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The new Man of Steel poster features Superman in shackles

Dec. 3, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Up until today I have not been as excited for MAN OF STEEL as I should have been. Sure, I am looking forward to seeing a new Superman movie, but the teasers and poster have not given me any indication that we are in store for something that astonishing. Aside from the casting of Michael Shannon as Zod, I really have been neutral.

This new poster revealed today on Facebook has completely changed my stance on the film. I am now excited for MAN OF STEEL. How can one simple poster do that? Easy, just take a look.

Superman in shackles. That is an iconic image if I have ever seen one. The sheer idea that handcuffs could contain the MAN OF STEEL is hilarious. But, obviously something is going to happen that will either take Superman's powers or paint him as the villain. Either way, MAN OF STEEL is going to give us a different Superman than we have seen before.

Zack Snyder seems to be taking a more xenophobic stance with MAN OF STEEL. Where in prior films he was looked at as a savior, it looks like now people will be more wary of this alien with amazing powers. I think this is something sorely missing from the teasers which came across as more laconic than fans anticipated.

MAN OF STEEL opens June 14, 2013.

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4:23PM on 12/05/2012

Eat My Hat

But in all honesty I really hope to be proven wrong.
But in all honesty I really hope to be proven wrong.
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2:06PM on 12/05/2012

Eat My Hat

But in all honesty I really hope to be proven wrong.
But in all honesty I really hope to be proven wrong.
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2:01PM on 12/05/2012
And Russel crowe's outfit looks like it was designed by Poison Ivy
And Russel crowe's outfit looks like it was designed by Poison Ivy
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1:40PM on 12/05/2012

You are always going to have nay sayers

It doesn't matter what you are talking about, you are going to always have nay sayers. I think that this is a pretty cool poster. I am very intrigued by this movie and I can't wait to see what they do with it!!
It doesn't matter what you are talking about, you are going to always have nay sayers. I think that this is a pretty cool poster. I am very intrigued by this movie and I can't wait to see what they do with it!!
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4:25AM on 12/05/2012
The costume looks like something Cher would wear
The costume looks like something Cher would wear
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12:02AM on 12/05/2012
Terrible poster.

In the leaked script Superman is cuffed to be given over to Zod, and Superman allows this. Why did he have to be cuffed, especially when it is established that everyone (including Zod) knows how strong Superman is? This is Goyer logic at its best. The guy writes for shit.
Terrible poster.

In the leaked script Superman is cuffed to be given over to Zod, and Superman allows this. Why did he have to be cuffed, especially when it is established that everyone (including Zod) knows how strong Superman is? This is Goyer logic at its best. The guy writes for shit.
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7:50PM on 12/04/2012
I'm staying positive for this. But WHY on Earth does his costume appear to have the same texture as a kick-ball?
I'm staying positive for this. But WHY on Earth does his costume appear to have the same texture as a kick-ball?
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3:33PM on 12/04/2012

Awesome!

This is perfect. Superman surrendering showing that he only wants to cooperate and be friends. Then when Zod comes they will look to Superman to save them.
This is perfect. Superman surrendering showing that he only wants to cooperate and be friends. Then when Zod comes they will look to Superman to save them.
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3:29PM on 12/04/2012

Awesome!

This is perfect. Superman surrendering showing that he only wants to cooperate and be friends. Then when Zod comes they will look to Superman to save them.
This is perfect. Superman surrendering showing that he only wants to cooperate and be friends. Then when Zod comes they will look to Superman to save them.
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1:48PM on 12/04/2012
That is stupid. Why handcuff Superman? They have to know he can break handcuffs quite easily. This movie is looking more and more fail to me every day.
That is stupid. Why handcuff Superman? They have to know he can break handcuffs quite easily. This movie is looking more and more fail to me every day.
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2:27PM on 12/04/2012
If that is the reason you think this movie looks bad... well it must be really easy to convince you of things. One image from a movie... does one word of a speech work too?
If that is the reason you think this movie looks bad... well it must be really easy to convince you of things. One image from a movie... does one word of a speech work too?
11:43AM on 12/04/2012
This is a great teaser for what is to come of this Superman. The poster itself gives off a lot of character and what the story might unfold.
This is a great teaser for what is to come of this Superman. The poster itself gives off a lot of character and what the story might unfold.
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11:16AM on 12/04/2012

The Handcuff thing makes sense.

