“In time, they will join you in the sun.”

Sitting at my local movie theater late Thursday night waiting to see the premier of The Dark Knight Rises was only one reason I was excited that evening.  I had heard that the new Man of Steel teaser trailer would also be premiering, and as Johnathan Kent’s voice (Kevin Costner) narrated the footage, I couldn’t help but watch in admiration for what appears to be an interesting take on Superman.  It wasn’t until the next day that I realized two trailers had been released.  The visuals were the same, but the other trailer was narrated by Kal-El’s biological father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe).  Both of these admirable men are fathers to the last son of Krypton, yet their messages are distinctly different.  If you’ll forgive my religious references, Jor-El predicts his son’s rise to an “ideal” that all the men and women of Earth will strive for, like God proclaiming Jesus as the messiah.  This “ideal” has always been met with cynicism towards Superman, because how can one man be so good all the time?  Lacking in faults and nearly indestructible, where’s the fun in watching or reading a story about someone like that?

Even as a comic book reader, I am not the biggest Superman fan, and have only read a few books where I felt his character was truly fleshed-out (Kingdom Come, All-Star Superman).  Can writer David S. Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan give Superman the tale he deserves, or will he fall back into obscurity, clinging to ideologies of a better world and a hope that many of us fear to believe in?  In the wake of the tragic shootings outside of Denver at The Dark Knight Rises premier, Johnathan Kent’s words ring clear as he says, “You have to decide what kind of man you’re going to be… good character or bad.”  From the comic books we all know that Superman decides to be a good man, one that we as human beings should all strive to be like, but does anyone want to see that story anymore?  Both of these fathers want what’s best for their son.  Jor-El appears to already know Kal’s destiny, and Johnathan Kent, like many dads just wants his son to be a good man.  Two unique dads with different messages to their beloved child.

Even though this is only a teaser, what do you think will be in store for Superman next summer?  I know there are those who feel Snyder and Nolan will make this film too gritty, but in a world where going to see a Batman movie can turn murderous, how else could these filmmakers approach the story?  This is just my opinion of course, so I’d love to hear what you all think of these two trailers, and if you believe that Superman is still relevant in our modern context.  As always, share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

-David Griffin (Follow @griffinde on Twitter)

Trailer with Jor-El voice-over:

Trailer with Johnathan Kent voice-over:

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