In 1932, a character was introduced to the world who would change the course of heroism as we know it. Enter Superman, who first appeared in “Action Comics #1” (DC Comics) in June 1938 and has since appeared in comic books, radio serials, television shows, comic strips, video games, and, of course, movies. We have Superman to thank for the rise of the entire superhero genre, and those recognizable characters we have grown to love through the Marvel and DC franchises.
Unfortunately, Superman has not always done well at the box office. “Superman has always languished behind other superhero-oriented movies; perhaps because of the Man of Steel’s tremendous abilities, which arguably makes it more difficult to find viable and convincing enemies and adversity for him,” writes Christina Thomas of Technorati.
Video: “Superman: Man of Steel” teaser trailer
However, this newest installment in the Superman film series, (the sixth–the most recent occurring in 2006, with Brandon Routh in the title role), looks promising. The teaser trailer has been attached to the “Dark Knight Rises” film, and the web is already abuzz with speculation.
If the “Superman: Man of Steel” trailer provides a true peek into the nature of the film, then it looks like producer Christopher Nolan (“Dark Knight” trilogy”) and director Zack Snyder (“Watchmen,” “300”) have moved the Superman plot line in a new, human-oriented direction. The man in blue hardly makes an appearance at all.
Henry Cavill (“The Tudors,” “Immortals”), as the title character, is dressed in an unassuming brown jacket and jeans–when he is pictured at all. Plus, the settings reflect either the sea and a ship, or a town somewhere in the country. Nowhere do we see “The Daily Planet” or big city life.
“Perhaps director Zack Snyder learned a few lessons from 2006’s ill-fated and overblown reboot ‘Superman Returns’ and is taking the less-is-more route,” writes Anthony Venutolo of “The Star-Ledger.”
It is interesting to note that there are two different versions of the trailer circulating: one with a voiceover by Russell Crowe, and one done by Kevin Costner. The content is otherwise similar.
Crowe plays Jor-El, Superman’s Kryptonian father, while Costner plays his Earth-father, Jonathan Kent. Rounding out the cast is Diane Lane as Earth-mom, Martha Kent; Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, editor-in-chief.
Will a different take on an old classic save Superman from tanking at the box office? Watch the trailer and decide for yourself.
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