You know you’re on the internet when you yourself begin jumping on multiple bandwagons (yes, “you”). Hardly a day after a new movie trailer hits the net and half my film oriented subscriptions have their impressions up. But I have something worth talking about with the first full-blown (and widely available) trailer for Man of Steel. Although I’m hesitant to call this a trailer, simply because it feels like an extended teaser trailer. Outside of the fact we have a more–you guessed it–realistic, grounded origin story, we’re not exactly handed a whole lot of plot points. Obsessed viewers might be able to piece stuff together from the end montage, but many of us less discerning viewers take at face value. A lot of it almost boils down to action, action, conflict and action.
But hey, that last minute sure looks nice. This is one potential advantage to a more realistic reboot: by the time everything has been set up, we as the viewers are all the more invested when things finally liven up. I hope this is the case because, frankly, Superman has never been that interesting to me. Might as well throw out that I’ve only seen Superman Returns from start to finish while I’m at it. Heck, I’ve been so sheltered from the original movies that when someone brings up the popular score I either nod, shrug or think “which score was that?”
Point is, I’ve never felt motivated to watch Superman; yet Man of Steel is at least doing a better job grabbing my attention. Early on we see Clark in a disagreement with Kevin Costner over what I assume is the fact he saved a bus full of children. Clark feels he should do the right thing while Costner essentially tells him it might have been best to let them die (no joke). At least now I know who not to trust my kids with when disaster strikes. With that in mind, I’m wondering how they’re going to handle Clark’s identity as Superman. I don’t recall any shots in which he’s wearing glasses, so will he be completely open and public about it? Could make for an interesting dynamic, especially since Green Lantern took a similar approach but didn’t take it very far.
Yet the real question on my mind is how Henry Cavill can handle being the Man of Steel. Cavill is still a bit of a no-name in Hollywood, and the only film I’ve seen him in is Immortals. Let’s just say neither him nor the film itself left me craving more. I haven’t heard anyone mention a great previous performance by him which, combined with the horrible response to this year’s Cold Light of Day, still leaves me skeptical. Not to mention Cavill gets maybe two lines in the trailer, both of which are narrated.
As you can probably tell, Man of Steel continues to leave me with more questions than it does answers. I’m not sure it even answered anything after the first trailer, since I got a similar feel from that one. I am enticed to see how this movie will play out and will likely catch it opening weekend. This is a tough trailer for me to judge since so much of it is visual with very little of our lead star showing or saying anything. For now, I just hope I don’t end up feeling like the kids on that bus prior to being saved.