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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 11/28/2006 Run time: 100 minutes Rating: R
If Richard Donner's 1978 feature film Superman: The Movie made us believe a man could fly, Bryan Singer's 2006 follow-up, Superman Returns, lets us remember that a superhero movie can make our spirits soar. Superman (played by newcomer Brandon Routh) comes back to Earth after a futile five-year search for his destroyed home planet of Krypton. As alter ego Clark Kent, he's eager to return to his job at the Daily Planet and to see Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth). Lois, however, has moved on: she now has a fianc¨¦ (James Marsden), a son (Tristan Leabu), and a Pulitzer Prize for her article entitled "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." On top of this emotional curveball, his old archrival Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) is plotting the biggest land grab in history.
Singer, who made a strong impression among comic-book fans for his work on the X-Men franchise and directed Spacey in The Usual Suspects, brings both a fresh eye and a sense of respect to the world's oldest superhero. He borrows John Williams's great theme music and Marlon Brando's voice as Jor-El, and the story (penned by Singer's X-Men collaborators Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris) is a sort-of-sequel to the first two films in the franchise (choosing to ignore that the third and fourth movies ever happened). The humorous and romantic elements give the movie a heart, Singer's art-deco Metropolis is often breathtaking, and the special effects are elegant and spectacular, particularly an early airplane-disaster set-piece. Of the cast, Routh is excellent as the dual Superman/Clark, Spacey is both droll and vicious as Luthor, and Parker Posey gets the best lines as Luthor's moll Kitty. But at 23, Bosworth seems too young for the five-years-past-grizzled Lois. It's nice to see Noel Neill, Jack Larson (both from the classic Adventures of Superman TV series), and Eva Marie-Saint on the screen as well. Superman Returns is one of those projects that was in development for seemingly forever, but it was worth the wait -- it's the most enjoyable superhero movie since Spider-Man 2 and The Incredibles. --David Horiuchi
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- DIDN'T LIVE UP TO ALL IT'S HYPE
It was only okay. I'm so glad i bought this used and did not pay to see it at the theater. The movie received so much press coverage and hype--but it just did not live up to the expectations the movie makers made us believe it would be. Brandon Routh was not a good choice and not believable for Superman. The actor who played Richard White (Perry White's nephew and Lois Lane's fiance)- JAMES MARSDEN was EXCELLENT. He had more presence and character believability than clark kent/brandon routh. He's the same actor that played Cyclops in the X-Men movies_ But now you can see his eyes- it makes such a difference_ James Marsden has charisma and is very handsome....more info
- Very fine movie
Great movie and it is made better with the fact that it is in HD...more info
- He returns, but you might want to buy this on Blu-ray Disc.
Now to be clear on my title. There was nothing wrong with this HD-DVD. The sound was fantastic, the picture was awesome. But as I am speaking Warner Bros. has decided as of May 31st. 2008 to stop all HD-DVD production so if you have to decide watch HD Format to back the industry has already done it for you. The movie itself is not so much a sequel or a prequal it is more homage movie to the original 1978 Superman The Movie. Now a lot of people have voiced their displeasure for this movie. Even hardcore Superman fans have voiced their displeasure of this film. I, on the other hand really enjoyed this film. Brandon Routh really embodies the dual role of Superman and Clark Kent. He really reminds me of Christopher Reeve in a lot of ways. If you listen he changes his octave of his voice when he is speaking as Superman similar to Reeve in Superman The Movie. Kate Bosworth got so much crap for her protrayal of Lois Lane. She is not as over the top as Margot Kidder but she still has that sex appeal and the same steely delivery that has made Lois Lane such an attractive character. Lastly, Kevin Spacey did a fantastic job as Lex Luthor. Again, he did not try to copy any Lex Luthor's before him (I.e. Gene Hackman (Superman The Movie) or John Shea (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) I found that his Lex is a combination of the two. Funny, when he wants to be but very cold and evil when he chooses too. Lastly, Bryan Signer, Dan Harris, and Michael Daughtry the creative team who also did the first two X-men films did a fantastic job with this movie. Bringing back the spirit of Superman to movie screens was a challenge but they did it very well....more info
- Could be Great but is only ok
I was really hoping this movie to be great but is only ok. And please no nore Lex Luthor. They can make a great superman movie without luthor as main criminal ( doomsday anyone )...more info
- Not the best
I am still a fan of Chrirtopher Reeve. Although this was a good attempt at ressurecting the series, it was still missing the action the the older movies had....more info
- Is it TrueHD Audio? Yes!
