If you haven’t seen the newest trailer for the new Superman movie — Man of Steel — drop everything, if it’s not an emergency or a baby, and watch it now.
WB released the trailer through a viral campaign that revealed a web address that unlocked at noon (EST)
From the look of it, Zack Snyder and crew have come up with an origin story steeped in personal conflict that’s far from the standard Clark Kent grew up in a happy household to become a well-adjusted superhero who hides in plain sight as a journalist.
Instead, we have Pa Kent (Kevin Costner) reminding his adopted son to stay incognito with the powers after a witness saw Clark save a bus full of children.
Clark responds, “What was I supposed to do? Just let ‘em die?” to which the elder Kent, after weighing the thought in his mind, says the difficult answer, “Maybe.”
If you don’t know what gravity is, it’s that feeling you get when the pit of your stomach just sinks, and this trailer is full of moments, emotional and soaring.
One thing that I’m excited about — For too long, Superman has been molded to become likeable and relateable. Detractors often mention his invincibility is his worst power because nothing can harm him so writers have scrubbed him down to a man whose powers are limited in the quest to make him more palatable to audiences.
After seeing this trailer, I’m convinced the title Man of Steel was chosen for a specific reason.
We see Superman coming to terms with the fact he’s not human. He is alone. On the outside, he’s capable of flying into space faster than the speed of sound, surviving underwater without oxygen, and taking brutal punishment. But there’s an emotional factor here that suggests he’s not above human emotion and understanding, which makes me believe this Superman movie will resound with audiences even if he’s ultra-powerful. Add to that the responsibility of deciding who lives and dies, and we have a heady superhero movie following in the footsteps of The Dark Knight trilogy that brought superhero movies to a new level.
Man of Steel releases June 14, 2013. Expect a Hyper Geeky review.