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Superman: Man of Steel dual teaser trailers

ManofSteel.jpgTwo teaser trailers have arrived for the new Superman film Man of Steel, just joining the hype of The Dark Knight Rises weekend hype. The teasers are very similar and differ in voice alone, each narrated in different words by Superman's two fathers.

I have to admit that the opening of the teasers totally threw me and I thought I was watching either a joke trailer or the trailer site had made a mistake and put the wrong trailer under the wrong title. Not so, this is a very different style and tone to any other Superman film we've seen before.

In this Superman we have Zack Snyder directing David S. Goyer's script and with production and scripting assistance from none other than Christopher Nolan. Henry Cavill plays Clark Kent and Superman, you may remember him from the rather strong Immortals. The two voices you'll hear on the teasers are his fathers Russell Crowe who plays Jor-El, his Krypton father, and Kevin Costner who plays Jonathan Kent, his adopted Earth father.

They are backed by Diane Lane playing Martha Kent, Amy Adams playing Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix, and the more important characters of the villains with Michael Shannon playing General Zod and Antje Traue playing Faora.

Wow, that's a fair list and a good list at that. As you can tell from the villains and the fact that this is a reboot of the franchise (again) we're going to revisit why the man from another planet decides to become Superman, or rather why old and outside forces make him become the superhero we know and love.

Here's a more official blurb for Man of Steel:

Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question 'Why am I here?' Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world's beacon of hope - Superman.

...or the one that comes with the teasers...

Henry Cavill plays Superman in director Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel." The film also stars Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent's adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Diane Lane and Kevin Costner.

Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, and Faora, Zod's evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman's native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman's mother, played by Ayelet Zurer, and Superman's father, Jor-El, portrayed by Russell Crowe. Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.

Here's the first teaser for Man of Steel featuring the voice of Jor-El, or Russell Crowe, and his rousing speech which comes through Apple trailers and TrailerAddict:

Here's the second teaser for Man of Steel featuring the voice of Jonathan Kent, or Kevin Costner, and his version of the rousing speech for his adopted son which comes through MSN and TrailerAddict, although I can't find the MSN link to add here:

So what did you think? The speeches are good but isn't the whole opening quite a bit of a surprise? I think it's a good surprise though because it's looking particularly grounded in reality. Then there's the closing moment which I really hoped would have brought about an excited "here's Superman" feeling, something I did get with Superman Returns (Filmstalker review), here though not so much.

I can't wait to see if the full trailer will bring it.



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