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Superman Returns (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 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.

Director:

Bryan Singer

Writers:

Michael Dougherty (screenplay), Dan Harris (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandon Routh ... Clark Kent / Superman
Kate Bosworth ... Lois Lane
Kevin Spacey ... Lex Luthor
James Marsden ... Richard White
Parker Posey ... Kitty Kowalski
Frank Langella ... Perry White
Sam Huntington ... Jimmy Olsen
Eva Marie Saint ... Martha Kent
Marlon Brando ... Jor-El (archive footage)
Kal Penn ... Stanford
Tristan Lake Leabu ... Jason White
David Fabrizio ... Brutus
Ian Roberts ... Riley
Vincent Stone Vincent Stone ... Grant
Jack Larson ... Bo the Bartender
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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

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On June 30, 2006! Look Up In The Sky!

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

28 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Sun See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$209,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,535,096, 2 July 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$200,081,192

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$191,000,000
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DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jude Law was Bryan Singer's only choice to play General Zod. After Law turned down the role several times, Singer eliminated the character from the script. Zod went on to subsequently appear as the main villain in Man of Steel (2013), with Michael Shannon as the character. See more »

Goofs

When Luthor inserts the crystal into the kryptonite cylinder, it immediately starts growing. Since the crystals are described as needing water to grow (and the cylinder was obviously dry), the crystal shouldn't have reacted until after it was launched into the ocean. See more »

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[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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In the opening credits, Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth's credits are seen in red, while the rest of the credits are blue. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the IMAX presentation, four scenes (totalling about 20 minutes) were converted from 2D to 3D: The flashback to Clark Kent's youth on the farm, the Shuttle/777 rescue, the rescue of the sinking ocean liner, and the final flyover before the credits. Bryan Singer developed a cue featuring an icon of Clark's glasses flashing in green at the bottom of the screen when it is time to put them on, and then with a red circle/slash over when it is time to take them off. See more »

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a bit of a letdown
23 October 2006 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

considering the hype for this movie,i thought it would be better than it was.it wasn't a horrible movie,but i don't think it lived up to the Superman name.Brandon Routh as Superman,looked a lot like Christopher Reeve,maybe a bit too much.his mannerisms were also too much like Reeve,as if he were trying to emulate him,when instead he should have been trying to put his own stamp on the character.Kate Bosworth was okay as Loise lane,but Kevin Spacey was an inspired choice as Lex Luthor.i also liked Frank Langella as Perry White.however,i could have done without James Marsden as Richard White,especially since his role was so small it was pointless.the other problem i had with the movie is that it tended to lag at times,causing my attention to wander.this movie just didn't have the impact of a movie like spider man or even any of the x-men films.it just didn't have as much substance as it could have.if you've yet to see this movie,keep your expectations low and maybe you won't be overly disappointed. 6/10


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