2015 has been a great year for spies at the multiplex. Not only have the movies been entertaining, they have all offered different takes on the espionage genre. Kingsman: The Secret Service brought back the cool gadgets: Spy was a hilarious comedy: and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation set the bar high for action. Enter Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: based on the spy-fi NBC TV series (which aired from 1964 to 1968), it has all the stylistic elements you’d expect from the director, benefitting more from the chemistry of its cast than its storytelling or action.
The UK release of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 may be just around the corner and The Wolverine has been steadily building anticipation after the release of its first teaser, but for many, DC Comics’ Man of Steel is still the biggest superhero film of 2013. Small titbits of information for Superman’s eagerly-awaited return to the big screen have been making their way to us via online and magazines in the past few weeks, but fans have been baying for some new, substantial footage. That has finally come in the form of a third full-length trailer, and what it reveals will no doubt get people even more excited to see just what Zack Snyder (Watchmen) and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) have done with comic book history’s most iconic character.
It’s been quite the wait since that hotly-received Comic-Con teaser all the way back in July, but this evening Warner Bros. finally unleashed the first full trailer for 300 director Zack Synder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel (2013). Using only a few snippets of previously seen footage, this is the clearest indication yet of the type of Superman both Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan have intended for the world come 14 June next year. Not only do we see shots of British actor Henry Cavill’s alien aid in full action (with Michael Shannon’s General Zod also making a brief cameo), but we also get a distinct sense that Snyder’s film will seek to provide the ultimate origin story for arguably America’s greatest superhero.
Watch the trailer for Man of Steel at CineVue here.
We’ve had many great sword-and-sandals epics over the years, with Gladiator, Troy, and most recently 300 setting the benchmark for the genre in contemporary times. Unfortunately, as with any genre, there are those movies that scrape the bottom of the barrel, such as the modern remake of Clash of the Titans. Tarsem Singh’s Immortals is made by the producers of 300, and trailers have suggested that the look and feel of the film was similar to the Spartan blockbuster. Can Immortals reach the lofty heights of 300 & co or is it style over substance?
Read the rest of this review on Yin & Yang here.