So there was a teaser, well actually we had 2, but now we have the full thing!
The old comic book adage goes that if Superman did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him, but it is reinvention that has been on Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan’s minds since they were tasked with bringing the last survivor of Krypton back to the big screen two years ago.
Snyder, who directs, and “godfather” producer Nolan, have repeatedly suggested their take on the story will attempt to bring Superman closer to reality. The first full trailer, which hit the web last night, hints at a man of steel who is something of a tortured soul: this is an introspective Superman unsure of his place in the world, torn between his cautious earthling daddy, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), and his rather more ambitious (if long-dead) Kryptonian father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe). I’ll be honest, I am not entirely sure whats’s going on in this clip, but I like it!
The first thing that hits me is a very Gladiator-esque musical accompanyment along spotting Russel Crowe did take me back to 2000 when a certain General Maximus Decimus Meridius aka The Spaniard was kicking ass on epic scale. I highly doubt the Man of Steel will be anything like Gladiator in terms of gore but, with Director Zac Snyder attached, who previously directed 300 we know there will be some visually fantastic action scenes. Side note, how much does Henry Cavill look like Gerard Butler in 300 with that beard. It’s definately cool to see another Brit (Cavill) being the face of another Superhero frachise a la Christian Bale as The Dark Knight and I’m keen to see what influences Nolan has on the Man of Steel and what parallels it has with the Dark Knight trilogy in terms of motif.
I’m really looking forward to seeing Indie stalwart Michael Shannon as General Zod. He was fantastic in Take Shelter and Boardwalk Empire, so I am keen to see what type versatility he has for this role.
Man of Steel arrives on 14 June next year on both sides of the Atlantic.