MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 158 this week

Superman Returns (2006)

6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 215,350 users   Metascore: 72/100
Reviews: 2,346 user | 429 critic | 40 from Metacritic.com

After a long visit to the lost remains of the planet Krypton, the Man of Steel returns to Earth to become the people's savior once again and reclaim the love of Lois Lane.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 5 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 21 Apr 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 22 Jul 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 27 Mar 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 26 Jul 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Superman Returns (2006)

Superman Returns (2006) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Superman Returns.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Superman (1978)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman
Superman II (1980)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Lester, Richard Donner
Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder
Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.

Director: Tim Story
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans
Fantastic Four I (2005)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom

Director: Tim Story
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans
Man of Steel (2013)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When Clark Kent, an alien of a now extinct race disguised as a bystander of our kind is forced to reveal his true identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring Earth to the edge of obliteration.

Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
Superman III (1983)
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder
Spider-Man (2002)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe
Hulk (2003)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina
Superman II (Video 2006)
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Donner, Richard Lester
Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government must find a cure for the monster he emerges whenever he loses his temper. However, Banner then must fight a soldier whom unleashes himself as a threat stronger than he.

Director: Louis Leterrier
Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Jor-El (archive footage)
...
...
...
...
Vincent Stone ...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

28 June 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Red Sun  »

Box Office

Budget:

$209,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,337,637 (UK) (14 July 2006)

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| | | (IMAX version)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie was filmed in Sydney, Australia at Fox Studios. The Kent family home was filmed in Tamworth, Australia. See more »

Goofs

Young Clark Kent wears glasses because of bad eyesight. His powers first appeared around puberty. The point of the childhood sequence was to show his amazement with his new powers. See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

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 »

Connections

References Superman (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Parker Posey
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Not Super, not Stupid, just a hair above average
19 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Superman's back and there's gonna be trouble, hey na, hey na, Superman's back! Well, hey, if Batman can begin again, Supes can come back to Earth, so to speak, right? Only this time it's not the late Christopher Reeve or even George Reeves, it's relative newcomer Brandon Routh as the Man o' Steel. Seems he's been gone lo these past five years in deep space, checking the general vicinity of where Krypton once existed. (Astronomers reported they'd found traces of the planet, so off Superman went to check out his home; oddly, neither he nor the astronomers mentioned that he was leaving.) But now he's back, and so is, coincidentally, Clark Kent. After reunited with his Earth mom Martha (Eva Marie Saint), Clark returns to work at the Daily Planet, greeted enthusiastically by Jimmy Olson ( ) and less enthusiastically by Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), who's really moved on. Seems Lois has fallen in love, gotten married, and given birth, all five years ago. Huh, how about that. Her hubby is now an assistant editor at the Planet and is conveniently the nephew of Perry White, played by the magnificent Frank Langella.

Meanwhile, Superman isn't the only one making a comeback after five years; seems Lex Luthor, put away in prison for what was supposed to be many life sentences, is out on appeal, or something. Anyway, he's up to no good, and it involves killing billions of people and forcing the survivors to bow to him and lavish him with money and gifts and so on. Kevin Spacey plays Lex this time around, and he's a great choice - megalomaniacal without being hammy, which is a fine line. Makes one even forget the great Gene Hackman. (Of course, we all know the pitfalls of having a villain who has a stronger personality than the hero, don't we, Tim Burton?) So Supes is back, and Perry wants Lois to cover his return, but Lois wants to cover this weird blackout that affected pretty much everyone (notably, a Space Shuttle launch that winds up being saved by Superman, as you've no doubt seen in the trailers). Could the two issues be related? "You're reporters - find out!" Perry growls at his young charges.

There have been scads of comic-book-related movies over the past decade or so, with varying degrees of success, and from what I've read of this one it was a bit of a disappointment, both critically and financially (it made $200 million in the US, but it cost $270 million to make). Having said that, though, I liked it. Plenty of great action, as you'd expect from a director like Bryan Singer (who left the X-Men series just to do this). For a change, the big action scenes don't feel particularly staged, as they can in superhero movies - you know, "Looks like it's time for Our Hero to.... uh..... lift a train with his bare hands!" and so forth. There were a few "ooooh" scenes that had me gripping the sides of my recliner, especially the plane-about-to-crash scene.

Routh was pretty good as the Man of Steel: taciturn and resolved but conflicted and isolated. Watching him, I got the impression that there was more going on in his head than there ever was in Reeves' mind; hey, I'm sure Christopher Reeves was a heck of a nice guy, but he wasn't a terribly good actor. His acting style was more cartoony than realistic, and nowadays that's not a good style, even for a comic book movie. But Routh looked the part and, even more importantly, sounded the part as well. (Look for a line from him that echoes his first meeting with Lois Lane in 1978's Superman: The Movie.) Spacey, of course, was a lot of fun as Luthor. Mean, evil, intelligent, with a touch of humor and glee

  • what more could you ask for in a supervillain? Of course, even Spacey


can fall victim to a somewhat tepid script; I loved it when Luthor basically tells Lois Lane his evil plans. This information comes in useful for Lois later on. But regardless, at least Spacey didn't have Luthor laugh maniacally or gesture wildly. You know, hallmarks of cinematic madmen for decades.

Bosworth was miscast as Lois Lane, though. She didn't look the part (check out her huge forehead - how come the set stylist didn't have a lock or two fall over her brow?), and she came off as whiny, petulant, conceited, and..... well, just plain annoying. Other actresses who could have done a better job are Keri Russell, Claire Danes, and Scarlett Johansson, all of whom were considered for the role. It's just a flat performance by an actress who looked at times to be a bit overwhelmed by the role.

So, overall - not a disappointment. Not that awesome thriller that Spider-Man was, not as fantastic as the X-Men movies, not as mysterious as Batman, but still loads better than Daredevil, Elektra, and Fantastic Four. Some sincerely harrowing scenes and a solid performance by Routh lift this one enough to compensate for the weak female lead.

***


74 of 115 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This movie wasn't that bad...was it? supermanrocks-734-534668
thank god for man of steel. adrenilinmatt
Anyone here like both this ans Man of Steel. gqmoneystacks
Zack Snyder addresses the destruction in Man of Steel count_almashy
Animated sequels bondukkevin
Lex just after revenge bondukkevin
Discuss Superman Returns (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page