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Trailer Watch: Zack Snyder gives good trailer to the Man of Steel

It’s no secret that I don’t like Zack Snyder’s films. Watchmen was good, but missed the point of the comics in several ways, and 300 and Sucker Punch were both pretty, brain-dead slogs for me. Clearly, he has his fans. (I’m told Dawn of the Dead doesn’t do this, but haven’t bothered to see it yet.) And yet every one of their trailers was pretty great. The teaser trailer(s) for Man of Steel is no exception in that regard.

I’m honestly surprised, though: it’s not just AWESOME cranked up to 11. It feels mature. It feels grown-up. It looks grounded in reality (or as grounded in reality as a film about a man who can fly can get). Its tone is… really kind of beautiful. The presence of red and blue and nearly every shot of the trailer, all presumably from footage before Clark takes on the cape, is clever (and far more subtle than that sounds).

It’s easy to assume producer Christopher Nolan had some influence with that, but I think that would be unfair to Mr. Snyder. Still, his trailers have been good before, and his films… less good, so I don’t want to get my hopes up too much for a great Superman film. We’ll see next year.

The footage in both of these teasers is identical (I think), but the voiceovers are different, so check them both out:

Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue (Pandorum), Ayelet Zurer, and Russell Crowe as Jor-El. The film is slated for a June 14, 2013 release.


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