Trailer Talk - Man of Steel (2013)
Man of Steel, premiered a couple of weeks back at San Diego ComicCon. It then ran in front of The Dark Knight Rises when it released this past weekend. The tone appears to be darker than that of previous Superman films, which isn't surprising considering that it is being directed by Zack Snyder (2004's Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen) and produced by Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception). But that is about all that we get a feel for from this initial teaser. Don't get me wrong, I will definitely be checking Man of Steel out when it comes out next summer, but it won't be because I got wicked hyped over this trailer.
There are actually two versions of the trailer that run in different theaters. One has a voice over by Russell Crowe (who will play Jor-El, Superman's birth father from Krypton), the other, a voice over by Kevin Costner (who will play his adoptive father Jonathan Kent from Earth). I happened to see the Costner trailer I saw The Dark Knight Rises, but I think I prefer Crowe version (both can be seen below).
Henry Cavill has the look for Clark Kent/Superman, and the rest of the cast is excellent: Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), and the aforementioned Crowe and Costner. I should also mention that Man of Steel has been written by David S. Goyer, who co-wrote all of The Dark Knight Trilogy, the Blade trilogy, and the underrated Dark City.
I must admit that I'm a little bit disappointed that we didn't get to see more here. It is just the first trailer after all, and a teaser at that. On paper, all of the pieces sound great, so here's to hoping that Man of Steel can bring Superman back to the forefront of comic book movies!
Russell Crowe Narration:
Kevin Costner Narration: