Final Trailer for MAN OF STEEL Features General Zod’s Ultimatum and a Mountain of Skulls

     May 21, 2013

Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel.  In it, General Zod (Michael Shannon) sets up the film’s central conflict and gives Earth 24 hours before unleashing hell.  While previous trailers focused on the coming-of-age tale of a Kryptonian stranded on Earth and the love between a son and his father, this new cut is chock full of dread, evidenced by Superman drowning in a mountain of skulls.  When the villains threaten to kill one million humans for every life he saves, you can’t help but feel as if the odds are fully stacked against the world’s most powerful superhero.  This is certainly a fresh approach to the iconic hero and I hope that the film lives up to the trailers’ expectations.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and check out 20 new images here.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fisburne, Antje Traue and Russell CroweMan of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

Check out the new trailer below:

Here’s the official synopsis for Man of Steel:

In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

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  • Chachi

    Holy. Shit. I was already sold, but this was amazing. Can’t wait.

    • da realness

      This trailer exposed what a shite director snyder is.

      • KryptonianKnight

        Your comment exposed what a shite you are.

      • docleo2001

        If this wasn’t Snyder directing this you would have had a different reaction.


        Listen to all this hyberole about how good this trailer is. It reeks of flopsweat and fanboy desperation. Superman in the mountain of skulls looks cheesy as all hell. The effects are subpar, especially the flying sequences when a flattened Supes punches a CGI blur, awful CGI flames and the patented Snyder slow mo fast mo bull shite. I was worried this movie may be good and I’d look foolish for hating on it. But lo, this trailer justified my hate. Gawd, I’m going to love, love, love throwing this all back in your faces when this film receives a 20% on Rottentomatoes. All of your comments will be quoted back to you. Look ye fanboys upon my work, and despair. Cue the asparagus quote guy that isn’t me.


        Also, does anybody know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • pinkincide

        You’re ridiculously obsessed with the feelings of anonymous strangers on the internet. Looking forward to mocking people for a stupid movie? That’s pathetic. And that’s not even touching your Nolan pissing fantasy. Seriously, dude, get help.

      • Chris Nolan

        Hello faithful Nolanites. It is I, Chris Nolan. My loverboy Jon Nolan posted the above comment. Please take his offer seriously ;)

  • Chachi

    Holy. Shit. I was already sold, but this was amazing. Can’t wait.

  • Chachi

    Holy. Shit. I was already sold, but this was amazing. Can’t wait.

  • Alex Hajna

    I’m so glad the third trailer exists. If it didn’t, and I saw this, I’d be a little discouraged. I’m not a fan of the tone this trailer gives off. But the third trailer has me more excited than I ever thought I would be for a Zack Snyder film.

    • Travis

      Not sure what tone you are talking about. The previous trailers set the tone of seriousness for the films story while this one highlights the action. It all works together.

  • Alex Hajna

    I’m so glad the third trailer exists. If it didn’t, and I saw this, I’d be a little discouraged. I’m not a fan of the tone this trailer gives off. But the third trailer has me more excited than I ever thought I would be for a Zack Snyder film.

  • Alx

    I just came whoa…

    • Whoa

      Thanks for sharing Keanu.

  • sense11

    Absolutely Fucking Epic :)

  • Alan Burnett


    Snyder doesn’t understand. The moment where Superman projects fire from his eyes is too “gritty”. I want Superman to be laughing and smiling all the time. NO ONE UNDERSTANDS EXCEPT ME. Also, WB better give me the screening I want otherwise I am going to pan this film … because that’s how pathetic I am.

    • Abdel Belabbes

      You want Superman to smile when fighting?

      • Sean Chandler

        No Matt Goldberg does.

      • Abdel Belabbes

        Ah, misunderstanding. I thought you were quoting out of agreement.

    • Saltonstall

      Goldberg has suddenly subscribed to the insane idea that if a superhero movie is taken seriously, it will automatically suck. Back when we all thought Iron Man 3 was going to be dark, he was constantly whining about how the trailers weren’t funny enough.

      • Strong Enough

        why do you always have Matt on your dick?

      • Saltonstall

        IDK, because I generally like this site, but I literally roll my eyes once I see that he’s written an article.

