This past weekend saw Comic-Con hit San Diego, and, as usual, the studios were out in force to promo their upcoming movies.
Naturally, Warner Bros. took the opportunity to showcase their big gamble for next summer, Man of Steel, with a short sizzle reel of footage a new teaser poster.
First off, here’s a little of what Aint it Cool’s Quint thought of the footage that was shown (click here to read the full piece):
I expected the Superman footage to be big on visual flair, so I was pleasantly surprised to find the stuff he screened to be aimed much more somber legend-building, setting up Superman as a man unsure of his role in our world. There were shots of a kid (possibly young Clark) running around playing in a rural front yard, a red blanket tied around his neck. You don’t see his face, but he ends his running around in the classic hands-on-hips Superman pose.
Kal-El’s voiceover is essentially talking about how his father believes he should keep his powers secret, that people will turn on him and he doesn’t know what to do. I’m not sure which “father” tells him this as we get shots of both Kevin Costner and Clark (Pa Kent showing him the alien ship that he arrived in, which was much more Ridley Scott in design than Richard Donner) and adult Clark face to face with Russell Crowe’s Jor-El (hologram? Looked solid, but it’s gotta be some trickery).
There was a quick shot of Michael Shannon as Zod (which Zack would not ever comment on, calling his character “that guy”, but we all know it’s Zod)… had something, maybe part of a suit that sat on his shoulders, as a life jacket would, a goatee (he is evil afterall) and a short Caesar haircut.
Another sequence featured young Clark Kent on his school bus that gets in an accident, falling off a bridge into water. The kids scream and a voiceover of one of the kid’s mothers says “My daughter saw what Clark did” against a shot of young Clark at the back of the bus, lifting it out of the water as a young girl turns her head and they lock eyes.
There really doesn’t seem to be a lot of trust in Superman in this film. We were shown shots of Supes being walked along military corridors by soldiers with guns at the ready, a bearded Clark Kent looking like a damn lumberjack sitting in the rain, looking conflicted and kind of sad.
And here’s the poster (click to enlarge)
Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder from the script by David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, and produced by Christopher Nolan. The film stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent and Russell Crowe as Jor-El. The film is scheduled for release in 2013