Reply: Which 'Man of Steel' Teaser Do You Prefer? Jor-El or Pa Kent?
We're starting a fun new series here at FS titled simply Reply, highlighting responses to a quick question or poll asked on twitter. I'm an avid user and big fan of twitter (@firstshowing) and love getting instant replies and a well-rounded collection of thoughts. The first question I wanted to kick this off with involved the first teaser for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, the Superman reboot starring Henry Cavill. There are actually two different teaser trailers showing randomly in theaters with TDKR, so I asked on twitter: "Do you prefer the Jor-El or Pa Kent version of the new Man of Steel trailer? Why one or the other?". Read on for replies.
If you still haven't seen the two different Man of Steel teasers, you can watch them both right here. One of them includes a voiceover by Jonathan Kent, his adoptive father, about "Whoever that man is, good character or bad, he's going to change the world." The other is from Jor-El, Kal-El's (Superman's) real Kryptonian father, played by Russell Crowe. He talks about how "in time, you will help them accomplish wonders." I thought it was cool to run two different teasers and wanted to ask which one people preferred.
The one I personally prefer happened to be the one everyone else liked - Jor-El, mainly because his voice sounds like he has more gravitas. And I love his line, "you will help them accomplish wonders." The replies:
Pa Kent - Kevin Costner:
@firstshowing Pa Kent. He has a personal connection to Clark and actually knows him, unlike Jor-El.
— Dan Owen (@danowen79) July 22, 2012
@firstshowing Costner. Less clunky, makes the movie not feel like an ostracism tale
— Kent Sanderson (@MrKentSanderson) July 22, 2012
@firstshowing damn! I love Russell Crowe's voice better. But Costner's words make more of an impact in the trailer. So I gotta go w/ Pa Kent
— Kenny (@IKennyR) July 21, 2012
— Superman (@FanPageSuperman) July 22, 2012
@firstshowing I preferred Pa's. The lines meant more to me. Crowe's delivery was amazing though. Pa's lines made it a coming of age story.
— Keian (@infamous) July 22, 2012
@firstshowing Pa Kent for sure. But then again, with the sweeping shots and all those jeans, maybe I was just thinking Field of Dreams.
— Stay Puft (@StayPuft) July 23, 2012
@firstshowing Jor-El's version is a bit more dramatic. But I prefer the personal tone of Pa Kent. It comes closer the real feel of a father.
— Lucas Silva (@huckpaletos) July 23, 2012
Jor-El - Russell Crowe:
@firstshowingJor-el Version. His voice is more powerful. do you agree?
— lalapoop (@lalapoop123) July 21, 2012
— Paul Romano (@PaulRomCBM) July 22, 2012
@firstshowing Jor–El. Russell Crowe always wins.
— Rorschach90 (@Rorschach90) July 22, 2012
@firstshowing Crowe has a more authoritarian voice for a teaser
— Mike Kirk (@MikeyKirk) July 22, 2012
@firstshowing Jor-El, sounds a bit more atmospheric.
— Sketch (@markintime) July 22, 2012
@firstshowing Jor-El… The accent makes it sound more dramatic
— Leonardo Colomer (@leocolomer) July 22, 2012
— Paul Shipper (@paulshipper) July 22, 2012
@firstshowing Jor-el!!! It sounds way more powerful! But they should of gone with the John Williams theme.
— Craig(@darthmaul13) July 23, 2012
@firstshowing I like the Jor-El one more, it really gives that epic vibe as to what Superman will accomplish and mean to the people
— Dexter Rose (@bleedtheBnG) July 22, 2012
@firstshowing Jor-El. It can't hurt that some of the words were from All-Star Superman
— Damien X (@TorturedXGenius) July 23, 2012
— Clement J. Bryant (@clementbryant) July 23, 2012
Thank you to everyone who replied. I was impressed at the answers we got for the individual teasers, but of course there were a few people who had to say they didn't like one over the other, they were complementary:
Both Teaser Versions:
@firstshowing both gave me goosebumps
— Dean Cotterill (@casualhero2) July 21, 2012
@firstshowing I like the mix of the two. Jor-El knows what he WILL be, and Pa Kent knows what he COULD be. Smart mix of the two.
— The Crossover (@CrossoverMovie) July 22, 2012
I loved the variety of replies we got for this question, especially this last one. "Jor-El knows what he WILL be, and Pa Kent knows what he COULD be." It really gets into the real idea of why there are two different versions to begin with and what makes each one so unique. This even gets down into what makes Superman so unique, a son with two fathers and two homes, one he doesn't know but feels a connection to, the other he grew up with. Outstanding tease for this new Superman movie, I hope these values shine through in the end.
Thanks for checking out our new series Reply, where we open up a discussion based on a quick question. You can always follow @firstshowing to participate and reply the next time, or follow-up with your own thoughts on this Superman discussion below. This was our very first public reveal of Superman, and the teasers have been getting Terrence Malick comparisons, but I love that they're mixing things up with two different versions. Maybe this is a hint at what's to come in Man of Steel. Which one do you like more?