In about six months, the Big Blue Boy Scout will return to the big silver screen. Coming June 14, 2013, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel will prove once and for all if DC Comics‘ superheroes can capture the attention of movie goers before the proposed Justice League film releases in 2015. The trailer for Man of Steel sets the bar pretty high. Check it out after the jump.
The last son of Krypton has returned, this time in a very grounded reality. Fans can thank Christopher Nolan for returning to the DC Universe to help produce this re-imagining of Superman. It is thanks to him that we were given the incredible Dark Knight trilogy that has ultimately raised the standards for superhero movies today. With Nolan’s help, hopefully we will be able to see a smooth transition into the road leading up to the Justice League.
Surely DC Entertainment is relying heavily on this film to take the lead to counter what Marvel Studios have done with Phase 1 of The Avengers. And with what has been delivered in this trailer, my anticipation has grown considerably.
The tone is fairly dark for a Superman film. Like Nolan’s Batman, our hero is struggling with his sense of duty. Kal-El’s adoptive father, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) even suggests he should have let a fellow classmate of Clark’s die just to conceal his identity. Although Richard Donner’s Superman was semi-grounded, this adaptation/origin story feels like it has a lot more going for it.
But are audiences ready to give Superman another chance? Even after the financial success of Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, fans of the wall-crawler were pretty lukewarm toward Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man – why should they give Superman another chance? The name alone should build foot traffic – he isn’t a superhero they need to elaborate too heavily on like Green Lantern. I expect a pretty great turnout for Man of Steel, especially after this trailer.
My biggest concern is having to question whether Man of Steel was rushed to the screen because of a lawsuit that would have had the studios paying a lot of money if they did not begin production of another Superman film by 2011? Man of Steel looks very pretty, but is it comprehensible enough for us to care? Sucker Punch looked incredible in the trailers – the end result, not so much.
There is no official plot synopsis yet, but here is a description of the production courtesy of Apple Trailers:
Next summer, Man of Steel is coming to the big screen. The film is from director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics.
Along with Kevin Costner, Henry Cavill has been cast to don the blue tights, Russell Crowe will have a brief stint as Jor-El, Diane Lane will be Ma Kent, Amy Adams can be seen as Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon will be doing his thing as the infamous General Zod.
And here’s one final image for your enjoyment, the first official poster for Man of Steel displaying Supes in handcuffs.
What say you? Is the world ready to accept Superman back into their lives or will Man of Steel end up being a flop that could possibly halt the Justice League train?
Man of Steel opens in theaters June 14, 2013.