Do you believe a man can fly? Sure you do. You’ve seen enough superhero films to convince you of that by now. But do you believe a superhero can fish? Well, if you’re skeptical of that, all you need to do is tune into the new “Man of Steel” teaser trailers — that’s right, there’s two of them!
Clark Kent’s glorious return to the big-screen doesn’t take off until June 2013, but fans worldwide can get their first glimpse at what director Zack Snyder has in store for Superman fans with two brand new teasers for “Man of Steel,” the DC Comics icon’s first trip to theaters since 2006’s disappointing “Superman Returns.”
The teasers, which premiered in front of “The Dark Knight Rises” this weekend and have found their way online via Yahoo and MSN, are dead ringers for one another in all but one key way: the voice overs. Both trailers come equipped with narration, but from two different men giving two different speeches. The Yahoo edition is narrated by Jonathan Kent (played in the film by Kevin Costner), who speaks to his adopted alien son about the ramifications his superpowers will have on the world.
“You’re not just anyone,” warns Pa Kent. “One day, you’re going to have to make a choice. You’ll have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is, good character or bad, is going to change the world.”
In the MSN teaser, it’s Russell Crowe as Superman’s biological father, Jor-El, who imparts similarly toned wisdom, but with different words.
“You will give the people an ideal to strive towards,” says Jor-El. “They’ll rise behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. In time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”
In both cases, our hero’s two fathers give their speeches over shots of Clark working on a fishing boat and, later, images of him as a child, cape blowing in the wind. It’s a somber spot that, as many others have already observed, has more in common with a Terrence Malick piece than a Snyder film. But the Snyderisms come into full effect with the final shot of the teaser, which features a fully costumed Superman sonic booming off into the sky.
It’s not the action-packed, Nolan-esque footage that was shown at Comic-Con, no, but it’s still a strong indicator that with “Man of Steel,” Snyder and DC are striving for the epic, for the legendary. Now we just need to wait and see how high they can fly.
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