'Man of Steel' Hints at Possible New Villain, Teases Fans with Action-Packed MPAA Rating
A handful of interesting Man of Steel items crossed the Internet over the past few days. We wanted to compile them into one convenient post to help get you pumped up for Superman’s return to action later this year.
While attending the London Toy Fair, the French website Brick Heroes (discovered by the detectives at Screen Crush) shared some information that could point to three major scenes in Zack Snyder’s blockbuster … as well as the identity of a mysterious villain.
The site mentions three toy displays – Metropolis Showdown, Battle of Smallville and Black Zero Escape – then lists the characters that are in each set. We see the expected roles of Superman (Henry Cavill), General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Lois Lane (Amy Adams). But in the Battle of Smallville, it also lists Tor-An.
Now, Tor-An is a former Kryptonian who serves under Zod and once lived on Earth as David Carter, observing the human race and preparing for Zod’s return. He possesses most of Superman’s powers, and could be a major threat. There is no listing for either Tor-An or David Carter on the IMDB page for Man of Steel, though a source tells ComicBook.com that a stuntman with Sucker Punch on his resume will play Tor-An in the film. Take it all with a grain of salt.
This wouldn’t be the only change that Snyder seems to have made to Superman’s universe. Digital Spy reported over the weekend that they believe the classic Jimmy Olsen role from the original Superman books has been changed to a female cub reporter named Jenny Olsen, played by Rebecca Buller. There’s a quick shot in the recent trailer (above) of Buller running from danger alongside Perry White (who’ll now be played by African-American actor Laurence Fishburne … yet another alteration from the DC universe). So Snyder doesn’t seem married to canon – which Supes fans might want to keep in mind as they brace for Steel.
They should, however, be ready for action. As the Toy Fair teases three possible action sequences (including one in Clark Kent’s hometown of Smallville, Kansas), the MPAA revealed that Man of Steel will be rated PG-13 for – get excited, kids – “intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language.” So it sounds like Superman finally is going to hit something on screen. Hooray!
Man of Steel will be in 2D, 3D and IMAX beginning on June 14.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.