I don’t quite know whether to call this an actual teaser trailer for Superman Returns or not. It’s a promotional reel that was shown at a recent Comic-Con gathering that certainly looks like a teaser. Ahh heck, I’ll just keep it simple and call it that.
Anyway, this teaser is very cool. I’m excited about director Bryan Singer’s concept of using the first two movies as the jumping off point for this new installment and the footage in this one establishes just that conceit. You see the Fortress of Solitude, the Daily Planet building, even a rooftop garden that no working journalist would be able to afford. You really have to watch it for yourself.
It occurs to me that DC is now doing with it’s comic characters just what Marvel did four or five years ago. Take a director that is talented, give him a story to create and work with and let him make an actual movie, not just a commercial for action figure tie-ins. Marvel did it with X-Men (Bryan Singer) and Spider-Man (Sam Raimi) in 2000 and 2001 respectively. Now DC has done it with Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan) and will do it with Superman Returns (Singer, poached from the X-Men franchise) and then Wonder Woman (Buffy creator Joss Whedon). Nothing better epitomizes Marvel’s shift to just wanting to generate cash from trying to create quality product like their hiring of Brett Ratner to direct the new X-Men flick.
11/18 UPDATE: The official teaser trailer has been released. Read my thoughts on it here.