I recently re-purchased this movie because mine was just Dolby 5.1. You just can't have that with a movie like this. Dolby 5.1 sounds like you're watching a movie at home, while truehd audio sounds like you're at the theatre. Obviously, the better your home theatre system, the more apparent the difference. Yes, though, this is in fact dolby truehd, and is worth buying again....more info
- Ghoulish imitation of the late, great Christopher Reeve...
I really wanted to like this movie, and, admittedly, there are some good moments. But seeing as the studio gave Bryan Singer all the money in the world, plenty of time, and quite a bit of creative control and artistic license (I cannot imagine that DC comics was eager to have Superman portrayed as a deadbeat dad!), there should be more than just a few good moments. Here are the main problems, in no particular order:
1) Brandon Routh is not a good Superman. When he is Clark Kent, he mostly closely resembles Max Fisher from `Rushmore.' But Max Fisher would have been a better actor. The worst thing is, and I don't know this was Routh's idea or Singer's, but he does a note-for-note impersonation of Christopher Reeves. IMO this is just plain ghoulish, considering that the beloved Reeves died just 2 years before this movie. The various James Bond actors have all played the character with at least slight differences. Each actor playing Superman has, up to this point, played the character very differently: Kirk Allyn, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, and Dean Caine each brought a different interpretation of the character. Why in heaven's name Singer had Routh simply ape Reeves is beyond all comprehension, unless Routh is simply so horrible an actor that he could not be allowed to make the role his own. On the plus side, Brandon Routh has caused me to give greater respect to Kirk Allyn, and to put George Reeves and Christopher Reeve upon even higher pedestals.
2) Kate Bosworth is simply the weakest, blandest, most boring Lois Lane ever. Not only is there no chemistry with Routh, she has no chemistry with anyone. She appears simply to have been cast for physical attractiveness and demographic appeal. But on the upside, she enhances my already great appreciation of Noel Niell, Phyllis Coates, and Margot Kidder.
3) Kevin Spacey is usually a good actor, and I guess you could say he gives a good performance here, but ultimately I think he is not quite what Lex Luthor should be. But maybe if he'd had a decent script. I don't object to Luthor being played as a closeted gay, Lyle Talbot played Luthor that way in the 1950 movie serial. But ultimately Spacey is a little camp in the role, even more camp than Gene Hackman in 1978.
4) Ultimately, the script is bad. [SPOILER ALERT:] As much as it must have simply reeked with dramatic temptations, the idea that shortly after bedding Lois, Superman would just fly off into space for 5 years is absurd and offensive. The real Superman, being raised on Kansas farm, would have too much Midwestern sexual guilt to permit him to just desert Lois for 5 years while she incubates his baby and marries someone else. This is creepy. Also, there is a scene in which Superman uses his X-ray vision to spy at Lois, her husband and baby in their home. I'm sorry, but Superman should not be a Superstalker.
5) Speaking of the script, there is a lack of internal logic regarding kryptonite. [SPOILER ALERT:] Supposedly the kryptonite in Luthor's artificial island makes Superman as weak as drugged kitten. Yet 15 minutes later, Superman is supposedly able to lift the whole daggum island up and carry it into outer space.
