Man of Steel trailer

Posted by David On December 12, 2012 6 COMMENTS

The official Man of Steel trailer is out and the interwebs are abuzz with what seems like equal part joy & outrage.

Despite my reservations towards Zack Snyder as director, I am growing more and more excited for this film as we get closer to its June 14 2013 release date, and this trailer is definitely helping fan the flames.

I’ve watched this quite a few times now and I have a few thoughts, the most important being that I now think I know what the storyline is.

This is only a guess so I’m not calling spoiler alert 🙂 but I think the basic plot is this:

Jonathan teaching Clark that the world will fear him, and the emotional damage caused when that actually happens after the rescue of the school bus, leads Clark to a life of solitude and loneliness. Until Zod arrives.

That’s right, I think Zod will arrive on Earth, along with a couple of Kryptonians (well at least Faora), and attempt to take control, much like the New Krypton/War of the Supermen storyline.

It is Zod who will finally reveal the truth to Clark about his true heritage and then use that to try and recruit him to his side. After being initially tempted, Clark will then become Superman in order to combat Zod and his evil plans, but because of Zod’s misdeeds the world will initially fear Clark and arrest him, only for him to either convince them of his goodness and release him, or call on him to help (like Hancock), or both.

In defeating Zod Clark will lose all connections to his birth planet, but will be happy that he defended his adopted one.

They’ll also have a scene with Clark inside the Fortress of Solitude with his eyes closed smiling, as he finally finds the place he can relax from all the sensory input.

There you have it. I may change it slightly as more tidbits are revealed, but I can’t wait to see how accurate, if at all, I was, and especially can’t wait to see this film.

Likes/Dislikes about the trailer:

Likes – Every action scene looked cool / Martha calming Clark down when his super hearing kicks in / Clark and Lois holding hands
Dislikes – The promo version of the S shield looks weird, a little over done (although the suit version looks fine / Cavill still doesn’t look convincing as Supes / and of course the ‘Maybe’ uttered by Jonathan

This simple piece of dialogue is what has caused the outrage I mentioned at the start of this post, and to be honest I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. There are 2 reasons why I’m not launching into a total Nerdrage over this scene.

1. The detractors are right, the Jonathan we all know and love would never say this. It just wouldn’t happen. But this isn’t the Jonathan we all know. This isn’t the comic or Donner version. It is a brand new take and to be honest, I think he’s a bit of a dick. And although part of me wants to scream at this portrayal, the other part is interested in seeing how this goes.

2. We don’t know what he says after this bit. It could be something like “Maybe. But that’s not who you are Clark and that’s why you’re going to become the great man I know you will.” Hopefully not something as clunky as that but you get my drift.

Anyway, that’s my opinion on the new Man of Steel trailer. I’m excited! What’s yours? Let me know with a comment!

6 Responses so far.

  1. Ben Kane says:

    I really like your take on the trailer. I have been trying to keep any kind of expectation for this film very low as Superman Returns was just awful.

    If the plot goes down the way you predict then I think that will be a really great movie.

    Very excited about Zod, “Kneel before Zod”

    • David David says:

      Hi Ben!

      Thanks for the comment!

      Zod will always be one of my favourite Superman villains so it’s great to have him in the film. And I do hope that I’m right about the plot, but I’m also happy to be wrong – as long as it’s good! lol

      And I do have to disagree with you on Superman Returns. Although I do agree that it had some truly awful moments, I think it also had some really great scenes and Brandon Routh did an excellent job. All in all I think it’s reverence for the Donner films (it rightly ignores 3 & 4) was what both elevated and hindered it. We’ll be doing a Superman episode when Man of Steel comes out so I’ll talk about it more then I’m sure 🙂

    • Peter Gillson says:

      I always thought Jonathan has been too much of a boy scout, but it is one line out of the scene. I also like the ‘physics’ applied to supes flight, I’m looking forward to it.

      • David David says:

        Hi Peter!

        I agree. It is obviously a different take on the character and that doesn’t always mean a bad thing. I’m content to wait and see.

        Thanks for leaving a comment!

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