Let's Watch Another Man Of Steel Trailer

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Let's Watch Another Man Of Steel Trailer

MovieBob breaks down the latest Man of Steel trailer shot for shot.

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That was really cool.
I wasn't too excited for this before, but now I really am.

Am I the only one who got a Sting as Feyd-Rautha vibe from Michael Shannon's "I will find him!"?

I was pretty skeptical for this movie initially, now I'm on board. We did dark and gritty with Batman, we have our fun with the Marvel movies, I'm down for a little positive superhero action. Call it lame, but what I really took from the trailer was that the movie is trying to be uplifting without pandering. That's a tricky line to walk, but it's Superman! If there is any story/character outside of an actual religious character he's the guy.

Pulling it all off is another thing, but I'm in.

We all know that eventually they're going to have to bring Lex Luthor into this and I'm super (hurr) glad they decided not to focus on him as the primary villain this time around.

The trailer has built up this messianic figure for Superman quite a bit and I like that. Mainly because it gives me hope that when we finally do see Luthor it's going to have some of my favorite characterizations mixed in. Specifically that he views Superman as a limiting factor to human potential, that he's removed the necessity that is the mother of invention and that the more we rely on him, the less we rely on ourselves...this of course eventually gives way to the slightly less noble super villainy that he's well known for.

That's a lot of speculation of course. For now I'm just pretty impressed that they seem to have made a pretty solid Superman movie that doesn't shy away from the inherent outlandishness of the DC universe. That's going to be very important in building up the cinematic universe for the JLA if they hope to pull that off.

Because let's face it, if Thor was the hardest part of building up a believable Avengers it's not going to be any easier building a team made up almost entirely of Thors.

I'm pretty sure thanks to that big "I WILL FIND HIM!" the planet drill is only a means to an end. That end being to get Superman to show his face.

I want to see this movie so fucking bad SUPERMAN YAY

The man in the armour looks a lot like Luthor.

DVS BSTrD:
I'm pretty sure thanks to that big "I WILL FIND HIM!" the planet drill is only a means to an end. That end being to get Superman to show his face.

Especially with the whole General Zod viral campaign.

'To Kal-El, I say this: surrender within 24 hours, or watch this world suffer the consequences'

Bob, no one but you cares about them explaining the S. Let it go.

Anyway, looks like this is going in the right direction. I like how they're concentrating more on the character of Superman in the marketing rather than bombarding us with action set pieces. Snyder was a good choice for director, plus it looks like his worst habits have been held back. Definitely the one I'm looking forward to this summer.

P.S. I find it funny how Cavill is currently dating Gina Carano as she was Bob's first pick for playing Wonder Woman

Froggy Slayer:

DVS BSTrD:
I'm pretty sure thanks to that big "I WILL FIND HIM!" the planet drill is only a means to an end. That end being to get Superman to show his face.

Especially with the whole General Zod viral campaign.

'To Kal-El, I say this: surrender within 24 hours, or watch this world suffer the consequences'

Damn. I was hoping it was, "I can't find him on the surface, Superman must be hiding with the Mole People. Dig, my brothers!"

OT: Cavill looks like he will do well, but I don't like the CG cape/suit. I get that it's supposed to be more dramatic, but it seems phony.

I hope this succeeds.

But, after Superman returns got a mostly positive reception, took $200 million and still wasn't good enough for a sequel, I'm not sure this one won't suffer the same fate however the public react to it.

I mean, it took more money than Batman Begins did, but was still perceived to be a failure, I dearly hope that if this one is good it doesn't fall foul of the same general perception than a Superman movie can't succeed.

Meh. Looks a bit crap (maybe that's just the Crowe factor), but hoping it does well. If Supes tanks WB will almost certainly can the Justice League movie - and that *is* something I'm keen to see.

I'm pretty certain what Jor-El says at around 0:20 is not "No. He'll be a god to them" but "How? He'll be a god to them".

I don't know why I am so unsure about this movie? Don't get me wrong, I want this movie to be epically awesome and have a slight hope that maybe it can capture just a bit of that nostalgic awe I got when I was a kid watching the original movies. Similar to what Bob was saying, there are so many aspects this movie seems to be going for that focus on the wrong ones could potentially ruin it. I really don't want to see too much: Nolan and Goyer'esqe brooding, fighting military, unnecessary explanations, or long monologues/exposition. And what I mentioned is there and it can be great(ex. Joker's monologues), but it can also bring down a movie quite a bit (ex. almost everyone's speech in Dark Knight Rises). Main point is I hope the balance is good and this team is very capable, lets just hope they have their best foot forward for it.

You or I would be all "Why the hell wouldn't I wear a cape?", Superman is kind of above it all with a "I just like the cape".

This movie could still go either way, I just hope the imagination hasn't fizzed out for the guys behind this.

