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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)
Ian Roberts ...
Vincent Stone ...


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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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brandon Routh auditioned for the role of Superman when McG was attached to direct. See more »


During the news reports, the German banner "Fensterputzer halten an ihrem Lebemfest" (Window cleaners hold on for their lives) is spelt wrong. It should be "Fensterputzer halten an ihrem Leben fest." (This has been corrected to the latter phrase on the DVD/Blu-Ray Release) 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 »


As Time Goes By
(1931) (uncredited)
(From the 1932 Broadway show "Everybody's Welcome")
Written by Herman Hupfeld
(played during Warner Brothers logo)
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User Reviews

The Holy Side Of Clark
28 June 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I saw "Superman Returns" last night in a plush Hollywood movie theater surrounded by devoted Superman fans. That in itself, I must admit, was part of the fun. Brandon Routh is breathtakingly, impossibly beautiful and you can trust that in a Bryan Singer movie stunning looking people will populate the screen. Here, the hero with the sensational eyelashes, works wonders in every single way. There is a hint of Superman as Jesus. Cucifixtion, resurrection, from Father to Son and I bought it wholeheartedly because it deserves to be bought. Kevin Spacey is a fun arch villain. There is nobody as convincingly evil as Kevin Spacey. It was strange, however, to see the lovely Kate Bosworth who played Sandra Dee to Spacey's Bobby Darin in "Beyond The Sea" to be so extremely at odds with each other but I bought Luthor and Lane much more than Darin and Dee. Ultimately Superman Returns is a classy, classic rendition of a perennial tale by one of the most successful aesthetes working on film today. Recommend it.

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