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The next (and likely last) big trailer for Superman Returns is now up on the official movie site (click on the Video section, than select Trailer #2). And hooooo boy… every time I think I’m as geeked as I can possibly get for this movie, Warner Bros. releases another trailer and my anticipation and expectations go up another couple of notches. [1]

This trailer is the first to show much of the movie’s plot (outside of the high-concept tag “Superman comes back to Earth after five years off-planet”). Unsurprsingly, the movie’s about much, much more than just that bit of setup. I don’t want to tell you here what’s in the trailer; I’d prefer you go watch it yourself. But it looks like it’s gonna be goooood.

Yeah, OK, I’m not yet totally sold on Brandon Routh as Supes, and both he and Kate Bosworth seem much, much younger than the Clark and Lois who live in my head. [2] But in the end it just doesn’t matter to me — I’m more concerned with the quality of the movie overall. Bryan Singer didn’t make the same casting choices I would have made, true, but I’m not the one being entrusted with $200 million to make a movie. And because I trust Singer I’m willing to give Routh and Bosworth a chance. (No such free pass is necessary for Kevin Spacey’s Lex Luthor; while it looks like he might be playing up the goofy a bit much for my tastes, I have no doubt that he’ll also play the hell out of the menacing aspect of Lex.)

See, this is the thing: Superman Returns looks to be A Superman Movie Done Right for the first time since Superman II twenty-six years ago. And obviously, the kinds of things that can be done now are light years ahead of what was possible in 1980 — this is going to be a Superman doing the kinds of things Superman should be able to do. [3] Singer’s a hell of a director and he takes his subject matter seriously (ref. X-Men and X2: X-Men United). I have no doubt in my mind that he’s given this movie everything he’s got, that he’s using every bit of directorial prowess he’s learned since The Usual Suspects to make the best Superman movie he can.

So I don’t care if Routh looks too slender to me to be playing Superman, if he and Bosworth both look 22, if the costume doesn’t seem quite right — none of that really matters. Those are cosmetic details. What I want to see is the story, I want to see how the characters are presented, I want to see the sense of epic scope and monumental action that previous Superman movies just weren’t able to muster. I want to see a movie which lives up to the name “Superman” and does the character justice… and I think I just might get it this time.

I’ll be sitting in a theater on the night of Wednesday, June 28, Terry sitting by my side clasping my hand while I bounce in my seat like a little kid after his sixth bowl of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs. I’ve said it elsewhere and I’m going to say it again here: this might be the movie I’ve been waiting all of my thirty-five years to see.

[1] The last movie to come anywhere near this level of pre-release internal buzz for me was The Incredibles, and that movie lived up to and actually exceeded my monster expectations.

[2] This trailer alleviates my concerns a bit about the leads’ fit for their roles, but I’m still reserving judgment until I see the whole movie. And hell, Routh looks a helluva lot more like the Superman in my head than Dean Cain ever did.

[3] Have you seen the bits with Superman saving the crashing jet in the trailers? I have absolutely no knowledge of the screenplay or what’s going to happen, but my gut says that’s a scene early-on in the flick, possibly the event that announces his return to Earth, and man does that look like it’s going to be a thrilling scene to watch — I bet we’ve scene only the tiniest hints of what that sequence will be like.

Yet the thing is, if I’m right… that’s going to be nothing compared to some of the stuff we see later. They’re holding back a whooole lot of info about the movie, and if they’re putting that sequence out there early to help build excitement for the flick, I can guarantee you that there’s way better stuff to come. shivers

Written by Allen

June 15th, 2006 at 1:51 pm

Posted in Movies,Pop Culture

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