I would be more excited if I didn't have this irrational hatred for Superman. I just really really don't like Superman. I think it comes from that he seems to be what you'd get if you stuck Goku into the Avatar: the Last Airbender Universe. Ya there some guys with cool super powers, and some cool guys without super powers, but SS Goku will make even Ang look like gofer vs a rottweiler.

Tentacle monster is probably just a pet Zod has to sick on Superman. Basically, it's going to be a 'Superman wrassling a polar bear' moment.

I think the route they're going for is that the Superman costume is either based on or just is normal Kryptonian wear, right? At least his dad was wearing a cape in the beginning. In that case all that "unnecessary" texturing and detailing is just to make it fit in with that rather than just having him you know, wear a cape and tights for some reason.

On that note that scene with the kid confuses me a bit, at least if it's supposed to be Clark. Presumably the world of the films is one where Superheroes don't exist, so how would a kid know to play hero by wearing a cape? If it's some kid pretending to be Superman after his reveal to show his influence on everybody, then it's all good.

EDIT: Also does Bob mean Matrix Revolutions? Matrix Reloaded was pretty one sided throughout the whole movie as far as super beings in action was concerned.

"Whose got you!?" tsk tsk... "who's"?

Aside from that, great breakdown. Totally agree on Costner. I loved him in Mr. Brooks and I've been going through his movies in recent months. He's great at saying a thousand words with just a single look.

I'm calling it now: those tentacle things are some form of Brainiac.

Nice breakdown. It still kind of blows my mind that there are people in these comments saying the movie looks bad or like crap. I have to wonder what they would be interested in seeing in a Superman movies, or at least in a trailer for a Superman movie.

I will go to see this with my head held high and full of optimism. Judging a movie beforehand is
not a rational approach.

I quite like these "let's watch" things, now if only we can convince good sir MovieBob to do another... preferably for an awful trailer for an awful film, I think that could be quite fun :)

It's ordnance not ordinance.

I love that it appears that Superman may have a fight scene with someone other than Kumar in this film.

I've never really been that into Superman, but I do like the look of this trailer. Colour me intrigued.

Mildly optimistic, but more expectant that it'll Green Lantern redux though.

Never liked a single Zach Snyder or Nolan film, period.

Here's what I wanna know Bob, which way are they gonna go with the origin of his powers? I was always kinda confused about that. Are all Kyptonians supermen? Cuz in the carnations where that seems to be the case, what we see of Kryptonian society doesn't seem to reflect that?
Was he turned into a superman before being blasted off to Earth?
Or then there's that really dumb angle I remember from one of the comics, that Superman can fly because the gravity on Earth is less than Krypton...

"My son was in the bus. He saw what Clark did."

She's not impressed. She's accusatory. Even if he was helpful, if a genuinely superior being - a god, if you like - showed up among us, humanity wouldn't welcome him. We'd be jealous. We'd be afraid. We'd try to stop him, control him, checkmate him in some way. From the start, I suspected this would be the main thrust of Nolan/Goyer/Snyder's new take on the character, and I seem to have called it correctly.

Great article but I'm calling bullshit on this one statement. Sorry but seeing how many useless and undeserving celebrities people slavishly worship on a daily basis, someone with actual super powers would find a following of epic proportions, because a large percentage of people would be falling all over themselves to kiss his/her boots.

Im with ya on the underwear, bob, but i'm totally not on the S-cape and the texturing.

itchcrotch:
Here's what I wanna know Bob, which way are they gonna go with the origin of his powers? I was always kinda confused about that. Are all Kyptonians supermen? Cuz in the carnations where that seems to be the case, what we see of Kryptonian society doesn't seem to reflect that?
Was he turned into a superman before being blasted off to Earth?
Or then there's that really dumb angle I remember from one of the comics, that Superman can fly because the gravity on Earth is less than Krypton...

I was tempted not to comment because theres probably people out there who actually, you know, read superman. I never really did, other than a few old issues of this and that.

Superman has been around since the 50s or so, and his powers have varied wildly during that time. The current concept (im aware of) is that its the yellow light of Sol that puts him head and shoulders above all others. I also note that his big normalizing weakness, kryptonite, is fragments of the planet on which he was born, so one might expect kryptonians would be similarly normalized simply by standing upon their home planet.

itchcrotch:
Here's what I wanna know Bob, which way are they gonna go with the origin of his powers? I was always kinda confused about that. Are all Kyptonians supermen? Cuz in the carnations where that seems to be the case, what we see of Kryptonian society doesn't seem to reflect that?
Was he turned into a superman before being blasted off to Earth?
Or then there's that really dumb angle I remember from one of the comics, that Superman can fly because the gravity on Earth is less than Krypton...

