Yep, it's a rumor story, but it's coming from Aussie site What's Playing who seem to have some well-placed sources and have been pretty good in the past. That said, proceed with the caution usually reserved for rumors.
First up, the site seems have gotten their hands on a character description making the rounds to agencies as casting begins for Clark Kent in "Superman: Man Of Steel" (as you might recall, filmmakers are looking for somebody aged 28-32 years old). In it, we find a very idealistic version of Kent as he's "a young journalist, traveling the globe, who would rather solve problems and help people without resorting to using his special powers.” And apparently, "the plot involves Clark getting involved in some sort of battle between two tribes in West Africa." It's definitely an updated take on the character and a somewhat refreshing one, finding him trying to do good without relying on the very traits that make him different. If true, we definitely like that direction.
Meanwhile, the site mentions that Anne Hathaway is in contention for Lois Lane. We're sure she is, along with the standard crop of actresses linked to these things such as Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Natalie Portman, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams, Scarlett Johansson etc etc etc who are all most likely names on a wishlist at this point. If we had our way Rebecca Hall would get the gig but expect Hathaway's name as the first among many to be put in the mix before a decision is made.
"Superman: Man Of Steel" is gearing up for a June 2011 start and will be directed by Zack Snyder under the watchful eye of creative godfather Christopher Nolan.