I've been on the fence about the upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel, pretty much since it was announced. I mean, Bryan Singer's Superman Returns was -- minus the airplane rescue -- such a colossal disappointment, it's hard to imagine any subsequent efforts being worse.
But if anyone was up to the task of going even lower than Singer, it was Zack Snyder, whom you may remember from scenes like this.
The third trailer dropped last Tuesday, expanding on the previous efforts (which I refer to as "Married to the Sea") and showing us something sorely lacking from Singer's effort: awesomeness.
Here, just watch the damn thing:
To me, it's hitting a lot of the notes Singer completely flubbed. When Christopher Nolan's name was attached to this, I know people were worried we'd be getting a "dark, gritty" version of Supes, but that doesn't look to be the case here. Superman has always been an idealist, appealing to our better natures (and leaving Batman to explore the dark side).
And Returns was too much of a love letter to the Donner version, from ripping off the opening titles to aping the music. It would've been subpar even without the "Superbaby" subplot and Lex Luthor's nonsensical scheme ("I'm going to flood the Earth's coastlines and create a new continent with no arable land or means of sustaining itself! Genius!").
Seriously, there's some good stuff here.
0:27 Right off the bat, Russell Crowe is trying to atone for Les Misérables "He'll be an outcast. They'll kill him." "How?" How, indeed.
1:01 "My son was in the bus. He saw what Clark did." Remember the "Man of Stalk" from Singer's movie? This kid is about nothing but truth, justice and maybe some American way thrown in.
1:15 "You *are* my son." Field of Dreams 2, anybody? I'm getting a little misty here.
1:38 You didn't see much of this from Brandon Routh's Superman, probably because he was peeping in windows.
1:59 "You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive for." Nice try, Jor-Asshole! We've already got one, Obama!
2:10 Now *that's* how you do "stirring." Well played, Hans Zimmer.
2:22 "I will find him!" No, that's not Daniel Day-Lewis from Last of the Mohicans, it's Michael Shannon, and I might watch this movie for him alone.
2:34 Pecs, redux.
2:45 "What's the 'S' stand for?" "It's not an 'S.'" "Well, you don't have to be so snotty about it."
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2:56 SONIC BOOM Sorry, that last one is so blurry. You get the idea.
I still have my doubts about Snyder, but if Nolan was involved in this enough, and with that cast, this may be pretty cool indeed. We'll know in a few months.