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Superman Returns (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, 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.


Bryan Singer


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 »





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


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


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


Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


When Bryan Singer took over this project, he immediately brought over his production staff consisting of cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel, composer and editor John Ottman, production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas, and writers Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty from X2: X-Men United (2003) to meet Warner Brothers' release date for the film. See more »


When Lex Luthor was stranded with an out-of-fuel helicopter near the end, he said he'd trade every ounce of Kitty's blood "for a quart of gasoline." The helicopter they were using, an Agusta A-109A, has turboshaft engines which use jet fuel (kerosene), not gasoline. See more »


[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

When the Warner Bros logo appears, the opening bars of the John Williams "Superman" theme are heard. 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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User Reviews

OK, but where was the FUN?
13 July 2007 | by neil-476See all my reviews

Bullet points:

Good - using the Williams score, original titles style and Brando voice-over for the start sequence: all good calls;

Bad - Kate Bosworth: bad casting. No charisma. Never for a second convinced me that she was a spunky reporter;

Good - Brandon Routh: I thought nobody could fill Christopher Reeve's shoes, but this lad does well;

Bad - costume. They got it right in the 70s movies. The effect of darkening the colours, reducing the shield size and dropping the waistline of the trunks is well-known to clothes designers - it makes the wearer look tall and thin. Reeve looked broad and imposing.

Good - saving the shuttle/plane, and dealing with the Metropolis "quake";

Bad - not enough of that stuff;

Good - Spacey's Luthor. Clearly grown from the same seeds as Hackman's, but much more definitely a villain. I believed that this Luthor was fundamentally evil;

Bad - Kitty Kowalski. What an underwhelming character. Miss Tesmacher-lite;

Good - Richard White - a potentially interesting new character, to sit in a potentially very interesting group dynamic;

Bad - Tristan Lake Lebeau. Superman's son is autistic? Sorry, kid - you were rubbish.

Good - tweaking the franchise back into life again;

Bad - forgetting that Superman isn't Batman. Superman is supposed to be light. Superman is supposed to be FUN! Don't take it so seriously, next time!

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Release Date:

28 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$270,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,535,096, 2 July 2006

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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