Published November 4, 2010

Say what you will about director Zack Snyder (this being the internet, most of you will), the guy has flair to spare, and certainly knows how to pick stories suited to his … visually arresting sensibilities.  From 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake to 300 to Watchmen to Legend of the Guardians, the guy knows his way around visceral material.  Though his work is often divisive (Watchmen alone was either a love it or hate it affair –  I loved it), it is hard to deny the guy’s talent.  Now that he has been handed the reins of the next Superman movie (2012’s tentatively titled Superman: Man of Steel), we’ll see if he can succeed in making Supes relevant again in ways that Bryan Singer couldn’t.*

Now comes the first full length trailer for Snyder’s next film Sucker Punch.  And it looks pretty damn ass-kickingly cool.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared. “Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls – the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) – to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm). Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey – if they succeed – will set them free.

Check out the trailer embedded below, or click on over to Apple Trailers and watch it in HD.

From the look of this, Snyder has taken everything he learned on Watchmen and taken it to the next level.  Though some are annoyed by his trademark stylings (speeding up and slowing down action sequences, breathtaking CGI landscapes), I find them kind of cool.  Can’t wait to see what he does with Superman.

Sucker Punch opens March 25th, 2011.


* For the record, I really liked and admired Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, but will be the first to admit that its strength was also its weakness: it was too reverential to Richard Donner’s 1978 classic.  I love that movie too, but whilst paying homage, treat that stuff like Brylcream: a little dab’ll do ya.  Then again, even Smallville has successfully embraced much of Donner’s mythology – the crystalline Fortress of Solitude, the occasional use of John William’s iconic Superman march.  No, I think Superman Returns’ ultimate failure (if making damn near $400 million worldwide is a failure) was the misguided “Lex Luthor real estate scheme.”  I mean … really?  Again?