New ‘Man of Steel’ TV Spots Feature Jor-El and General Zod

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 29th, 2013 at 7:09 am,

The sizzle reel that was shown during the Man of Steel panel at Comic-Con 2012 included a shot where Jor-El (Russell Crowe) pulls his cloak back to reveal the “S” emblem on his chest. A newly-released TV spot reveals the particular significance of that scene, as Jor-El explains to his son Kal-El (Henry Cavill),“That’s what this symbol means – hope.” Superman later passes that knowledge onto the human Lois Lane (Amy Adams), in one of the most-discussed moments featured in the film’s trailer marketing to date.

Supe’s extraordinary abilities and powers are highlighted in a separate newly-unveiled TV spot, which concludes with one of General Swanwick’s (Harry Lennix’s) soldiers voicing a sentiment that many a fan might consider an understatement (to say the least). Meanwhile, Kryptonian General Zod (Michael Shannon) has started to play a more prominent role in the Man of Steel marketing – that began with him taking center-stage in the most recent trailer - and today, he’s the focus of the third television promo in our roundup.

You can watch those additional Man of Steel TV spots below:

The latest of these new Man of Steel promos is also the first to touch on Zod’s “for the greater good” philosophy. Shannon previously described the character - as depicted in David S. Goyer’s script – to be someone who takes his responsibilities dead-serious and “doesn’t exist just to be mean and give Superman a hard time.” He exudes a very different sort of menace in the role, which should help to set him apart from Terence Stamp’s famously theatrical portrayal of Zod in director Richard Donner’s Superman II.

Suffice it to say, the Boardwalk Empire actor looks to do justice when he brings Supe’s famous opponent to life in director Zack Snyder’s reboot.

man steel general zod tv spots New Man of Steel TV Spots Feature Jor El and General Zod

Shannon’s promise that Snyder’s film will live up to the hype seems right on the money, judging by the latest Man of Steel television and theater previews. WB has continued to unveil previously-unreleased glimpses of impressively-shot action sequences and spectacle – from the battle on Earth between Superman and Zod’s forces – with every new promo, which lends credence to Goyer’s claim that what’s been shown so far really is just the tip of the iceberg.

Man of Steel, likewise, remains on course to offer the most emotionally-grounded and human portrayal of Superman, through his relationships and dual heritage – being the child of Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer), as well as Martha Kent (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent’s (Kevin Costner) adopted son. Could this be the game-changing DC movie success that everyone’s been hoping for?


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

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  1. Oh please Vilmos…..are you for real?

    • You do realize most kids have not seen 1978 Superman don’t you? There are kids who have not seen the original Star Wars as well.

      • Most? I don’t know. I haven’t read any statistical surveys recently.

        All I know is that every kid in every family that I personally know loves Superman I and II, 1960′s Star Trek, and Star Wars Episodes IV-VI.

        • And all I know is that not a single person I’ve known around me has ever watched the original movies.

          I don’t know about the US, but I’d say internationally not much of today’s generation has seen them.

  2. Let me get this straight. So they changed the Super Girl mythos so that she’s an ancestor of Kal-El and their objective was to colonize an alien planet with Kryptonian embryos??? I’m putting together the MoS story and it’s not as good as the marketing would lead us to believe. Zod’s battleship with the gravity gun that Superman pushes back with his fist… Superman having to exert himself to fly faster… Goyer and Zack Snyder are for the lack of a better word, such hacks. Their body of work really isn’t good and will not stand the test of time.

    • With all due respect, you’re putting together a FANFICTION of your own devising based on half-baked rumors and reviews containing maybe 5% of the actual fact.

      I’m pretty sure you didn’t read the comic, instead just going by a review/summary. And you failed in reading even that. It said nothing about Kara being Clark’s ancestor on Earth: She got lost in the snow and was never mentioned after that.

      Hell, Clark being a human with Kryptonian ancestry already makes your ‘story’ total BS because we’ve already seen Jor-El sending a 100% Kryptonian Kal-El from Krypton to Earth in trailer 3.

      • “It said nothing about Kara being Clark’s ancestor on Earth: She got lost in the snow and was never mentioned after that. Hell, Clark being a human with Kryptonian ancestry already makes your ‘story’ total BS because we’ve already seen Jor-El sending a 100% Kryptonian Kal-El from Krypton to Earth in trailer 3.”

