‘Man of Steel’ TV spot: Henry Cavill soars as Superman

April 09, 2013 | 3:49 p.m.

“Man of Steel” isn’t flying into theaters until June 14, but Superman fans can get a glimpse of the Zack Snyder film in a new TV spot, out today.

At 32 seconds, the first “Man of Steel” television spot is more or less a shorter version of the previously released trailers for the film. The ad shows English actor Henry Cavill, who portrays the film’s winsome hero, soaring in the iconic red-and-blue suit, taking the hand of Lois Lane (Amy Adams), standing in a burning room unscathed by the flames, and being escorted down a hallway in handcuffs, flanked by soldiers, all while gorgeous choral music plays and key characters provide emotional voice-overs.

“My father believed that if the world found out who I really was, they’d reject me,” Cavill says in one voice-over. “He was convinced that the world wasn’t ready. What do you think?”

PHOTOS: 75 images of Superman

Like the previous trailers, the ad doesn’t offer much in the way of laughs — a decision that appears to be in keeping with Snyder’s serious approach to Superman’s mythology.

“He’s this amazing ambassador for all superheroes,” Snyder told Hero Complex. “What was it about him that cracked the code that made pop culture embrace this other mythology? What we’ve made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story. It’s been an honor to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta stone of all superheroes. I wanted to be sure the movie treated it respectfully.”

“Man of Steel” also stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent, Russell Crowe as Superman’s father Jor-El, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Michael Shannon as General Zod.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark


Artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, left, and writer Scott Snyder are teaming on "Superman Unchained." The first issue is scheduled to hit stores June 12. (DC Comics)

‘Superman Unchained’: Snyder, Lee want to stun you

‘Superman: Unbound’ is unveiled

13 must-see movies in 2013

‘Man of Steel’: New trailer is action-packed

QUIZ: How well do you know the Man of Steel?

Orson Scott Card’s ‘Superman’ comic delayed

Zack Snyder on ‘Watchmen’ legacy

Zack Snyder on directing ‘Star Wars’: No thanks

‘Man of Steel’: The Superman we ‘need and deserve’?

Superman still ‘jewel in the DC crown’


12 Responses to ‘Man of Steel’ TV spot: Henry Cavill soars as Superman

  1. webbie says:

    I can't wait for this movie! With all the garbage that keeps coming out, finally a movie with a story and real actors! So tired of all the wrestlers/fighters looking for a chance at fame and money.

    • John W. says:

      I, for one, appreciate your enthusiasm, but most of that "garbage" you're talking about is the never-ending release of regurgitated & rebooted superhero movies. And a "movie with a story"? They ALL have stories — and some of them a lot more original than another super hero movie. And this one is about as familiar as they come because over the years we've seen just about every iteration of Superman that one can imagine. Nearly every iteration anyway — there's always another Brit (or Aussie or Kiwi) waiting in the wings to play yet another classic American superhero.

  2. Macdividinz says:

    i dont get it…wut does man of steel have to hide so bad??? not a single new trailer in over 4 months and only 2 months left til release?? a blockbuster summer movie would have TONS of press and visual promo by now. look at LONE RANGER…and that doesn't even release til july!! bad feeling about the promotional campaign guys. u may have kicked yourself in the ass this time…..#concernedfan

    • John W. says:

      And I'm so tired of the Lone ranger trailers that I actually have less of a desire to see the movie than I did before the marketing blitz. Why do you need to see an endless stream of trailers? You know the movie is coming, so why not just patiently wait until its release? Are you afraid you're going to forget it's coming?

  3. daisy says:

    maybe they are letting the best of a new trailer close to the May? i think it is going to be a great movie.

  4. Robert says:

    I hope for god's sake this movie can at least have the same music as the other Superman film's,
    because it bring's a sence of passion for the other flim's.

    • John W. says:

      Can you imagine if Nolan had used the original music of the Tim Burton films? Or, worse, the original Adam West TV show music? Great for them, terrible for the new versions. I'm all for something new — there's enough familiarity here in yet another rehashing of a familiar superhero.

  5. sugarfoot8 says:

    I don't think Zack could have chosen a better Actor to play this role.. Henry Cavill is the perfect choice.. this man is humble and very private .. English.. what is that?? What our forefathers ran from.. but now it is different.. so his nationality makes no difference. Henry has done a fantastic job and his critics will see Superman Man Of Steel and not Henry… please America be understanding that not every one has to be an American…

    • John W. says:

      Understanding? You say that as though casting a foreigner in the role of an iconic superhero is something new. The majority of the other American superhero actors are from everywhere except the US (Spiderman, Batman, Thor, Wolverine, and other various members of the the X-Men and Fantastic 4 franchises. Of course, they're cast because they're good, but living here in Hollywood, it's difficult to believe they couldn't find an American in the 100,000 SAG member roster to play these ultra-American characters or most of their super-villain counterparts.

      • mrwayne074 says:

        Thor is Norse and Wolverine is Canadian… but okay. Regardless, I see your point. Hollywood does whatever it wants. No one batted an eye when they cast a white kid in the starring role of a Japanese character in Dragonball Evolution. The character was Son Goku. Hollywood has their own idea of what a star should look like, no matter where the material being filmed originates from.

      • John W. says:

        Maybe no one batted an eye over Dragon Evolution because so few people (including me) have any idea what that even is. An anime franchise? And Thor and Wolverine were AMERICAN creations, regardless of their characters's origins. Besides, where are they going to find an actual Norseman to play anyone in anything? As far as I understand, that non long dead civilization was assimilated into various descendent cultures in what we now call Scandinavia.

  6. rose chic says:


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

E-mail It
Powered by ShareThis