Comic-Con 2012: ‘Man of Steel’ wows crowd with first look at new Superman

By Eric Pfeiffer

Director Zack Snyder and “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill promised to reinvent Superman for a modern generation.

“We certainly respect the history,” Snyder told 6,000 screaming fans at Saturday’s Comic Con panel. “But I kind of felt like Superman needed to be reintroduced to a new generation,” Snyder said. “He’s always been like this Boy Scout on top of a mountain and you can’t really touch him.”

“I just wanted to bring Superman into the modern world,” Cavill added. “Hopefully I bring a version that everyone can relate to.”

Snyder screened the first-ever footage from the film, which premiers next June.

The trailer opens on the Kent family farm in Kansas with nostalgic shots of an overturned child’s toy wagon and what appears to be a young Clark Kent running through the yard with a homemade red cape on his back.

The voice of Russell Crowe, who plays Superman’s father Jor El, narrates the opening moments. “What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than society intended?” Crowe asks. “What if he aspired to be something greater?”

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