This is going to likely become a daily routine – updating, posting and cross-referencing the various plot and casting rumours surrounding Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot.

Yesterday it was the possibility of Matthew Goode donning the cape, today it is the turn of Lois Lane (not to don the cape you understand, the casting rumours are about her character. Gosh what a plot twist that would be).

The Australian site “What’s Playing” is carrying a story/rumour that Anne Hathaway is being considered for Lois Lane. Whilst that may well be true, it hardly feels that surprising. She is in her 20’s, attractive, talented and a brunette, much like a zillion other suitable candidates, so we’ll wait and see on that one.

What is far more interesting is the story from What’s Playing regarding the plot. They say that Clark Kent will be a young, idealistic journalist, travelling the world and trying to solve the problems and help the people he comes across without resorting to using his powers. The plot is said to centre around Clark getting caught up in a tribal war in West Africa:-

“When he is compelled to use his secret powers to intervene in a crisis in West Africa, Clark returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and the hero he was born to be”.

Crikey, that’s more than just a little different. How will the fans and the general movie-going public respond to a Superman film divorced for a large part from The Daily Planet, Smallville and Metropolis and a Superman trying to avoid having to be, well, Super? It is indeed a fine line between ground-breaking and foolhardy.

Speculation is now starting to spin off from this rumour as to whether this will make the film more of an origin story, whether there will be no “major” villain and whether for the most part the film will feature Clark Kent instead of Superman in full costume. Keeping up with all of this rumour-mill stuff is going to soon become a full time job, but we are here to help and will keep bringing the news to you as we hear it.

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Dave Roper
Dave has been writing for HeyUGuys since mid-2010 and has found them to be the most intelligent, friendly, erudite and insightful bunch of film fans you could hope to work with. He's gone from ham-fisted attempts at writing the news to interviewing Lawrence Bender, Renny Harlin and Julian Glover, to writing articles about things he loves that people have actually read. He has fairly broad tastes as far as films are concerned, though given the choice he's likely to go for Con Air over Battleship Potemkin most days. He's pretty sure that 2001: A Space Odyssey is the most overrated mess in cinematic history.