'Man of Steel' trailer: Five mysteries from the new footage explained

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Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 10.26.47 AMThe trailer opens with a scene of Kryptonian civil war, with Russell Crowe’s noble Jor-El surveying the exploding battleships with great fear. In a flash, we then see a figure riding off into the distance aboard what looks like a huge, multi-winged insect.

That’s Superman’s dad’s ride.

Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 10.09.59 AMIn keeping with the effort to depict Krypton as a true alien world, Snyder and Goyer have given it some unique wildlife, such as this creature, which might be cousin to the mountain banshees of Avatar.

This film’s Krypton is a subterranean world. The surface is somewhat barren and lifeless, like a rocky moon, while the civilization exists on the interior of the planet. But occasionally it’s necessary to emerge on the surface and fly to another location. When he needs to get somewhere in a hurry, Jor-El hops aboard this creature, which Deborah Snyder said was named “Herocka.” (Although we’re not sure of the spelling.)

“It has insect wings, but has kind of a rodent-ish face,” she says. “At first he was a little mean, but we made him look more sympathetic.” Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 3.01.56 PM

Later in the trailer we see a figure — maybe Zod? — plunge from above and try to crash this flying beast. Whenever the confrontation takes place, expect to see a serious showdown between Zod and Jor-El early in the film.

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