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Man Of Steel Trailer: The Hero I Want To Believe In

By TK | Trailers | April 17, 2013 | Comments ()


I'm not going to lie: I'm terrified of this movie. I'm one of the few people who still genuinely loves the Superman character. Perhaps not in all of his iterations, and yes, the DC universe is often a murky one that's difficult to navigate. But I read stories like Red Son and Kingdom Come and Death of Superman and I remember the awe that I felt as a child. He can be a terrific property.

And the cast for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is quite simply amazing. Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Russell Crow, Julia Ormond, Amy Adams, Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue? Seriously? That's a goddamn dream cast, no question.

And, the trailers have been pretty great. The first teasers, with the two different fathers voicing over brief footage, were terrific. The last one, pretty good. Now, we really get a feel for the scope of the picture, and most importantly, something that's been missing from all of the Superman films to-date -- serious, no holds-barred superpowered action. The scale of destruction seems impressive, on par with what it should be. If Superman and General Zod really went at it? They'd tear the city apart. They'd be like a goddamn natural disaster. There's that feel to this.

But. But... Zack Snyder, y'all. Every Snyder movie that I go back and revisit, I end up liking less and less with each viewing, finding more and more wrong with it except for Dawn of the Dead, which I still halfheartedly enjoy, and Sucker Punch, which was awful from the get-go. But 300? Watchmen? I can barely stand them now. My only hope is that Christopher Nolan was standing over Snyder's shoulder and rapping his knuckles with a ruler whenever he tried to get too Snyderish.

Anyway, here's the newest trailer, and I hate to admit it, but I love it.

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  • Jezzer

    I love Superman, when Superman is used effectively. Stories where he's basically a bland, dutiful slab of perfection with a spit curl bore me, but I can eat the stories up that illustrate how fucking lonely it must be to be a god among men, constantly battling the temptation to use his abilities to just solve everything and take away mankind's freedom of choice. And to put an even greater spin on it, the thing that makes Superman a force for good who refuses to equate power with authority? It's the lessons he learned from his adoptive human parents. Superman is at its core a story about the triumph of the human spirit.

  • Maguita NYC

    This. If Kal-El did not have to leave his well-to-do birth parents, the possibility of him growing-up to become a selfish entitled brat is important. His salt-of-the-earth adoptive parents brought him up to be a lot more thoughtful of fragile humanity, as well as the impact of his actions.

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  • AM

    Henry Cavill is literally so beautiful it makes me wince.

  • TrickyHD

    Hopeful, but for the last ten years or so, the life, humor and joy of super hero movies has dried up, and we get movies like Oblivion. Serviceable, but unemotional.

    On the bright side, will plan to re-watch Christopher Reeves if this one lets me down. Superman 1 is still the benchmark, makes you smile, makes you laugh, makes you cry, and once in a while, even makes you wonder.

  • DarthCorleone

    Is the "S" equaling hope canon or is that new?

    Yes, the trailer is very well put together. And once again I'm zeroing in on that fleeting moment they give us of Michael Shannon's Zod. But this movie is going to have to be absolutely spectacular to make me tolerate the origin story yet again. How many minutes into this movie before something surprising happens?

  • Jezzer

    Even in the original Christopher Reeve movies, it was the symbol of the House of El, only coincidentally resembling the letter "S" in the English language.

  • superasente

    It's recent cannon. From Mark Waid's "Birthright" mini-series 9 years ago.

  • MissAmynae

    Hooray dirty, fuzzy Supes!

  • Why can't we have a traditional Superman story like the ones I read growing up?

    You know, like when Superman secretly gives Lois a potion to make her nose grow and her skin turn green, then secretly follows her around using his powers to make her think she is a witch. To teach her a lesson. Then one of his robot duplicates spanks her. Then Superman turns into a baby and Lois and Lana fight over who gets to adopt him. And Jimmy turns into a turtle.

  • sean

    Maybe they will let Grant Morrison write the sequel, and we can get such things.

  • Maguita NYC

    Not gonna ask the obvious. Pass the bong please.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Okay, I was all excited for the last Superman movie, and I was disappointed. Kevin Spacey was the best thing about that one. So I wasn't holding out much hope for this one... but okay... I am in.

  • manting

    it appears how quickly everyone forgot how shitacular Singer's Superman was. Singer did a damn good job with Xmen I and II and I believe (based on the cast) that his "Days of Future Past" will be very good, but he took a huge dump with his Superman.
    Snyder deserves the benefit of the doubt. His Watchman is an excellent adaptation and as close as you can get to capturing a comic property in a film. Im always surprised by those that hate it.

