First trailer for ‘Man of Steel’: Superman used to be a longshoreman?!

It feels like we’ve been talking about the Superman reboot, Man of Steel, for ages now. Director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and producer Christopher Nolan (the Batman trilogy) finally got around to filming the damn thing last year, but it’s not going to come out until NEXT summer. Famously, there was a huge casting call and every buff dude in Hollywood and abroad was reading for the Clark Kent/Superman role, – eventually the part went to buff Englishman Henry Cavill. The first teaser trailer was shown at Comic-Con, and now the teaser appears ahead of The Dark Knight Rises. Here you go:

Honest question: is there a comic book origin-storyline to back up this version of Superman? Because I thought the origin story was always supposed to be “adopted son of farmers, turned city-boy reporter by day”. What is the brief detour into a longshoreman lifestyle? It reminds me of the opening scenes of The Bourne Identity. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Anyway, the voiceover is Kevin Costner, in case you couldn’t place the voice. Costner is playing Jonathan Kent (Clark’s adopted father). Diane Lane plays Clark’s adopted mother. Russell Crowe is Jor-El (the birth father of Clark/Superman/Kal-El). Amy Adams is Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon is General Zod. The casting of both Russell Crowe and Michael Shannon made all the fanboys go *boom* in their fan-panties, so it really does seem like the casting alone brings this reboot to a good place. I think there are a lot of high hopes, and at the end of the day, it will be a better film than that one with Kate Bosworth, right?

Here are some photos from last year of Cavill on set. Damn, this dude is STACKED. I’m going to be thinking about his shoulders all day.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. lisa2 says:

    Why did they take the music from Lord of the Rings..

    Come on.. lol

    the torn clothing made me think it was about The Hulk

    anyway I’ve always liked Superman

    • Rose says:

      All I was thinking about was Lord of the Rings. I ended up watching the DVD.

    • Vera says:

      Haha, right? I was sitting there going, “Is Galadriel about to pop up?”

      Anyways, I have high hopes for this. It looks good so far. I really don’t know about this whole boating thing – I watched Smallville for a few years but never read the comics so I basically only know that origin story and the ones from the other films. Also cartoons. But the theme of it is making me very intrigued.

  2. cupidityrox! says:

    I worn out by comic book franchise. Comon hollywood.. Throw in something original once in while..

  3. Mirella says:

    Good God that man is hot!

  4. MrsBpitt says:

    HE…IS…SO…SEXY…ok, I don’t care if this move is good or bad…I will pay to go look at Henry Cavill…yes, I am shameless!

  5. Alexandra says:

    Feels like I’m watching an episode of Deadliest Catch…not sure what to make of it

    • yoyo says:

      I know right? I was like: why is there a clip of the deadliest catch in this trailer? wasn’t superman a farmboy? Wasn’t Clark Kent nerdy? what is going on people?!

      I never liked Superman and the reboot might for once actually make him interesting though the costume : cape, tights, red speedo will just never look like anything other than ridiculous.

  6. Po says:

    I didn’t get the longshoreman thing either but whatever. This new superman cant possibly be worst than the last one. I hated that movie and the storyline. It was horrible.

  7. birdie says:

    He does nothing for me. What’s wrong with me?
    Can someone explain a german-girl .. what is a longshoreman?

  8. Chattycat says:

    Fell in love with all things Henry while watching The Tudors. He is my everything man, tall, dark with a great body and his facial features like his strong jaw…and those eyes. Damn!

    He’d push Fassy to #3 for me if he wasn’t under 35.

  9. Cathy says:

    I don’t know why but he doesn’t do a thing for me. Oh well, that happens sometimes.

  10. Riana says:

    Eh, as a fan of these comic books and their super heroes I’m pretty much in a permanent state of disappointment now UNTIL the movie shows me a reason not to be.

    A lot of these movies are more for the general public who doesn’t really know the backstory. Not sure why the longshoreman bit, but whatev’s. For now the one director who really understood a superhero film this year was Wedon.

  11. GoodCapon says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen Superman leaving ‘jet marks’ when he’s flying…

    And I actually prefer a leaner Henry Cavill, but holy sh*t Batman!! I’ll be in my bunk.

  12. Hanna says:

    I have been madly, ridiculously in love with this actor since he was the Duke of Suffolk. Absolutely gorgeous…and seems to be humble, funny and intelligent in the interviews I watched.

  13. The Original Mia says:

    Looks better than the last Superman movie. Henry is hot as hell.

  14. brin says:

    Love Henry Cavill…he made The Tudors must see tv for me!

