'Man of Steel' trailer shows character exploration, big-budget visuals (+trailer)(Read article summary)
'Man of Steel' will explore the character of Superman before he has fully assumed his superhero identity.
Youâ€™ll hear some people claim that weâ€™ve seen the origin of Superman before, but the truth is, itâ€™s only been in recent years that the iconic characterâ€™s origins have been re-examined on the comic book page, let alone on film. As such, thereâ€™s plenty of room for Zack Snyderâ€™s reboot film,Â Man ofÂ Steel, to offer the world a modern and complex look at Superman like theyâ€™ve never seen before.
Judging from thisÂ Man of Steel trailer, what weâ€™ll be getting is a mix of deep character exploration and the sort of big-budget blockbuster visuals youâ€™d expect from a summer tentpole crafted by Snyder (300, Watchmen).
The story and script for the film come our way courtesy of Â Dark Knight TrilogyÂ scribes Chris Nolan and David S. Goyer, who are seemingly drawing from some recent (and seminal) Superman comic book storylines like Mark Waidâ€™s â€śSuperman: Birthrightâ€ť and Geoff Johnsâ€™ â€śSuperman: Secret Originâ€ť â€“ both of which re-examined the Man of Steelâ€™s formative years â€“ and decision to become a worldly protector â€“ within the context of the modern era.
Man of SteelÂ will similarly delve into the period of time in which â€śSupermanâ€ť wasnâ€™t yet a persona adopted by Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill), as the young man was still lost between his identity as a superpowered extraterrestrial and the all-too â€śhumanâ€ť son of Smallville, Kansas residents Ma and Pa Kent (Dian Lane and Kevin Costner). The arrival of Zod (Michael Shannon), a militant figure from Supermanâ€™s home planet, presumably pushes Clark/Kal-El to a decision about which planet his loyalties (and considerable powers) lie with.
After the disappointment of Bryan Singerâ€™s Superman Returns, a lot of moviegoers are still waiting on a film that can truly reconnect Superman with a wider cinematic audience; the question is: will Man of SteelÂ be that movie?
What is seen here is certainly convincing that it can be.
Kofi Outlaw blogs at Screen Rant.