You come to Earth to be our protector and when not trusted beat everyone up.
It's totally like Superman to let himself be arrested, let us think we can control him than and learn to trust him.
Anyone not getting that clearly doesn't understand Superman.
You come to Earth to be our protector and when not trusted beat everyone up.
It's totally like Superman to let himself be arrested, let us think we can control him than and learn to trust him.
Anyone not getting that clearly doesn't understand Superman.
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10:25AM on 12/04/2012
This movie just isn't selling it for me. The costumes, the re-writing of Marlon Brandos classic lines in the teaser as read by Gladiator errrr I mean Russel Crowe. Lets see what silly twists get put into this movie. Let me guess Zod planned to get locked up by JOR-EL so he could conquer earth maybe?
This movie just isn't selling it for me. The costumes, the re-writing of Marlon Brandos classic lines in the teaser as read by Gladiator errrr I mean Russel Crowe. Lets see what silly twists get put into this movie. Let me guess Zod planned to get locked up by JOR-EL so he could conquer earth maybe?
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10:16AM on 12/04/2012

Say what you will...

but that costume and the hair alone make that poster a winner!!!
but that costume and the hair alone make that poster a winner!!!
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9:36AM on 12/04/2012
This movie just isn't selling it for me. The costumes, the re-writing of Marlon Brandos classic lines in the teaser as read by Gladiator errrr I mean Russel Crowe. Lets see what silly twists get put into this movie. Let me guess Zod planned to get locked up by JOR-EL so he could conquer earth maybe?
This movie just isn't selling it for me. The costumes, the re-writing of Marlon Brandos classic lines in the teaser as read by Gladiator errrr I mean Russel Crowe. Lets see what silly twists get put into this movie. Let me guess Zod planned to get locked up by JOR-EL so he could conquer earth maybe?
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6:45AM on 12/04/2012

Poor Photoshop

I'm excited about the movie, but they jsut took a screencap from the movie (COmic Con trailer) and gave it a lens flare and blue light. Sure, I like the fact that the sun is shining behind him, meaning he is at full force, but he still walks with shackles, I jsut don't like the poor Photoshop job. Reminds me of the first X-Men First CLass poster. Hopefully it will be the same situation. Bad posters, amazing movie.
I'm excited about the movie, but they jsut took a screencap from the movie (COmic Con trailer) and gave it a lens flare and blue light. Sure, I like the fact that the sun is shining behind him, meaning he is at full force, but he still walks with shackles, I jsut don't like the poor Photoshop job. Reminds me of the first X-Men First CLass poster. Hopefully it will be the same situation. Bad posters, amazing movie.
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10:01PM on 12/03/2012
Kryptonite handcuffs?
Kryptonite handcuffs?
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4:39AM on 12/04/2012
would kill him
would kill him
3:59PM on 12/04/2012
Okay, thank you. I'm not a Superman fan so I just went with the little I know about him.
Okay, thank you. I'm not a Superman fan so I just went with the little I know about him.
9:59PM on 12/03/2012
"Realistically" someone dressed like that would be in a straight-jacket. I'm disappointed, Nolan.
"Realistically" someone dressed like that would be in a straight-jacket. I'm disappointed, Nolan.
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6:43AM on 12/04/2012
I suppose blue spandex with red underwear over it is more "sane" than a costume based on chainmail and neomedieval armor, huh ?
I suppose blue spandex with red underwear over it is more "sane" than a costume based on chainmail and neomedieval armor, huh ?
10:05AM on 12/04/2012
Or in shackles at least.....right?
Or in shackles at least.....right?
9:41PM on 12/03/2012
As much as I try, I can never ignore how short Cavill's arms are.