  15. tmnt says:

    this movie has so much potential. i love the look, the palette and the dramatic homeless-looking superman route they’ve taken.

    the palette really reminds me of the one used in winter’s bone, which is as desperate and bleak as they come in movies. i think having that juxtaposed with how great superman is could be a really great storyline.

  16. mayamae says:

    Diane Lane is playing that guy’s mother?

    • leuce7 says:

      I’m assuming your issue is she looks to young to be his mom?

      She’s nearly fifty (47); she could have been married, living on a farm, and adopted him in her early twenties. She didn’t give birth to him, so it’s not completely unrealistic for a woman in her late forties to be his mom. I’ll buy it. I saw the trailer before Dark Knight Rises, and hadn’t even heard of this before, so I’m super excited for it now. Great cast.

    • Heebeegeebee says:

      Worse than that, Amy Adams as Lois? Don’t get me wrong. She is great and I will jump at any chance to see a film with her in it ( except The Muppets) It’s just that there is an age gap that is hard to deny.

  17. Stacie says:

    I loved Henry on the Tudors but man I love him more as Superman . Can’t wait to see this movie and more photos of him . Fair warning I’m officially stalking… I mean on his bandwagon .;)

  18. Gigi says:

    I’m going to watch this movie, just because Henry’s in it.. Ehh women…

  19. lucy2 says:

    This actually looks really good, and there’s some serious talent behind it. It looks like it has a similar serious, grown up tone to it like Nolan’s Batman, which is a good thing.

  20. MerryHappy says:

    It’s like jack kerouac’s superman….
    I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

  21. LittleDeadGirl says:

    Superman is probably my least favorite hero story. I know it’s a classic but it’s been so overdone that’s beyond tedious. I was not at all excited about this but I kinda like this trailer. It’s a little more unexpected. It’d be nice if they add a little something to the backstory.

  22. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    :/ I miss Brandon Routh as the Superman. *cries*

  23. Gwen says:


    I cannot wait to see this movie – I think it looks great!

  24. dahlianoir says:

    Superman died with Christopher Reeves, end of story.

  25. Reece says:

    There’s a point in SM story that he goes off the deep end and leaves everything behind. I think that is where is coming from but making him a longshoreman. Although he’s on a boat. Maybe he’s an Alaskan crab guy. Which would fit cuz he’s close to the arctic circle. Later on the movie he can build his ice palace thing. (WOW I cannot think right now!)

    Filmwise: That song is entrenched in the Lord of the Rings films for me. It’s very distracting. The voice over is a little “With great power comes great responsibility” Beyond that it looks really good and I want to see it.

  26. Sarah says:

    Loved him in “Immortals”

  27. Camille (The original) says:

    He’s very attractive but his little forearms (in comparison to the rest of his arms) weird me out lol.

  28. Shy says:

    Henry has no charisma. He’s just boring. I suspect that the new Superman will be the same as Spider-Man – a boring, empty and people will forget about it through five minutes after leaving the theater.
    They should have invite Matt Bomer.

  29. Samantha says:

    The scenery and vibe remind me a lot of Batman Begins, when Bruce Wayne goes off to find himself.

    When the trailer played before TDKR, some little kid yelled out, “Sonic fart!” when Supes flew. :)

  30. Kolby says:

    Zack Snyder’s directing is keeping me from being super excited about this. He’s very hit or miss. Mostly miss.

  31. Katyusha says:

    Holy Henry Cavill.

  32. Autumnleaves says:

    I’m not sure about this latest movie. For all of Henrys talent and obvious hotness, this trailer and reboot leaves me a bit underwhelmed. so far I don’t like the suit.

  33. SPW40 says:

    Just FYI, one of the main influences for this film is Superman: Birthright, which features “Clark” travelling a lot before he decides to answer his calling, hence the scenes of him as a hobo.

  34. GirlyGirl says:

    Three words in the story tell me this movie will suck

    “Director Zack Snyder”

    He couldn’t direct a 2 car parade on a one way street.

  35. kelly says:

    He is YmmuY! He can definitely play Mr. Christian Grey in my book.

  36. Samantha says:

    Caught a glimpse of the trailers and I’ve to admit,prior to viewing them,I never thought much of Superman until the teasers came along.Given Christopher Nolan’s involvement,I can tell that MoS will most likely be the much needed ‘reinvigoration’ that an otherwise fledgling Superman has been in dire need of for years.Hopefully it will set the precedent for upcoming sequels (like the DK trilogy) and of course,the Justice League!