After a two week and change delay the wife and I finally got to see Amazing Spider-Man last Saturday. We had been meaning to since the day it came out but the time just wasn’t there. Because we were seeing ASM and not Dark Knight Rises I was faced with a bit of a dilemma; how do we see ASM but still manage to see the Man of Steel teaser trailer that was going to be shown before Dark Knight Rises? I concocted a plan where my wife and I would time when we would choose to see ASM at just a few minutes after DKR started so I could sneak into the DKR theater all Mission Impossible style complete with the Danny Elfman version of the theme, watch the trailer, sneak back out and go see ASM. This plan was full of peril (and by”peril” I mean “we might have gotten kicked out of the theater and wasted $17.50”) but I was determined to see the MOS teaser.
Turns out I don’t have to do any of that because the teaser is online.
Now I don’t want to say too much about the teaser itself because we don’t see a whole lot of footage. There are images of a bearded Clark in Alaska, an image of Clark hitchhiking like David Banner, some footage of a kid running around his backyard and the bad ass shot at the end of Superman breaking the sound barrier. I do like the tone of Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent’s narration and am more convinced that the darkness and seriousness of this film is going to hinge on Clark choosing his destiny. I have some thoughts on that but those will have to wait. There is another version of the trailer with Russell Crowe as Jor-El narration that I like quite a bit.
Because the Internet is, well, the Internet my first reaction to the teaser was that people were probably going to complain about how short it was and Facebook soon proved me right. This is not a judgment call, merely a cynical observation. This led to my second reaction, which was to think about about the first teaser trailer to Superman: The Movie.
I don’t know how audiences reacted to the teaser in 1977/78 but given the fact that comic book based movies were pretty much non-existent at the time I am working under the assumption that some people probably lost their damn minds when they saw the big, red S on the screen at the end of the trailer. I am sure there were people that thought it was crap but I think it shows how far we have come in terms of movie trailers, comic book movies and as a viewing audience that a bunch of guys in suits sitting around a conference table in 1977 watched the video above and said, “Yup, that’s the trailer for us. People will love this!”
The second teaser had a bit more information about the film.
This is actually my favorite of the teaser trailers for Superman: The Movie as it shows stills from the film, has some great narration and puts the John Williams’ music to good use. I first saw this trailer in 1999 or so back when the web was still pretty much in its infancy and in all honesty I get the same hairs standing on the back of my neck feeling now that I did back then. It’s just an excellent teaser trailer.
There was a third teaser released after the film was in theaters, which is kind of weird but I like it anyway. It’s not nearly as epic as the previous trailer but it does the job.
If your tastes run towards the more bombastic here’s another teaser.
There was a joke trailer that I have kicking around my hard drive but I can’t seem to find it on YouTube. I feel bad about discussing it and then not showing the video but I wanted to mention it just to cover all of the bases.
In all honesty it is extremely unfair to compare the Man of Steel teaser with the one released for Superman: The Movie. As I hinted at earlier movie trailers and comic book movies themselves were different beasts back then. It would be more appropriate to compare Man of Steel with 2006’s Superman Returns.
I really liked this trailer when it first hit the Internet. At the time I was excited that they were playing in the same universe as the Christopher Reeve films and while I have changed my mind on that subject the trailer still works for me. My favorite part is the shot of the people looking up in the sky, which gave the movie a sense of wonder. I am still a bit miffed that the Krypton scenes hinted at in this trailer were excised from the final cut.
All in all I am satisfied with the trailer we were given for Man of Steel. Sure I would have preferred more footage and a better shot of Superman but I see what they were going for. I kind of like the air of mystery this film has about it. It isn’t as exciting or even epic as the previous trailers but it gets the job done.
It’s going to be a long wait until the first full trailer is released.
More to follow…