Ever since Terence Stamp made Christopher Reeve kneel before him in 1980's Superman II, the character of General Zod has become an iconic part of the Superman mythos. Seeing multiple incarnations in comics and cartoons, Zod (plus others with the power of Superman who are corrupted by it) definitely ranks as one of Superman's great villains. It's genuinely exciting that we'll soon see Michael Shannon give his interpretation of the mad Kryptonian dictator in Man of Steel.
Narrated by Zod himself, the new Man of Steel trailer builds from the previously released unnerving viral video to deliver a striking overview of Man of Steel's central conflict. Though it comes in hyper-quick bits and pieces, this is easily the most action-packed Man of Steel preview yet.
At last, audiences get an idea of what happens when the militaries of humanity take on a group of ticked-off Kryptonian warriors – and just how easily said warriors can swat humans and their toys like flies.
If anything, this trailer puts to rest any doubts that Man of Steel will be anything other than epic. Unlike some previous Superman movies, it looks as if the world's greatest superhero will be taking on a threat that's on a scale commensurate with his powers. Zod's right-hand, Faora (Antje Traue), drives home the film's true stakes as she declares, "For every one of them you save, we will kill a million more."
Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Immortals), Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), Amy Adams (Trouble With the Curve), Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys), and Lawrence Fishburne (Hannibal). The reboot of the Superman film franchise is directed by Zach Snyder (Watchmen) and produced by Dark Knight maestro Christopher Nolan.
Man of Steel will soar into cinemas on June 14, 2013.