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Superman Returns (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 28 June 2006 (USA)
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Superman returns to Earth after spending five years in space examining his homeworld Krypton. But he finds things have changed while he was gone, and he must once again prove himself important to the world.

Director:

Bryan Singer

Writers:

Michael Dougherty (screenplay), Dan Harris (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 40 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

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


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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Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Jack Larson's first film since Johnny Trouble (1957) 49 years earlier. See more »

Goofs

Jason and Brutus play "Heart and Soul" in the key of C-sharp, but they aren't playing any sharps or flats (the black keys). 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.
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Crazy Credits

There is a dedication in the closing credits to Christopher Reeve and Dana Reeve. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Sospechosos habituales (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

(Viens, Mallika, les liane en fleurs...) Dôme épais le jasmin
(uncredited)
from opera "Lakmé, Acte 1. No 2 - Duetto"
Music by Léo Delibes
(heard during first boat scene with Lex and Kitty)
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Superman Lives!
25 June 2006 | by crobarj1See all my reviews

Saw an advance screening yesterday...

Brandon Routh pulled it off beautifully. He resembles Christopher Reeve's Superman so much it's uncanny. The first time he smiles as Clark Kent, back at work at the daily Planet, it felt like it was Christopher Reeve again.

Kevin Spacey is an excellent Lex Luthor. His role was written much better than Hackman's role in the original films. He didn't seem to be coming up with plans that could only work under comic book logic. Admittedly, they could only work in Superman's comic book universe, (Fortress of Solitude, Krypton, Kryptonite, etc.) but the logic of his plan is sound. His character's obsession with real estate resembles Hackman's Lex, but Spacey's Lex is a much less silly version of the role. Hackman is a great actor, but his Lex Luthor was very badly written, IMHO. Nobody could have saved it.

The effects were great, the story was great, the acting was overall very good. There were, however, numerous errors in the reality of real things. The end of the scene involving the Mustang (no spoilers here) defies the reality of cars, as an example. Sure it's not the first time a Superman movie, or indeed any comic book adaptation, has made these type of errors, but it would have been better if they did little things like that right, instead of using the "Eh, it's just a movie" excuse.

Ultimately, I loved this film. It's a great story well told. It doesn't need to be anything else.


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