Man Of Steel is here
What with all the Marvel action that has been flooding the multiplex this year and over the last few (The Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man 2, blah blah blah...), and the sole big-ticket DC offering (Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy) being so all-encompassing there was scarcely any room left for other comic book flicks to breathe, you could be forgiven for having forgotten about Zack Snyder's forthcoming Superman reboot, Man Of Steel.
After a mysterious and decidedly un-hyperbolic teaser was dropped at Comic-Con and then screened ahead of Prometheus (one wit in the row behind me remarked, in a pitch-perfect - though I fear genuine - Comic Book Store Guy nasal twang, "I expected more") back in July, things have been all quiet on the Supes front.
Witness the first full-length trailer for the film, which looks remarkably unlike anything Snyder has done before, i.e. it might not entirely suck:
(Briefly: how do we feel about the moviegoing cognitive dissonance of Superman sans John Williams' iconic theme? Man Of Steel's music is being composed by Hans Zimmer, so there's a decent bet the eerie vocals throughout the trailer are provided by Lisa Gerrard, who collaborated with Zimmer so memorably for Gladiator.)
Snyder is turning back the clock on the more recent Superman films - poor Superman Returns :( - and treating Man Of Steel as an origins story: "Clark Kent is a journalist in his twenties who was adopted as a child by Jonathan and Martha Kent after he was transported to Earth from the dying planet of Krypton. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super abilities and struggles to find his own place in life. When the world is attacked, he becomes the hero named Superman to protect the Earth and its people."
Man Of Steel is, you may recall, Christopher Nolan's first gig as he moves into a producing role at Warner Bros. post-Batman, and is written by David S. Goyer, who co-wrote Batman Begins with Nolan before staying on for story credits on The Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises.
Will Nolan's guiding hand and Goyer's script mean that Man Of Steel ends up unlike most of Snyder's previous work and is, instead, moving and emotionally rich? I didn't hate Watchmen (and I loved the book), and everyone knows how I felt about Sucker Punch, but Snyder's tendency is toward visual spectacle at the expense of character, so it remains to be seen whether or not the Terrence Malick-esque qualities of this new trailer run deeper than mere style.
However, with a cast this good - Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Clark's adoptive parents, and Michael Shannon as General Zod - and without anyone letting him into the writers' room, it could be that Man Of Steel is Snyder's first real winner.
Either way, we still have to wait until June 2013 to find out.