In an effort to get things going again around here (and there is more Death and Return of Superman stuff coming folks, I promise) I thought it would be fun to start a new feature that will have no set release schedule called Man of Steel Watch. With the new Superman film less than a year away I felt it was time to start commenting on the production here at the Fortress. I had thought about doing something like this before but frankly in this day and age of camera phone set pictures showing costumes in the wrong light and the minute by minute coverage that sites better equipped to handle such things were and are giving that it was best to leave that sort of things to the professionals. However when the big announcements and trailers and posters are released I thought it would be fun to post about them as well as the random thought that occurs to me about the movie. In this first installment I wanted to talk about the poster that was released in July of 2012.
As the copy suggests this poster was released at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. I have yet to sit down and watch the whole Man of Steel panel but I did get to see the footage from the film that was shown, though to be fair that footage was taken by a camera phone towards the back of the room, so the quality was…not so good. I did like what I saw and heard, though and much like the Spider-Man costume from the recent Amazing Spider-Man film the Superman costume looks a lot better on screen than in the previous mentioned camera phone pictures that were floating around some months ago.
They also released this poster and I have to say I rather like it. Sure it’s all shadowy but I am assuming that Warner Bros and more importantly the marketing department are trying to keep a full, public showing off of the costume to a minimum to create a sense of mystery about it, kind of like that first image they released towards the end of 2011 of Superman and the vault. Also I have a feeling that the movie is going to have a darker, more introspective tone to it, which I still have mixed feelings about but I am trying to stay positive and as long as they get the basics of the character right I should be fine with it. So a poster bathed in shadow does make more sense if that is the direction they want to go in.
What I can say for certain is that I love the S shield design they have gone with. I was going to write that it is very much like the S worn by the Earth-2 Superman before the Crisis on Infinite Earths but that design went through a number of changes through the sixties, seventies and eighties. I guess I should say it is very much like the S shield of the Pre-Crisis Earth-2 Superman as drawn by George Perez or even Wayne Boring and Jerry Ordway.
I have loved that S design since I first saw it at the age of 13 so the fact that the movie S has a similar look and feel makes me very happy. It’s not that I hate the classic S or even the S from Superman Returns. On a personal level I just prefer this one.
And that is it for this installment. As I mentioned at the top this is going to be a very irregular feature here at the Fortress though I can promise a new installment in just a day or two since the first teaser trailer has hit the Internet and I have a few things to say about it.
As always…more to follow…