Back in March we got to see the new Superman logo that will be featured in the forthcoming film Superman: Man of Steel and in June we got a close-up look at Superman’s new suit. Today we get to check out the newly released teaser poster for Man of Steel that was unveiled at 2012 San Diego Comic-Con yesterday. To promote the film, star Henry Cavill and director Zack Snyder answered questions from the assembled fans and both promised that Man of Steel will be “awesome” because Superman himself is an awesome character. Click below to see the poster and read more about the Man of Steel Comic-Con panel discussion.
Superman is the “king daddy” of all superheroes and for Man of Steel director Zack Snyder, he is – in a word – awesome. “Superman’s pretty awesome, as you know,” Snyder said during a packed Comic-Con panel for his superhero movie due out June 14. “Superman’s a big responsibility but Superman needed to be reintroduced to a new generation. I thought this was a good chance to do something awesome. And we’re doing awesomely, I think.” And after he showed some footage: “Yeah, it’s awesome.” After tackling the hero-deconstructing Watchmen, Snyder’s going the other way with Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill as DC Comics’ well-muscled guy in the red cape and his alter ego Clark Kent. The first teaser will be attached to The Dark Knight Rises starting Friday — that movie’s directed by Man of Steel producer Christopher Nolan– and the footage at Comic-Con showed a Superman that was misunderstood by the world around him, even showing him shackled in one scene. “What would you do if you were Superman? That’s what we went after,” Snyder said. “In the past, Superman’s been this big blue boy scout on a throne. We try to make him so he could beat the (stuffing) out of people.” Cavill was humble when talking about taking on the movie mantle begun by the late Christopher Reeve. “It’s really tough to process right now. It’s a dream come true,” the British actor told the crowd. “It is pretty intense. I get to wear that (signature ‘S’) on my chest. I just really, really hope I’ve done everything I need to do to please you guys.” The actor discussed a few comics runs that helped inform about the character: “Death of Superman” clarified who Superman is and what lengths he will go to help people; “Return of Superman” delved into the public perception of the hero; and the miniseries Superman: Red Son offers a different viewpoint of Superman but still with the core elements of his identity. Snyder’s plan is to add to the hero’s canon and mythology. “I just wanted to bring as much of the modern Superman into the world,” he said to the audience. “You guys know everything about it. It’s for everyone else out there who doesn’t know what Superman can be, and hasn’t read the comics.” Composer Hans Zimmer is scoring Man of Steel and Snyder won’t be using the signature John Williams Superman March. In addition, the teaser showed a first look at Amy Adams as love interest Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as down-to-earth Pa Kent, Russell Crowe as Kryptonian dad Jor-El, and Michael Shannon briefly as what looked to be the villainous General Zod. Or maybe not — Snyder is still loath to confirm that anyone will be kneeling before Zod in Man of Steel. A fan asked him if Zod would be as relatable as Superman is in the film, and Snyder said, “If there were a guy named that – I’m just making stuff up now – whoever that guy is is super-relatable.” Also in the Q&A portion of the panel, Snyder was asked who would win a fight between his Superman and Nolan’s Batman, and he took the time to talk some trash: “I love Batman, right? He’s awesome. Literally awesome. But really? Come on.” The question was also brought up if Cavill’s Superman would show up in a future Batman movie or a multi-character Justice League film, much like Marvel Studios did with The Avengers. “We know that Superman is the jewel in the DC crown,” Snyder said. “We’re just trying to get his house in order, and then who knows what else is possible.” A brave and bold cinematic team-up between Superman, Batman and others? Sounds awesome.
There is really terrible fanshot video of the Man of Steel footage that was screened yesterday that looks pretty good … well, from what I could tell. I’m very much looking forward to the teaser clip that will show in front of The Dark Knight Rises when that film opens on Friday. It sounds a lot like this version of Superman will be presented in much the same way that Christopher Nolan has been telling the story of Batman. For the most part, DC Comics has done a terrible job with the movie versions of their characters. My guess is that they are now working toward treating their characters will respect and importance (so hopefully no more crap like Green Lantern will be released). I’m really excited to see this film … it’s a shame we have to wait a year to do so.