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It’s been in the works for a long time, with barely a morsel of a look, but finally the first official trailers have arrived for Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot MAN OF STEEL, and they’re pretty great.

 

In truth, I suppose it’s just one trailer (the footage is identical in both), but while one is narrated by Kevin Costner as Jonathon Kent, Superman’s surrogate father on Earth, the other voice over is provided by Russell Crowe as his true, Kryptonian father, Jor-El. Not only is this a nice little touch for nerds like myself who appreciate the lore and canon of comic book heroes, but it’s also a nice way of showing that Superman/Clark Kent is caught in the middle of two worlds, struggling to figure out just what/who he is, and will become.

Seeing as it’s a teaser and all, we don’t really get to see much, but the overall tone seems pretty grim. Although, that’s to be expected when Christopher ‘Dark Knight’ Nolan is the mastermind behind the reboot. Clark Kent seems to have a gloomy life leading up to his donning of the red cape, and the handheld camera adds to the sense of realism they’re obviously going for (a drastic change from Snyder’s far smoother and hyper-stylised previous works).

And come on, Superman sonic-boom?! That sold me a ticket on the spot.

Anyway, MAN OF STEEL remains my most anticipated film of next year, and hopefully we’ll get to see some more super-footage sooner than later.

 

MAN OF STEEL will be hitting theatres on June 14, 2013.

DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan

8 years after taking the blame for the crimes of Harvey ‘Two-Face’ Dent, Bruce Wayne has retreated into seclusion, hiding from the city he sacrificed so much to save. But when the deadly masked mercenary Bane sets his sights on Gotham, the peace begins to shatter, and Wayne knows that the time has come for the Dark Knight to rise from the ashes. But there can be no redemption, without sacrifice…

THE RESULT

It isn’t the sense shocking masterpiece that THE DARK KNIGHT was, but by bringing back the sense of adventure and race-against-time pacing of BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES finds itself sandwiched between the two, both in terms of tone and quality. But when both films preceding it were so incredible, that is hardly a criticism. The first half juggles a few too many characters, and there is quite a bit more plot setup than story, but once the second half comes, it kicks in with a vengeance. Providing action spectacle that would make Michael Bay blush, and a heart and soul built over the entirety of the trilogy, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is an example of Hollywood filmmaking at it’s most exciting, ambitious and emotional, and cements this saga as one of the greatest of all time.

FULL EXTENDED REVIEW, AFTER THE JUMP.

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