    Snyder is also partially responsible (like it or lump it) for the new wave zombie craze. His Dawn of the Dead reignited the zombie genre and coupled with Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, and a plethora of piñatas of other zombie films brought us to where we are today - a country blessed with a prime time zombie apocalypse tv show.

  • QueeferSutherland

    I actually enjoyed the first full trailer much more than this one. The aliens, the homeworld creatures...I dunno, smells like John Carter. I'm far more interested in the human aspects of the story and the way Clark struggles with his identity. That's far more compelling to me and I hope it forms the centerpiece of the movie.

  • chanohack

    The S is hope? I like it.

  • BWeaves

    I'm guessing there's no changing into leotards in a phone booth.

  • Green Lantern

    TK, I share your concern for similar reasons. I've gone on record stating that Superman deserves a GREAT movie...not just a "good" one. It'd be nice if "MOS" is "good", but I DEARLY want it to be *great*. I suppose we'll see.

    Oh and I'm with Maguita upthread...I too will spend the money fight the crowds, haul my oxygen (yes, I have that) to the theater and watch "Man of Steel" in 3D. Between this and "Star Trek"? Yeah, it's gonna be a movie summer!

    Oh and "Watchmen" was fan-fucking-tastic.

  • TK

    You guys want to know how much I love Superman? This much. This fucking much. Yeah, that's my kid. Yeah, I bought him a Superman outfit, complete with cape. And yeah, I taught him to put his hands up like that whenever I yell "SUPERBABY!"

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  • Sara_Tonin00

    soooooo cute.

  • Superasente

    My mother in law started sewing me a Superman costume. It is supposedly an oversized pair of pajamas with closed toes (she did a monkey costume for my wife randomly a couple of years ago). I promised her that if she finishes by June 13th then I will wear it to the midnight screening.

    See, I posses neither pride, nor the capacity to feel shame. It's a dangerous combination.

  • Superasente

    I have a boner and I'm crying. I haven't been this confused since that night in the county jail.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Confused? CONFUSED?! Fuck you, that wasn't what you said before.

  • Green Lantern

    There there, Superasante...there there...we've gotcha, pal. It's gonna be, now...

  • wsapnin

    GAAAAHHH! I love Henry Cavill and got all moisty when I heard he was cast as The Man. But what's it taken, like 3 years from that to this? I will be at the IMAX opening.

  • Mrcreosote

    Did anyone tell BSlim about the lens flare? Because whooooosh, lens flare.

    I'm a little worried that the first half of the movie is "Superman fishes and broods". Broody Supes is boring.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    "Broody Supes is boring."

    Fixed that for you.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    Shirtless, bearded, hairy-chested, and flexing? I'M SOLD AND I DON'T EVEN ENJOY SUPERMAN.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

  • Green Lantern

    Hmm...seen past your Kryptonian bias, eh Pinks?

    Yeah...just a hint of some burly muscles, then CAPES AND S-SHIELDS DON'T MATTER, DO THEY? Hmph.

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  • Pants-are-a-must

    The Nolan is strong with this one.

  • Buck Forty

    I’m one of the few people who still genuinely loves the Superman character.
    You are not alone TK, there are others. We may be invisible now but if Zack Snyder gets it right...

  • BlackRabbit

    The first question that jumped out at me from the trailer is-who is
    little Clark pretending to be with that cloth around his neck? Can’t be
    Superman because, well.......

  • Maguita NYC

    Usually, it is a kid mimicking his hero in the backyard after Superman makes his first appearance, and the public witnesses few of his heroic acts. Not necessarily a young Clark Kent.

  • DarthCorleone

    Or Superman goes back in time by spinning the Earth around a whole bunch of times and inspires himself.

  • BlackRabbit

    A-HA! That makes much more sense. You know what they say about assumptions.

  • BlackRabbit

    Except it would be an "assmeption" or something, because you were right. I'm an idiot.

  • Maguita NYC

    Assuming assmeptions is okay too. I believe I've watched too many Supermans by now and know the beat of flashy hero worship by heart. Which doesn't matter one bit, for I'll still watch a gloriously loud Superman with a hairy chest.


    What does Amy Adams say there? I'm hearing "suit up." Am I hearing right? Am I missing the joke or something? I don't get it...

  • She's starting to say Superman.

  • sean

    I thought exactly the same thing when I saw this earlier. I think, just maybe, they did it. Restored the sense of wonder I had as kid . Also, maybe they make up for that bloated mess that was the last Batman movie.

  • googergieger

    Thanks, but no thanks. Actually no thanks and no thanks.


  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    *throws all of the money* I don't even care if it's good, the trailer has won me over. Take me, Snyder, take me hard. Also, preferably now, because I don't wanna wait.

