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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.

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