I don’t like this “Man of Steel” teaser poster. At all. I get what it’s going for, but it’s dour and moody and all the stuff I thought the frachise was supposed to be jettisoning after “Superman Returns.” It’s also unmistakably reminiscent of the “Dark Knight” key-art, which couldn’t be more of a wrong direction to take a Superman movie. It’s very, very Christopher Nolan, and great filmmaker or not now that his Batman cycle is concluded I want Nolan and his “dark realism” as far-removed from Superman and other DC Universe movies as humanly possible.
Also, can we please stop with the over-designed textures on these fucking costumes?
This is really the first thing I’ve seen/heard of this movie that I’ve actively disliked; which bums me out because A.) I want this to be good and B.) if it turns out to be bad and I’ve said something negative about pre-release I’ll be hearing about my “BIAS!!!” for another month after it comes out…
Footage was also shown at Comic-Con, supposedly encompassing the teaser-trailer which will be attached to “The Dark Knight.” It’s not online yet, though the usual stills and grainy bootlegs (none of which I’ll be linking to so don’t ask) are out there along with a lot of descriptions. What I’ve seen of this (read: not much) I actually like a lot better.
It’s definitely a “new” take on Superman at least in terms of how we’ve seen him in live-action movies – big, sweeping, action-heavy and leaning on the painterly/iconic staging that Zack Snyder does better than almost anyone playing at this level. Amusing, one of the “this looks likes” being heavily invoked is Terrence Mallick; probably because the first half of the teaser is heavy on montage and pastoral/Americana imagery and the whole thing is cut to “Journey to The Line” – one of the all-time great “THIS IS EPIC AND MEANINGFUL AND YOU! ARE! MOVED!!!!!” pieces of film-music ever. Here, listen.
Not a tremendous amount of story/context stuff coming out from people so far, but what was already known (it’s an “origin story” at least in as much as it’s a “Clark is told he’s actually an alien and becomes Superman” story) what was rumored (seems like the main plot is an amalgam of Donner’s “Superman” and “Superman II”) are all-but confirmed; and my old guess that the “major” tone/theme change would be making the military/government not immediately trusting of Superman seems to be right-on. Some of the descriptions make it sound as though Clark is almost living like The Hulk (re: people are afraid of the freakishly-strong guy) before he’s Superman.
Warner Bros? Please don’t punk-out and NOT attach this to the TDKR prints you screen to critics – that would be uncool.