Rumor: <i>Man Of Steel</i> Will Feature A New Krypton, An Old Villainess

If the inclusion of Jonathan and Martha Kent and, now, General Zod weren't enough to suggest that Man of Steel will address Superman's origin, Diane Lane seemed to confirm it with her comment that script "does cover the entire range of years, from infancy on."

Does that mean fans are in for a rehash of 1978's Superman, with a dash of 1980's Superman II thrown in for good measure? That's the $175 million question!

Latino Review turns to "a reliable source" -- the same one who said Kevin Costner would play Pa Kent, that Zod would be the main villain and that Lois Lane would appear -- for the answer, and finds that Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan & Co. apparently will present Superman's entire origin again, but using an approach similar to that of Batman Begins.

The source says that we'll see the Man of Steel's birth parents Jor-El and Lara on a Krypton that's likely more akin to Coruscant from the Star Wars saga, rather than the stark, crystalline planet introduced by Richard Donner in Superman.

Also, the Kryptonian villainess reportedly won't be Ursa, but Faora, the DC Comics character on which Ursa is based. Introduced in May 1977's Action Comics #471, Faora had an unexplained hatred for men that led her to torture and kill 23 men. She was banished to the Phantom Zone, where she frequently plotted with Zod and the scientist Jax-Ur against Superman.

Man of Steel, which so far stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Michael Shannon, will be released in December 2012. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan.

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