Emotional ‘Man of Steel’ trailer: Krypton’s doom, Zod’s attack

April 16, 2013 | 6:41 p.m.

An emotional new trailer for “Man of Steel” is out, revealing the film’s take on Kal-El’s beginnings on doomed Krypton, Clark Kent’s coming of age in a place where he doesn’t quite fit in, and Superman’s ascent to heroism.

“Man of Steel,” slated for a June 14 release, is directed by Zack Snyder and based on a script by Christopher Nolan and David Goyer, the writing team behind the Dark Knight trilogy, which modernized Batman and broke box-office records.

A screen capture of iwillfindhim.com, a promotional site for the Warner Bros. film "Man of Steel."

A screen capture of iwillfindhim.com, a promotional site for the Warner Bros. film “Man of Steel.”

The three-minute trailer is the most in-depth look Warner Bros. has released so far for the movie after months of ramping up marketing for the highly anticipated film. The trailer follows the release of a 30-second video in which General Zod (Michael Shannon) accuses the people of Earth of sheltering Kal-El and calls on them to hand him over. Following the video, the website iwillfindhim.com displayed a 48-hour countdown using Kryptonian glyphs, and at the end of the countdown, the new trailer appeared on the site.

The “Man of Steel” trailer, which coincides with the film’s presentation at CinemaCon this week, offers a scene in which Henry Cavill’s Superman interacts with Lois Lane (Amy Adams), a brief glimpse of Krypton’s destruction and a more up-close look at General Zod.

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The trailer begins with the Moses-like story familiar to any comic fan: Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer) place their son in a vessel to escape their dying planet.

“Goodbye, my son. Our hopes and dreams travel with you,” Jor-El tells baby Kal-El as his wife Lara worries, “He’ll be an outcast. They’ll kill him.”

“He’ll be a god to them,” Jor-El answers.

Then follows the previously seen footage of young Clark Kent growing up in scenes washed in the muted hues of the Kansas farmland. He rescues schoolchildren from the sinking bus and talks with his adoptive father, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), about his origins.

“I have to believe that you were sent here for a reason, and even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is,” Jonathan tells his son.

As a gorgeous orchestral music slowly crescendos (Hans Zimmer composed the film’s score), we see Lois Lane tracking down Clark, General Zod vowing to find him and, of course, Superman taking flight as Jor-El says in voice-over, “You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you. They will stumble, they will fall, but in time they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”

The trailer ends on a moment between Superman and Lois, sitting across a table from each other, their conversation monitored from behind one-way glass. Lois asks Superman what the “S” on his chest stands for.

“It’s not an S,” he replies. “On my world, it means hope.”

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark


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13 Responses to Emotional ‘Man of Steel’ trailer: Krypton’s doom, Zod’s attack

  1. Russ H. says:

    All I can say is, WOW!!!
    This is going to be fantastic. As a person who grew up with Superman as my hero, I cannot wait to take my sons and daughters to see this film. Thank you Zack Snyder, for creating a film that a family experience and enjoy together.

  2. bill r says:

    That may be one of the best trailers I have ever seen

  3. djtiger says:

    this trailer beats the batman movies by a million miles…this is official!! cant wait.

  4. Damian says:

    It looks totally cool. Cavill is a great choice. And Zod like badass too

  5. Sonny Crockett says:

    Simply awesome…….

  6. Michael Hense says:

    We had it all wrong… All This Time We Had It Worng… "It's Not An S…

  7. mike saff says:

    BrianSinger are you watching..? This is how Supes-Returns should have been done! IT ROCKS!!!

    • John W. says:

      You're saying this, yet you haven't seen more than a couple minutes of what will probably be a 2+ hour film. It must be great to be a psychic with such super powers.

  8. Carolyn P. says:

    Mark your calendars NOW!!! Oh my goodness…trailer #3 just reconfirms my request to take June 14th off from work so I can sit in the movie theater all afternoon long and watch this much anticipated film. I grew up when Christopher Reeve was synonymous with Superman. I didn't think anyone could fill Mr. Reeve's shoes until now with Mr. Cavill. By far, Superman is the bona fide superhero…the secular savior. Thank you Mr. Snyder, Mr. Goyer, Mr. Nolan, Mr. Crowe, Mr. Cavill, Mr. Costner, Ms. Adams, Ms. Lane, Mr. Shannon (you're awesome in Boardwalk Empire so no doubt you'll be a phenomenal General Zod) and all others for bringing this film to the world… And Hans Zimmer composed the film's score! He is the BEST. I've loved Hans Zimmer since Rain Man. I hope this film is a spectacular hit at the box office…after all, we now know the "S" represents HOPE, and I'm sure we could all use some extra hope these days…

  9. richy says:

    Rise before Zod, now kneel before Zod.

  10. Karl says:

    Please tell me that this music is from the film's score! This is too good to be canned music library stuff! I'll go just to hear the music!!

  11. Bob says:

    This looks awesome. But it's hard to figure what the story will be. If Krypton is destroyed, how does Zod arrive on Earth with what looks like several Kryptonians, and where does he want to bring Kal-El back to? It also looks in the Russel Crowe footage that Krypton may not be exploding but is being torn apart by war.

  12. nicole hoskins says:

    All i can say is Superman! Superman!

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