Already two previews have released, an initial teaser1 a more-detailed trailer, and, most recently, this viral-marketing-style garbled deep-space broadcast from none other than General Zod 2.0, warning Earth’s residents to extradite Kal-El.
That second trailer (note: this is not the new trailer, not yet) hints at a deeper exploration of Clark Kent’s boyhood struggles.
(Images of pencils. Writing on a blackboard. A young boy’s frenzied feet dashing down a school hall. Then the boy sits in a school closet, huddled into himself, his fists pressed desperately to his ears. What does he want to shut out? Sounds. Sensory overload.)
“The world’s too big, mom.”
“Then make it small. … Focus on my voice. Pretend it’s an island, out in the ocean. Can you see it?”
Earlier this morning I realized where this was likely going.
Autism sufferers and parents of autistic children, look up in the sky. None other than the titular Man of Steel will, on his journey to become the world’s most powerful and famous superhero, struggle as a boy with something very like autism.
What do you think? Will this help to “humanize” this film’s Superman, even while (as a child) he struggles with superhuman gifts?