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There are advantages and disadvantages of surrounding your movie in an impenetrable veil of secrecy. On one hand it allows you to surprise audiences with an exciting movie, on the other, it means any dude on the internet can just make stuff up to start the rumor mill a-going. The latter seems to have happened for 's Man of Steel.

Last week, a fan over on io9 scoured this year's Entertainment Weekly Summer Preview and, based on the reading, arrived at the conclusion that Krypton would not actually be destroyed in Man of Steel. While discussing Superman"s nemesis, General Zod, the Summer Review stated:

That's what pits him against General Zod (Boardwalk Empire's Michael Shannon), a Kryptonian tyrant who wants Clark to join him back on Krypton, which would mean abandoning his post as defender of the weaklings of Earth.

Traditionally, the Superman story begins with Kal-El being shepherded away to Earth just prior to his home planet exploding. Instead, the fan rationalized, General Zod was in fact chasing Superman and planned to return him to Krypton. The argument was based on a belief the screenwriters were using the John Byrne version of Superman's birth, which explains he is the last son of Krypton borne from love, not science. So, in a kind of Brave New World-ish sense, the nature of Superman's conception and birth ultimately makes him a fugitive.

However, more evidence has emerged which seems to immediately shoot down the rumor. First up, recently got their hands on an image from the Man of Steel junior novelization, which clearly shows Krypton going all explodey. Secondly, Superman's father, Jor-El himself, has arrived to clear everything up. tweeted:

So it seems like it's good news for Superman purists who like to see Krypton turned to dust.

But did they make the right decision? Are you happy to see the same story retold, or did the John Byrne version sound more interesting? Let me know below.


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