Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Raising the Stakes for Superman


Here's the latest trailer for Man of Steel. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, especially in light of my disappointment with Star Trek Into Darkness, but there's one line in this clip that makes me feel as though there's a chance the filmmakers understand how to provide a compelling threat to an indestructible character:

"For every one you save, we'll kill a million more." 

This is what makes Superman a compelling character to me. You may not be able to hurt him with brute force, but you can hurt him by attacking what he loves - and he loves people. With his abilities he could set himself up as a dictator and indulge every pleasure, but because he was raised right he just wants to be a regular guy and help. On Earth, S stands for skepticism, which is how I feel about most Zack Snyder films, but since S means "hope" on Krypton, I'm allowing myself to get excited. This look like it'll be really good.

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