For those of us who weren’t able to attend Warner’s San Diego Comic-Con presentation over the summer (raising my own hand), today’s lengthy Man of Steel trailer gave us our first extended look at Zack Snyder’s planned reboot/continuation of the Superman mythology on screen. The clip built off of the two Malick-esque teasers that were released earlier this year, establishing an ethereal tone while also finally delivering on some of the action the director has promised fans.

Here it is again, if you haven’t seen it yet:



And here are the five immediate thoughts to come to mind now that we’ve watched the trailer a few dozen times:


1. Get ready for Superman’s origin story. And a sad Clark.
The trailer doesn’t necessarily look like Donner’s Superman Redux. But the bulk of this 2-minute, 33-second trailer is dedicated to formulative scenes from Clark Kent’s youth. We see a spaceship arriving on the Kent farm. We see an emotionally disturbed adolescent Clark hiding in a closet as his adopted mother (Diane Lane) attempts to talk him down. We see teenage Clark saving a schoolbus filled with kids, and Pa Kent (Kevin Costner) telling him that protecting his secret might be more important than actually saving folks. (Because “With great power comes great responsibility” is Spider-Man’s mantra!) Here’s what’s troubling: We also see what appear to be scenes of Krypton being destroyed, with Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara (Ayelet Zurer) holding baby Clark and then witnessing the planet’s destruction. When Superman is searching for answers, he returns to his snowy Fortress of Solitude. Does all of this sound familiar? It will, if you’ve ever seen Donner’s Superman … and by now, who the hell hasn’t?

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