      • Strong Enough

        at least stop complaining about it and recognize it as a constant

      • Sean Chandler


    • Joseph M

      Now, now. Star Trek Into Darkness just wasn’t what we hoped it would be. An action film that just happens to be set in space, which comedic references to Wrath Of Khan throughout. Don’t shoot Goldberg the messenger. Shoot the scriptwriters and be glad they’re not getting anywhere near Star Wars 7. BTW, looking good, Superman!

    • Still a fan

      You forgot the diaper wetting sound effects that punctuate his arguments


    why is lois being put into one of those suits that zod and faora are wearing?

    • brNdon

      Not sure dipshit, because no one here has seen the movie

      • Jesus H. Fuck

        You might not be sure, cocksucker, but if you read the Empire article or even skimmed an article that skimmed the article, you’d know how to answer his question. Faora is attaching a breathing apparatus to help Lois breathe aboard the Kryptonian vessel.

      • NICK НΛRT

        well excuse me for thinking that the comment section on a movie blog was the correct place to start a conversation about what may or may not be happening in an upcoming movie. chill out dude

    • Saltonstall

      Seems like Lois is being kidnapped to me. At least, that’s my interpretation of it.

    • Alan Burnett

      According to the Entertainment Weekly article in April, “Traue’s Faora isn’t choking Lois Lane (Amy Adams), but activating a device to help the mere mortal breathe aboard a Kryptonian spacecraft while General Zod negotiates with Superman. (Faora’s translucent helmet, meanwhile, helps protect her from sensory overload under our power-giving sun.) “I’m not threatening her, ” explains. “I’m a good girl in this shot.” Faora “is a psychopath,” says Traue.”

    • Bikoque

      She is on Zod’s ship, it helps her breath their air. Check out article/pics in entertainment weekly with Superman on the cover.

  • peter

    this trailer alone is 100000 better than iron man 3, dark knight rises, amazing spider etc etc

    • pinkincide

      Prone to exaggeration are we?

    • Jenny

      I can agree with you about Iron Man 3 and Spider man, but Dark Knight Rises? Really? The hell wrong with you >.>

      • Guy Smiley

        There’s nothing wrong with him. TDKR was terrible. Although, if we’re just talking about trailers the ones for TDKR were good enough to make me think it was going to be as good as Nolan’s first two Bat-movies. Sadly, no.

      • peter

        whats wrong with me? the movie is a pile of crap with the biggest plot holes in movie history with no action and no batman for most of the movie

      • spongefist

        Well said, mate. TDKR was the most shit comic book movie of all time, even worse than Alvin and The Chipmunks and the Smurfs (which may or may not have been a comic first, but Alvin was)

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  • ikkf

    I have a feeling the underlying theme of the movie is going to be about choosing one’s path in life, and also how circumstances and one’s environment bring them to that choice, judging from the previous trailers. Kinda like how falling and then rising back up was the theme of the Nolan bat movies.

  • ThisGuy01

    This film looks really REALLY good. But I gotta admit… kinda sad that this movie isn’t going to be “The Stories of Clark Kent the Crab Fisherman” like the early trailers promised. Now there’s a summer blockbuster I really couldn’t wait to see!

  • Keir Sittloh

    Effing A….. Looks awesome

  • Killabee

    Wait a sec. 9 out of ten comments I’ve seen on this movie since they started filming in 2011 were all about how bad this would be and I was the one most of time saying that Goyer had another epicly great movie on his hands. Fast forward to now and everyone thinks this will be a great film. Yall are crazy a lot of you are gonna find a reason to hate on it no matter how good same way you do with all 3 Nolan films.

    • Saltonstall

      I see it..! The future! One month from now!! A bunch of butthurt fanboys whining about “plot holes”!

  • Saltonstall

    Superman buried in skulls is gnarly is hell. Can’t wait.

  • Tommy

    I wonder if any of those skulls know Benny. #django

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  • Grayden

    The action is going to be insane.

    In other news, HEAT VISION!!!

    (Also, looks like Zod maybe has a back-mounted beam weapon…not heat vision, after all.)

  • poppincherry

    I can’t lie. I was not feeling it. Why the hell does Zod need superman? What type of bs is that.
    Nothing I saw inspired me as a movie buff. I bet we end up with a shit story engulfed in million dollar CG set pieces.

