Those were the first two words that popped into my mind after viewing this new Man of Steel trailer for the first, second and third times. We’ve only had a brief teaser up until now, and this is our full length look at the next evolution of Superman.
Love him or hate him, Zack Snyder knows how to craft one hell of a trailer. Personally, I’m a Snyder fan. 300 is my favorite guilty pleasure movie, and I thought Watchmen was very well done, however unnecessary its existence was. The black spot on Snyder’s resume would be the borderline unwatchable Sucker Punch, but from what I’ve seen here, I have faith that he’ll be redeeming himself with Superman Returns.
Visually, the film looks incredible, and Henry Cavill is the burly Superman that Brandon Routh never was. I know it’s cool to “go darker” for superhero movies since Nolan’s Batman started the trend, but “thoughtful” doesn’t necessarily mean “dark,” and that’s what this looks to be. I wonder how much influence producer Nolan exerted over proceedings.
I’m hesitant to get my hopes up, as Superman is a notoriously tough character to humanize (hah), but damn, I can’t help but be impressed by this first trailer. What about you?