There is no movie I am more anxiously awaiting than “Man of Steel.” I’ve said that even before watching the official teaser trailer that was just released and attached to “The Dark Knight Rises” (and embedded below for your viewing pleasure), or even before watching the longer trailer played at San Diego Comic-con.
Unfortunately we will all have to wait almost a year before Superman flies onto our movie screens. But after watching this new teaser trailer the wait is going to seem even longer.
So what was my impression of this “Man of Steel” teaser trailer?
First of all, we have two different versions of the teaser, both are identical in content but have different voice-overs. One is voiced over by Russell Crowe as Jor-El and the other by Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent. These are the voices that will guide the Man of Steel through life, and what warm voices they are. The love and kindness overflow in what we hear. I love these stars that have been cast as the guiding light for my all time favorite super-hero.
I didn’t want the teaser to end — it seemed so short — but that’s because I don’t want to watch trailers for “Man of Steel,” I just want to watch the movie already. This one minute and thirty-four seconds long teaser leaves us wanting more, much more; so, in my opinion it definitely gets the job done.
What we do see is Superman or perhaps just Clark Kent is in a place in film where he has never been before. He seems to be struggling with some deep guilt. He has isolated himself to the far reaches of the land, possibly Alaska. He is working in a crab boat. He seems troubled and lonely. Could this be because of Jonathan Kent’s death? Could it be because he doesn’t know how to deal with his powers, or maybe got someone hurt? These are the struggles Clark Kent has always suffered in the movies, comics and TV shows alike. But Henry Cavill’s is such a terrific actor; he exudes this troubled role perfectly.
In the version of trailer voices by Kevin Costner, this is what Jonathan Kent expresses to Clark:
- You’re not just anyone. One day, you’re going to have to make a choice. You 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.
And in the Russell Crowe version, we get a slightly different statement:
- You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They’ll rest behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.
But fathers express great faith in their son’s future and the decisions he makes. Their positive hope for who will grow up to be is inspiring and is how I feel about this trailer.
I loved the aerial image of what appears to be the Kent farm in Smallville. This was reminiscent of the farm from the TV show “Smallville,” of which I have such fond memories after watching that TV series for 10 years. It is definitely the perfect place to raise our future Superman. And it appears we see young Clark Kent, here in the farm, playing a heroic superhero role in the yard. He has a red towel around his neck and he is running around — what an epic image to watch.
Of course, the trailer doesn’t end without at least giving us a glimpse of things to come in “Man of Steel,” so before ending it gives us Superman flying up, up and away and breaking the sound barrier. This image gave me goose bumps and it seems so majestic. It is a small taste of the types of effects and images “Man of Steel” will treat our eyes to.
Finally, the music and score is also of epic proportions with a lovely operatic voice with a peaceful orchestra melody behind it. I felt it gave it the feel and sense it was trying to express.
I definitely can’t wait for more scenes and an expanded trailer in the future.
Perhaps we will get answers to why Clark’s sporting a beard, and why he is away from his loving family.
This teaser is just about Clark. There are no other Superman favorites like Lois Lane, Perry White or Jimmy Olsen. But perhaps this is fitting for a teaser trailer being previewed so far ahead of its release. It is smart to simply feed bits and pieces to the masses, perhaps the next tease in a couple of months can show Lois Lane, or the battle at Krypton we’ve been hearing about.
I will definitely be following all the details for “Man of Steel,” so keep it here for updates.
“Man of Steel” will fly into theaters on June 14, 2013. It stars Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Christopher Meloni, Michael Shannon, Lawrence Fishburne and many more.
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