Despite recent events that may have put some people off, we were able to catch a matinee of The Dark Knight Rises yesterday… and we will probably not comment extensively on those events, because they have nothing whatsoever to do with comic books or geek culture other than the setting. Sure, the dipshit who did the shootings told cops that he was The Joker, but that’s got nothing to do with the comics or the movies. Son of Sam said his neighbor’s fucking pit bull told him to whack out strangers, and I doubt you saw Dog Fancy magazine wringing their hands over what it meant for public perception of dog owners.
Everyone say it with me: James Holmes is a spastic and a monster, but his is a crime story, and not a comics story. Settled? Good.
Because I don’t want to talk about that cocknozzle, and due to a busy day, I don’t have time to talk about The Dark Knight Rises in any detail today. But one interesting new thing that we took from the event was the first trailer for Zack Snyder’s reboot of Superman, Man of Steel. Which a week ago, if you wanted to see it, was worth hours of your time in line for Hall H at SDCC 2012, but which now is available online. Meaning it is available here, right after the jump.
First impression: they are clearly trying to show that this is a darker film than, say, Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, which was, for all intents and purposes, Superman II.V. Almost all of the trailer looks like it was shot through a grey-blue filter, and it looks like we’ll be seeing Clark Kent find his love of journalism via humping lobster traps off the coast of Maine. And hearing Kevin Costner as Pa Kent makes me, a child of the 80s who remembers seeing Costner boning Sean Young in No Way Out in an actual theater, feel as old as, well, Pa Kent.
All in all, it looks like a standard early teaser trailer for a movie still a year out with exactly one proof-of-concept special effects shot completed… but still and all, it’s a pretty cool effects shot; one of the things I always liked about John Byrne’s post-Crisis On Infinite Earths Superman reboot, The Man Of Steel (probably no relation) was how he drew Superman to by flying from the center of his chest, which is clearly emulated here. Now, if we can just see Superman take on something a little more ambitious than a real estate price-fixing scam, we might have a movie here.
Regardless, with The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises now all in our rearview mirror, it’s time to start getting psyched for 2013’s summer slate… even if the odds that the man who brought us Sucker Punch can bring us something even close to The Dark Knight Rises are roughly the same as a comic book being responsible for any crime… unless that comic is tentacle porn, and the crime is public masturbation (hi, Fred Willard!).
Man of Steel is currently scheduled to be released June 14, 2013.
(via Comics Beat)