The final trailer for forthcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel has debuted on the web, and this time it's all about Michael Shannon's General Zod. Essayed by Terence Stamp in Richard Donner's original 1978 Superman and its 1980 sequel, the Kryptonian supervillain's 21st-century incarnation is now a little less camp but just as ruthless and megalomaniacal. He turns up on Earth to smack mankind with a startling double-whammy: firstly, aliens exist, and secondly, they're going to blow the planet to smithereens if Superman doesn't come quietly.
Stamp's henchmen Ursa and Non are nowhere to be seen, but German actor Antje Traue plays a sinister character named Faora who has also made the journey to Earth. Comic-book aficionados will be aware that the two characters are more or less interchangeable in any case. It's not clear what peeved the Kryptonians to follow Kal-El to his adopted home – in the original, Zod was pretty miffed after being confined to a spinning glass contrivance called the Phantom Zone by Superman's dad for several decades.
With Hans Zimmer's rousing score underpinning explosive action that looks set to give fans the sense of spectacle that somehow went missing from 2006's insipid Bryan Singer effort, Superman Returns, Man of Steel looks on course to challenge Iron Man 3 as the year's biggest comic-book movie. Henry Cavill appears ready to play a more grounded, introspective Superman – at least until Zod turns up to give him something to really worry about.
Zack Snyder's film is out on 14 June on both sides of the Atlantic. Will it soar above the clouds, or fall back down to Earth with a nasty bump?
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