After the eerie General Zod video warning comes the third and most emotional Man of Steel trailer: an existential journey to define the heart and soul of Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) and his role as outsider/savior.
The trailer is like a superhero symphony (bolstered by Hans Zimmer’s majestic score), beginning with the destruction of the neo-medieval Krypton, but not before father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) casts his infant into space like a celestial Moses. But on Earth, after saving a school bus full of children, Clark is afraid of being discovered and rejected, though adopted father Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) encourages him to find his destiny. Who is he? Ghost or guardian angel? He has reason to hide with the fierce General Zod (Michael Shannon) hot on his trail.
However, Amy Adams’ Lois Lane wants to help him with his crusade — and we discover during her interview that the S on his chest stands for hope. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (June 14) seems to be the most spiritual of superhero movies.