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Man of Steel – Yay or Nay?

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm by Jeff Mueller

Everyone should have run into the “Man of Steel” trailer in some form by now. It was shown at the San Diego Comic-Con this year, and it is currently preceding all showings of “The Dark Knight Rises,” as well as being all over the interwebz. If you live under a rock, or are Amish (if that’s the case Jebidiah, it better be Rumspringa or your parents will make you milk some extra goats if they catch you!), here is one of the two versions of the trailer your viewing pleasure.

The other version has a different narrative, done by Russell Crowe as Jor-El, overlaying the footage but the tone is very similar.

What has fascinated me about this is not necessarily the trailer itself, but the response. Using my ultra scientific polling methods (Asking about 6-7 guys, “Hey, what’d you think?” Science!) I quickly realized that the people I expected to be jazzed weren’t, and those that generally couldn’t give a piece of kryptonite about Superman (myself included) were actually pretty stoked. Why is that?

Maybe it has something to do with the magical powers of mind-control that movie trailer editors seem to have perfected. I fully admit that I very well might be being fooled once again, but I hope not. It might be that I got caught up in the majesty of the score they used, “The Bridge of Khazad Dum” by Howard Shore (even though it is stolen from the LOTR and Hans Zimmer is doing the actual movie score), but I doubt it. And maybe I am just gambling that since this is the last DC franchise movie for the next three years it simply has to be epic, but I don’t think that is what it is.

It is the fact that in this short glimpse I saw how I, as a fan of the D.C. Universe, always perceived Superman to be – a man weighed down by massive solitude. That is what was compelling to me about the character; the psychology behind him. Essentially a god among men, Superman has no-one he can relate to; and once he dons the costume and becomes the savior of mankind, he shoulders the burdens of an entire planet. Through his great sense of responsibility, he has basically painted himself into a corner. He must stay and protect the world, he can’t ever stop or take a break because mankind (a fearful and fragile lot at best) immediately places their lives in his hands. From that point on, Superman is trapped. It is how he copes with that burden and adulation he receives that intrigues me. It’s an idea that was taken to very interesting extremes in Mark Waid’s “Irredeemable.”

There is an inherent sense of loss and loneliness conveyed in the trailer that brought me right back to my youth, watching the Christopher Reeve “Superman” movie and the “Incredible Hulk” TV show. This is why I am entertaining the thought of going to the theater to see the iconic red and blue uniform, and I hope that it upholds the same sense of wonder and class of my childhood memories.

So what about you? Are you looking forward to seeing Zack Snyder at the helm of this? More importantly, to those Superman fans who aren’t excited, let us know why you don’t think this version is for you!

    • Snackbar

      Nice piece. I LOVE Superman (even/especially Returns) and this trailer was amazing. The origin tale had been told so often that I welcome a fresh take. I was sceptical at first but am extremely impressed so far. Can't wait to see more.

    • Robert

      Can't wait. I am thrilled with the direction of the new film.

      • Glad to hear it! Have you always been Superman fan? Or just interested in this incarnation?

    • Richard Pryor

      I'm ready for this movie right now!

      • Don't ge too excited! This is the last D.C. movie you will be getting for some time!

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