Coming Soon: Man of Steel (June 14, 2013)

Der Ubermensch

I don’t take notes when I go to see a movie… although, there are times I wish I did… specifically for trailers of note.  I often have a hard time remembering which trailers aired before any movie, much less a 2 hour and 45 minute monster of a film such as The Dark Knight Rises.  It would take something that would leave quite the impression in order for me to recall what I had seen after such a spectacle. 

Zack Snyder’s reboot of Superman, Man of Steel, aired its first teaser trailer… and to say my interest is piqued would be an understatement of… well… super proportions.  What I found most intriguing was how un-Snyder-like it seemed.  This trailer almost makes me believe he took a page out of Terrence Malick’s playbook… odd camera angles, filmed during the gloaming, voice over narration (by Kevin Costner Russell Crowe I believe), shots of nature… and not a single “bullet-time” shot. 

Although the somewhat sour taste of Sucker Punch still lingers on my palette, it is often difficult to remember how much I do enjoy Snyder’s films (Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen).  I will also admit how concerned I was upon hearing that he would be helming the Superman reboot.  Not only did I still have the Sucker Punch taste in my mouth, I’ve also had a difficult time getting that Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth pile of crap version out of my mind as well… not to mention the recent extreme glut of superhero films… I wasn’t that excited.

Humorous aside… it was the trailer for Watchmen prior to The Dark Knight that got me interested in reading Watchmen for the first time and consequently, reading comic books.  I am grateful for that reason alone.

Then we saw the first image of Henry Cavill as the man himself… and casting Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Shannon… all the pieces are falling into place.  Will Shannon be Zod?  Who will be the villain?  Will Lex Luthor appear?  All we really know is that this will be the origin story again… and from what we can see from this teaser we know that Clark Kent goes on Deadliest Catch before donning his blue tights.  I assume he is simply working his way up to the north pole and his eventual Fortress of Solitude.

Enjoy the trailer… it’s a short one… but if you have ever been a fan of the original Reeve films, I dare you to not get goose bumps.

Quick note… are you aware of why trailers are called trailers?  They used to appear after a film, back when credits rolled at the beginning of a movie and the end was marked with “The End”.  There would be a reminder before the film started to “stay seated for upcoming attractions after the feature presentation”.  I imagine I wouldn’t have such a hard time remembering trailers if they came at the end.

Look up in the sky… Is it bird?  Is a plane?  Are you blind?  It’s obviously a dude in lycra!
Cornelius J. Blahg

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