"Crazy" Second Man of Steel Trailer Ready for the World
12.11.12 by Ryan
Superman as a kid! Superman in handcuffs! General Zod! Lois! What's going to happen?
Last month, director Zack Snyder revealed that a "crazy" trailer for his upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel, was going to debut before screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Looks like that moment has arrived a few days prior to The Hobbit's release as Warner Bros. have officially released the reboot's second trailer.
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When we last saw Superman (Henry Cavill) in a pair of teaser trailers released in July, he was working on a fishing boat with both of his fathers (Russell Crowe as Kryptonian birth father Jor-El and Kevin Costner as adoptive Earth father Jonathan Kent) talking to him about his destiny. The look of the trailers were in line with Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, which is no surprise since A) Nolan is a producer on Man of Steel and B) Warner Bros. no doubt wants to bring the Dark Knight audience out for Man of Steel. That must be why the studio added Nolan's name to the latest trailer, which still sees Superman questioning his place in the world while alternating between his heroics and the dangers he will face, particularly in the form of General Zod (Michael Shannon).
While Zod is only seen briefly in the trailer, Snyder says that Shannon did not turn in a campy performance as the villain. "You can imagine that you could get actors who go, 'Oh right, it's Zod, it's not 100 percent serious,' or [you can play it] slightly with a wink, there is none of that with him," Snyder told MTV last month. "His effort is to make it realized and to understand this character and what he has to go through, so you have that on one side and you have Henry, who basically is Superman, on the other side and that dynamic."
As for the more serious and somber tone of the movie, Snyder adressed that during an interview with the LA Times, explaining that Man of Steel is a "more serious version of Superman."
We took the mythology seriously. We take him as a character seriously. I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that you’re going to see a Superman you’ve never seen before. We approached it as though no other films had been made. He’s the king-daddy. Honestly that’s why I wanted to do it. I’m interested in Superman because he’s the father of all superheroes. He’s this amazing ambassador for all superheroes. What was it about him that cracked the code that made pop culture embrace this other mythology? What we‘ve made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story. It’s been an honor to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes. I wanted to be sure the movie treated it respectfully.
Man of Steel was written by David S. Goyer, from a story he conceived with Nolan. The cast includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane; Diane Lane as Superman's adoptive mother, Martha Kent; Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet; and Ayelet Zurer as Superman's Kryptonian mother, Lara Lor-Van.