Handcuffed and willing: new Man of Steel poster arrives
After the hush-hush whispers and the sideways glances from Henry Cavill and Zack Snyder, Superman’s fans are finally treated to a sneak peek poster of the very man himself – for the June 14 cinema extravaganza, Man of Steel.
He’s suited and booted, surrounded by an army of tanked soldiers and bound in… handcuffs?
With no KY – that’s Kryptonite, not the jelly – in sight, we have to believe Supes went into custody willingly and without an agenda. From the information that has been let slip by Snyder and Nolan (and there’s not much of it), we’ve heard it’s going to be dark, moody and – most importantly – will have a sense of realism that no other Superman film or television series has had before.
Man of Steel’s writer David S. Goyer said: “Christopher Nolan and I have been trying to bring the naturalism of the Batman trilogy. Our approach has always been naturalist, realistic; we always try to imagine these stories as if they could happen in the same world in which we live.
“It is not an easy thing with Superman, and this does not necessarily mean that it will be a dark film, but in working on this reboot we are thinking about what would happen if a story like this really happened. How would people react to this? What impact would the presence of Superman in the real world have?”
As much as I like the fact that Snyder’s film will be a novel and bold vision, I can’t help but think this will have some limitation on the film. Gone are the red pants, gone is the staple ‘s’ curl, and here comes a new suit with an indigo raised pattern. Though the aforementioned suit does look pretty awesome, it’s still difficult to see my hero clad in a suit very unlike his personality and Kent farm roots.
Let’s be honest, Superman is not Batman, and you can’t stylize him in the same way as a dark, gravelly voiced superhero. But I can welcome these changes and embrace them as a Superman fan should, even though I have my reservations.
One thing is for sure, I must change my thought-process: Henry Cavill is not Christopher Reeve. We’re not in the late 70s and 80s anymore, and the 21st century needs a new Superman and, albeit, a new reflection of the character.
If you mess it up Snyder, make sure you’re ready to deal with the onslaught of angry emails. And that’s going to be triple what Bryan Singer had to handle.
– The new Man of Steel trailer will be screened in 3D and IMAX before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.