In latest Man of Steel trailer, we see a little more plot and a little more Lois Lane. This Superman is different than the spandex wearing superhero we’re used to. He not only pretends, but he desperately wants to be normal.
The trailer opens with Jor-El (Russell Crowe) taking in the turmoil at Krypton. We know that on Krypton, you are bred to serve a specific role in society: warrior, scientist, etc. But Kal-El is unique. He was born by natural birth, so there’s no way to know what he will become. To protect his son, Jor-El sends him to Earth. “He’ll be a god to them,” he says ““What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended?” Every time they show that little boy point his hands on his hips with that red cape in the background, I get goosebumps.
As we know, Kal-El grows up to be Clark Kent, a child with extraordinary powers of strength. His adoptive father (the best looking man alive, Kevin Costner) wants him to keep his powers a secret. He explains to Clark, “You’re the answer son, you’re the answer to are we alone in the universe.” Clark replies, “Can’t I just keep pretending I’m your son?”
From there we see nomad Clark (Henry Cavill), drifting along, searching for his identity. And our first real introduction to Lois Lane (Amy Adams), the reporter on the hunt for the mystery man who’s responsible for so many life-saving feats. “For some he was a guardian angel, for others a ghost.”
Then we see Kal-El become the Man of Steel “In time you will help them accomplish wonders.”
Enter General Zod (Michael Shannon), a Kryptonian searching for Kal-El to join his side and align himself with Krypton rather than defend Earth, the planet that nurtured and raised him.
Outlining the plot, Superman explains his struggle, “My father believed that if the world found out who I really was, they’d reject me. He was convinced that the world wasn’t ready. What do you think?”
Finally, we see a conversation between Lois Lane and Superman (hello, chemistry):
“What’s the S stand for?” she asks.
“It’s not an S, on my world it means hope.”
“Well, here it’s an S,” she says. “How about — ‘Sup–” A squawk of feedback from the speaker system in the interrogation room cuts her off.
Here’s what we know, there is no kryptonite in this movie (creator Zack Snyder describes it as a glorified allergy). The real test will be Superman realizing his fate, and his weakness will be acceptance among the same people he’s trying to save. So, what do we think? Are we ready for this kind of Superman?
Man of Steel lands in theaters June 14.