With Man of Steel (Warner Bros.) only a week away, there probably isn’t any better time to have an update on this much-anticipated Superman movie and to watch the new video Warner Brothers has released, presented by Nokia.
In the latest video, we see Superman being born while his home planet, Krypton, is destroyed.
We hear a voice-over from Superman’s father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe): “Every person can be a force for good, free to forge his own destiny.”
The rest of the video is action-packed. We see Superman (Henry Cavill) fighting against injustice wherever he encounters it. He battles everyone from schoolyard bullies as he’s growing up to the government to his intergalactic nemesis General Zod (Michael Shannon).
Along the way, there are tons of special effects, like all sorts of out-of-control explosions. There are even a few moments of passion with Supe’s main squeeze, Lois Lane (Amy Adams).
This time around, Superman meets a far tougher Lois Lane. He also must save the world from his mortal enemy, General Zod, who is superbly portrayed with an evil zeal by Michael Shannon.
Before Man of Steel, the actor who plays Superman, Henry Cavill, 30, was perhaps best known for playing Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, in the HBO series “The Tudors.
He described in a recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine what it’s like to play an iconic figure like Superman:
“When you play an icon, you don’t try to be an icon. It defeats the purpose. The responsibility attached to playing Superman is enormous. You realize this really matters.”
What does an actor do to research how he should portray Superman?
According to Cavill, it’s a role you don’t research, but live:
“I didn’t go to the source material. I applied my life to it. As an actor, it’s quite a lonely existence. You spend a lot of time by yourself. You meet new people, love them and then never see them again.”
In that respect, Cavill noted the similarity between being driven, being the best actor that he can be, with a certain caped superhero:
“A lot of that is Superman,” he said.
Cavill said he had to train a lot, and work out with weights at the gym. After all, he wasn’t just someone trying to lose a few extra pounds to fit into a pair of snug jeans; as he put it, he had to “look like Superman.”
Cavill is the second youngest of four brothers . He grew up on the Channel Islands in the United Kingdom, which is located just off the coast of Normandy. Besides his role as Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, his movie credits include “Stardust” (2007) and “Immortals” (2011).
Rumors are circulating that Cavill will take over the Tom Cruise role in the upcoming “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder, and produced by Christopher Nolan. It opens in theaters on June 14th.
Until then, enjoy the new Man of Steel video below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb
Man of Steel – Official Nokia Exclusive Trailer [HD]