Comic-Con 2012: ‘Man of Steel’ wows crowd with first look at new Superman
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Director Zack Snyder and "Man of Steel" star Henry Cavill promised to reinvent Superman for a modern generation.
"We certainly respect the history," Snyder told 6,000 screaming fans at Saturday's Comic Con panel. "But I kind of felt like Superman needed to be reintroduced to a new generation," Snyder said. "He's always been like this Boy Scout on top of a mountain and you can't really touch him."
"I just wanted to bring Superman into the modern world," Cavill added. "Hopefully I bring a version that everyone can relate to."
Snyder screened the first-ever footage from the film, which premiers next June.
The trailer opens on the Kent family farm in Kansas with nostalgic shots of an overturned child's toy wagon and what appears to be a young Clark Kent running through the yard with a homemade red cape on his back.
The voice of Russell Crowe, who plays Superman's father Jor El, narrates the opening moments. "What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than society intended?" Crowe asks. "What if he aspired to be something greater?"
The footage then cuts to a grown up Clark Kent dressed in street clothes, walking alone along a snow-covered road, carrying a backpack.
The trailer clip then returns to footage of a young Clark lifting a school bus that has fallen off of a bridge into the water. The voice of a woman says off-screen, "My son was in the bus. He saw what Clark did," as a young Clark is seen lifting the bus from the water.
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The trailer then moves to inside a barn on the Kent farm, where the spacecraft Superman traveled in from Krypton is hidden. As the ship is revealed, an image of an infant Superman, floating in the air is seen.
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"You have to decide what kind of man you want to be," he continues, "Whether his
character is good or bad, he's going to change the world."
As Costner speaks, footage of a now-grown Superman is shown, as he flies through the sky with a sonic boom behind in his wake.
Cavill then narrates how his father felt the world wasn't ready for Superman and we see footage of Superman being escorted by the military.