December 14 is shaping up to be a momentous day on the movie-geek calendar. In addition to Peter Jackson bringing audiences back to Rings territories for the first chapter of his Hobbit trilogy (in various formats), multiple headline-grabbing trailers are staking out a claim at the multiplex. Paramount has big plans for Star Trek Into Darkness, including a 9-minute IMAX tease and a conventional trailer. And Warner Bros. will be booting up a second trailer for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, which the director characteristically says is “crazy.”

In an interview with MTV News about the latest Superman clip, Snyder says:
I can't wait for The Hobbit, so it will be fun to see our crazy Man of Steel trailer and then enjoy the Hobbit because that's going to be great. It just feels like a fun Christmas thing to do, drag the whole family out for that action."

Nice job, Snyder, being the company man and plugging fellow Warner features. Truthfully, Superman fans are due a “crazy” Man of Steel trailer. We were intrigued by the Malick-ish trailers that made their way online earlier. But it’s time to show us Superman hitting something. Hard. Maybe battling Michael Shannon’s Zod.

Speaking of, Snyder spoke about working with Shannon on the film, stating:
You can imagine that you could get actors who go, 'Oh right, it's Zod, it's not 100 percent serious,' or [you can play it] slightly with a wink, there is none of that with him. His effort is to make it realized and to understand this character and what he has to go through, so you have that on one side and you have Henry, who basically is Superman, on the other side and that dynamic. …

I was just incredibly fortunate to play with those guys who really were giving all they had to bring a level of commitment to the scenes they have together so that audiences will get an opportunity to really have their heroes taken seriously," Snyder continued. "As serious as I was taking it, and I don't mean that from a depressing kind of way but from a, 'This is important and fun and needs to be given the respect that it deserves,' from that perspective it was so exciting to watch them drink the Kool-Aid of that concept and go all the way."

Man of Steel remains the 2013 summer blockbuster I, personally, am most excited for. Superman hasn’t had a truly mind-blowing on-screen adventure since 1980. I said 1980! Syder has a chance to bring this iconic character back to a level of Hollywood prominence. Will it happen? We’ll find out on June 14, 2013 … with a “crazy” tease on Dec. 14.

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