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.