Warner Bros. has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel, which debuts in theaters summer 2013. Directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel looks to re-energize the Superman franchise with a grittier and hopefully more action-packed approach to the man with the red tights. Henry Cavill stars as Clark Kent/Superman.
A year after Clash of the Titans proved to be a box office hit, it’s not surprising that a copycat emerged to try and share in its glory. Also not surprising: its copycat, Immortals, from director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall), is a superior movie in every way.
Despite not debuting until 2013, the first official photo from the upcoming Zack Snyder Superman reboot – Man of Steel – has appeared online. Fanboy reaction has been mixed, but I don’t see what’s not too like. Sure, the scaly costume is a bit odd, but the muted, deeper colors were a much needed improvement. The cape could well be CGI, but who really cares? Noticeably hidden by shadow is Superman’s nether-region, which could or could not include the red tights.
The trailer for the stylish new swords-and-sandals epic Immortalsis now online, and it looks… interesting. From director Tarsem Singh (The Cell) and written by Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanide, the movie is a hyper-stylized R-rated action film with bold speeches, beautiful women, angry men, angrier Gods and a whole lot of violence.
The first time I watched the trailer, I wasn’t blown away, but having watched it a second time… I’m looking forward to this movie. The action looks pretty cool, and the money shot with the four arrows at the end of the trailer is pretty bad ass.
It also provides an opportunity to see the new Superman Henry Cavill in action. He stars alongside Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luka Evans, Kellan Lutz, with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.
Immortals looks like it falls between 300 and Clash of the Titans, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Both of those films were huge hits, but audiences will likely perceive it as a 300-wannabe. Furthermore, with the bad taste of Titans - which has much more brand recognition – it will also look like a movie attempting to capitalize on that film’s success.
Those perceptions are hard to shrug off. Relativity Media is going to have it’s hands full convincing audiences otherwise, but the trailer – with its slick visuals and powerful score – goes a long way. What do you think?