10 Superman arcs to prepare you for 'Man of Steel'
Which stories inspired Zack Snyder's film?
"Red Son" (2003)
No, "Man of Steel" doesn't detail the "what if?" scenario of Kal-El crash-landing in the USSR as opposed to America and thereby becoming a champion of the common worker fighting a never-ending battle for Stalin, Socialism and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact, as told by Mark Millar in this landmark Elseworlds tale. But actor Henry Cavill has been on the record for a while now regarding how he drew inspiration from the three-parter and considered it "essential" to his research. What is nature and what is nurture with Superman? What innate beliefs and character traits reveal themselves? That important baseline materialized with a diametrically opposed viewpoint for the character and was particularly beneficial when Cavill was considering how he would offer up his own reinvention of Kal-El.