When I first heard they were taking yet another crack at making Superman a movie star, I became instantly deflated. Not that I don’t like Superman or anything… Quite the contrary, to be honest (side note: Grant Morrison is having an epic run currently on Action Comics in an effort to bring the Man of Steel more into the 21st century).
I love the character in the comics…
But for some reason, the Boy Scout superhero just doesn’t translate well to the big screen (personally I always thought it was the inability to pit the Kryptonian hero against villains his equal without forcing an audience to buy into too much comic book nonsense).
But with Zach Snyder (who did a masterful job with The Watchmen, despite my quarrels with the film) helming the film, and DC’s stated commitment to bring the character to roaring life on the big screen, I was willing to hold out hope for something better than that creepy Messiah allegory they tried to feed us a few years back as a viable Superman movie(you remember…the one where Superman had a kid, was all stalkery, and got his ass kicked by Kumar).
This trailer made me glad I did…
So sit back, relax, and check out the new Man of Steel trailer and prepare to have your hopes built up…
Let’s be honest here friends… This movie has every piece it could need to come out good.
Snyder’s not a shitty comic book movie director. Nolan helping in the production doesn’t hurt. Bringing in the classic villain in General Zod right off the bat (and not some balding egotist wasting a demigod’s time with weird megalomaniacal plans for global domination that usually end up being a really elaborate way to turn his shithole land in Nevada into ocean front property). Strong supporting cast (Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, and Amy Adams).
I think it is safe to say if this time it doesn’t work; it might be time to quit all together (and, as an added incentive, add the fact that if they ever want a billion dollar Justice League film, a big time successful Superman property is the keystone to pulling that off. If they can’t sell the Man of Steel to America, the pretty boy fish whisperer and the Amazonian lesbian in the invisible jet are going to go over like lead balloons).
Man of Steel comes out summer, 2013.