Last week, the highly anticipated Man of Steel finally hit theaters. Much like the Dark Knight Batman reboot, this movie is tackling the Superman story right from the beginning. And where does Superman begin? With an adoption story!
Producer Deborah Snyder (married to the movie’s director Zach Snyder) had this to say about the super adoptee in an interview with SFX:
“Someone said to me it’s the greatest adoption story in all of history. I think that’s an interesting way of looking at it – maybe because I was just in the process personally of adopting my two children. The people of Earth adopt him and he adopts us, as well. A lot of the messaging in this film is about family, and who makes you who you are. Clark is on this journey of self-discovery, trying to figure out who he is and where he fits in, and in the end he comes to see what Jor-El, his Kryptonian father, has sacrificed and given for him. And he also realizes how his Earth parents made him who he is. All those themes and notions follow him throughout the whole film. That’s something that resonated with me, even from when we started reading the script and started talking about doing this film.”
Watch the trailer below, and tell us what you think. Will Man of Steel help you start an adoption discussion with your child?
To learn about other – and less imaginary – famous adoptees, visit our website!
And to learn about other films with adoption themes, visit Adoption at the Movies, a blog run by Licensed Social Worker Addison Cooper. On his blog, he writes about different movies, documentaries and TV shows with adoption references. While each family should decide for themselves what entertainment is appropriate for their children, the blog might help you think of a couple to watch and start a family discussion.