A bit of buzz from Comic-Con this year was the release of the Man of Steel trailer at the Warner Brothers panel. The following week it was announced the trailer would appear before The Dark Knight Rises at screenings across the country.
Set to hit theaters next year, Man of Steel has a relatively obscure lead actor as Superman, Henry Cavill (The Tudors doesn’t count), but the rest of the cast will be familiar to everyone: Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.
So here is the trailer that premiered with The Dark Knight Rises:
I found it pretty underwhelming and I couldn’t figure out why people were so excited from the Comic-Con panel. All you really see of Superman is this flight at the end:
And we see this guy working Alaska fishing boats. I doubt this is to be Krypto:
So what’s the real story?
Turns out they actually showed a longer trailer at Comic-Con. It included peeks at Crowe, Costner, Adams, a scene with Superman being taken prisoner–what appears to be a remake of Superman 2 with Christopher Reeve, including a new General Zod.
Following up on what was an intentional sequel to Superman 2 with Superman Returns–a really good film with Superman played awesomely by Brandon Routh–now we have a random remake of Superman 2? Umm… why? And why pick a British actor to play one of the biggest truly American roles–the kid from Smallville, Kansas? Not a big deal, but maybe it’s time they let an American actor play James Bond?
So if you want to pretend you were at the San Diego premiere of the other trailer, check this out. Not great quality, but at least you can get a hint of why the folks at SDCC 2012 were more excited than the crowd watching the trailer that appeared before The Dark Knight Rises this past weekend.
BTW I don’t know who shot this footage… just ran across it on YouTube. I actually had a better link but it got pulled and I wouldn’t be surprised if this gets pulled, too. It doesn’t look all that stellar, but you can’t really judge it because of the quality. BUT I can see where there may be some cool things happening here.
Man of Steel has a June 14, 2013 release date.
And since we’re talking SDCC 2012 and superhero movies, Marvel Comics announced release dates and logos for these new Marvel flicks:
· May 3, 2013 — Iron Man 3
· November 8, 2013 — Thor: The Dark World
· April 4, 2014 — Captain America: The Winter Soldier
· August 1, 2014 — Guardians of the Galaxy
No date yet for Ant-Man, but don’t you wish they’d score Simon Pegg for the role of Hank Pym?