The new Man of Steel trailer is here and it finally shows some action! Although I am not as excited about the film as the many "Nolanites", it does look really cool. Hopefully Sndyer is holding back and saving the best stuff for the actual movie and not the trailer. The opening scene of Jor-El watching the destruction of Krypton and sending his son (Superman) to Earth appears similar to the old Richard Donner Superman film and the comics, which is a good sign. Superman's mother says "They'll kill him." and Jor-El is like "How? He will be a god to them.", which is a cool comeback. The butterfly stuck in the swing is odd and I have yet to figure out why the trailers keep showing it. Since the film appears to start from Superman's childhood, how do they plan to fit his "Smallville" origin and the big epic General Zod battle, and him meeting Lois Lane and Clark being a homeless guy? It appears that there is going to be a lot things stuffed into the movie. The part were said Clark "Can I just keep pretending I'm your son?" with Kevin Cosner is a great moment and Cosner looks like he is perfectly cast as Jonathan Kent. Later it looks like a spaceship of some kind that could be the "Fortress of Solitude" and if it is, that is a good way to change it up. Michael Shannon as General Zod looks kind of odd as General Zod, I am not sure how that casting choice will work out. Superman and Lois Lane talking in the interrogation room about the "S" on Superman's chest is another great scene as Lois almost says" Superman" and from what the trailer suggests, he will probably be named Superman only after he saves the world from Zod. That is a good sign that the film will not be overly serious and will still have fun with it. Now the action is what disappoints me thus far about the trailer. Superman is ridiculously overpowered in the DC Universe and can basically do anything he wants. Therefore, the action in the film could be freaking awesome and Sndyer has shown if there is one thing he can do it is direct action scenes, even if the characters and story are lacking. However, the trailer shows some close up of shots of the action, which would work in moderation but not throughout the film, hopefully the actual action scenes are much better than what has been shown.Also there is said to be a Lexcorp sign in the trailer somewhere, which would refer to Lex Luther and would be a fun Easter Egg hinting at a larger Universe.
As for me not getting caught up in all the hype, is that I try not to speculate about how good or bad a film will be until I actually see it. Just because Christopher Nolan's name is on the trailer does not mean that he is that he is heavily involved in the film. He is not directing or write the screenplay just producing it and is credited with the story. Also some amazing films have awful trailers and vice-versa, so you never really know until you actually see it. If Man of Steel receives over a 70% on the Rotten Tomatoes meter I will probably go see it in theaters, otherwise I will just save my money to see Thor: The Dark World.
JT has come on to give his view since he can't do it on his own pc. Thanks James for the access.
By many accounts this looks like the best Superman film to date. Of course, all the advances in VFX don't hurt that, but it's also because this one seems to have a real backstory to it. The line "he'll be like a god to them." points out what the filmmakers have been saying, that yeah Superman is, well, a superman. The climax will be one of the biggest fights ever, because, as overpowered as Kal is, Zod has the same powers. I expect the final cut to push 3 hours, with about 15 minutes of Krypton, an hour of him growing up, about half an hour of the drifter life, half an hour of captivity, and then the last hour or so will be one continuous battle with Zod and the aftermath. Oh, and the score sounds like a must own.
JT: Nice shot of the biggest battle. That appears to be Zod coming in on the right after knocking our Mr. Hope out of the sky for the first of several times.
A big thanks to JT for doing this collaboration and look for more trailer reviews with JT in the future. Also be sure to check out his blogs JT's Tales and The Window on the South.
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