Another new look at Man of Steel has been released, giving us a look at a civil war playing out on the far-off world of Krypton, and some truly touching moments between a son and his two fathers — one natural, the other adoptive.
It begins with Russell Crowe’s Jor-El surveying a scene of aerial battle on the rocky homeworld of Krypton, which is a planet where each citizen is bred to serve a specific role in society: scientist, servant, warrior … Jor-El’s son is different, the world’s only natural birth. Whatever he becomes, it hasn’t been predetermined. “What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended?” he says. “What if a child aspired to something greater?”
After the infant Kal-El is sent to Earth, he grows to be the boy known as Clark Kent, gifted with extraordinary powers that truly could make him something greater than society might expect. But his adoptive father, played by Kevin Costner, wants him to keep that secret, at least until his otherworldly strength is absolutely necessary.What’s distinct about director Zack Snyder’s Superman, however, is that this one isn’t just masquerading as a human, he desperately longs to be one.
“Can’t I just keep pretending I’m your son?” the boy asks.
“You are my son,” Costner’s character responds, with a break in his voice.
This trailer is also notable for giving us the first footage of Amy Adams’ Lois Lane speaking with the Man of Steel. The Daily Planet journalist is on the trail of the itinerant man who is legendary for his life-saving feats of strength and wants to expose him to the world. Like any reporter, however, she’s still trying to get her facts straight.
“What’s the S stand for?” she asks.
“It’s not an S,” the mystery man says, giving the trailer a moment of levity. “On my world it means hope.”
“Well, here it’s an S,” she says. “How about — ‘Sup–“
But a squawk of feedback from the speaker system in the interrogation room cuts her off before she can give him his famous moniker.
Man of Steel hits theaters June 14. Some fans are eager for the more emotional, angry, passionate Superman. The damaged Superman. Will that satisfy the purists while drawing in new admirers? Or will the masses prefer their hero to remain old-school?