With the Batman series having wrapped up, it seems it's just about time for Superman to hit the silver screen again. Because nothing says 'we definitely have a Justice League film in the offing' like starting one key tie-in franchise while the other winds down.
I have to admit, I'm actually excited. The first trailer, the one that was primarily bearded Clark hanging out on what appeared to be a fishing boat in the north Atlantic, bored me to tears. The last thing I wanted out of a Superman movie was a brooding Batman Begins-style aesthetic. Well, okay, actually the last thing I want out of a Superman movie is a toss-up between 'Lex Luthor, real estate schemer!' and all of Superman Returns. Seriously, that movie was a trainwreck from start to finish. Don't even get me started on how easily Lois accepted the fact that she had a kid from Superman but had no memory of ever having sex with him.
Anyway, this trailer? This trailer looks good. The first half is still worryingly Nolan-esque; Superman movies should be big, and bold, and for the love of everything and everyone, brightly lit and coloured! But when the action finally gets going in the second half, it looks promising. With the advances in special effects, there's no reason not to give Superman something he can really bruise his knuckles on, and while Superman Returns completely failed to even try, it looks like Man of Steel is willing to give us some meaningful action in a Superman story. It may not be Darkseid or Mongul or any of the big blue boy scout's unused super-powered enemies, but at least it looks like Zod (and possibly Brainiac?) will put up a good fight.
Alright, Zack Snyder. You've got me interested. Now, don't blow it...