Superman Returns (2006)


“Lois, Pulitzer Prizes are like Academy Awards, nobody remembers what you got one for, just that you got one. ” – Perry White

Number of Times Seen – 3 (Theater in 20 Jul 2006, DVD and 19 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – After being away in space for 5 years, Superman returns to Earth and is ponce again challenged by his old adversary who has found a way to stop the Man of Steel.

My Take on it – I remember seeing this in the theater 11 years ago and being blown away because this was finally the Superman film that we all had waited so many years to finally see.

The choice to let Bryan Singer helm this one was a great one because he already has experience with superhero films and was able to take this one up another notch.

Brandon Routh was an interesting choice as the lead but despite getting it mostly right, he still lacks some of the qualities that made Christopher Reeve such a great casting choice.

Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor was also an interesting choice yet instead of feeling like the perfect foil for Superman, he seems a bit lacking.

The story itself is quite gripping but it drags on a bit too much and therefore loses some of it’s momentum along the way.

Apparently some vital information about how and why Superman disappeared were cut from the film, but after reading about that information, things make even more sense.

Adding the emotional elements of a loved one going away for a while works to this films benefit because it gives us a very human emotional connection to the characters while they are dealing with repercussions of those acts along with other emotional issues besides those connected to the villainous plot.

The special effects are amazing to watch and help make this film feel much more like a modern day superhero movie and helps distance it from the mediocre superhero films from the 80’s and 90’s.

Bottom Line – Definitely a return to form for the man of Steel. Routh is ok as Superman, but he lacks some of the qualities that made Reeve so great in the role.  The story runs a bit too long and loses some of its momentum along the way.  Spacey also feels as if his interpretation of Luthor is lacking a bit instead of feeling like he is a great foil to Superman.  Loved the way that they present the ideas of an absent loved one and how one must continue on with life despite it along with the repercussions when that someone returns. Great special effects help make this story look even more realistically like a modern day superhero movie. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Bryan Singer became interested in possibly hiring Brandon Routh, he arranged for them to meet in a coffee shop. When they met at their table, Routh stumbled and spilled hot coffee all over the table. Although he panicked, thinking he had just lost the part, Singer laughed and said it actually helped him get the part. The incident convinced Singer that Routh could pull off the clumsy, bumbling Clark Kent. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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3 thoughts on “Superman Returns (2006)

    • love that airplane scene, no question abt that. the only question I have is how did they continue the baseball game? and how did they get the plane out of the stadium? 🙂 Spacey tries too hard here but yes, he has the potential of being the best Lex

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