This weekend, Warner Bros. debuted the first trailer for its Superman reboot, Man of Steel. It's attached to most screenings of The Dark Knight Rises and introduces audiences to the new Clark Kent—Henry Cavill.
The studio released two versions: one with Russell Crowe's voiceover, and one with Kevin Costner's. Crowe's Jor-El is Superman's biological father on Krypton; Costner's Jonathan Kent represents the small-town values the superhero was reared with.
In his narration Costner says, "One day, you're gonna have to make a choice. You have decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. ... Whoever that man is, good character or bad, is gonna change the world."
In the other trailer, Jor-El reminds his son that he's destined to be a leader. No matter the circumstances, he's the chosen one. "You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They'll race behind you, they will stumble. They will fall. ... But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders," he says.
The trailer's overall tone is a surprise. Note the music that's used. Pay attention to the pace and images. This definitely isn't an action-packed introduction to the character. There's no Lois Lane, no General Zod, there's barely any Superman. It's mostly Clark wandering aimlessly as he tries to find himself.
Check out both versions below and tell us what you think.
Jonathan "Pa" Kent:
Man of Steel opens in theaters June 14.