aesthetic

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