Christopher Nolan’s new trailer for “Man of Steel” reveals another dark brooding superhero. Superpowers apparently equal super-duper psychological scars and emotional inner conflicts. Would anyone with real superpowers feel that way?
Nolan, of course, is the master of the new genre of superhero movies. His “Batman” trilogy, most recently “The Dark Knight Rises” have been maga-hits, so why not extend the brand to other superheroes?
Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder, but Nolan produces and David S. Goyer, who penned “The Dark Knight Rises,” also writes the script. Nolan pitched Goyer’s idea to Warner Bros., after story discussion on “The Dark Knight Rises.”
But did he have to use the same premise? By now, it’s formulaic.
In the new trailer, Clark Kent feels alienated because of his unique super abilities and struggles to find his own place in life. Of course, once aliens attack the earth, he finally figures out he’s got a big career ahead of him.
The new trailer focuses on Clark’s inner struggle as he morosely kicks around the family farm. Kevin Costner as his adoptive dad, Jonathan Clark, doesn’t help much; he’s just as morose. When young Clark is spied saving a bus full of classmates from drowning in a crash, it creates a family crisis.
“You have to keep this side of yourself a secret,” says his brooding dad.
What was I supposed to do, just let ’em die,” Clark asks plaintively.
“Maybe,” says dad. Wow, talk about Father of the Year.
Of course, having superpowers carries with it moral obligations. But is it really so hard to deal with?
No one truly has superpowers, so its hard to say just how much emotional conflict they might cause. But the next best thing to having superpowers would be having a super talent like Justin Bieber. He’s smarmy, prone to showing off, often goofy, a bit temperamental, messes up every now and then, but on the whole he’s pretty balanced.
Our image of a superhero would be John Travolta in the late-Nora Ephron’s 1996 film “Michael.” Travolta plays the Archangel Michael, a beer swilling, cigarette-smoking, foul-mouthed do-gooder, who needs a lesson in personal hygiene. Now that’s a superhero.
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