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Three Confusing Things About the Man of Steel Trailer

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Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel | Warner Bros.

The teaser trailer — make that trailers — were released for Man of Steel, Zack Snyder’s reboot of the tale of Superman, with Henry Cavill in the starring role. After hearing all the buzz about the trailer at Comic-Con, I was pretty excited to see it. But now I’m mostly just confused. Here’s why:

1. They’re using music from The Lord of the Rings in the trailer. I don’t mean music LIKE The Lord of the Rings. I mean the actual music from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring — “The Bridge of Khazad Dum” by Howard Shore. I don’t know if they’re trying to promote The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, another Warner Bros. film, but it’s all very disorienting. Howard Shore isn’t even doing the music for Man of Steel. Hans Zimmer is.

Man of Steel: Check out the Comic-Con Poster 

2. There are two Man of Steel teaser trailers. One is narrated by Kevin Costner, who plays Superman’s earthly dad Jonathan Kent. The other is narrated by Russell Crowe, who plays Superman’s biological Kryptonian dad Jor-El. I guess maybe they’re supposed to show the different things tugging at Clark Kent/Superman. Can he choose to be a hero? Or is this a destiny he must follow no matter what?

3. What, what? Superman worked on a Deadliest Catch boat? Run for your life!

Man of Steel flies into theaters on June 14, 2013. It also stars Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as her editor-in-chief Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Antje Traue as Zod’s evil partner Faora, and Ayelet Zurer as Superman’s Kryptonian mom Lara Lor-Van.

Trailer with Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent) narration:

Trailer with Russell Crowe (Jor-El) narration:

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  1. hi! loved your article. I think that they just used that theme music because they are still in the middle of making the movie, but wanted to show a sneek peek at what’s happening so far. It reminds me of the truely wacky STAR WARS 1976 coming soon trailers with the weird non-star wars music as well. that’s what i’m thinking. It looks like an epic film for sure, cant wait for it

  2. I noticed the music when I saw it the other day and thought it was quite odd as well.

  3. What’s the big deal?  When Gone With the Wind was previewed for test audiences, it used the soundtrack from another film altogether.  It’s Hollywood, and it’s an old Hollywood trick.

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