They've changed the way Kryptonians "work" plenty over the last 75 years (multiple really, really old stories show Krypton as a planet where everyone had Superman's powers), but for the last several decades DC's go-to "canon" explanation is that it's about how their bodies react to and/or process solar radiation. Krypton was a much older planet with a red sun, and under long-term exposure to a red sun's light they are no different physiologically from humans. Earth's MUCH younger sun is yellow, and absorbing that kind of radiation "supercharges" Kryptonians' already-existing traits: Denser/stronger bones and muscles, improved healing, eyes so strong they can see through walls and focus energy into a destructive beam, superhuman senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing etc, a personal "energy field" that enables flight and (sometimes) mental strength to the point of psychic abilities.

From the mid-80s on, the "Superman is solar-powered" thing has been made more explicit and specific: He's been depicted bringing himself back from the brink of death by draining an entire rainforest's worth of plant life of it's stored photosynthetic sun-energy and spending long periods of time INSIDE the sun itself to become even stronger. This is also usually the handwave for how Kryptonite "works," i.e. it's pieces of the exploded Krypton that are A.) already charged with red-sun radiation that takes some (or all) the "super" out of super-human Kryptonians and B.) evidences other effects (like how the power-reduction also physically HARMS Superman most of the time) brought on by the mineral fragments travel through outer space.

MovieBob:

itchcrotch:
Here's what I wanna know Bob, which way are they gonna go with the origin of his powers? I was always kinda confused about that. Are all Kyptonians supermen? Cuz in the carnations where that seems to be the case, what we see of Kryptonian society doesn't seem to reflect that?
Was he turned into a superman before being blasted off to Earth?
Or then there's that really dumb angle I remember from one of the comics, that Superman can fly because the gravity on Earth is less than Krypton...

They've changed the way Kryptonians "work" plenty over the last 75 years (multiple really, really old stories show Krypton as a planet where everyone had Superman's powers), but for the last several decades DC's go-to "canon" explanation is that it's about how their bodies react to and/or process solar radiation. Krypton was a much older planet with a red sun, and under long-term exposure to a red sun's light they are no different physiologically from humans. Earth's MUCH younger sun is yellow, and absorbing that kind of radiation "supercharges" Kryptonians' already-existing traits: Denser/stronger bones and muscles, improved healing, eyes so strong they can see through walls and focus energy into a destructive beam, superhuman senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing etc, a personal "energy field" that enables flight and (sometimes) mental strength to the point of psychic abilities.

From the mid-80s on, the "Superman is solar-powered" thing has been made more explicit and specific: He's been depicted bringing himself back from the brink of death by draining an entire rainforest's worth of plant life of it's stored photosynthetic sun-energy and spending long periods of time INSIDE the sun itself to become even stronger. This is also usually the handwave for how Kryptonite "works," i.e. it's pieces of the exploded Krypton that are A.) already charged with red-sun radiation that takes some (or all) the "super" out of super-human Kryptonians and B.) evidences other effects (like how the power-reduction also physically HARMS Superman most of the time) brought on by the mineral fragments travel through outer space.

I see. So can a Kryptonian show up on Earth and immediately be a threat to Superman? Or is Superman special because he grew up and physically developed under Earth's sun?
And wasn't Krypton's societal break down before it's destruction related to some kind of clone controversy or something?

I liked the Reeve superman as he would fight people equal to his strength. If your super strong, then we want to see that in the fights. Its why Superman Returns sucked.....well one of the many reasons it sucked. This new movies looks great and hopefully we will get a sequel with one of Supermans more interesting enemies. :-)

MovieBob:
From the mid-80s on, the "Superman is solar-powered" thing has been made more explicit and specific: He's been depicted bringing himself back from the brink of death by draining an entire rainforest's worth of plant life of it's stored photosynthetic sun-energy and spending long periods of time INSIDE the sun itself to become even stronger.

Both are out of continuity.

The plant growth draining thing was Frank Millers Dork Knight & the sun thing is possibly All Star Superman... Neither are in continuity.

Yes he gains his powers from the sun, but you didn't need to invoke elseworld stories to back up your point. Final Night alone would have made your point.

Madman Muntz:

"My son was in the bus. He saw what Clark did."

She's not impressed. She's accusatory. Even if he was helpful, if a genuinely superior being - a god, if you like - showed up among us, humanity wouldn't welcome him. We'd be jealous. We'd be afraid. We'd try to stop him, control him, checkmate him in some way. From the start, I suspected this would be the main thrust of Nolan/Goyer/Snyder's new take on the character, and I seem to have called it correctly.

Great article but I'm calling bullshit on this one statement. Sorry but seeing how many useless and undeserving celebrities people slavishly worship on a daily basis, someone with actual super powers would find a following of epic proportions, because a large percentage of people would be falling all over themselves to kiss his/her boots.

To disagree there -

If you notice we hold celebrities to impossible standards. Do anything a normal kid does - get caught smoking pot, have your first drunk driving scenario, write something stupid in a sign-in book - and they get called out for it 1000-fold. Once you're on a pedestal, you can't mess up.

Parallax isn't even tentacle-y.
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Note lack of tentacles.

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