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“Man of Steel” official banner shows a darker, edgier side of Superman


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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… the official banner for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel.”

The artwork features the first official imagery we’ve had from the film since Henry Cavill’s Superman costume was revealed back in August. All has not been quiet on the Kryptonian front, though, as we’ve been inundated with set pictures and videos recorded by fans. But it’s nice to have something finished and polished to look at to give us a sense of what we have to expect when “Man of Steel” hits theaters.

And, based on this banner and the image released before, it looks like we have something dark and gritty on our hands. Superman’s logo has frequently featured bright colors, but this version is subdued, hard and edgy. It seems like no one was exaggerating when they said that this is going to be a more serious take on Superman than what we’ve seen before. We aren’t talking Christopher Nolan levels of darkness here, but it looks like Warner Bros is trying to come close.

When IFC caught up with Michael Shannon at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, he shared that his take on General Zod might be different than everyone is expecting.

“He’s actually a not very scary guy. He’s just trying to do his job, just like anybody,” he said. “I’m fond of him. I respect him.”

In addition to Cavill and Shannon, “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. It is due in theaters on June 14, 2013.

What do you think of the new banner? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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