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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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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.