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Watch: Action-Free, Elegiac Teaser Trailers For Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel'

by Oliver Lyttelton
July 21, 2012 12:58 PM
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Some of you have already seen it playing in front of "The Dark Knight Rises" this weekend, but one of two different teaser trailers for Warner Bros' next great superhero hope, "Man Of Steel," has just made its way online, via Yahoo. And those who've come to expect a certain kind of stylized, action-heavy kind of film from director Zack Snyder, the man behind "300" and "Sucker Punch," or even those who saw, legally or illegally, the Comic-Con teaser debuted last weekend, will find that the clip isn't quite what you were expecting.

One final flying shot aside, no action or SFX elements are showcased, with the film instead focusing on Clark Kent (Henry Cavill)'s journeys out in the world, including time spent, Benjamin Button-style, working on a fishing boat, as well as glimpses of a photo of young Clark with his father (Kevin Costner), and the Kansas farm where he grew up. The much-talked-about Terrence Malick-like style is firmly in evidence, but footage of set pieces, or other cast members like Amy Adams, as Lois Lane, or Michael Shannon, as General Zod, is nowhere to be found.

So while we're a little baffled by the approach the teaser takes, it is after all, a teaser, in theaters just under a year before the film hits theaters, and as such, it's there more to give the Christopher Nolan-approved stamp on the film, and to demonstrate to some that this isn't going to be a Zack Snyder speed-ramp fest. And as such, consider us teased.

There's also an alternate version of the teaser doing the round (Update: which is now online via MSN, and which you can also watch below), which replaces the Costner voiceover you can hear in the clip below by one by Russell Crowe, who plays Superman's father Jor-El. The text of the Crowe version, courtesy of /Film; for full effect, reads "You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time you will help them accomplish wonders.”

"Man Of Steel" hits theaters on June 14th, 2013.

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  • chris | July 22, 2012 1:22 PMReply

    Impressive trailer -- evocative, impressionistic, perfect use of Howard Shore LOTR music with the narration (the Russell Crowe one is the better of the two). It's almost poetic, which is unheard of for Zack the Hack Snyder. Still, as noted by others here, trailers can be deceiving. In fact, the trailer for the last one was better than the movie. There is hope...

  • Hmmm | July 22, 2012 9:45 AMReply

    I'll admit, it looks good, but what happens when later on and it becomes an action movie directed by Zack Snyder? Wasn't that the major complaint of Superman Returns, no enough action? Did they have to kowtow to that this time?

  • Brandon | July 22, 2012 12:19 AMReply

    It looks promising. It loses major points for borrowing Lord of the Rings music. I kept waiting for Gandalf to pop up and say " All he have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us" it would have gone together well with the tone of the film. I wish theyd included "fly you fools" right before the final scene.

    I hate it when iconic music film music gets co-opted by other movies. All it makes you do is think of the other film.

  • Godog | July 21, 2012 11:45 PMReply

    We need more violent comic book movie for the young adults stuck mentally at age 10

  • Lucy | July 21, 2012 8:58 PMReply

    This looks really good. I also tought of Malick when I first saw the trailer. Impressed! Very impressed.

  • Joao | July 21, 2012 7:16 PMReply

    It looks very impressive!

  • kitcon | July 21, 2012 6:53 PMReply

    If it was a teaser for a drama, I'd like it more. But knowing its for Superman and seeing him blasting towards the sky rather unrealistically in the ending just didn't do anything for me.

  • Ugh | July 21, 2012 6:05 PMReply

    It's cute but the film itself is going to be nothing like the image this trailer is selling. So I don't care either way.

  • StephenM | July 21, 2012 5:37 PMReply

    I like these, but I would have liked them better if they didn't use Lord of the Rings music. It's too recognizable for me, and messes with my head--I keep expecting to see Aragorn and Arwen kissing.

  • The Playlist | July 21, 2012 4:35 PMReply

    Honestly? I personally love these. I just hope the action sequences stay in the same spirit without being too unrealistic. Cautiously optimistic. Love the tone.

  • LeeB | July 21, 2012 4:29 PMReply

    Crudely ripping off Malick to tell the story of Superman AGAIN? The people may queue but cinema is dead, certainly dead out of ideas, and the sorry infantilization of our culture continues.

  • DC Fan | July 21, 2012 3:34 PMReply

    I've been dreaming of a Superman movie being done properly since I was let down by Superman Returns! And Cavill has been my choice for the man of steel since even before then - thanks Zack I know you wont let us down! Please release the Comic-Con footage in HD!

  • Glass | July 21, 2012 3:29 PMReply

    Snyder does Malick. Awesome.

  • NC | July 21, 2012 3:20 PMReply

    I was expecting a little more, but I'm still excited for the movie to comes out!

  • Karsten | July 21, 2012 2:51 PMReply

    I've been on the fence about another Superman film, and curious about the Snyder/Nolan collaboration. But as others note here in the comments – these teasers did the trick. At least to me, they indicate a more solemn approach. Yet that might end up being too much of a similarity to Nolan's Batman trilogy. We'll see.

    Also, I find it almost backwards inspired to use a music track from Howard Shore's epic Lord of the Rings trilogy – a masterpiece I'd never think could effectively be used in tandem with other images than Peter Jackson's. So kudos to whoever suggested that; it works.

    Count me 10% more interested in Snyder's "Man of Steel" after these.

  • James Kang | July 21, 2012 2:31 PMReply

    I know I'm gonna get pounced on for this, but this seemed reminiscent of Terrence Malick, particularly that shot of the butterfly on the swing chain, in addition to the music and narration. I kind of hate superhero movies, but I'm a little psyched for this one.

  • James Kang | July 21, 2012 6:26 PM

    You're right, my mistake. I didn't read the article fully. I also missed the comment before me that also mentioned Malick.

    Fingers crossed that the movie delivers on the trailer's promise.

  • bonzob | July 21, 2012 2:44 PM

    Why would you get pounced on? The Playlist mentions the Malick thing in the article. As have a lot of other people.

    To me, the voiceover and the first half (hitch hiking, the boat) feels very Nolan, specifically Batman Begins. The second half (butterfly, kid with cape, dog panting) feels very Malick.

    Nothing feels very Snyder. Thank God.

  • Jake | July 21, 2012 2:26 PMReply

    The shot of Kid Superman putting his fists to his side with the red cape billowing behind him is too great of an image for words. I'm not sold on a "gritty, contemporary" take on Superman, but I am sold on that image.

  • rotch | July 21, 2012 2:19 PMReply

    I'm one big Zack Snyder hater, but that teaser is beautiful.

  • Evan | July 21, 2012 2:05 PMReply

    Superman Begins.

  • 434343 | July 21, 2012 2:03 PMReply

    Russell Crowe version in online

  • cirkusfolk | July 21, 2012 1:44 PMReply

    Since when did Superman join Worlds Deadliest Catch? I hope Mike Rowe does the voice over narration for the film!

  • Kindred Spirit | July 21, 2012 1:44 PMReply

    What's the point of even hiring Synder if he's going to copy everything Terrance Malick-Christopher Nolan-an actually talented director has ever done? Dude should stick to his awful movies and screenplays.

  • bonzob | July 21, 2012 1:25 PMReply

    Sounds like Nolan's main job as producer was to say "pretend I am directing this movie, and make it look/sound/feel just like that."

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