Rumors point to General Lane, Metallo for Superman reboot


We’ve heard that Zack Synder plans to make Superman: Man of Steelrealistic,” which seems wholly laughable considering both the character and Synder’s school of filmmaking, and that Superman won’t be joining the JLA, but we still don’t know much about the plot of the film. The closest comment on that element was by screenwriter David Goyer, who said he was directly influenced by Geoff John’s Superman: Secret Origin, which follows Clark Kent from junior high to the Daily Planet.

A new rumor may indicate that the origin reboot might take a lot more from Secret Origin than we thought. And strangely, it sounds a lot like 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. General Sam Lane, Lois Lane’s father, will be a villain, highly skeptical of the alien Superman whose motivations are still unknown. The public sort of fears his otherworldly powers and feats. Pieces of kryptonite from Superman’s destroyed planet are discovered, offering near unlimited uses of power if harnessed, which is used to power Metallo, an experimental cyborg and the film’s other villain.

It’s all pretty similar to Secret Origin, save for Lex Luthor’s absence. That book even put Metallo under General Lane’s command. And I’d kind of like it to be true, since I have a bit of a soft-spot for Metallo after his portrayal in Bruce Timm’s Superman: The Animated Series: a man given plenty of strength at the cost of never being able to feel, smell, or taste again, almost a prisoner in his own body.

That being said, it’s a rumor for the time being. I’d also like it not to be true because the script’s premise doesn’t work as well for Superman as it does for The Incredible Hulk. General Ross and the public had plenty of reasons to distrust the Hulk, since he’s prone to attacking the good guys as well, causes tons of collateral damage, and just basically looks freaky. Superman, however, is a good-looking guy who acts like a boy scout and is sickeningly friendly. Sure, his powers are superhuman, but he’s not some mysterious vigilante like Batman. Being suspicious of Superman doesn’t make that much sense. I guess time will tell if this rumor, which can be found in full after the break, is true.

[Movienewz via Screen Rant]

General Sam Lane, the father of Lois Lane, is a central figure in director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot. This really is as Zack described in several interviews about the film, a “real world” Superman. I’m told that when Superman arrives on the scene; people don’t know what to think. He’s an alien from another planet. What are his real intentions? He’s not human and that scares a lot of people. Here’s a guy who can fly, see through walls, is bullet proof and can lift a tank. The military views him as a potential threat to national security. They find kryptonite, pieces of his home planet, and discover its radioactive elements can be harnessed as a near unlimited source of power, both literally and figuratively. It’s a brand new form of energy that is secretly developed by the government. The military, under the direction of General Sam Lane, uses kryptonite to power an experimental cyborg super solider named Metallo. He’s ultimately exploited as a weapon against Superman.