Because it’s a post-The Dark Knight Rises superhero film (that also happens to produced by Christopher Nolan and written by David Goyer, with a story co-written by Nolan) Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman film, Man of Steel, is all kinds of “dark” and “gritty”—so much so that it appears to have gone full Dark Knight, to paraphrase Tropic Thunder. The new trailer features Superman plagued with Daddy Issues and a bushy beard while looking depressed and troubled about his powers, some symphonic choral music blasts, everyone looks miserable, and you see very little of the hero in his suit. Yep, it’s a modern superhero film, all right.
It’s also looks pretty heavy on origin storytelling, which can easily be exhausting and mind-crashingly dull when not handled properly (there’s a reason why the only part of Amazing Spider-Man worth watching was seeing the two leads flirt with each other over dinner and during classes). Young Clark Kent saves a busload of kids and gets nothing but hand-wringing and is ostracized for his efforts, before learning about his powers and his capacity for good and blah blah cue Russell Crowe doing the Marlon Brando speech about saving humanity. But hey, the back end of the trailer looks exciting enough, when the filmmakers remember the best part of Superman is the sheer wonder and joy one can have watching a man who isn’t incredibly miserable fly around saving the world:
Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as the Blue Boy, and is set for June 14, 2013 release.
What do you think of the trailer?