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

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WHY IS SUPERMAN STUCK IN JAIL?

Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 3.47.56 PMWe see our hero in American military custody and being interrogated by Amy Adams’ Lois Lane, but since Snyder has revealed there is no strength-sapping kryptonite in the movie … couldn’t he just, you know, snap those cuffs right off?

Yes, he could. But his detention is voluntary.

Earlier in the trailer we see a squad of A-10 Warthogs opening fire on Superman on a small town street. It’s actually a Smallville street, where the good guy is engaged in serious fisticuffs with Zod and right-hand-sociopath Faora (Antje Traue). While they’re slamming each other with parked cars and tossing each other through store walls, the military comes in to try to play referee by spraying machine gun fire everywhere.

Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 3.05.12 PMAt this point, you have to guess that Superman’s existence is still a mystery to most of the world. We know from the filmmakers that Lois Lane has been trying to report on the miracle man reported to be wandering the country, laying low until he springs forward to save the day in the middle of some deadly crisis. But Clark Kent has also been working to get his temper under control, and isn’t above some heavy-handed vandalism when provoked.

So even those aware of Superman’s existence most likely aren’t certain he’s a good guy. When he and a handful of other powerful aliens start laying into each other in Smallville (where Zod goes in the hope of drawing out Kal-El), the military operation — led by Col. Hardy (Christopher Meloni) — is just going to shoot first and sort the good from the bad later (and if they’re sorted into body bags, then so be it.)

Of course, the Kryptonians don’t go down that easily. The one spotted in the sites of the A-10s below is not Superman, although he certainly dodges his share of rounds. This one is Faora, who doesn’t even bother to get out of the way. She launches her own attack, with devastating results — if that crashing A-10 earlier in the trailer is any indication.Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 3.02.37 PM

Later we see Superman float down willingly before their tanks, and goes with the authorities peacefully. Most likely, this fight has led him to decide he needs to identify himself as someone who is fighting on the side of Earth, not against it.

Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 3.47.29 PMThis will also be the first major test of whether the fears of his adoptive father (Kevin Costner) would prove true: Will Earth reject this alien son?

Naturally they have a lot of questions for him, too.

Why the military let Lane, an outsider, and worse — a reporter — do the asking of those questions is unclear. Maybe because she has been following the case for so long, she’s the best expert they could find?

Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 3.54.31 PMLane proves her skills by asking the one question on everybody’s mind: “What’s the S stand for?”

Hey, it’s better than: “So you’re from Krypton, huh?”

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