‘Man of Steel': Superman vs. Zod Clip & TV Spot #11

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 7th, 2014 at 1:09 pm,

A tie-in book for Man of Steel recently revealed what many fans may have already suspected: that Superman’s suit and cape in the film won’t simply exist to help him cut a dashing figure, but are actually examples of Kryptonian technology that are designed to serve particular functions, such as the ability to navigate their ships. This opens up a very interesting array of questions about just what Kryptonian armor is capable of, and how much of the aliens’ powers stem from what they wear.

Costumes are one of the few things in Man of Steel that haven’t been subject to stringent levels of secrecy, and so we’ve already been given close looks at not only Superman’s new “debriefed” outfit, but also at general Kryptonian fashion and the armors of Jor-El, Zod, Faora and other Kryptonian warriors. A new clip from one of the battle scenes of Man of Steel, however, gives a very tangible look at one of the functions of Zod’s armor, and how Superman is able to use it against him.

First, check out the eleventh TV spot for Man of Steel (unless you want to save a little something for the actual movie):

In comic book lore, Superman’s incredible powers have been built up by his exposure to the yellow rays of the sun, but superhuman abilities don’t necessarily come without their complications. One of the potential downsides, for example, of having extraordinary hearing is the challenge of having to focus on the person you’re talking to when you can also hear every other conversation happening in a two-mile radius. However, as Superman first arrived on Earth as a baby, he has had over thirty years in which to hone his focus and only pay attention to the sensory input that matters.

Man of Steel Trailer Zod Screenshot Man of Steel: Superman vs. Zod Clip & TV Spot #11

The above clip – and Superman’s words in it – seem to suggest that Zod’s armor is designed to block out the sun’s rays, preventing him from exposure to them. It’s hard to tell why he would want to turn down the chance for an extra edge in the fight against Superman, but it’s possible that his armor gives him extra strength and speed without the potentially compromising effects of superhuman hearing and sight. As Superman succeeds in breaking Zod’s helmet piece (which seems to be made out of some kind of fluid, organic material), it seems that exposure to the sun’s rays gives him an immediate and highly disorienting boost to his senses. There’s a certain suggestion that Zod never intended to get into hand-to-hand combat with Superman, considering how thoroughly Superman is able to pummel him through several buildings and an exploding gas station.

Henry Cavill as a very angry Superman in Man of Steel Man of Steel: Superman vs. Zod Clip & TV Spot #11

As a side note with regards to that particular aspect of the clip, it is a little worrying to see Superman losing his control like this. There have already been indications that he will be tempted to use his powers for destruction, and director Zack Snyder has warned that Smallville will take a beating during Zod and Superman’s battle, so a certain level of collateral damage is expected. In this clip, however, it looks like there’s a good chance that Superman just inadvertently vaporized some innocent civilians. Unless, of course, everyone in the gas station (including the people whose cars were parked at the pumps) just conveniently stepped out for coffee.

What do you think of this first extended look at the action in Man of Steel? Have you worked out your own theories about Snyder’s vision of Kryptonian armor? Share your observations with us in the comments.


Man of Steel opens in regular and select 3D/IMAX theaters in the U.S. on June 14th, 2013.

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  1. I saw the movie last night on the navy base in San Diego. The bases get to see movies a week before they come out. A VERY good movie. Wish they introduced Zod later though! Action throughout! Not your average origin story either!!! You guys WILL be shocked! Epic battle scene right in the beginning of the movie on Krypton and it just snowballs from there!!!

    • I saw the movie opening week-end (Saturday). Yes, I was shocked at the changes and the altered story line, in many ways different from the one that I grew up with. However, it was a very pleasant shock. This movie totally rocks your world. Superman’s newly designed suit is much better than the old panties over leotards. The battle scenes are so epic you’re left with your jaw on the floor. Krypton is a much more believable world than the Christopher Reeves series. My favorite scenes however involved Kevin Costner. The intense emotion as well as stern commitment to protecting his alien son will bring a tear to any father’s eyes. I predict that “Man of Steel” will put Superman back at the top of the superhero list once again. Sorry Batman, you’ll just have to deal with it the best you can. I rate this film *****, yes… 5 stars, it’s got it all and doesn’t apologize for anything. It is SUPER.

  2. I saw an advanced screening and all in all it was good. Just simply good. The hype did not help going into this movie I expected so much but didn’t get what I thought I was in for. The problem is with this movie is when it’s done right it is truly amazing and breathtaking but when it screws up it goes form spectacular to Not so much. The fight scene are awesome but spread thin literal all of the action scene in the trailers are from two scenes. The battle of krypton at the beginning and Zod’s invasion and fight with Superman. The acting was great except for a surprising number of scenes with over acting, a tad bit of bad writing and cheesy dialogue. Basically my verdict is don’t go in with to much hype. But even if you do you’ll still enjoy the movie but not that much. But it’s in my top 3 best movies so far this year.

