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Superman Returns (2006)
The Savior has Returned
First off I had my doubts going into the theater. John Williams changed that upon the start of the movie. The music was very reminiscent of Star Wars in that it grabbed the audiences' attention at the very beginning and then put you in the mood for the start of the movie.
The story line is a bit different, watching the first Superman helps greatly in understanding a lot of the concepts that Singer implements in this movie. His ideas of who Superman is can be seen. Christopher Reeve played an amazing Superman, but his alter-ego Clark Kent can be seen by all as down right weird. I believe that Brandon Routh played a better Clark Kent. His idea of Clark Kent seemed like a mask that many kids use in High School. Routh had the right idea that Superman uses Clark to hide his identity instead of the Reeves idea which is to show an opposite of Superman. Both hide identities but Routh's Clark does a better job. He also did a good job of reviving Clark Kent's moral dilemma with Lois Lane.
Lois Lane was played by Kate Bosworth who has this innocent appearance. Margot Kidder is probably the best selection that could be made in the older Superman movies but she came off a little too aggressive for my taste. I believe that Kate Bosworth has this kind of Audrey Hepburn like way in that she is innocent, beautiful, and everyone loves her. Bosworth played a very good Lois Lane in her own inner conflicts as well.
Kevin Spacey played Lex Luthor. Spacey took the role of Luthor and morphed into his own idea. He keeps the true persona of Luthor which wants to make a mark in the history of the world and he also adds in some very funny euphemisms which add more to the character. I see Luthor a little different than Spacey or Singer sees him. I would have rather had an evil persona with no comedic relief, but Singer thought that should be added.
The genius of Singer is that he used a lot of psychological conflicts in his characters. The audience can sit in the brain of the theater and see the inner struggles that the characters face. Singer stayed true to the original intent of Superman. Many Americans see Superman as a 'Christ like symbol', namely Jesus. Singer (Jewish) stayed true to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's (both Jewish) idea of Superman. Singer kept the Messiah that the Jews hope for comparing him to a Moses like figure. Moses, who leads by example, took the Jews out of Egypt, through the Exodus (which is the central focal point of Judaism). Superman, as Jor-El states in the 1978 classic, "They can be a great people Kal-El. If they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way." Superman is the light like Moses to lead the people to a promised land, a land where man can be great by following the light.
I had my doubts about Superman Returns. Please go see the movie and judge for yourself. The only advice I can give is that if you enter the theater as a child you will leave with not only a smile but the thought that maybe you can fly.