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Superman Returns (2006)

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Superman reappears after a long absence, but is challenged by an old foe who uses Kryptonian technology for world domination.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Clark Kent / Superman
... Lois Lane
... Lex Luthor
... Richard White
... Kitty Kowalski
... Perry White
... Jimmy Olsen
... Martha Kent
... Jor-El (archive footage)
... Stanford
... Jason White
... Brutus
... Riley
Vincent Stone ... Grant
... 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!


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

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28 June 2006 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

During Brandon Routh's screentest, people would come up to him between takes, and tell him how much fun filming in Australia would be, and what a great opportunity playing Superman would be. Routh was confused as he was under the impression that he hadn't officially got the part yet, and he was starting to get a little nervous that people might be jinxing him. It turns out Bryan Singer pretty much made up his mind at that point on who he was going to cast. See more »

Goofs

After Superman "saves" Kitty from the near car collision, he picks her up from under her knees to fly her to a hospital. In the first cut, her skirt is up to her thigh, revealing the top of her stocking. In the next shot, her skirt is down to her knee. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Holding Out for a Superhero (2011) See more »

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Composed and Produced by John Ottman
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A lovingly made piece of nostalgia that mostly stands on its own
13 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps remembered more as the film Bryan Singer chose to make instead of a third X-Men (which wasn't horrible), SUPERMAN RETURNS is a sequel of sorts to the Christopher Reeve originals that lovingly pays tribute to its cinematic forebears while moving the franchise forward. This was actually the first Superman film I ever saw, way back in 2007. While it didn't really leave too big of an impression on me, I still liked it enough. Now having seen it for the second time after watching the Christopher Reeve films, I feel like it strikes the perfect balance between seriousness and levity in a way that the original films didn't. It takes the subject matter seriously, but still has elements that made the originals so fun. Without making this a complete essay like I did for the previous four, I'll just give a quick rundown of what I liked and didn't like. First and foremost, the acting and visual effects are better across the board. Everyone gives a committed performance and it never feels like they're not taking the material seriously. And of course, since this film is nearly 20 years removed from the last film the filmmakers were able to achieve much greater things with CGI than was even conceivable back in the 70's/80's. There were also a number of nods back to the original films, like Superman saying how flying is the statistically safest way to travel. And in a marked improvement over Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey managed to make Lex Luthor a more believable megalomaniac who still has a sense of humor. However, if there's anything that works to the film's detriment, it's that the running time is too long. At 154 minutes it begins to drag in the last 30-40 minutes, like they weren't quite sure how to wrap things up satisfactorily. Also, Brandon Routh doesn't really bring anything new to the role of Clark Kent/Superman. He seems to be playing Christopher Reeve playing Clark Kent/Superman. Granted, his performance is perfectly acceptable, but he didn't put a personal stamp on the character in the way that Henry Cavill did in MAN OF STEEL. Overall, this was my first introduction to Superman and it is still my favorite. It stays reverent towards its source material, perhaps too much so. The Jesus parallels are even more prevalent here than ever before, and a couple of shots border on hagiography. Still, it's a well-acted, well-produced film that is entertaining and does justice to a beloved character.


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