You don’t need to look up in the sky to catch the brand new trailer for “Man of Steel.” It’s right here!
Director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Superman film franchise, starring “Immortals” actor Henry Cavill as the Last Son of Krypton, burst online Tuesday (December 11) with all the faster-than-a-bullet speed one expects from the grand-daddy of all superheroes. Produced by “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan, the latest look at “Man of Steel” puts the emphasis on inward soul-searching over outward face-punching — until the last minute of the trailer when all hell breaks loose.
The trailer begins with Cavill as Clark Kent, bearded and shirtless, floating adrift in icy water. He recalls a conversation he had in his childhood with his adoptive mother Martha Kent (played by Diane Lane). “The world is too big, mom,” he remembers complaining.
“Then make it smaller,” is her response. “Focus on my voice. Pretend it’s an island out in the ocean. Can you see it?”
“I see it,” young Clark responds, as the floating Clark of today opens his eyes.
Next, Clark remembers an incident in his early youth when his school bus crashed into water, nearly drowning everyone aboard — if not for his superhuman interference. Clark’s Earth father, Jonathan (played by Kevin Costner), disapproves of his actions; they could expose who he really is. “You have to keep this side of yourself a secret,” he tells Clark — yes, perhaps even if that means letting others die.
In his adulthood, the bearded Clark finds what we can assume is the Fortress of Solitude — Superman’s eventual base of operations, and where the hero learns the full scope of who he is and where he comes from. Fully cloaked in his red-and-blues, the greatest hero of them all treks forth on ice, remembering some sounder advice from his father: “You just have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be, Clark. Whoever that man is… he’s going to change the world.”
The elder Kent wasn’t kidding; as his words end, we see Clark take flight for the first time, bursting off and triggering a series of quick cuts that highlight the kind of action we can expect to see in “Man of Steel.” We see Superman bathed in fire, spaceships hovering over Smallville, a brief glimpse of a goatee-wearing General Zod (played by Michael Shannon), Superman racing down a skyscraper toward an unknown foe, and much more.
“My father believed that if the world found out who I really was, they would reject me. He was convinced that the world wasn’t ready,” the Man of Tomorrow says, as he holds hands with Lois Lane (played by Amy Adams). “What do you think?”
Trust us, Superman. We’re ready.
“Man of Steel” hits theaters on June 14, 2013.
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