By Christian Kern
Man of Steel, whilst looking better than the previous attempt at breathing more life into the Superman franchise, still looks like a bad move on Warner Brothers part. The problem with Superman Returns was that it was stuck in the 1970’s and Superman lacked any true physical confrontation. Man of Steel seems to better itself in this respect, however from what has been shown in the trailer it comes across as more of a 'finding one's self' story and that can be rather taxing for those of us who have been following Big Blue for years.
Like Superman Returns, they skipped all that and thus had so much story time that was wasted. The trailer starts with Pa Kent (Kevin Costner) or Jor-El (Russell Crowe) talking about how their son must find himself in order to become the man he is. When we see Clark with his beard working on a crabbing vessel we can be reminded of scenes from Deadliest Catch. We are then treated to a montage of events. One trailer talks about a school bus that runs off the side of a bridge in which we’re told someone saw Clark do something amazing... even dare they say, 'super'. He then has a talk with Pa about what he should have done where Pa tells Clark that he maybe should have let the kids on the bus die.
So this is hoping that since Man of Steel is freed from the original movie continuity unlike its 2003 predecessor so that Cavill will have a fighting change out of the gate. The real meat of this trailer is the scene featuring Zod (played by the wonderful Michael Shannon). General Zod, as most fans know him, has somehow survived the destruction of Krypton although it is unknown if he was a prisoner of the Phantom Zone like his comic book counterpart. His appearance in the trailer shows him stood in front of some bright lights with one huge being behind him who some speculate may be Lord Darksied of Apokolips thus setting the stage for the mysterious Justice League film… but maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Also the uniform has a texture, making it look just like the new modern comic book version, which presents itself as a suit of ‘Kryptonian nanite armour’. Why these people need suits of armour on Earth is perplexing, it is make clear in the comics that the a Kryptonian is given their powers (including invulnerability) from the strange effects of the yellow sun's radiation on Earth. Sure under Krypton’s red sun, their armour is entirely necessary, but here on Earth… I don’t know, maybe it’s just a way of excusing the fact that the suit never seems to get damaged.
With an appearance by a character named ‘Captain Carrie Farris’, a possible misspelling of Ferris, the girlfriend of Green Lantern, and the rumours of a Nick Fury-esq Batman cameo, could we be looking at the springboard of a DC Cinematic Universe?