‘Man of Steel’ Extended Featurette: The New Superman Explained

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 11th, 2013 at 9:23 am,

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As detailed in our June 2013 Movie Preview, this month belongs to DC Comics’ Superman, who is getting a big-screen relaunch with Man of Steel. With a script and story by Dark Knight Trilogy architects Chris Nolan and David S. Goyer, and the directorial talents of 300 and Sucker Punch visionary Zack Snyder, Warner Bros. is pushing hard to re-introduce the “granddaddy of superheroes” in modern blockbuster fashion.

Even with the recent marketing blitz of trailers, TV spots, featurettes - and even trivia games - the general public (those who are only now becoming aware of the film’s existence) still seem to have MANY questions about why this new Superman and his mythology are so different than what they are familiar with. For those people: today’s 13-minute Man of Steel extended featurette answers your concerns.

  • Why doesn’t Superman have underpants on the outside anymore?
  • What’s with the new origin story?
  • What’s with all the crazy Kryptonian technology?
  • What’s with the redhead Lois Lane and black Perry White?
  • Who’s the villain?
  • What’s the action like?

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If you have asked any of the questions above (or know someone who has) then this featurette is just what the doctor ordered. For those who are experts on all things Superman (including the comic book influences for this film), there is plenty of new footage and insightful commentary from the cast and crew to enjoy.

‘Man of Steel’ stars Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Fighter”) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White.  Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”).

Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue.  Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Julia Ormond, and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).


Man of Steel will be in theaters on June 14, 2013.

Source: IMAX Pathé


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  1. I’m not black like Barry White no I am white like Frank Black is,

  2. ZOD is gonna rule ! …I wonder if the tall alien soldier next to Faora in the street show down against Superman is “NON” the none speaking one

    • It’s a soldier called “Namek”.

      • And not a planet called Namek?

        • Huh?

          If the “It’s” is an issue for you, I simply chose that as a non-descript, neutral pronoun, since we didn’t have a clear view of the character in the trailer(s).

          Otherwise, I’m not sure if you were being funny, or what…?

          • It was a DBZ reference.

            • You guys are wrong. They are Sayians!

              • Aw shoot. So you mean we won’t get 2-3 episode dialogues of stalling before Piccolo I mean Kal-El tears off his arm and rejuvinates another one in a juicy, dramatic splash?? Dang it! I will not be seeing this film!!

                Archaeon – definitely humor. ;)

                • HOORAY FOR FILLERS!!!!

            • Ah, thank you. I’m not really familiar with the greater portion of “Dragonball Z”.

    • No there’s 4 of them, I think the other is Tor-an

  3. My only remaining question is, are they going to destroy Krypton, and if so, how are they going to do it?

    • And that is a great question. There has been some debate but YES Krypton does blow up.

      But why? Don’t know for sure, but I have a feeling it’s because Krypton is at war with itself….

      • Or with the thanagarians.

  4. It just looks perfect, I cant say anymore, Zod looks friken badass, Supermans suit is the best ive seen, I cant tell you how excited I am to see this, im there opening night, HURRY. UP!.

  5. I like the fact that it shows Henry Cavill and Kevin Costner having at least one scene together. I’m glad Pa Kent was still alive to see him grow into a man. I’ll bet his death is what makes him leave the farm and go find himself/search for some evidence of his other father.

    • I have been thinking along those lines myself, Clance.
      And I think we will get quite a bit of Costner & Cavill
      together from early childhood through to teens.

  6. Wow. This clip is just beautiful. Really want the movie to turn out to be everything the people who have lovingly crafted it hope that it will be. Beautiful. Wow.

  7. Can’t wait to see this!

  8. Will Bizzaro ever be used as a villain!?

    • No! Unless you want the Bizzaro answer, which would be, “NO!” But that would be “yes,” so…

      • Hahahah… I got a kick out of that. Thank you.

  9. It’s coming out in theatres in 1 more week.

  10. Ayelet Zurer plays Lara Lar-Von NOT Julia Ormond.

  11. Now we have confirmation Mackenzie Gray is not playing Lex Luthor (didnt really think so anyway). He’s a Kryptonian / General Zod soldier.

  12. To all those that attempted to make a Superman movie or TV show before Man of Steel you tried and failed!

    • although it looks very dated, Superman: The Movie is still a great film, and i encourage everyone on this site who has never seen it, to watch it before viewing MOS, if only to see the progression of kal-el. i was (almost) 11 when it came out, and it was my very favorite movie for years, and i did believe a man could fly.

      • You’re right, I just re-watched Superman last night and it’s such a great movie. Christopher Reeve was a great look for Superman, this jaw and general structure are amazing. Superb film. I really can’t wait to see this.

  13. Critics are pissing me off when they say, “oh, is someone going to have Kryptonite? No? Well then how do you hurt Superman?”

    So can anyone give me information as to what exactly hurts Superman? How can Zod hurt Superman if his only weakness is Kryptonite.

    Give me the knowledge and I’ll shut the haters up.

    • Elementary common sense(which they seem to lack). If someone who’s as strong as Superman punched him, wouldn’t it hurt him?

      Superman’s weakness is sheer brute force. His invulnerability is a relative thing. If someone tossed a ball of paper at you it’d just annoy you; you’re ‘invulnerable’ to it. But if someone shot a bullet at you you’d die. Likewise Superman has his threshold: Bullets bounce off him, but a nuclear bomb or a punch from General Zod won’t.

  14. This was a brilliant featurette. I have been waiting for this for such a long time, watching the trailers as they come out, reading every little bit of news you guys put out, avoiding the spoilers. I cannot wait to see this movie. Thank you Snyder, Goyer and Nolan. Thank you Henry Cavill.

  15. Man of Steel – the best ever ,can’t wait!!!!!!

  16. MAN OF STEEL will make Over $1 BiLLiON Dollars Worldwide, Henry Cavill is a Great Actor & Amy Adams is a Multi-Oscar-Nominated-Actress & Very Beautiful Plus Multi-Oscar-Nominated: C-NOLAN is The Writer & Producer, i think The New Suit Looks Great & Much Better than The Old Light Blue Suit that Looked Like a SMURF & with The OutSide UnderWear was Real Bad, i Will See MAN OF STEEL in 3D.

  17. Seeing young Clark with that red cape (or towel) on his back. Makes me wonder is he going to already be able to fly at that young age.

  18. i dont understand how did superman crushed the laser firing ships. please explain.