6) There is the reuse of Marlon Brando's voice and John Williams' musical score from the 1978 Superman movie. While these things were good in the original context, in this film they, along with his star's attempt to channel Christopher Reeve serve to create the impression that Bryan Singer really has nothing new to add to the Superman mythos, that he is flailing blindly here, creating sound and fury, but signifying nothing.
And that is the thing. Nothing that is new in this film is any good, and all the good things were already done in various, earlier celluloid incarnations. And so, the upside is that this DVD has sent me happily back the `Adventures of Superman' TV show. You are far better off viewing those concise and charming episodes than in owning this pretentious piece of grave robbery.
- Return ... Super ... Ah ... make up your own snappy title here
Finally, a return not only of the man of steel, but of movie makers who know what makes a superman movie great. No more billionaire Luthor wannabes. No more lame solar-powered superman clones. No more women getting inexplicably assimilated with silver circuit boards all over their faces. This is just a good-old-fashioned Superman adventure with a little humor, a little sexual tension and a whole lot of Superman doing what he does best.
Admittedly, it is a bit heavy on the soap opera at times, but that is mainly because they have to be sure to re-introduce the characters to a movie-going audience that hasn't seen them on the big screen in 19 years. And not in a *good* movie for 26. But even with the soap-opera aspects present, this is a great follow-up to the first two movies, conveniently pretending that Supermans III and IV never happened. (As do many of the fans.)
Spacey is wonderful as Lex Luthor. Gene Hackman played up Luthor's charisma and self-importance superbly. Spacey, however, creates a Luthor that can truly scare you with a glance.
Superb movie, and I can't wait for the follow-up....more info
- The End Of The SUPERMAN Movie Franchise!
I watched it with anticipation for a possible great film,instead it was a very bad SUPERMAN movie! Kevin Spacey is a great actor but there's only one LEX LUTHOR and that it Gene Hackman,just like Kate Bosworth,she's a terrible actress! Well, Margot Kidder was a terrible actress as well but at least she was a better LOIS LANE! I don't know who Brandon Routh is but he tried too hard to be CLARK KENT/SUPERMAN but as everyone has said it Christopher Reeve was the better actor/character! ...more info
- PLEASE reboot the Superman franchise!!!!
PLEASE reboot the Superman franchise!!!!
And I quote from the razzies..."Kate Bosworth is nominated for her ultra lame Lois Lane"!!! Who could say it better? PLEASE recast Lois Lane for the sequel if they don't reboot the franchise!!! Lois Lane is such a huge part of the Superman mythos. Why destroy her character like this? And please tell me, is Lex the only villain that Superman has? Enough already!!!
PLEASE recast Lois Lane with Erica Durance, Charisma Carpenter, Sophia Bush (she's a year older than Bosworth), Jordana Brewster or Rachel McAdams (think of how she looked in Red Eye). Let one of these actresses put life back into Lois Lane! Bring back her spunk and feistiness!!!! This movie needs a reboot, not a sequel.
Bring on a NEW villain Brainiac, Bizarro, Livewire, etc. and PLEASE recast Lois Lane!...more info
- brilliant, brilliant, brilliant
i won't expend a huge amount of energy praising this film - others have done so far better than i could.
i remember the first time i saw "superman the movie" as a child, and this amazing film succeeds as a most unsual hybrid of sequel, homage and, in some ways, a quasi-remake of the original film.
popular opinion tends to hold that "superman II" is a classic film, but watching it through adult eyes, you'd be hard-pressed to seriously argue that case. a fine idea, with fantastic sequences - but a hammy train-wreck of a movie, as mangled after the dismissal of original director richard donner.
i can only imagine that the inexplicable complaints about "superman returns," and the absurd statements of it being amongst the worst films ever made, come from the same folks who can't take a critical view of "superman II" and its ultimately embarrassing idiocy.
