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Superman Returns (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 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.

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

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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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Trivia

Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris: the two writers of the screenplay make an appearance as school kids making notes as Lex Luthor arrives to steal the meteorite and shoos them away. See more »

Goofs

Inconsistencies with Superman, Superman II, Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace are not being counted as goofs. Bryan Singer stated that Superman Returns ignores the latter two film and is a loose sequel to the concepts of the first two, with chronology and other story details adjusted. Therefore IMDB is treating this film as a separate entity. 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

The opening credits are seen in a trip through space, from Krypton to Earth, in a manner reminiscent of the Superman (1978) opening credits sequence. See more »

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Edited from Superman (1978) See more »

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Heart and Soul
Written by Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael
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Underrated Movie
22 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

I became curious enough to re-watch this movie after seeing Brandon Routh's performance as Ray Palmer/A.T.O.M. in Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.

I feel that it is a highly underrated film and gets an unnecessary bad rap. Brandon Routh's portrayal of Clark Kent/Superman, I feel, is second only to Christopher Reeves, whom he does a great job of capturing.

The action scenes are top-notch and fun to watch. It even has one of the most brutal fight scenes in any Superman movie which could be a bit hard to watch. Yes, even more than the Zack Snyder movies.

This movie is far from perfect, but it is a lot better than what it's given credit for. I do recommend checking it out.


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