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Clark Kent is on assignment.  He travels the globe reporting on various news stories.  Keeping his powers secret, he finds himself in a critical situation in West Africa.  Two warring tribes are going to annihilate each other.  So, realizing there is only one way to prevent a catastrophe, Kent steps in and becomes Superman. After the incident is resolved, Clark questions his origin. He wants to understand his powers and how they should be used. He journeys back to Smallville to uncover his heritage and destiny.

Actor Michael Shannon who will portray nemesis General Zod is said to have a fellow Kryptonian join him in the film.  Rumor has it a murderous female villain named Faora Hu-Ul will battle Superman, and reportedly she is no lightweight. At this time, the part has yet to be cast.

A partial history of Faora Hu-Ul is as follows.

The serial killer Faora Hu-Ul escaped from the infamous Phantom Zone.  She was the template for Warner Brothers “Superman” and “Superman II’s” Ursa character. The beautiful Faora is a Kryptonian who had tortured and murdered 23 men at a Concentration Camp she had at her home on Krypton. Apprehended, she was sentenced and banished for 300 years to the penitentiary dimension known only as the Phantom Zone.  Faora is an expert martial artist who knows the Kryptonian fighting style Horo-Kanu.  Also, she possesses the rare ability to attack opponents with Mental Lightning.

“Superman: Man of Steel” is set to roll before the cameras this summer.  It is expected to land in theaters sometime in December of 2012.  British actor Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent/Superman.  Other members of the cast include Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, and Michael Shannon.  The screenplay is written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), which is based on a story created by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan.  Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) directs.

Sources: Baseline, IMDb, comicvine.com