The first teaser trailers have been released for Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel, just in time to remind audiences of Christopher Nolan’s involvement in the project – he produces and co-writes with his Dark Knight scribe David S. Goyer, and these teasers play ahead of The Dark Knight Rises in the US. The film stars British actor Henry Cavill (Immortals) in the titular role, and these teasers find the young Clark Kent journeying out in the world – almost Batman Begins-esque – including spending time working on a fishing boat. We see glimpses of his father, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), who narrates the first teaser, but nothing of his mother (Diane Lane), love interest (Amy Adams) or antagonist (Michael Shannon). Instead, we get an unexpected, elegiac mix of Terrence Malick-influenced imagery and The Lord of the Rings‘ score, with none of the CGI-heavy, super-stylized action that defined Snyder’s previous films (300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch). The second teaser is narrated by Superman’s real father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe), and it paraphrases dialogue from Grant Morrison’s excellent All-Star Superman, which is certainly promising. Overall, these teasers are a little baffling in their approach, but with almost a year to go it’s too early to have any real idea of what this film is going to be, and I find myself intrigued yet wary of Snyder’s style-over-substance track record.
Man of Steel hits theatres June 14, 2013 in the States and June 27 in NZ. Watch two teaser trailers below (via The Playlist).