Zack Snyder screens Man of Steel teaser, STILL won't confirm Zod

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Dec 17, 2012

Things are really rolling in Hall H at Comic-Con, as the packed auditorium sees the first footage shown anywhere from Man of Steel—a movie that looks unlike any Superman film seen before.

The teaser opens with the voice of Jor-El (Russell Crowe) intoning, "What if a child wanted to be something more than what society wanted for him? What if he aspired to something greater?" as the camera pans over a small farmhouse, a windblown lawn and a brief glimpse of a child with a red cape standing in the grass.

Next is a shot of a school bus sinking into water before a young Clark pushes it out, shots of a bearded Clark (Henry Cavill) walking the streets of Smallville, and a quick shot of Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent showing Clark the spaceship he came to Earth in.

The rest is hard to put in context, but we get shots of Superman in his costume in silhouette or half-shadow, a scene of him standing opposite Jor-El as the latter shows him the family crest on his own chest, what could be the entrance to the Fortress of Solitude, scenes of things blowing up in city streets, Superman flying, and quick looks at Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and General Zod (Michael Shannon).

The final voiceover is from Superman himself, who says that his father didn't want his son revealed to the world in case it rejected him ... "Do you think he was right?"

The teaser actually sends chills down one's spine with that final line and a shot of soldiers pointing their guns at the Man of Steel.

In the relatively short question-and-answer session that follows, Cavill and director Zack Snyder give very few details about the movie (of course), with Snyder not even admitting that Zod is the villain. Really, Zack?

Both men talk about the "honor" of bringing Superman back to the screen, and when one fan asks if this could lead to a Justice League movie, Snyder says, "This movie is about getting Superman's house in order. After that, we'll see what happens."

Man of Steel opens on June 14th, 2013.