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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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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.