One of the biggest rumors that’s been floating around Zack Snyder’s The Man of Steel is that it would be based on Superman: Birthright. Back in 2003 and 2004, Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu did yet another take on Superman’s origins. Ever since John Bryne rebooted Superman in the 80’s with his Man of Steel, everyone wants to do their take on the most-known superhero origin.
Back in April, we let you know about the possibility of the movie being based on Birthright. Back then the tip came from a presumed synopsis for the film, which said:
A young reporter named Clark Kent roams the world covering various news stories. When he is compelled to use his secret powers to intervene in a crisis in West Africa, he returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and the hero he was born to be.
Today, Movies.com has a report up saying that Production Weekly has printed this synopsis:
Clark Kent is a freelance reporter in his early 20â€™s, traveling all around the world covering various news stories. However, Kent is forced to fly back into action to attain a fleeing assassin instead of covering an ethnic conflict between the Ghuri and Turaaba clans in West Africa. Upon his return to form, Kent returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and become the hero he was born to be.
So it’s definitely sounding as if at least the origin in the movie will follow Birthright pretty closely. As for the rest of the movie, that’s in doubt as General Zod is the villain in The Man of Steel as opposed to Lex Luthor in Birthright.
And while Birthright was a pretty good re-telling of the Superman origin, I personally would rather have seen J. Michael Stracynski’s Earth One be the inspiration for the Superman reboot.