        The comics shows Kara with the House of El crest on her suit in multiple panels, and the events in the comics take place thousands of years before Kal-El comes to earth. The council refers to her as Kara Zor-El (House of Zor-El are ancestors of the House of El in previous comics). She’s his ancestor.

        I think perhaps you’re mixed up on what he’s talking about. He’s not saying Kal-El was born on earth from a descendant of Kara. He’s saying Kara is from Superman’s family, from thousands of years ago.

        • Which tells us she’s a member of the Zor-El family who got lost on Earth in the Ice Age. Maybe frozen for Superman to discover today. By no means did it say she was Kal-El’s direct ancestor. That’s the conclusion he jumped to.

          Note that while it changes the exact relationship between Superman and Supergirl it doesn’t necessarily change their dynamic: Should she be introduced further down the line she’s still technically Clark’s ‘cousin’, removed a few hundred generations and removed from her world by time and space.

        • Are you talking about this series specifically? Because the ‘House of Zor-El’ in the comics a) doesn’t exist and , obviously, b) are not ancestors of the House of El.

          Zor-El is Jor-El’s brother and a member of the House of El, which is why Kara shares the symbol. Her name is Kara Zor-El because females carry their father’s full name as a surname (e.g. Lara Lor-Van)

  3. Boomer    19 hours ago
    Let’s talk about the comic book. It’s written by the authors of the film itself. This is what we call a RED FLAG. The story is cliche, ridiculous, B-movie quality. I remember Animatrix Second Renaissance Parts 1 and 2 giving us the origins of the Matrix. It was so epic. The failure was not including it in the films. This prequel comic on the other hand is colossally bad.

    Kara-El aka Super-Girl is Captain of a ship carrying embryos meant to populate an entire planet with Kryptonians. I don’t know about you, but that’s what we call Expansionism. That’s not a good thing. And then to have the ship crash land due to a ridiculous plot line about a guy who’s in love with her??? Man, pay me to write this crap. I’ll do it justice at a cheaper price.

    I read the prequel comic and found this great comic which I agree with: So Dev-Em (Notice how this terrible name resembled Devil? Oh, Goyer, Snyder, and Johns are so clever NOT) steers the ship where ever he wanted to go hap-hazardly and winds up at Earth? ha ha. O sweet baby Jesus.

    Yeah, Man of Steel is not going to be that great. Thank you for the great marketing but won’t be enough to make me give up my money to see it. You already got mine from Superman Returns and Green Lantern. Sucker Punch and Watchmen I dodged those bullets thanks to word of mouth on the internet.

    Better luck next time, WB. I really wish you could get your act together and put the right people in charge of the films.

    • I wonder, if your naysaying is proved total BS and the movie gets great reviews when it comes out, what will you do?

      Eat your words, let go of your pride and watch it?

      Be in continued denial?

      Take an elitist viewpoint and thumb your nose at the masses going ‘People going to see that crap… which btw is crap because… er, I said so, must be so. See how smrt and better I am?’

      • My favorite thing about MoS troll posts is they all have to include Green Lantern in whatever point they think they are making, a movie that was done by a different cast and crew entirely.

        It was a prequel comic for crying out loud. You don’t know that the ship randomly finds Earth, or if it was Dev-Em’s plan all along. And even if it does randomly find Earth… so what? The fact that it finds Earth is what makes this a story.

  4. all i know is…i cannot wait for june 12.

    • Count me in and a couple of millions others.

  5. June 12…..YOU WILL ALL KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Why does Zod sound like he’s from the South?

    • Because Micheal Shannon is from the south.

  7. I really tried to limit how much of Man of Steel I saw before seeing the finished product on June 14th 2013. But I couldn`t resist watching these TV Spots. Hell its been almost 7 years since the last live action Superman movie. How could resist seeing neww footage!? :D

    All I can say after watching these 3 Tv Spots is WOW… I`ve seen many movie and game trailers in my day, but this is the 1st time I`ve found myself wondering afer watching a trailer: Okay, how long is this movie? Because there was so much going on in those Tv Spots that it seemed like it would be a tall order to fit all in one film.

  8. With Nolan, Cavill and trailers like that backing up MOS, I tell you – resistance is futile. We will watch. We’ll do the liking or not or whatever after that.

  9. 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.