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“Man Of Steel” trailer: The top 5 scenes that tell a lot

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The new trailer for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” has arrived online, and like many of the “300” filmmaker’s other projects, the Superman reboot packs a lot into its teasers.

This time around, the footage covers a wide array of scenes from the film, including some angsty moments from Superman’s childhood and some explosive battle scenes both on the ground and in space. And like most trailers for high-profile projects like this one, there’s a lot we can learn from the footage.

Here are five scenes that offer some new details about what we’ll see when “Man of Steel” hits theaters next year.


No Good Deed

Early in the trailer, we get a few different scenes showing a young Clark Kent dealing with his developing powers. When he rescues a bus full of children that went into the water, it would seem that his abilities are revealed — though we later witness a conversation between Clark and his father in which Jonathan Kent suggests that letting the kids die might have been a better choice. This is certainly a different take on Clark’s father than we’ve ever seen before, and Superman’s dialogue near the end of the trailer about his father’s belief that the world wasn’t ready for someone like him only further distances this version of the character from prior films.


The Orphaned Son

It’s been over 30 years since Superman’s origin story was told on the big screen, and “Man of Steel” makes its “reboot” status official with some scenes featuring a new spin on the character’s origin. Not only do we get some scenes that appear to show an exploding Krypton, but atthe 1:48 mark we also get a good look at Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Superman’s Kryptonian father.


Not Alone?

A considerable amount of footage in the new trailer is dedicated to scenes of alien spacecraft flying (and exploding) in space and around the sky here on Earth. There’s clearly a greater focus on the sci-fi aspect of Superman’s origin in this new film, and the footage would seem to indicate that we’ll see the Man of Steel do battle well outside the confines of Earth. Whether the visitors will be Kryptonian or from some other world is uncertain, but we will be treated to at least one other man from Krypton in the film, that’s for sure…


Zod!

Given that one of Superman’s most iconic enemies made his debut in the movie franchise (and not in the comics), it’s only fitting that the new franchise is wasting no time introducing Zod, the vicious soldier from Krypton who has tormented the Man of Steel on the screen and in the comics. The trailer gives us our first good look at Michael Shannon as Zod right around the 1:52 mark, and he looks like a force to be reckoned with — as Superman appears to learn for himself in a brief scene that appears shortly thereafter.


Superman Bound

Along with giving us a different look at Clark Kent’s childhood, the new trailer also seems to indicate that “Man of Steel” will give us a different perspective on Superman’s place in the world. In several scenes sprinkled throughout the trailer, we see Superman cuffed and under military watch, and even being targeted by the military in a later scene. Will Superman’s relationship with the world he protects take on a more adversarial tone in the new franchise, or do these scenes offer an entirely different context for the Man of Steel’s public image? We won’t know the answers any time soon, but hey, speculation is half the fun!

Are you looking forward to “Man of Steel”? Let us know in the comments below.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Christopher Nolan: “Man of Steel” isn’t what we did for Batman in “Batman Begins”

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Christopher Nolan is continuing his streak of promoting “Man of Steel” by telling us how much it’s not like his Batman trilogy. The “Dark Knight Rises” director has officially shot down the rumor that Zack Snyder’s Superman film is doing for that character what “Batman Begins” did for the Dark Knight.

“I wouldn’t want people to think we’re doing for Superman what we did for Batman. It’s very much Zack’s film and I think people are going to love what he’s done,” Nolan told The Playlist. “I think it’s really remarkable to take on that character. Superman is a completely different character than Batman. So you can’t in anyway use the same template.”

He continued, ” David Goyer had this, I thought, brilliant way to make Superman relatable and relevant for his audience. Zack has built on that and I think it’s incredible what he’s putting together. He’s got a lot of finishing to do on that. Superman is the biggest comic book character of them all and he needs the biggest possible movie version which is what Zack’s doing. It’s really something.”

Well, we’re convinced. A lot of the concerns with “Man of Steel” surrounded the fact that people thought the movie would be a gritty reboot of the Superman story, but it doesn’t seem like that will be the case. Of course, we’re going to have to wait for a full theatrical trailer (or, you know, the movie) to decide that for sure, but fortunately we don’t have too long to wait on either counts.

“Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Crowe, Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. It is due in theaters on June 14, 2013 in IMAX and 3D.

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Why is Superman in handcuffs in the new “Man of Steel” poster?

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Just what is Superman doing in chains? That’s the question raised by the new poster for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” which teases the upcoming summer release of Warner Bros.’s new DC universe film.

Nothing we’ve heard about the movie to date has led us to believe that the titular Man of Steel would be incarcerated by the law. However, it seems as though humanity doesn’t recognize its hope for the future when it flies in wearing blue spandex and a red cape. For his part, Superman looks resigned to his fate, though we can only wonder what he did to get handcuffed and escorted by what look to be a special squad of law enforcement officials.

In a recent interview Snyder said that his movie won’t stray far from the Superman tale fans know and love. If he’s to be believed, “Man of Steel” will be the Superman story everyone wants it to be.

“We have great respect for the canon. I would say it is a clashing of stories and ideas. Superman is the king-daddy of all superheroes — to make him work is a big deal,” he said. “The big challenge is if you can make people feel ‘What would you do if you were Superman?’ That’s what we went out to do as far as we could. Superman’s always been this kind of big blue boy-scout up on a throne that nobody can really touch, so we tried to make him relatable.”

“Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Crowe, Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. It is due in theaters on June 14, 2013 in IMAX and 3D.

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