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Up, Up and Away! “Man of Steel” Teaser Trailers Released

As the world says goodbye to Batman with The Dark Knight Rises playing in theaters now nationwide, we welcome back another superhero in the teaser trailer for the Zack Snyder directed Superman flick, Man of Steel. An extended trailer premiered at the San Diego Comic Con earlier this month, however, audiences worldwide get to see what all the buzz is about with a teaser trailer out now.

Teaser poster revealed at Comic Con 2012. Image courtesy of Warner Brothers.

Teaser poster revealed at Comic Con 2012. Image courtesy of Warner Brothers.

I have been a big fan of Superman since I was a kid. I was the little girl who would run around my house with the action figure in hand, swooping over drawers and desks, reporting his flight status in a Lois Lane fashion while knocking several items over. I would pop in an old videotape of the Richard Donner directed, Superman from 1978 starring the late Christopher Reeve and watch it over and over. You could say growing up I had a complex and dreamt of having my very own Superman. Though years later I realized I would never want the love of my life to run across a train to woo anyone. It’s dangerous and should never be done under any circumstance.

Smallville was a big part of my formative years and with the popular show ending last year about mild-mannered Clark Kent’s beginnings, I will admit how hesitant I was about this “Man of Steel” film. A part of me wished Warner Brothers would produce Smallville into a full-length film, the same way HBO went ahead with two Sex and the City films, keeping the same actors, and continuing their story to a larger audience. However, after months and reading more about Man of Steel, I realized it’s time to let go of what we know and embrace what is forthcoming with this reboot. These tales of Superman are two very separate stories, but of course it would be hard to break free from because a lot of us grew up with the WB/The CW show and cherished everything about it. However, that’s where that chapter ends and this new one begins. Last week at Comic Con, Snyder told fans that he felt Superman needed to be reintroduced to a new generation. Before Snyder’s retelling of Superman’s legend, the sequels after Richard Donner’s 1978 film tanked at the box office and didn’t quite receive the attention they deserved as each film lacked quite a bit in story and direction.

My initial reaction upon hearing that Zack Snyder would direct the film made me quite apprehensive. I wasn’t a huge fan of Snyder or his style of filmmaking, but after watching this teaser trailer I am thoroughly impressed and curious to see how he has executed the popular hero’s story. I find that the beauty in true filmmaking is when directors move outside their comfort zone building atop of what they know while still maintaining their heart in how they want to tell the story. It doesn’t hurt to have a good script either! Man of Steel was written by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, both of whom built one of the greatest superhero franchises to date, The Dark Knight trilogy. It’s safe to say, Snyder along with Nolan are rebooting the Superman franchise and are hoping this will make a better impression than the 2006 Superman Returns by director, Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men).

There are two teaser trailers out at the moment, both with the exact same footage but different voice-overs. It didn’t matter which trailer it was, but I had well defined goose bumps and a smile from ‘here to eternity’ after those teasers ended. I definitely wanted more! One teaser finds Kryptonian biological father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) speaking to his son of his true destiny and how he would be the one to set a precedent for mankind in helping them accomplish wonders. The other teaser finds Kansas farmer, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) telling his adopted son how he has a choice in his life and will have to decide for himself what kind of man he wants to be, whether good character or bad both of which would change the world. By telling Clark he has to make a choice, Jonathan implies the true side of man and his assumption of responsibilities.

Now with the overall apperance of the teaser, some might go on to say that it is not exactly what an action-packed blockbuster should look like. The teaser comes off rather artsy and poetic, reminiscent of a Tarsem Singh or Terrence Malick film where the focus is on the visual beauty of the outside world, and how each character fits into its realm. The trailer starts off with images of waves splashing against ocean rocks, pinned laundry drying off on a clothesline in the wind, and a bird soaring in the sky. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) makes his anticipated appearance to the audience in a beard, and is working on a fishing boat. From this we understand he is far off from home and searching for something, perhaps even lost.

Through flash between past and present we are taken back to a photograph of Clark and his father which leads the audience into a memory of young Clark playing around with a red cape around his neck in his family yard. Clark in the present time is seen hitchhiking, then flashing back to young Clark posing iconically with his fists at his side and cape flapping. The next image after the title is what the fans have waited for, finally seeing Superman in his full getup, soaring high above the sky, cutting through clouds and speeding into the stratosphere. That is the Superman everyone has known to love and adore over these past eighty years.

Some may wonder, where are the super villains? We know General Zod, played by Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire) is Kal-El’s arch nemesis in this film, but who is Superman battling and why don’t we get to see at least a sequence? After watching both teasers it’s understood that Superman at this point in his life is firstly at a crossroads with himself. The teasers may not be giving much at this point but allow the audience to interpret what is expected in this rendition of the iconic comic book character. Even with the title alone, you can see the focus of this film. Often when we speak of Superman, we forget how much of a man he is and has been all these years. All we see is the iconic suit, the hair, the stylized red S on his chest, and the man with the red cape who protects the world. Clark Kent or Kal-El, whatever you choose to call him, is a man first and foremost, and one thing that’s most defined about him is that in order to assert his true will he must isolate himself from society and live a life of solitude. It seems unfair, but often serves the greater good with such a sacrifice. The teaser trailer shows that even the “Man of Steel” faces moments of doubt within himself as to who he should be, and the overall loneliness of his choices; owing to that fact Superman has vulnerabilities and that makes him “man” in any clear form. It’s about time audiences understood what makes this man of steel who he really is by his own definitions because there is no one else like him.

To watch the official trailer with Kevin Costner’s voice-over check it out below or here, and the international version with Russell Crowe’s voice-over, here at YouTube.

The film which stars Henry Cavill as the “Man of Steel”, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, with Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe, releases June 14, 2013. Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder (300, The Watchmen) and produced by none other than, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy). What’s exciting about Nolan being a part of this film in both production and penning the screenplay is that he is someone from recent years who appreciates the art of word in film. He engulfs himself with scripts that are driven by strong character development, and that’s what initially creates a good experience onscreen. With a film that is bound to be character-centric, this could be the turning point in how audiences react to Superman on the big screen, especially coming off of The Dark Knight Rises and the whole Batman franchise Nolan rebooted.

From my observations and overall feel for the teaser trailer, I am extremely excited and looking forward to Man of Steel. I’m thrilled that the franchise will not only get a proper reintroduction into film with a solid script from acclaimed writers, but with Snyder’s passion for film-making and showcasing various styles in his productions, this beloved superhero could very well reach a whole new audience and become just as memorable as the first Superman film of 1978.

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    […] Upon hearing Zach Snyder would direct Man of Steel, I have to admit it had me a little nervous. Snyder’s strengths lay in elaborate theatrical fight sequences, dark fantasies and comic book artistry (300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch) but as good a director as he is, he knew how important this film was going to be for millions of fans. Snyder has proven with Man of Steel that he is able to push the envelope in his style of film-making and handle an original superhero film with interest and genuine precision. With that in mind, Snyder and screenwriter Goyer take Superman’s origins and have spun them freshly, having him struggle through a major moral dilemma: seeking balance between Jonathan Kent’s watchfulness on society and Jor-El’s expectations and hope, insisting “he’ll be a god.” […]

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