New Man of Steel Trailer

This new super 3 minute trailer succeeds in presenting "Man of Steel" as the film we hope it truly is: a moody, insightful character study involving a solitary alien seeking some sort of identity and purpose on our planet  and a kick-ass mega-action film in which a guy in a blue suit and red cape flies around and shoots heat lasers from his eyes and punches Michael Shannon.

The preview also gives us our first look at what looks like a war-torn Krypton and how Jor-El (Russell Crowe) sends baby Kal-El on his "mission of hope," as it were. We see that Kal-El, aka Clark Kent, is definitely a child of two fathers, fathers who help shape him into the superhero he grows up to be ("You are my son," says Kevin Costner's Jonathan Kent to his frightened adopted son in the trailer's most touching moment).

Michael Shannon's portrayal of notorious Kryptonian villain General Zod is decidedly non-Terrence Stamp-like, whose exclamation of "I WILL FIND HIM!" already puts him into the camp of gleefully over-the-top comic book villains. Zod is not the suave British gentleman that Stamp portrayed -- Shannon's bad guy is a much more General Patton kind of military (super)man.

Also featuring in the cast of Man of Steel are Amy Adams (The Fighter) as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe (Les Miserables) as Jor-El, Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys) as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane (Secretariat) as Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne (Contagion) as Perry White, Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons) as Lara Lor-Van, Antje Traue (Pandorum) as Faora, Christopher Meloni (True Blood) as Colonel Hardy and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) as Henry Ackerdson.

Enjoy this latest look at what looks like a more than worthy first step toward a larger on-screen DC universe for Warner Bros. "Man of Steel" opens June 14.

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