No, it’s the first Superman Returns teaser trailer. And it’s pretty cool!
This film has stirred up a bit of fan controversy – partly because of the costume design, which is a pretty much standard reaction to any forthcoming superhero movie, and partly because rumours about the plot and approach have got people twitchy – but I’m not going to judge it until I’ve seen it. From the teaser trailer, it looks like they might be playing up the messianic aspects of the character, which is interesting; notice that the colour scheme of the present-day stuff is pretty dark, with Superman being the brightest part of the shot. The Marlon Brando voiceover, taken from the original Christopher Reeve movie, just emphasises this. Certainly, in a world that seems to be getting darker by the second, and where moral certainties seem to be running short, it’s not surprising that movies are going to do the secular messianic thing again – between this and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe the idea seems to be getting ‘out there’ again.
Thinking along these lines, it’s also interesting that Supes is a modern American folk hero that has caught on beyond the States. People might not accept Bush or the situation in Iraq, but they’ll accept Batman and Buffy and Superman. This might sound facetious, but the Kent farm might be a more acceptable and relatable symbol of America and Americana than the White House in some ways, not because of politics but because of the lack of politics. Superman’s a character who represents the hero, the guy we can get behind, the guy who saves cats from trees and stops rampaging death robots. Secular messiah, symbol of Americana, whatever. My favourite superhero is heading back to the big screen.