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Now in the last leg of its muscle-bound advertising campaign, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steelhas just one month left to attract the dozen or so people who aren’t already drowning in all of the promotional material. But as is proven in the above TV spot – the film’s fifth thus far – it’s hard to get tired of blockbuster action when it looks this exciting. Especially with Russell Crowe’s sage words as the voiceover.
“You’ve grown stronger here than we ever could have imagined. The only way to know how strong is to keep testing your limits.” Dangerous advice from a father to his son, but if anyone is capable of heeding it, it’s the big guy in blue. This many TV spots in, there’s not much new footage to be scavenged, but there is a cool shot of General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Jor-El (Crowe) going head to head that I don’t immediately remember having seen before, though it probably did pop up somewhere. We see him catch giant steel girders. We see him fly through space. We see him save a visibly awestruck Lois from a plane. It’s the same old Superman schtick, but I can’t deny the sense of suspenseful dread that the more action-filled previews convey.
“You can save them. You can save all of them.” Superman’s flight has gotten a major push through these previews, posters and banners, and we already know he can affect his own sense of time by flying around the Earth a bunch of times. So we’re wondering if he could zoom forward in time to the film’s 2D, 3D and IMAX release on June 14, and if we can get a piggyback ride – a superpiggyback ride. Unless of course Jor-El wasn’t referring to saving us from having to live another month without watching this flick. That would be just like Jor-El.