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Comic-Con 2012 Movies: Man of Steel

It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s Comic-Con! Hall H is atwitter right now thanks to the Warner Bros. panel, which brought news on the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill. 

News of a trailer debuting at the annual festival certainly weren’t exaggerated, as things flew right out of the gate with the first footage of Superman’s return to the big screen. We got glimpses of both of Clark Kent’s “fathers” in his biological parent Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and adopted mentor Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) giving their sons advice at various times in his life. We also got short looks at Amy Adams as Lois Lane and some of the action (though only a frame of General Zod). Reportedly, style wise, this looks nothing like a Superman we’ve seen on screen before.


Cavill, the man himself, took the stage accompanied by Snyder, who quickly responded to the excited crowd by playing the dark, somber teaser again, which showcased little of the trademark Snyder (i.e. no slow mo or shuttery frames). Cavill then said as inspiration for his character he found at lot to admire in the "Death of Superman" arc and the Superman: Red Son three-issue comic. 

A question from the audience then sprung up, asking how relatable General Zod (Michael Shannon) is going to be. That brought an interesting response from Snyder. He said that not only is Zod going to be as relatable as everyone in the film, he is not even confirming that Zod is the villain. That may mean that General Zod doesn’t become a main antagonist to Superman until a sequel, or that he is simply being coy and Shannon iss actually a different villain entirely.


Someone then asked if a Superman/Batman crossover or Justice League movie would ever come to be, to which Snyder gave a very secretive response:

"Let's say this. We know that Superman is the jewel in the DC crown. What we're trying to do is to get his house in order and then we'll see what happens." Seems like a smart move after the disappointment that was Superman Returns

The trailer for Man of Steel will be officially attached to The Dark Knight Rises this coming Friday, but until then, that wraps up this panel from Warner Bros. Zack Snyder’s superhero reimagining flies into theaters June 14, 2013.

Check out the screenshot of the teaser poster below.



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