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Superman Returns
The Most Anticipated Film of the Summer!
Superman Returns
Brandon Routh as the new "Man of Steel".
OPENING WEEKEND: $120,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $500,000,000
  This Film is NOT a Future Release.
  The Following Preview has been Archived.

December 14th, 2005: Following a long absence from earth, Superman returns from Krypton, only to find that his love Lois Lane has moved on with her life and that planet earth has learned to cope without him. As a result, Superman seeks once again to find a place for himself on earth and to thwart Lex Luthorís new attempts to render him powerless.

What to Expect: Upon seeing the trailer for the first time, I actually got goose bumps. However, I quickly realized why that was. The voiceover, by Marlon Brando, and the excellent music were both from the original Superman (1978), which is still probably the best super hero/comic book film ever made. I suppose utilizing the original film and giving the trailer an enigmatic and mystical quality is a great move.

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Of course, in recent years there has been an onslaught of comic book films and surprisingly, very few have been weak. Only the Fantastic Four was a bomb, critically speaking (It still grossed over $150 million). Superman Returns, will be as anticipated as any of them, probably even more so. With director Bryan Singer in charge, one can be confident that the final product should at least provide solid entertainment. His two X-Men films, while flawed, have been engaging and successful commercially and Singer has proven that he can handle the material well. The film was shot in Australia, which should provide some stunning visuals.

Brandon Routh, a relative unknown, was chosen for that exact reason by Singer to play the part of Superman. The most prominent part in his credits is probably a guest spot on an episode of Will & Grace, but Christopher Reeve was a total unknown before he was chosen to play Superman as well, so Singerís decision is fitting. The most promising casting choice is of course Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor. Although following his Oscar win for American Beauty Spacey has starred in several low key and mediocre films, he is still an outstanding choice for the villain. He virtually became famous for playing devious masterminds in films like Seven and The Usual Suspects. The latter won him his first Oscar and was also directed by Singer. Additionally, Spacey is a great comedic actor (he was incredible on Saturday Night Live several years ago) so he should have a lot of fun with the role the same way Gene Hackman did in the original.

In Conclusion: Superman Returns has been many years in the making. At various times many people were attached to the project including Tim Burton, Brett Ratner, Kevin Smith, Nicholas Cage, Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Sandra Bullock, plus many other potentials who were being considered at one point or another. Finally, following Batman Begins, the producers decided on a similarly dark, gritty and character driven version with Singer directing. This should be a good sign. Everything seems to point to a Blockbuster worth waiting for. I doubt Superman Returns will set the bar higher than the recent greats Spider-Man 2 and Batman Begins, but it should be a quality addition to the genre.

Similar Titles: Superman: The Movie, Spider-Man
June 30th, 2006 (wide)
November 28th, 2006 (DVD)

Warner Bros. Pictures

Bryan Singer

Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Eva Marie Saint, Tristan Lake Leabu, Parker Posey, Kal Penn

Total: 199 vote(s).

Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

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Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence.

154 min






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