    • bidi

      well it appears – and this is of course just my theory – that Krypton is not actually destroyed at the beginning, but maybe simply taken over, perhaps by Zod. it looks like Jor-El will play a little bigger role than the Brando version, and somehow it’s become known that he sent away Kal-El. for whatever reason this pisses off Zod, so now he travels to Earth to capture Kal-El

      why would you want a trailer where they give everything away? just go see the damn movie and find out for yourself. or don’t. i don’t really care either way

    • Abdel Belabbes

      Well, it was postured in Empire that Kal-El is the first natural born Kryptonian in a while. Maybe he’s the only fertile one too? Maybe he needs him to repopulate the planet?

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  • twojawas

    Looks great but I question whether an alien would give a ’24 hour’ ultimatum. He might say ‘one day’, but is he really that knowledgeable of the length of the days, months, etc. on an alien planet? I just don’t think he would be using our vernacular this quickly. Petty, I know, but it just stood out to me the second time I watched this.

    • orewa

      It’s simple. They’re the most advanced alien civilization. and according what Jor-El says, we can assume Kriptonian aware about Human-Earth Civilization and ever visited earth for a couple of time (that’s why, fortress of solitude is a spaceship and you can see Kriptonian corpse in this trailer) so I think Zod have some earth data and studied it during his journey to Earth. I mean, Zod need some tactic and strategies before he start earth invasion right? He’s General Zod after all.

      • twojawas

        Fair enough but it just sounds out of place to me. The movie is still going to be awesome.

      • Andrew Sanders

        I’m so wondering how they will explain how come Zod & his followers haven’t aged from his time on Kypton to his arrival on Earth,while Kal has grown from an infant into an man.
        Will the Phantom Zone make an appearance in some form as Zoners don’t age while incarcerated there.Of course,they also may be frozen in some kinda cryogenic sleep as well.

    • Still a fan

      Even going all the way back to the first Chris Reeves movies, they had volumes of earth history, lil Kal El was getting Einstein’s theory of relativity in his little rocket meteor!

    • bidi

      then why don’t you have a problem with him speaking english? it’s basically the same complaint

      • twojawas

        I see your point and maybe I was unclear with what I meant initially. That line just sounds like something a villain in a Die Hard film would say rather than the words of an uber-intelligent intergalactic villain. Zod may have access to all of earth’s data, as someone else stated, but I doubt he got hooked on cheesy 80’s earth films. :)

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  • LEM

    I just can’t seem to get excited for this movie.

    • Joe

      Have you tried a certain blue pill?

      • Still a fan

        Huh… so that’s how the Matrix worked!

      • Joe

        Not THAT blue pill! Lol!

      • LEM

        Worth a shot since the marketing hasn’t helped.

      • Strong Enough

        because your a marvel fanboy

      • LEM

        I like Marvel more but everyone loves Superman( I like Batman more though). I just want it to be great but it looks like it’ll end up being forgettable.

      • Strong Enough

        if thats your opinion i can respect that or tell you shove a dick in your face and shut up

      • kvanar

        I thought the marketing was ok actually…haven’t really come prostituting the stuff like they did with Iron Man 3 which turned out disappointing imho. They seem to be recycling a lot of the shots but yet kept it fresh with different themes, music etc.

  • Joe


  • Andrew Sanders

    Holy Crapoly,…absolutely epic!!

  • Still a fan

    Watch it turn out that Zod isn’t the real Zod, Zod is actually an actor named Trevor and this whole alien invasion is a scheme cooked up by Lex Luther who himself isn’t the real villain at all; it was a diabolical plot concocted by The Toyman!!!! Take that Iron Man 3! You only had 1 fake villain. Man of Steel is going to have 2! And of course Lois Lane is going to save the day because no superhero can win without his girlfriend doing all the heavy lifting.

    • LEM

      Oh god that’s the most annoying thing about Ironman. the first and the third have his girl saving him both times.

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  • HeSaidSheSaidMv

    Does anyone else think the effects look kind of bad? The acting, tone, and setting look great. Very serious and dramatic. But the effects, particularly when showing the powers of Superman and company, look awful.

    • Joe

      I don’t agree with you…but could you elaborate?

    • Andrew Sanders

      Nope,…i think that’s just you! lol
      However,i think that scene where that fighter jet crashes into the building could’ve done with a bit more cgi polish!
      Otherwise,can’t wait to see this!

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  • Zachrifice

    Wouldnt be surprised if Goldberg already hates this film without even seeing it yet.


    Take my money! My dog! And my wife! Just gimme this film already!

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