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.
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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
Bryan Singer was still under a three-picture deal with 20th Century Fox from X2: X-Men United (2003) when he decided to jump ship to direct this movie. As a consequence, his deal was terminated and one of his under-development projects with 20th Century Fox, a remake of Logan's Run (1976), was ultimately shelved, and the third X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) picture was under jeopardy. The vacant's director's role for the third X-Men would go to Brett Ratner, who lost to Singer for the first X-Men (2000) movie. See more »
Richard White's plane is a DeHavilland Beaver. It has a radial piston engine, and therefore would not have the three horizontal exhaust pipes shown on either side of the plane's cowling. Radial engines typically have one or two exhaust pipes on the bottom or side of the engine. The exhaust pipes shown are consistent with V-type in-line engines. See more »
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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When the Warner Bros logo appears, the opening bars of the John Williams "Superman" theme are heard. See more »
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 »
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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