Ready for THE Man of Steel?

Well, I’d say 93 percent of my doubts about next summer’s Man of Steel have been put to rest by this trailer. This is the visually dazzling work we’ve come to expect from Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Sucker Punch). The only lingering doubt is the storytelling; will Snyder be able to win over the audiences that need to be led by the hand through a movie.

I’m not entirely sure we need to see Superman’s origin retold again, but if there’s a good story attached to it, well, why not? The Amazing Spider-Man managed to put a fun spin on Spidey’s beginnings, so it can be done. And perhaps familiarity will help the audience.

I’m still not sold on Kevin Costner as Pa Kent, and he’s certainly not shown in the best light here. But Costner got more screen time than Russell Crowe as Jor-El.

Man of Steel takes off on June 14, 2013.

Gwen vs. the Lizard

This is an exciting little clip from the forthcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, featuring Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy and the Lizard.

What I like about it especially is that while it shows Gwen is no shrinking violet waiting to be rescued by Spider-Man, she’s not an idiot, either. Her first thought is for the “antidote,” and her second is for the employees of (presumably) OsCorp, rather than herself. (Maybe she’s counting on Spidey to rescue her, who knows?) Closing the fire-suppression doors was a smart move — and she must have known the lab employed a (mostly) non-toxic Halon 1301 system.

The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 3.

Long Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

There’s a new trailer out for The Amazing Spider-Man (which opens July 3) that clocks in at a hefty 4:03, and it contains a nice new scene of Spidey not only being a hero, but a good guy.

Most of the rest of the clip looks to be familiar material, but with some nice new additions. It’s certainly worth watching. Looks to me like this version of the Spider-Man tale will put a lot of emphasis on the relationship between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), with a lot less angst than we saw between Peter (Tobey Maguire) and Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) in the previous three modern movies. I think new director Marc Web – who made the Zooey Deschanel vehicle (500) Days of Summer, is just the guy to pull off the relationship material. The question is, can he do action? Based on this clip, I’m gonna say Yes. In fact, it looks like action with heart!

Third Spider-Man Trailer is Amazing

You don’t need spidey sense to get the feeling that The Amazing Spider-Man is going to be something special. In fact, I think it will turn out to be better than The Dark Knight Rises. (The Lizard is certainly a better villain than Bane.)

When this project was announced, and for most of its production time, I had little to no interest in TASM, figuring it was too soon after the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire series to “revive” the property. And besides, director Marc Webb had never done an action movie before – and he hired a British dude to play archetypal Queens kid Peter Parker.

But the newest trailer for the reboot has me convinced that this movie is going to be worth seeing. It just… feels like the comic book. Watching Spidey tangle with the Lizard in this clip reminded me so much of the early Stan Lee/Steve Ditko days that it feels like the comics come to life. Except updated with modern colors and visual flair. I especially like the shots where Spidey crawls upside-down and strikes comic-like poses while swinging on his web lines.

The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans, opens July 3.

New Amazing Spider-Man Poster

Apparently there was a fan-produced fake teaser circulating over the weekend, and a lot of folks were fooled, but this image has been verified as the real deal.

Looks like Spidey has been in a tussel with the Lizard, but the image is a bit static and dull. I feel like I’m looking at this image just after all the cool fighting stuff went down. I’m wondering what I missed; would that have been a cool image?

I still prefer the version of Peter Parker casting a spider shadow, released as a teaser a few months ago.

The Amazing Spider-Man opens on July 2.