  3. In Entertainment Weekly April/May, Faora’s actress explained that the helmet things basically adjusted to let you exist in any atmosphere or environment. Lois wears one when Faora takes her onto a Kryptonian ship. Faora and Zod wear it to prevent themselves from over-stimulation or any potential damage from Earth’s atmosphere and the yellow sun. As the clip and Kara’s comic make clear, the Kryptonians aren’t fully aware of how the yellow sun will affect them, but it seems Jor-El was the only one who had some idea of the new powers.

    • +1

  4. ok while watching this movie you have to forget the tone of TDKR please ,because that will spoil the half the magic of watching supes on big screen after so many years ,and overall movie is fun u will enjoy it ,it will be unnatural for audiences who are unfamiliar with what supes really stands for because in age of IM and BATMAN he is unlikely superhero (u knw faster than bullet and stronger than anyone almost godlike),CGI for all those technical geeks let me put it this way its not best but not embarrassing also,action as seen in trailer is brilliantly shot and picturised the opening ,the battle,acting could have been more okyish, go for the movie its one hell of sup****n or MAN OF STEEL YOU WILL OBSERVE

  5. seriously, don’t threaten superman’s mom… he will kick your ass across smallville and through a 7-11. I am so amped to see this movie now.

    • I never seen superman very angry after her mother was threaten! Don’t mess around with superman mother coz he will kick your ass hahaha!

  6. I just watched the movie last night, on a Sneak Preview for the military, the movie was very good, lots of action, seems a little faced paced for two + hours of movie time, but overall good.

  7. I saw this yesterday and I can’t wait to see it again and again… Wow. So epic. Gorgeously done.

    • Acting? Where?

      Cavil doesn’t ‘act’. It’s the same character he plays over and over.

      Very few big actors can actually act, meaning can actually presuade the audience they are someone else.

      ‘Actors’ aren’t chosen for their ability to ‘act’ it’s for THEIR personality as seen on screen.u

      BTW, this movie is brainless s***.

      • cavill can act. he hasnt done enough films for u to say he lays the same character. get a life hater.

      • Of course he can act!
        You did not see the movie, uh?
        Because he plays very well and he even has the american accent!!

        You wanted people to pay attention to you.
        It’s good when you’ve got something interesting (and above all, true) to tell!

  8. Fight, Dragonball Style :)

    • you are right buddy this is the way fight scenes should be in movies fast and intense something previously iloved i avengers the fight between thor an loki ,thor vs hulk and cap vs chituari’s not this intense but still good ,this is what fans wanted a high adrenaline rising fight sequence

  9. 5 hours, 3 minutes until my movie time… 5 hours, 2 minutes until showtime… 5 hours, 1 minute… 5 hours… 4 hours, 59 minutes until my movie time………….

  10. In defense of iron man 3 it was a great movie when it was the dark knight trilogy much of its plot points are taken directly from the two biggest being the true villian reveal and the fact that the love intrest defeats the villian to name a couple

  11. So instead of Superman the deadbeat dad, we get Superman the murdering bastard?

    Also why the hell is he taking time out to suck face with Lane when there are people dying and trapped under debris?

    That’s very super that is.. not.

  12. It’s a very good movie. It’s more realistic about the effects of a battle between superbeings, something not seen since the confrontation between Miracleman and Kid Miracleman in Miracleman #15 that such scenes have appeared.

    P.S., Smallville isn’t the only place that gets trashed.

    It’s certainly dark at points, but they’ve been saying that all along.

    And yeah, the do gloss over certain character elements easier than they ideally ought to, but that’s not atypical of comics, either.

  13. I think that maybe you need to get out a bit more. :?D

  14. totally agree with ur last point
    fight scenes are pretty awful
    but Chris Nolan builld up and present the story wonderfully

  15. John Henry Irons can use spare parts of these kryptonian armours to make a Steel suit :)

  16. The funny thing about this film is that it is so much better than Superman returns. i think that is what makes this film so good. Henry Cavil and Mike shannon were good, howeverm if it took Clark 30 years to hone his abilities, how did Zod crew know they could fly or they were super strong. They were scientists and their scientists didnt know. Oh and how was Jor’el a better fighter than ZOD? If Jor el was only supposed to be a scientist, since that was all he was supposed to do