After successfully rebooting Batman under Christopher Nolan, Warner Brothers and DC Comics are trying to do the same to Superman, with Nolan serving as producer, and Zack Snyder of Watchmen and 300 as director. So, Dark Knight, here's your Man of Steel.
Right up front, I miss the John Williams music. It's like seeing Star Wars or Bond without their themes. I'm also concerned about some of the scenes in the trailer. Hopefully they'll make more sense when in context. But it does look like Snyder's iconic style meshes well with Superman's iconic look. He's the first modern superhero, and he had the first successful modern superhero movie. He's a tough character to write well, however.
Nolan started strong with Batman Begins, and created some of the best Batman moments committed to film, but his endings were terrible, he missed key parts of the Batman character, and in Dark Knight Rises, succumbed to a lot of bloat and bad choices. The 300 was Frank Miller's comic shot for shot, and Watchman was quite a achievement, given the scope of Alan Moore's original work, but the fight scenes verged on silly and the wisely-altered ending never quite gelled. Hopefully the pairing will bring out the best of both of their approaches.
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Man of Steel comes out next year, but there's a ton Superman for you to enjoy on your iPhone or iPad in the meantime, including the original movies, Bryan Singer's beautiful but misguided previous attempt at a reboot, and some amazing stuff from the folks at Warner Animation. (Here's why: deadly John Byrne Luthor > comedic Donner Luthor.)
I particularly recommend the original Donner movie (Superman: The Movie), All Star Superman (based on the Grant Morrison comic), and Superman (the animated series), and, of course, Superman: The Fleischer Cartoons.