Breaking Down the Man of Steel Trailer @clopez26
Last week, the new trailer for Man of Steel hit the web and heavily increased the already high anticipation for Superman's return to the big screen. Directed by 300 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder, and produced by The Dark Knight Trilogy's Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel is a reboot of the Superman film series and could potentially be the start of the DC Cinematic Universe. The film will retell the origin story of Superman and put him up against the invasion forces of General Zod.
Right off the bat, the trailer proclaims the epic nature of this film with a great shot of Jor-El standing in the midst of a massive battle on Krypton. We then see him and Lara Lor-Van put baby Kal-El into the shuttle that will send him off to Earth. Lara questions why they'd send him to Earth and says that humans will kill him, but Jor-El rebuffs her by saying "How? He will be a god to them." This sequence promises us some great Kryptonian action which will provide a fantastic beginning to the film.
The trailer then shifts to scenes of Clark's upbringing in Smallville which provides the emotional and thematic backbone for the movie, which is Clark feeling like an outcast because of his powers and his journey to overcome his fears that lead him to becoming Earth's greatest hero. The scene where Clark tells Pa Kent that he just wants to pretend to be his son shows off the filmmakers attempt to make Superman easier to connect with for those who feel he's too cookie cutter. Clark's emotional journey towards becoming Superman will be every bit as important as the epic action that will occur when he does become the Man of Steel. A narration by Lois Lane talking about a "guardian angel" that she's looking for seems to be how they're going to introduce her into the story during Clark's transition into Superman. it'll be nice to see her doing more journalistic duties than she did in the original movies.
Once Clark becomes Superman, we see all the big action in the trailer. From military action, to giant space ships, to Superman fighting General Zod in the skies of Metropolis and the streets of Smallville, the action looks incredible. The action on display in the trailer is the kind of action missing from 2006's Superman Returns, which was a good movie and respectful of the mythology, but it just didn't deliver the kind of Superman that audiences want to see today. People want to see Superman challenged in not just an emotional level, but in a heavily physical way that takes advantage of today's special effects that can deliver the kind of spectacle called for in a Superman film.
All in all, the trailer makes the case for this movie being what fans have wanted to see for years, an epic Superman film with a strong story and huge action. The cast looks good so far in their respective roles, with Henry Cavill obviously being the standout as the new Superman. Outside of Cavill, I'm excited the most to Michael Shannon's performance as General Zod. In the brief moments he's seen in the trailer, it looks like he'll be a strong force against Superman and will be completely different from Terence Stamp's iconic version of the Kryptonian villain. It'll be nice to see him finally get in on a big movie that gets him more exposure.
June 14th can't come fast enough. This fill will be the Superman film we've all been waiting for and could be just the beginning when it comes to the rest of the DC characters that could finally see the light of day in Man of Steel's wake.