By DiMarkco Chandler,
Greetings Superman Fans: Here is perhaps some good and bad news for you to meditate on. First the bad news; if you have not seen Zack Snyder’s Superman movie trailer yet, and you’re a marvel fan, shame on you. The good news, however, I’ve embedded it here so you can view it anytime you’d like.
To put Zack Snyder’s Superman trailer in perspective, it starts off with moody shots of a scruffy looking Clark Kent working on a fishing boat. The narrator, Kevin Costner, picks up from there and says these inspiring words; “You’re not just anyone. One day you’re going to have to make a choice. You have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be whoever that man is good character or bad, it’s going to change the world.” It’s a fine example of Snyder’s cinematic reboot of the timeless story of the heroic Superman. You can see and feel the movies dark tone and draw upon the similarities it has with “The Dark Knight Rises.” It shouldn’t be a surprise since Batman’s director is producing “Man of Steel.”
Since there’s a long wait before “Man of Steel” is released into a theater, I’ve included the second teaser for your enjoyment. The footage is almost identical, however, Australian actor, Russell Crow sets a more uplifting tone as he tells the “Man of Steel” “You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They’ll race behind you and will stumble they will fall, but in time they will join you in the sun. In time you will help them accomplish wonders.”
While the first trailer is dark and non-specific in terms of what the future may hold, the second trailer leaves no doubt that in the final analysis victory will be achieved. Victory, in all its spender and glory will await those that follow and are guided by their hero. It’s a story rich in ancient folklore; told by Greeks and Egyptians alike. That is, that there will come a time when man will be rescued from his fears: taken to a place where there is no night, only daylight. This is what the words spoken by Crow means “they will join you in the sun.”
Henry Cavill will play the role of “Man of Steel,” and he promises to give fans their money’s worth.
Some of you may not know that Cavill was scheduled to play Superman in director McG’s 2004 film “Superman: Flyby,” but when McG was pulled from the project, Bryan Singer decided to cast Bradon Routh in the lead role. Through the years, Cavill has had several roles pass him by, including the role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga; however, by the time production rolled around it was believed that the British actor was too old. After missing so many major Hollywood leading man roles, Cavill was dubbed by Empire magazine as the “Unluckiest Man in Hollywood.”
This year producers of “Man of Steel” have dubbed Superman as the “King Daddy” of superheroes. Director Zack Snyder said to an audience of more than 6,000 in attendance that “Superman’s a big responsibility, but he needed to be reintroduced to a new generation. I thought this was a good chance to do something awesome. And we’re doing awesome, I think.”
Cavill made a surprise visit at Comic-Con, where he told an audience that “it’s a dream come true to play the iconic superhero… it is pretty intense.”
Director Snyder, first teaser was attached to “The Dark Knight Rises,” when it opened in theaters this past Friday.
Snyder has said in the past that his Superman has had an edgier character. That goes without question since Warner Bros. chose Christopher Nolan to produce the movie.
Snyder’s strength has always been his superhero movies. Though he made a break onto the scene with his remake of the movie “Dawn of the Dead,” he first made a name for himself with his slo-mo adaptation of “300.” He went on to adapt the unfilmable graphic novel “Watchmen” and then helmed his ill-fated original project “Sucker Punch.” Snyder has quite a unique approach to his craft.
When the movie arrives next year, fans will be thrilled when they see Snyder’s crafty way with cast members Cavill, Amy Adams (The Fighter, Enchanted) as Lois Lane and Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” “Boardwalk Empire”) as the ruthless General Zod. The cast will also include Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Laurence Fishburne.
Interestingly of all the actors named, only Cavill is without an Oscar or Oscar Nomination.
The footage from the teaser reveals a powerful story of hope at a time in world history when despair has permeated our human existence. If only for a moment, Superman will enhance one’s quality of life. If only for a moment, this comic book character might remind us that a hope beyond man’s control is out there waiting to rescue us.
Enjoy these teasers, for they are as good as a preview gets. Not too much and not too little; they are just right.