  • junierizzle

    I ain't gona lie, I'm more excited to see Amy Adams as Lois Lane than the new Supes.

  • Aaron Schulz

    Yeah i want to see Amy Adams do anything so im with you on that, although Zack Snyder being allowed to make movies still is worrisome.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    The thing about Supes here is I'm not really seeing any Clark at all. Oil rig fisherman? Not Clark Kent, that's Superman slumming.

  • Superasente

    In virtually every modern interpretation of Superman's origin, he leaves home and travels the world for years in secret before putting on the costume. Byrne wrote it that way. Waid wrote it that way. Johns deviated, and that was an awesome story, but the whole idea is very much keeping with what has come before.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    It's not that it's happening, it's that there's just no Clark around. I kinda base my idea of whether or not somebody is a good Superman on what kind of Clark Kent they are, and he's notably not on display here.

  • Superasente

    I totally dig what you're saying.

  • junierizzle

    I'm assuming that he's the fisherman before he goes all Clark Kent. I recall seeing set photos of him in a suit.

  • southworth

    I was actually going to guess that he didn't go Full Clark until the end of the movie. That is: dorky haircut, glasses newspaper reporter Clark. I was assuming that's where he ends up after he wanders the world as a burly sexpot.

  • Cherith Cutestory

    burly sexpot? the only way superman could bang regular chicks is with a kryptonite condom...but that'd kill him

  • foolsage

    "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex." Larry Niven saw that problem back in 1971. ;)

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Where? Where are these wandering burly sexpots? Is there an app that can be used to find them?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    They usually have beards, and they brood really hard. Also they're burly. Just kinda keep your eye out, and look in places where transients congregate. He'll be the burliest, cleanest, least drunk one there.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I am looking for the cleanest & least drunk one! This is convenient.

  • toblerone

    Oil rigs have fishermen? F@$!king the Oceans twice.

  • Buck Forty

    He's a fisherman who goes to save the people on an oil rig, perhaps?



  • TheOriginalMRod

    Amen sistah! Like wow and stuff... no shirt required... hubba hubba.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Plus the chest hair. SWEET FANCY MOSES, THE CHEST HAIR!

  • Green Lantern

    Oh FIGS!

  • I'm a woman of principle.

  • Maguita NYC

    If not constant and unfailing in divested male-form adoration.

  • toblerone



    *The flying scenes look amazing.

  • Green Lantern

    Yeah it really kinda was, wasn't it?

    I'm looking forward to "Trek" also. WOO!

  • Natallica

    When a toast is buttered, it will always fall on his buttered side. Now, on the other hand, a cat will always fall on its feet. Now, imagine if you put butter on a cat's back: it will create a gravitational conundrum, where the cat would be kept floating indefinitely. So, what I'm trying to say is, I hope Nolan's butter will counteract Snyder's tendency to free falling.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I feel like Nolan is the cat (positive result) rather than the butter (depressing result).

    At any rate, it's an awesome trailer. I generally don't go out for the superhero flicks but I might need to see this one on the big screen. The fist crush before takeoff is the nice kind of detail that Snyder is wonderful at.

    Also: at first I thought I didn't like the music, was missing the John Williams theme, but it crept up on me. The S is for "hope" indeed.

  • Natallica

    I don't know, both butter and kitties are on my list on most awesome things about life. Tough choice

  • zeke_the_pig

    Mmmmmmm, buttered gravity cat

  • googergieger

    You hope someone who can only write characters that exist solely to explain the overly and needlessly "realistic" plot can somehow coexist with the definition of a point and shoot director? I'm sure it'll work. Sure it'll be as boring as every other super man flick.

  • Maguita NYC

    F-ck you man with your glass always empty outlook on cinematic interpretations of our gods and heroes.

    I for one will wait in line with the dirty smelly masses on opening week-end; I WILL PAY full price for the experience; I will buy shitty popcorn and watered down over-sweetened soda. And most of all, I will let myself ugly cry with snot hanging from my nose each and every time my Superman bends his back in pain, humanity spits in his face, and yet still, see him rise to the challenge and protect us from shitty gynormous egotistical assholes.

    Fuck you, l am very much intent on living the Superman experience fully!

  • googergieger

    I guess you could do worse for your gods and heroes, big bang theory.

  • Maguita NYC

    Quite right Sprinkle Tits. I might even big bang your theory of needlessly unrealistic plot, then drown it in my watered-down, well over 16 ounces of soda.

  • googergieger

    That isn't a theory. It's a fact. *tips hat*

    Sugar cooch.

  • Maguita NYC

    Today it is buttered.

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