The trailer of Man of Steel has been released, and thankfully, it looks as far from Superman Returns as you can get. The official trailer can be viewed here – http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/man-of-steel/
We have thus far had four mainstream Superman movies (and then the whole Smallville series, which I will not get into, because let’s face it – it was a mess). I think we can all agree that the last attempt at bringing Superman to the big screen – Superman Returns – was tacky, awful, and overlong. However, the reboot – called Man of Steel – actually looks more intriguing and unique than anything that has come previously in the Superman-verse. Of course, this makes sense as the producer of this film is Christopher Nolan and the story credit goes to David S. Goyer, who both also collaborated on the Dark Knight Trilogy.
It’s very clear that this is a different Superman that we’re used to – we know this because the trailer makes it abundantly obvious for us. Firstly, they’re using Lord of the Rings music. For people like me, using Lord of the Rings music is a sure-fire way to get us excited and tell us that this is a serious movie. Secondly, there are almost no scenes of the actual superman outfit until the very end, where he’s flying up into the sky. From the shots of a young Clark Kent and a grown-up Clark spending time travelling around the world, everything looks incredibly evocative of Batman Begins. We see little to no special effects, all of the scenes seem very grounded in reality, and the tone is bleak and depressing. After seeing both the Batman and Spiderman films try to remake themselves with varying degrees of success, it’ll be interesting to see Superman give it a go. Superman, in its essence, is the very epitome of a comic book character – it’s harder to ground him in reality than it is Batman or Spider-man because he’s not human. But if there’s anyone that can do it, it’s Chris Nolan. It doesn’t hurt that Henry Cavill can actually act (not to be disparaging against Brandon Routh, but from my recollections of Superman Returns, his arsenal of expressions ranged from blank to blanker).
Man of Steel releases the summer of 2013.