Superman: The Man of Steel
I have been thinking about ways to direct and steer the Superman franchise. So far, I think, one could come up with four Superman movies.
The First movie, titled Man of Steel, should be set up about one year after Superman has started operating in Metropolis. At the time, Superman is investigating possible links between the emergence of the metallic man, Metallo and Lex Luthor. In this version, Luthor is a successful businessman whose empire is steadily growing. Under the guise of Clark Kent, Kal-el goes out to interview Luthor concerning his new technological breakthroughs, and the connection between Luthor and the purported terrorist activity of the metallic man. Seeing that Clark might be onto a lead, Luthor sends goons after him to soften him up. Bizarrely, Clark disappears behind a street and in his stead appears, Superman, who proceeds to rout them quickly. One of the goons reveals himself, behind a lead skin alloy to be Metallo, the metallic villain. Superman confronts him and quickly realizes the new power source of the villain: Green kryptonite. Superman, is on the verge of defeat, when the Metahuman police of Metropolis shows up and attempts to rid Metallo of his power source. They are unable to severe the Kryptonite from his body, but they succeed in protecting Superman who soon recovers. Under a barrage of Superman and the agents, Metallo is forced to flee.
Back at the Daily Planet, Clark continues his investigation. With the help of Lois, he finds out that Metallo was actually John Corbin. Also, he starts rounding up possible connections between Luthor and his terrorist activity. He traces Corbin's activity, interviews his connections and realizes that Corbin has been traveling quite a bit around the world, especially to terrorist countries. Later during that day, Superman has a date with Lois. Suddenly, and unexpectedly, a black machine robot falls from the sky and attacks him. It proceeds to pummel him and sends him flying all across the city. Angered, and perplexed at the same time, he flies back and proceeds to fight back. Unexpectedly, the robot makes him bleed and we find out that it is sending a signal into space: Kryptonian detected. Superman is now enraged, he rips off the robot's head and proceeds to melt through its armor with his heat vision. The battle is over, and it seems, Superman senses another Luthor attack. With the fight over, however, he takes time to examine the inner machinery and is perplexed at the fact that the technology looks nothing like anything found on earth.
He proceeds to find out. He confronts Luthor about the attack without showing him the evidence of the fight. Luthor is surprised and retorts of not having any involvement with it. Superman leaves, and Luthor senses perhaps, an opportunity. He orders that Superman whereabouts in the city be followed and inspected as best as possible.
Superman arrives late for his date with Lois. He explains to her what happened. She attempts to connect the incident with Luthor, however, Superman thinks the attack is not from earth, it may be alien. Later that day, he goes into his fortress of solitude and proceeds to analyze the robot with his equipment. Looking into his Kryptonian database, he learns of the alien origin of the material that makes up the robot. He still does not know who is at the origin of the attack, but it is definitely alien. Life on other planets is possible, but where?
A couple of days later, Lois and Clark are out at LexCorp plaza, covering the announcement of a new titanium robot that is supposed to be the future of police guard and revolutionize crime fighting. Clark is surprised that Luthor would so openly divulge his own secret technological advancements and thinks that Luthor is up to something. Luthor gives a demonstration. He enters the robot and asks his assistant to start testing with all sorts of things, flames, lasers and artillery. The robot is impervious to harm, can shoot artillery and is capable of feats of strength. Suddenly, something goes wrong. It starts firing into the crowd and people start panicking. Superman enters the scene and quickly dispatches the robot. At the end, Superman changes back to Clark, he find Lois and notes it weird that such an incident would happen to Lex Luthor, someone who is usually on point as far as technology goes.
Cutting to the next scene, we find John Corbin in Lybia, concluding an arms deal with a couple of terrorists. They are planning to weaponize multiple cities across the world, arming secret terrorist groups that will ultimately plan to overthrow multiple small governments across the world. The ultimate plan is to provide Lex Luthor an opportunity to play the rescuer in a mini-global crisis by providing the means to sell his technology to governments in distress. Corbin goes back to his headquarters and proceeds to go to the airport. He is heading back to Metropolis.
Clark has found another lead on Corbin's story. He has found out that the man who was once Jack Corbin once volunteered to an independent RnD program to produce mechanically-engineered humanoid of proportionate strength and power. One of the other leads, of course, is that the technology used to develop the program is very similar to the one that Luthor has been using to engineer his robotic guards. In particular, he investigates Titanium dealings in the city and later sets out as Superman to trace their site of operation. Superman bursts into the scene of an abandoned hangar, where crooked criminals are meeting. Soon, he proceeds to ask the tough questions. He is surprised by the resistance of the crooks who have enough firepower to stagger and stun and even hurt him. Superman fights back. Unbeknownst to him, he has been followed. In the midst of the battle, Metallo shows up on the scene , looking to even the scores with Superman. He pummels him and both combatants soon tear the place down. Soon, Superman is down, at the mercy of Metallo who beats him down almost to the point of unconsciousness. Superman is captured and is taken to a secret location.
Elsewhere, in space, a dark, mechanical skull awakes from its suspended animation. The signal has been received, that a Kryptonian has been detected. Light flashes out of its eyes as it sets course for earth. Back at the Daily Planet, Lois is surprised that Clark has not shown up to work. She also attempts to contact Superman with the help of Jimmy Olsen. No sign of him either.
She fears that Clark is in trouble, so she looks into Clark's secret files and finds out what he had headed to do the preceding night.
At one of Luthor's secret lairs, Superman is held hostage, under the exposure of Kryptonite. Metallo who is sure of Superman's impending death, let's Superman in on Luthor's plans. He is fomenting terrorist attacks in Saharan Africa in order to throw the whole Saharan and possibly the Mid-East region into turmoil. He has already foreseen the consequences: pandemonium, political instability and repeated terrorist attempts to make the whole geo-political region unstable. Then, he will step in and help the governments of the world control the situation, using his new technology. That, sounds like a good way to make some money and finally extend his operations on a truly global scale.
We find Lois, at Lex's headquarters. She infiltrates the place and soon finds out about Luthor's dealings. As she sends a message to the Metropolis investigation unit, she is intercepted by Luthor himself. She is now being held hostage at LexCorp's headquarters.
Back at the scene of Superman. Repeatedly, Metallo beats down Superman. Then, he asks about the incident told him to inquire about, the incident that happened in Metropolis a couple of days earlier. Superman will not say a word, but Metallo reveals that Luthor was perplexed as his base has intercepted on that same day, a signal in an unknown language which seemed to have directed to space itself. Is there some alien connection which Superman has yet to have mentioned? Superman, sarcastically mentions a possible connection, maybe even a Kryptonian armada and is then slammed shut by Metallo. Then, his boss calls him. Luthor orders Metallo to kill Superman. Metallo keeps toying with Superman then lands him the killing blow. Superman is left for dead, Metallo frees him from his shackles and soon proceeds to dispose of him for further use, at Luthor's request.
They arrive at Lex's headquarters. Suddenly, Superman awakes, he knocks the Kryptonite out of Metallo's chest and throws it afar. Metallo asks him how he could have managed to live when in fact his heart stopped. Superman says, he has the ability to control his body too and under stress can stop some of his vital functions. Both combatants confront each other, with Superman struggling to gain the upper hand. Finally he knocks the metallic man off him and proceeds to melt him with his heat vision. Soon, metallo is down. Superman throws a hard punch that causes the humanoid's systems to shut down. The Metahuman police arrives at the scene of the battle while the Metropolis police department is just apprehending Luthor. They have intercepted an important cargo of armaments in destination to Saharan Africa. Lois has been freed and charges are being brought against Luthor.
In the final scenes of the movie, Superman is having dinner with Lois. He tells her of how he thought he was going to die at the hands of Metallo and of how he would have missed people on the earth. Lois inquires, about any people in particular and Superman simply smiles. The last scene is showing earth, as a meteor hurtles towards it, nearing Earth. Brainiac is arriving.