If you’ve been on the Internet or out in the world at all lately, you’ve probably seen or heard about the teaser trailer for the next Superman film, Man of Steel… But it doesn’t hurt to post it here, just in case you want to watch it again. (Apparently the sizzle reel had Comic-Con fans in tears.)
Set to be released next summer, the film offers a gritty, serious take on Superman. Zack Snyder, the film’s director of 300 and Watchmen fame, says the idea was to ignore all other Superman films and start from scratch. Even Superman’s costume is meant to look more like armor than an unrealistic (if iconic) unitard. John Williams’ score is out of the picture; it would hardly suit this new image of the red-caped hero.
Henry Cavill is starring as Clark Kent, with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as his earthly parents. I’m most excited about Russell Crowe playing Jor-El; you can hear him in the teaser trailer below.
As a fan of the Nolan Batman trilogy, I can’t wait to see a similar dark take on Superman that starts out firmly planted in reality. I don’t mind the spangled superhero type movies that start out booming with action, but seeing a character develop in the real world first can make the transformation from man to superhero very moving.