In an Empire Magazine podcast, David S. Goyer reveals that the name, ‘Man of Steel’ was chosen for a very specific reason:
“We decided not to call it Superman,” he explained. “That was very deliberate. Chris [Nolan] and I [suggested] ‘Man of Steel’ and Warner Bros. said ‘Why?’ And we started talking about it, and we said, ‘We want a line of demarcation in the sand between the old and the new’. We always knew we would be using the Superman glyph or the shield as we call it. But Man Of Steel was also supposed to represent our take, which was he’s a man, but he’s not made of flesh and blood, metaphorically he’s a man of steel. So that was sort of the whole thing wrapped up in a nutshell.”
This name also remains loyal to the comic series. One recurring image in the early comics was of bullets bouncing off his chest, as if he were made of steel. Also in 1986, DC comics published a limited origins series named Man of Steel.
Steel is an interesting metaphor, as carbon steel for instance is one of the strongest types of steel alloy. As a mix of iron and carbon, the hardness levels and metal wear resistance of high carbon steel is also good quality. Scientifically it could repel bullets as the early comic art suggests.
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