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New 'Man of Steel' poster just kind of lies there

Inert, like it's not even really trying...

By Corwin Neuse Dec 3, 2012 11:50PM
We don't get it. Superman has superhuman strength. Unless those handcuffs are made out of kryptonite, what are they doing on his wrists? Could the soldiers around him not be aware of his myriad superpowers? On the other hand, if Supes is being arrested—and the authorities know to bring soldiers to bring him in—they clearly know that he's capable of doing some damage, right? Are we missing something? Has Superman been humbled somehow?

As far as posters for next summer's hottest movies go, this "Man of Steel" one-sheet isn't even as compelling as the one for "Star Trek Into Darkness." At least that one heralded a possible new direction for the franchise: "Star Trek" as a superhero film, pitting the crew of the Enterprise against some world-destroying, becaped figure. This new "Man of Steel" poster, on the other hand, is just confusing.

What do you think, Hitlisters? Are you, too, being strongly reminded of the massive disappointment that was Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns?" The portentousness of the project. The Jor-El voiceover. The trailer showing Supes breaking the sound barrier. Everything we've seen of "Man of Steel" seems very redolent of what's come before it. And nothing's stood out as being particularly Zach Snyder. What's he waiting for? Where's the over-obvious song choices? The speed-ramping? The awesomeness just for the sake of awesomeness? Here's hoping that the film's full trailer—released shortly, before "The Hobbit"—assuages some of our doubts.

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Dec 4, 2012 11:06AM
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If you've read the comics of the past, Superman has always tried to follow the laws of the land and has never tried to put himself above the law, unless it was such a obvious ploy by his enemies, that he would have to prove his innocence by the only person that could do it, that being himself.  Otherwise, he would usually go with the authorities until his innocence could be proven (after all, he does have very rich and powerful friends...hehehe).
Dec 4, 2012 11:08AM
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Obviously, he is letting them take him to their evil boss.  Then ... watch out!
Dec 4, 2012 11:01AM
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The point isn't, "Why doesn't he break out," the point is, "why are they arresting him?"  If the authorities want to arrest him, Supes doesn't run or try to break out.  He kneels to authority.  What interests me is why did they decided to arrest him in the first place.  Given the timeline of the movie, this may be the first time anyone has ever seen him so they are unsure of his intentions.
Dec 4, 2012 11:59AM
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What an overtly negative view of the movie poster.  I expect that kind of pessimism in trolling comments.  Also, the questions raised pretty much say "I have no idea who the Superman character really is"
Dec 4, 2012 11:25AM
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There have been times throughout comic history where all powerful super heroes get arrested and accept it because they have such a deep sense of justice that when they realize they err that they must be accountable to the same human systems of procedures as the everyman or else there purpose is undermined.  Some superheroes sit in condescension of the people they protect but most, certainly Superman, would defer to the greater authority if there was some major transgression.  

Say, for instance, in this movie, in the process of saving the universe he ended up accidentally killing a little girl (or being the cause of the girls death because of an errant laser eye beam, deflected bullet or falling building).  Superman would grieve and put himself at the mercy of the justice system or else the ideals he professes would be a sham.

While he can't fathom his own mortality here on Earth (though I believe he died in the early 90s) he has a heightened sensitivity to ostensible American ideals - justice, fairness, tolerance - and throughout his 80 or so years has struggled with those issues.  If American authorities in this story line put a warrant out for his arrest, he would not resist.

That being said, those are no doubt laced with Kryptonite.
Dec 4, 2012 11:17AM
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obvious song choices? speed ramping? awesomeness just for the sake of awesomeness? sounds like whoever wrote this article is hoping this movie becomes another blah superhero movie that they're constantly cranking out now with no story. personally I'm glad to see this film may have an actual plot to care about.  Especially since I usually see Zack Snyder make movies with a lot of effects that are pointless.  Unless you want this to be another forgettable film like Sucker Punch (I honestly had to try really hard to even remember the name of that thing).  I on the other hand am glad that this film so far doesn't seem to be lowering its standards like Green Lantern and so many other hero films have.  Maybe after the Dark Knight trilogy DC is realizing these aren't just characters made for pointless explosions while trying to sale coca cola and throwing pandering hints at sequels throughout the movie (and annoyingly at the end just as the credits roll).  These are characters with rich stories that can actually be treated with respect.  If you don't want story with your action films, don't worry, Michael Bay will have another Transformers for you soon.
Dec 4, 2012 3:00PM
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Honestly the fact this poster has received enough thought to have an article written about it pretty much sums up how interesting it is.

 

'Nuff said (I know wrong universe, but there are only a hand full of fellow nerds to know that)

Dec 4, 2012 2:30PM
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This poster is a champion for a variety of reasons! 1) It doesn't give away the end of the movie like other posters have 2) Seeing Superman in handcuffs has us interested because we are aware of his powers 3) it's dark and ominous sparking our wonder.  "Star Trek Into Darkness" didn't need to be mentioned in this article.  Looking forward to June 2013!!!
Dec 4, 2012 3:46PM
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The current storyline at DC Comics, which it seems this film is drawing all it's cues from, has our military and government not completely trusting this "Super-man" and his aliens superpowers...therefore they gop after him. Much like they'll go after ANYTHING alien. He IS an alien after all... =p
Dec 10, 2012 10:32AM
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well if u have read the comics u would know that supermans power comes from the sun on his home planet they where power less only till he came to earth did he get his power from are yellow sun with no sun no powers
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Why would Superman use his abilities with the innocents? What do you believe?
Dec 4, 2012 4:44PM
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Guys I think this is easy to predict. I have read about some of the story here and Superman is afraid to show people what he can really do at first thinking people will think he is a freak and want to turn on him! If it is the government does have him in shackles then he doesn't want to fight them but get them to understand that he will help not a threat. So he would come in peacefully for the sake of trust. And if its the bad guys well then he is putting them in a sense of false security. COME ON MAN! ITS EASY TO FIGURE OUT CORWIN NEUSE! Where in the world do they find these stupid writers at?
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