'Man of Steel': The four 'Superman' comics that inspired Henry Cavill


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Superman: Red Son (2003)

This stand-alone graphic novel asks: What if Superman had landed in the U.S.S.R. instead of the U.S.A.?

Written by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted), Red Son was not only a surprising twist on the hero who once stood for “truth, justice, and the America way,” it raised questions of predestination and nature versus nurture. After growing up on a Ukrainian farm instead of the Kansas homestead of the Kents’, an adult Superman emerges as the hero of the Soviet Union in the mid-1950s. Alternate universe versions of Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Batman also turn up in the story, each one a recognizable but skewed version of the heroes that comic-book fans know so well.

Cavill said he was drawn to this story because it showed innate beliefs and character traits that are separate from however the adopted Kal-El might have been raised. “He’s still doing the right thing it’s just he happens to be somewhere else,” Cavill said.

He still believes he is doing good, although now he’s fighting the Cold War for the Communists.

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