Did David Goyer give away the plot to Superman: Man of Steel?

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Dec 14, 2012

David S. Goyer, who's currently writing the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel movie for director Zack Snyder, may have given away the storyline in the foreword he wrote for the newly released Superman: Secret Origins graphic novel.

After Comic Book Movie got its hands on the book, here what they reported Goyer wrote:

"There is a heart breaking moment halfway through the first chapter in which young Clark is told the truth about his heritage. He races out into the night, sobbing, stumbling through the cornfields. Eventually, his foster father, Jonathan, finds him."

'I don't want to be someone else,' says Clark. 'I don't want to be different. I want to be Clark Kent.'

'I want to be your son'

"Right there in that moment, Geoff contextualized Superman in a way that I'm not sure has ever really been done before. I had an 'aha' experience when I read that. For the first time I was able to grasp how lonely Clark must have been when he was growing up. And what a sacrifice Clark must continually make by being Superman."

"As I write this, I am midway through my first draft of a new Superman screenplay. It's a task that has stymied many talented fimmakers in the years since Donner's film. And for all I know, it will end up stymying me as well."

"But I've got one advantage that the screenwriters who came before me didn't have—and that's access to all the wonderful Superman stories written by Geoff Johns—first and foremost being the SECRET ORIGIN issues reprinted in the very volume you are now holding"

There were a few hints that the plot to Zack Snyder's Superman: Man of Steel was going to be revolving around Clark Kent's reluctance to become the red-caped hero Superman—which is essentially the main plot to Superman: Secret Origins.

However, the question of how heavily on the graphic novel will Goyer rely upon for his Man of Steel screenplay remains to be answered. But there will certainly be differences, with the main one being that the villain of the film has already been established as Zod, as we previously told you, and Zod is not a character appearing in the graphic novel.

However similar the storylines may or may not end up to be, we have complete trust in Goyer, who's already done some rather fantastic work with the Batman franchise.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to get our hands on our own copy of Superman: Secret Origins.

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