So this is the trailer for the upcoming Superman movie entitled Man Of Steel directed by Zack Snyder and written by one of the Nolans. I must say it looks uncannily similar to another dark brooding franchise associated with the Nolans, don’t it? I almost expected Superman to put on eyeliner, start listening to Morrisey and paint the Fortress of Solitude jet black after seeing this trailer (Just like Spiderman!). This teenage angsty superman is definitely a stark contrast to the bright Golden Age roots of the hero, but perhaps a change is welcome in these modern times? Hollywood (in case you’re reading this although I know you’re not, you’re swimming in gigantic pools of cash and the blood of independent filmmakers) I just want to let you know that every single rein-visioning or remake of something does not have to be gritty or edgy to sell tickets. Just letting you know. Sometimes we fall in love with superheroes not for the reality but for the fantasy and impossibilities they represent.
Also, something that distinctly does not jive with me in the trailer is a scene in which a young Clark Kent saves school kids from drowning in a sinking school bus and is later talking to Pa Kent. Pa Kent is a obviously little upset about him exposing his powers to the town and Clark asks “What was I supposed to do? Let them die?”
And Pa Kent says motherfucking Maybe. What the hell? I forgot that part of Pa Kent’s humble wholesome mid-western upbringing where he is completely satisfied with the death of innocent school children.
The movie in terms of cinematography looks gorgeous but so does everything Snyder generally does including Watchmen. And I’m still bitter and not prepared to forgive him for that monstrosity which entirely missed the point.