As anticipation continues to build for next month’s release of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, one final trailer has been released for the Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer-assisted Superman retcon. While the previous trailers have expertly teased the film’s grand scope, amazing visuals, stellar cast and impressive Hans Zimmer score, they have been rather light on dialogue and plot — not to mention Kryptonian villain, General Zod (Michael Shannon). That all changes here as Zod takes centre stage and reveals a menacing ultimatum for Kal-El/Superman (Henry Cavill) — you may want to avoid this if you would prefer to go in to the film cold — which has echoes of both J. Michael Straczynski’s recent Superman: Earth One comic and Nolan’s Dark Knight villains. This destructive, frenzied and action-packed trailer is a complete 180 from the elegiac teasers, and I’m very intrigued to see how it all stacks up. Man of Steel remains my most anticipated blockbuster of the season, and I’m hoping that in Michael Shannon’s Zod we finally have the first great villain of 2013.
Man of Steel lands in US cinemas on June 14, and NZ on June 27. Check out the final trailer and some new character posters below.