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'Man of Steel' trailers reveal a darker side of Superman

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The Dark Knight has risen, and soon, Superman will get a new and updated look, as the first trailers released for 2013’s “Man of Steel” suggest a darker, more mysterious take on DC's aerodynamic superhero.

The teaser for director Zachary Snyder’s forthcoming release begins with Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) as a young fisherman looking for direction in life.

In one trailer, actor Kevin Costner, who plays Clark Kent’s adopted dad, Jonathan Kent, offers his perspective on his son’s calling.

“You’re not just anyone,” Costner narrates. “One day you’re going to have to make a choice; you have to decide what kind of man you wanna grow up to be. Whoever that man is –- good character or bad –- he’s going to change the world.”

The second teaser uses the same film footage, but replaces Costner's narration with Russell Crowe as Clark Kent’s biological father Jor-El.

“You will give the people an ideal to strive towards,” Crowe observes. “They will rest behind you; they will stumble; they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”

Both end with Superman’s striking ascent into the sky.

This new version of the comic tale, set for release June 14, 2013, comes from a story created and produced by Christopher Nolan, the filmmaker behind “The Dark Knight” trilogy, and alludes to a similarly sinister, introspective look on a legendary hero. More footage from “Man of Steel” was previewed at Comic-Con in July, where Snyder and Cavill spoke to audiences in depth about the project.

Preview clips suggest that the hero rescues children from a submerged school bus, the L.A. Times reports, but is misunderstood, and later finds himself arrested and handcuffed.

“Superman’s always this kind of big, blue Boy Scout up on a throne, that nobody can really touch him,” Snyder said during a panel, and Cavill added that he aimed to change that.

“You guys who know everything about him,” Cavill remarked. “You’re there through thick and thin. It’s for everyone else out there as well who hasn’t quite experienced what Superman can be, hasn’t gone through comics books, hasn’t felt that world and seen how it changed. And with this, hopefully it can bring a modern version which everyone can associate with.”

On the film’s official YouTube page, the storyline is described as a duel between Superman and two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Faora, Zod's evil partner, played by Antje Traue.

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