Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Man of Steel Trailer Takes Flight

As expected, Warner Bros. dropped the full-length trailer for the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel yesterday in advance of its big screen placement in front of this Friday's The Hobbit (full review soon). I'm pretty impressed with this one's look and feel, and also with the actors -- especially star Henry Cavill -- occupying director Zack Snyder's screen-scape. We get our first good looks at Michael Shannon as villain General Zod, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

As to the trailer itself, my initial impressions are that while it is indeed re-treading a lot of familiar tropes vis-a-vis Superman's origin, something which really has been done to death, they do seem to have taken seriously their marching orders to go back to formula and make the Superman myth relevant to modern auds (as opposed to the archeological expedition that was Bryan Singer's Superman Returns). So far, so good. Man of Steel hits theaters next summer, so I expect we'll have plenty more to discuss between now and then.

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