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Superman Returns (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  28 June 2006 (USA)
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Superman reappears after a long absence, but is challenged by an old foe who uses Kryptonian technology for world domination.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jor-El (archive footage)
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Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 June 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Red Sun  »

Box Office


$209,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$52,535,096 (USA) (30 June 2006)


$200,069,408 (USA) (27 October 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an interview with the Washington Post, Bryan Singer discussed a scene that was in an early draft of the screenplay but never filmed: "At one point," the director recalls, "I had a scene in the script which I never shot, and I probably was never going to shoot, where Superman would be standing - after flying around rescuing people at night - would be standing at dawn at Ground Zero. Sort of standing there, almost as if to say, 'If I had been here, this might not be.'" See more »


Brutus stops for a moment while walking to play the piano with Jason, so we can see the back of his head. You can see a bit of the tattoo on the back of his head, but you couldn't see any of it before. See more »


[first lines]
Jor-El: You will travel far my little Kal-El. But we will never leave you. Even in the face of our deaths. You will make my strength your own. You will see my life through your eyes as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the father, the - The son.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are seen in a trip through space, from Krypton to Earth, in a manner reminiscent of the Superman (1978) opening credits sequence. See more »


Edited from Superman (1978) See more »


Written by Euphemia Allen
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5 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off don't take advice on whether or not to see this movie from someone who didn't like the original film, doesn't know how to spell kal-el, and/or thinks Smallville is the only good representation of the superman story. Don't get me wrong I like smallville. I watch it all season because the writers will give me at least 3 very good episodes...but thats out of an entire season. That leaves a lot of crappy episodes too. That being said Tom Welling is great and Michael Rosenbaum is the best Lex I've ever seen. On to this movie... The casting is genius. Brandon Routh is amazing...not only does he capture the role of Superman perfectly. He recaptures the Clark that Christopher Reeves showed us. Its almost uncanny you'll see what I mean. The story line is where everyone gets hung up, but you just have to give it a chance. You have to look at it this way. Singer had the choice of whether or not to show us the same story we've all seen before or to come with something totally new. And thats what He did he brought us a story we haven't seen before we don't automatically know how this will end or even where he is going with it in the next film. But thats good. With Hollywood overrun with remakes and regurgitated story lines its exciting to NOT know where this is going. Another complaint you might hear is the pace. "Its not as action packed as spiderman 2 or x-men 2 it didn't live up to potential". For this answer you have to remember X-men 1. Singer likes to build a base storyline to work with. X-men 1 was not near as action packed as the 2nd one. But he built the characters. I feel like thats what he did in this film. He works a little character development in. It does slow up the pace and make the movie a little long. But I think overall the next film will benefit from it. So I would definitely recommend seeing this film...maybe not the latest showing. But its the first must see of the summer. I'm ready to see it again already

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