The new, full Man of Steel trailer that’ll be playing before The Hobbit came out yesterday ago and lit up the Interwebs. We get a fuller scope of the film, which features a rebooted origin story, action and explosions up the ass, shots of Supes in full costume, Pa Kent (Kevin Costner), Ma Kent (Diane Lane), Lois Lane (Amy Adams), Zod (Michael Shannon) and Jor-El (Russel Crowe). Take a look below.
My thoughts? I liked what I saw. Some people crapped all over the ‘pretentious’ tone of the trailer. Well, no shit dude! This is Superman we’re talking about here. He’s the superhero who started it all way back in the late 1930s. There needs to be a reverent tone to his films–as long as the film has some sense of fun and even a bit of self-awareness. Another very controversial point in the trailer was the part where young Clark had saved a bunch of school kids on a bus and runs the risk of being exposed by one kid’s ungrateful mother. When Clark asks Pa Kent “What was I supposed to do? Let them all die?” Pa Kent uneasily says “Maybe?”
Most people were appalled even by Pa Kent, who was supposed to be Superman’s foundation for all things good, saying such a heinous thing. Personally, I didn’t mind it. If Pa Kent is just a wisdom-spouting cipher with no real fears or concerns about what might happen to his son when he reveals himself to the world, he has no dimensions. Pa Kent saying that shows a father who lives in the real world and would do anything to protect his son. Not only that, all the stuff that Clark is going through is new for the Kents as well. They aren’t experts on handling super-powered children from another planet. Though I loved the Ma Kent scene in the trailer where she is helping a young Clark cope with what looked like the emergence of his super-hearing. So yes, there is lots to love in this trailer.
However, I’m cautiously optimistic about the film. Zack Snyder is a good visual director, but as we know is addicted to slo-mo. Let’s hope with Chris Nolan’s help that he will give Superman the modern introduction that he so deserves. This film is probably the most important film in the history of DC Comic films. Why? As I’ve noted before. DC/Warners can’t even get off the starting blocks when it comes to taking true advantage of the comic film boom outside of Batman (and Nolan’s version is not part of any shared continuity).
Man of Steel HAS to do well in order for DC/Warners to start building their shared cinematic universe. It HAS to do well since it is the only lead in for the forthcoming Justice League film. Lots of pressure on the shoulders of the Man of Steel. I hope he can deliver.