That said, I'm very excited about this movie. This poster is shit though. Is the quality of the image supposed to be this poor or is it a picture of a picture type thing?
As much as I try, I can never ignore how short Cavill's arms are.

That said, I'm very excited about this movie. This poster is shit though. Is the quality of the image supposed to be this poor or is it a picture of a picture type thing?
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8:11PM on 12/03/2012

Oh wow! Look how realistic it is. Superman is being arrested.

Nothing spells great adventure like seeing Superman walk down a hall with lens flares. Drew Struzan can go eat it, all we need is a blurry screen grab from the trailer for our awesome posters!
Nothing spells great adventure like seeing Superman walk down a hall with lens flares. Drew Struzan can go eat it, all we need is a blurry screen grab from the trailer for our awesome posters!
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7:44PM on 12/03/2012

lol.

That poster is hilarious, cause the idea of Superman in handcuffs is hilarious. He could sneeze and the cuffs would break.

I'm excited for this movie, but I hope the marketing is better than this.
That poster is hilarious, cause the idea of Superman in handcuffs is hilarious. He could sneeze and the cuffs would break.

I'm excited for this movie, but I hope the marketing is better than this.
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11:40PM on 12/03/2012
I think the point is Superman is letting himself be arrested probably to prove a point of his humility
I think the point is Superman is letting himself be arrested probably to prove a point of his humility
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7:31PM on 12/03/2012
I'm excited to see what Zack can do with him. Especially after the disappointment of the last one. If this one tanks, DC is in some serious shit.
I'm excited to see what Zack can do with him. Especially after the disappointment of the last one. If this one tanks, DC is in some serious shit.
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6:14PM on 12/03/2012

JJ Abrams called...

... he wants his lens flare back.

Ok, so maybe I'm a little excited.
... he wants his lens flare back.

Ok, so maybe I'm a little excited.
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8:12AM on 12/04/2012
Make jokes if you want, but it's a serious issue. There's still a world shortage of lens flare since the making of Star Trek. People in developing nations have to go without refracting optical effects because of directors like Abrams using them all up.
Make jokes if you want, but it's a serious issue. There's still a world shortage of lens flare since the making of Star Trek. People in developing nations have to go without refracting optical effects because of directors like Abrams using them all up.
5:52PM on 12/03/2012

I still don't like the guy playing him...

This guy is obviously here to pander to teenage girls to get them into seats... Its like how the new Arrow show is made for teenage girls and not comic fans. Damn twilight and how it ruined the movie industry. We had to put up with a shitty Emo Peter Parker in spiderman, now we have to put up with direct to video reject as superman.
This guy is obviously here to pander to teenage girls to get them into seats... Its like how the new Arrow show is made for teenage girls and not comic fans. Damn twilight and how it ruined the movie industry. We had to put up with a shitty Emo Peter Parker in spiderman, now we have to put up with direct to video reject as superman.
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8:26AM on 12/04/2012
and i think thats a thumbs down record
and i think thats a thumbs down record
5:37PM on 12/03/2012
The actor and suit looks good, but the poster itself is too "Hey, look at me, I'm dark like TDK. You can tell cause I'm in handcuffs."

It's just a frame grab from the teaser trailer. Was expecting something a bit more 'epic'.
The actor and suit looks good, but the poster itself is too "Hey, look at me, I'm dark like TDK. You can tell cause I'm in handcuffs."

It's just a frame grab from the teaser trailer. Was expecting something a bit more 'epic'.
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4:55PM on 12/03/2012

Voluntary surrenders to hash out a deal with the great Super Power?

