The trailer: After misfiring with 2006's underperforming Superman Returns, the legendary superhero is poised to fly back into theaters with next summer's Man of Steel, which stars Henry Cavill as the iconic superhero. And the film's new trailer, which just hit the web today, offers the first real glimpse of the new Superman in action. (Watch the trailer below.) The clip focuses on Clark Kent growing from boyhood to manhood as he attempts to keep his superpowers from being discovered by the people around him. "You just have to decide what kind of man you want to be, Clark," says Kevin Costner, playing Superman's adopted father. "Whoever that man is, he's going to change the world."
The reaction: To reboot Superman for a new generation, Zack Snyder is clearly drawing inspiration from a number of sources — even if no one can agree exactly which sources they are. "Snyder's film appears to have the earthy look of a Terrence Malick feature mixed with the gravitas of [Christopher] Nolan's Batman trilogy," says Christopher Rosen at The Huffington Post. "The tone feels grand and mournful and, to be honest, not totally dissimilar from Superman Returns," says Darren Franich at Entertainment Weekly. But more than anything the tone here is "VERY emo," says Sean O'Connell at Cinemablend. This trailer is packed with "gorgeous imagery," but I'm craving a little more action from Man of Steel — and we won't know just how action-packed the full film will be until June 2013.
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