Superman Returns is a 2006 superhero film directed by Bryan Singer. It is the fifth and final installment in the original Superman film series and serves as a alternate sequel to Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) by ignoring the events of Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). The film stars Brandon Routh as Superman, as well as Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Frank Langella, and Parker Posey, and tells the story of the title character returning to Earth after a five year absence. He finds that his love interest Lois Lane has moved on with her life, and that his archenemy Lex Luthor is plotting a scheme that will destroy the United States. After a series of unsuccessful projects to resurrect Superman on the screen, Warner Bros. hired Bryan Singer to direct and develop Superman Returns in July 2004. The majority of principal photography took place at Fox Studios Australia, Sydney, while the visual effects sequences were created by Sony Pictures Imageworks; filming ended in November 2005. Preceded by an extensive marketing campaign at the cost of $44.5 million, Superman Returns was released to positive reviews and received many award
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This is worth your time but isn't what many of us hoped for in a Superman movie. Superman is played well but the actor and some of the visuals are great, but this show didn't redefine the Superman series like Christopher Nolan's Batman movies did.
Could have been better but it's still worth your time.July 27th, 2012 · Details
While this isn't a horrible movie, it is just plain, not that good. For starters Lois is living with a boy friend for years on end like its totally normal. Thank you Hollywood for shoving your distorted morals down my throat yet again. I felt they found the wrong actress for Lois. She was too petite and glamorous. I envision that character having a bit more physical strength to match her gritty, spontaneous personality. What we ended up with is a mopey Mom with a child that needed a haircut really bad.
The guy they found to play superman did an excellent job acting. Lex luther was also well played. The plot was a bit boring and forgettable though. It will be interesting to see what they do with the next Superman reboot-reboot.
This is a PG-13 movie for a reason. Violence, adult themes and language. No little ones for this one.August 25th, 2011 · Details
"Superman Returns" is both an homage and a faithful sequel to the Christopher Reeve films. In fact, it not only features John Williams' classic theme music but also snippets of leftover Marlon Brando footage and a similar "flying" title sequence.
Some may have a problem with this comics-based adventure seeming as much like director Richard Donner's 1978 film as it does an effort by Bryan Singer; Singer brings a distinctly lighter tone to this film than he did the first two "X-Men" pictures.
"Superman Returns" is also not quite as action-packed as some audiences will expect, especially following the heavy-on-action, low-on-character third "X-Men" film.
But from this corner, this continuation of the Superman saga is the first of this summer's movies to really deliver the goods, with more than a few "gee-whiz" moments of joy.
While the film is set in the present day, "Returns" actually picks things up about five years after the events of 1980's "Superman II." The Man of Steel (Brandon Routh) has been missing for five years, having gone into space to explore after scientists discover what appear to be remnants of his home planet Krypton.
When he comes back to Earth, Superman finds that things have changed a lot. His former love Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) now has a son (Tristan Leabu) and a fiance, Richard White (James Marsden), the dashing nephew of Daily Planet chief Perry White (Frank Langella). She's even won a Pulitzer Prize for writing a column: "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman."
Our hero is still reeling from those revelations when he uncovers yet another, world-threatening scheme by the megalomaniacal Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey), who's been released from prison early and has managed to locate Superman's Fortress of Solitude, and advanced technology he's planning to use for criminal purposes.
Singer and screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty are smart in contrasting the film's melodrama and derring-do with humor (most of it originating with Sam Huntington's Jimmy Olsen and Lex's girlfriend, played by Parker Posey).
The film is reverential in tone, both to the Donner film and to the comics. For example, there's a very specific homage to the cover of 1938's "Action Comics" No. 1, the comic book that featured the first appearance of Superman.
As the title character, relative newcomer Routh impresses he's clearly trying to channel Reeve. And Spacey is obviously having fun playing a villain and is considerably more menacing than Gene Hackman was in the same role.
"Superman Returns" is rated PG-13 for some strong scenes of action violence (gunplay, a stabbing, disasters, vehicular violence, explosive mayhem and some violence against women), scattered use of profanity (mostly religion-based), some suggestive language and brief drug content (use of an asthma inhaler, as well as hypodermic needles). Running time: 154 minutes.
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