Should be an interesting film.
Should be an interesting film.
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4:46PM on 12/03/2012

The first superman that physsically looks the part

This time he really looks like he is indestructible, i also get a feeling this superman is more aggressive, as in dont fuck with me or i'll punch you through the ceiling! instead of the always calm superman.
This time he really looks like he is indestructible, i also get a feeling this superman is more aggressive, as in dont fuck with me or i'll punch you through the ceiling! instead of the always calm superman.
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4:45PM on 12/03/2012
Whoa, so when can I purchase that bad boy?!
Whoa, so when can I purchase that bad boy?!
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3:48PM on 12/03/2012
That my friend is an awesome poster to get anyone excited!!! Want this film to come qucik!
That my friend is an awesome poster to get anyone excited!!! Want this film to come qucik!
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3:04PM on 12/03/2012
Really dig the costume.
Really dig the costume.
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3:03PM on 12/03/2012
I don't really consider it a spoiler like americanmoviefan, but it definitely seems like a weird image to represent the whole movie
I don't really consider it a spoiler like americanmoviefan, but it definitely seems like a weird image to represent the whole movie
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2:58PM on 12/03/2012

Boo!

I am all for seeing a more violent, darker, complex Superman. God knows anything would be an improvement over that Bryan Singer clusterfuck. However, such a specific image on a poster makes a really bold statement out of context with no canonical references. It'll just look like TDKR to the uninitiated.
I am all for seeing a more violent, darker, complex Superman. God knows anything would be an improvement over that Bryan Singer clusterfuck. However, such a specific image on a poster makes a really bold statement out of context with no canonical references. It'll just look like TDKR to the uninitiated.
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4:49PM on 12/03/2012
But we are initiated, aren't we americanmoviefan?
But we are initiated, aren't we americanmoviefan?
4:50PM on 12/03/2012
I'm sorry, I just couldn't help myself with that one
I'm sorry, I just couldn't help myself with that one
2:54PM on 12/03/2012

Great poster...

I feel the lens flare jokes coming.
I feel the lens flare jokes coming.
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6:15PM on 12/03/2012
Psst... don't tell anyone, I just made one.
Psst... don't tell anyone, I just made one.
2:51PM on 12/03/2012

In Nolan we Trust!

Ive been on board since Nolan was attached, Then they said Snyder was directing and i was sold.
i love the direction they are taking with this Superman. The tone of the teaser, was amazing and really hammered the man behind superman, glad they will focus on pa kent and how much he defined clark and this moral values. I wonder how they will incorporate Jor-el (russell crowe) with a big name like crowe im sure there will be enough Jor-el Screen time, i just wonder if and how Jor-El will inspire
Ive been on board since Nolan was attached, Then they said Snyder was directing and i was sold.
i love the direction they are taking with this Superman. The tone of the teaser, was amazing and really hammered the man behind superman, glad they will focus on pa kent and how much he defined clark and this moral values. I wonder how they will incorporate Jor-el (russell crowe) with a big name like crowe im sure there will be enough Jor-el Screen time, i just wonder if and how Jor-El will inspire Clark to become the hero he becomes. (maybe via hologram flashbacks)
This movie seems more about the man then the super(which is awesome!), than again we havent seen any scenes with Zod!
so happy Superman can test his strength and wits against an equal opponent
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2:56PM on 12/03/2012
I love every Nolan movie out there but let's give Snyder credit for this one. Nolan said so himself that he's not creatively involved with this movie. He's letting Snyder do his thing. If anything we should be giving credit to the writers, David Goyer, and Snyder himself for crafting this baby out. It looks like it's going to be loads of fun.
I love every Nolan movie out there but let's give Snyder credit for this one. Nolan said so himself that he's not creatively involved with this movie. He's letting Snyder do his thing. If anything we should be giving credit to the writers, David Goyer, and Snyder himself for crafting this baby out. It looks like it's going to be loads of fun.
6:41PM on 12/03/2012
polar - agreed.
polar - agreed.
2:50PM on 12/03/2012

Awwww Shit

I'm looking forward to this
I'm looking forward to this
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