New 'Man of Steel' Trailer Features Neither Birds Nor Planes

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Zack Snyder faced an uphill battle with Man of Steel -- Superman really hasn't been a hot cinematic property since Richard Pryor made us line up for Superman III -- but this new trailer makes it look like he's ready to atone for his Sucker Punch sins with a movie that, against all odds, makes Superman super again.

Man of Steel's screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, but the storyline beats of the trailer will be immediately familiar to anyone who's read Tom de Haven's brilliant 2005 novel It's Superman!, which takes a hard, poignant look at the emotional toll of growing up under the weight of all that super-powered responsibility. Done the right way, it's a really compelling story; in fact, it might be the only way to make the ever-noble, all-but-invulnerable hero interesting on the big screen.

Of course, the jury is still out on whether Snyder and company managed to turn that premise into a film that actually hangs together, but let's say this much for now: Man of Steel looks a lot more interesting than any 21st-century Superman film probably has a right to be. From the synopsis:

Superman takes to the skies once more as Henry Cavill dons the suit, cape and S-shield of the Man of Steel. With an all-star cast that includes Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Clark's earthbound parents; Oscar winner Russell Crowe as Superman's Kryptonian father; Amy Adams as Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane; Laurence Fishburne as editor Perry White; and Michael Shannon as Superman's otherworldly archenemy General Zod, populations from Smallville to Metropolis are psyched for Superman.

Man of Steel is scheduled to arrive in theaters on June 14, 2013.

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