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Trailer Review: The ‘Man of Steel’ Has Arrived and He Is Sad; Why So Serious, Superman?
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Man of Steel stares at Lois Lane

Official Synopsis:
“An alien infant is raised on Earth, and grows up with superhuman abilities. He sets out to use these abilities to guard his adopted world.”

What I Learned:
Superman (Henry Cavill) floats? Superman’s a witch! Burn him! *Burn him!!*

Those words you speak, Ma Kent (Diane Lane). When did you become a Zen enthusiast?

Saving kids from a school bus accident is wrong. Pa Kent (Kevin Costner) says so. Way to parent, Dances with Wolves.

Ice rock levitates in anticipation for your take-off? Superman is a Super Saiyan! His Power Level is over 9000!

He can survive fire, eh? Then burning him isn’t an option. This is a shame because that beard has got to go. There will be no hipster Kal-Els in my universe.

Why I Wouldn’t Watch:
He’s not the Man of Angst. He’s the Man of Steel. You, Superman, can exploit all the prime powers while other superheroes only get the one. Sure Lex Luthor may wave an angry corporate finger at you once in a bit and endanger all those you hold dear, but you’re *Superman*. Judging from this rebooted film premise, Doomsday is at least three pictures away. Anything that gets in your way now will be a minor annoyance (see Lex Luthor above).

You are not Batman. You are not dancing-emo-crying Spider-Man. You. Are. Superman! A soon-to-be righteous Big Blue Boy Scout raised by kindly, good Kansas folk. You have a heart of gold and a can-do attitude. Act like it.

Why I Will Watch:
After we glide by the angst we get right into The Action(tm)! This Last Son of Krypton isn’t stalking wooden acting Lois Lanes (see Superman Returns or maybe not). Once this Man of Tomorrow grows up, he starts doing things. Amazing things. I have a hope that this trailer is misleading and Man of Steelwon’t be a festival of tragedy. Superman is a hero about hope. Sure he is alone on a planet of aliens but he’s had the parental guidance that Jor-El planned for him (this is according to some back stories in Supes’ lore). He had the stable family life that most folks dream about. Kal-El’s path is not vengeance or guilt; it’s justice and hope.

Final Verdict:
Why am I going to watch? Because despite all my concerns listed above, this trailer is bad ass. Henry Cavill looks the part of a hero. Internet can protest all it wants, Zack Snyder remains in my top twenty of favorite directors.

When’s it coming?
June 14th, 2013

Official site:

Have a look at the trailer(again) below the cut.

6 Comments »

  1. What an obnoxious article.

    Comment by aboynamedart — December 14, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  2. Can’t agree more. Even just beyond what is said, how it’s written is obnoxious in of itself.

    Comment by trashmyego — December 15, 2012 @ 12:51 am

  3. The writer here doesn’t realize Superman was not Superman his whole life. He became Superman at some point in his 20’s after he chose to be him and assumed his destiny. This movie is clearly showing how he got there. That is why its called an origin story. And “General Zod is just a minor annoyance?” That is one of the most significant threats ever to Superman. Groonk is a retard who no one will ever take seriously if he keeps writing shitty articles like this.

    Comment by Wookie Johnson — December 16, 2012 @ 11:31 am

  4. It sounds like you want some cheesy superman with no emotional range. Is he not supposed to be sad or angry or be like anyone else trying to find their way in life?

    Comment by Roy Latham — December 19, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

  5. […] Trailer Review: The Man of Steel Has Arrived and He Is Sad; Why So Serious, Superman? […]

    Pingback by Social Blend — December 20, 2012 @ 1:28 am

  6. I beg to differ…I think this article was great. It attacked all the concerns about what the trailer invoked. However, as a Superman enthusiast, nothing will deter me from seeing this film. ALL of the makers involved with this film are very mindful of what “Returns” failed at. And that main element was ACTION (and MUSCLES). And with Snyder at the helm, I can guarantee breathtaking visuals and Supes doing things NEVER before seen in film. Snyder is a visionary and a frontrunner. Don’t worry folks…it will be everything you expected, and eons more. Trust me…. -Mac-

    Comment by Mac Dividinz — December 23, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

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