Superman Returns In First Two Teasers for Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’

Written by on July 21, 2012 

What, inappropriate headline?

Warner Bros. would like you to forget just about every one of the hero’s prior screen incarnations by next year, when Zack Snyder brings Superman back in the Christopher Nolan-produced Man of Steel. Two teasers are playing in front of the latter’s little movie The Dark Knight Rises this weekend — one cut for conventional theaters, the second designed for IMAX cinemas — but if you don’t want to make the two trips, we’ve got both right here.

Much to my surprise, however they’re essentially one and the same. The only difference is in voiceover, both of which contain fatherly advice of different scales — one comes from Jor-El (Russell Crowe), and the other is provided by Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner). Either plays over footage of Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) traversing a gritty mining town and working on a fishing boat, while Tree of Life-inspired shots of his childhood bring the sentimentality in full force. And then Superman makes his appearance.

It’s effective, (aesthetically) beautiful stuff that shows a very different Snyder than who we’ve grown to love or hate. Color me curious.

Kevin Costner version:

Russell Crowe version:


A child sent to Earth from a dying planet is adopted by a couple in rural Kansas. Posing as a journalist, he uses his extraordinary powers to protect his new home from an insidious evil.

Also starring Amy Adams and Michael Shannon, Man of Steel hits theaters on June 14th, 2013.

Do these first two teasers indicate that Snyder has the right take on Superman?

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