"superman returns" echoes the dignified tone and character-driven emotionality of the original film, and does so with grace and respect for the source material. the casting of lois lane might be my only criticism, but brandon routh, kevin spacey, frank langella, and the rest of the cast step into their roles as if they'd played them the first time around.
to those who didn't "get it" and would rather express over-the-top criticisms, without backing them up with intelligent explanation or examples, please stop trying to be film critics. your inability to objectively critique or string together coherent opinions should be cause for nothing less than embarrassment.
if you are a fan of the first christopher reeve film, i strongly urge you to sit dow and take in the beauty of "superman returns," the only proper sequel to the original classic....more info
- HD DVD was a disapointemt.
I bought this movie mainly for the HD part. But it was the worst HD dvd I ever seen. The picture quality is just like a regular standard dvd or worst. The picture is not clear and vivid like a true HD dvd. I had other movies that are regular dvd and had a better picture quality than this movie when it's upconverted to HD. Not recommended for HD....more info
- Please Superman, return again and again and again...
Sci-Fi, Superman, a long time favorite is back. Lex Luthor is insane as usual. The story is great. We are left wondering and hoping for a sequal, with Lois Lain and superbaby....more info
- Superman - modern and immoral like an average man
I have to rate the film a "3" for the excellent effects, the true-to Superman heroics, and the smoothness of the storyflow.
What I HATE, is that he has been demeaned into an average Joe, because we see his son by Lois is illegitimate. I know that is "normal" morality in 2008, but it is still offensive to some of us.
Superman always had high ethics, and consideration for Lois, as well as all of humanity - but in this era, he would sleep with her, get her pregnant, and not marry her? What happened to the sense of responsibility and the x-ray-eyes?? I couldn't believe he would not have known before flying off to Krypton.
Is that how his foster mom and daddy Jor-El would have raised him?
Worse, the 5 y/o boy is sickly, a little diva of asthma medicine, health drinks, and overprotective mothering - though he does once show super strength as he is having an asthma attack! This just seemed "wrong". Why wouldn't Superman and an ordinary, healthy woman, have a healthy, half human, stable child? What are the writers trying to tell us?
That line "truth, justice, and the American way" got changed. It is now "and all that stuff." Doesn't he support traditional American values anymore?
This also degrades the original Superman. The point is that he embodies all those values we wish we had,in one "super-man". He SHOULD be idealized. He should NOT be "politically correct" and like average guys with lots of personal faults. HEROES are different.
Another twist: his mortality got emphasized. A blade of broken Kryptonite got inside him...The film was very dramatic. Luthor was more cruel than in previous films. I would not let young kids see Superman beaten and bloody, about to die in the ocean. It's not family-friendly OR inspirational to have the hero brutalized this much.
We did see the Man of Steel rally to save us from Luthor's plan, at even greater peril to his life, despite the pain of losing Lois to a regular man. Is he feeling suicidal in this movie?
I was very uncomfortable with his continued affections towards Lois. It was as if he wanted to lure her away. Like he wanted her to cheat on her husband. This is not how a hero should act. Superman is supposed to be "above" regular humanity, remember? Setting a good example, making us admire him.
So, a toss-up. I'm glad I didn't buy it, and I was sad to see Superman not be so super anymore. The filming was technically sophisticated, and the effects were very good....more info
It is a shame that with all the resources at his command this is the best that Bryan Singer could do.
While the movie is obviously and heavy handedly about faith and the place it has in our cynical lives with Superman as a misplaced messiah, the choice of inserting it into the original Superman movie continuity did not benefit anyone. Because as the audience has changed, so have the characters and their circumstances.
And therein lies the movie's main weakness. It feels old and silly. If I pay good money to watch Superman, I want to see him save the world. Beat unsurmountable odds and defeat a gigantic horde that threatens Earth, or a formidable foe bent on terminating our very existence.
I don't want to see a ridiculous real-estate obsessed Lex Luthor. I want to see a man whose very intellect signifies the height of human potential, and yet he selfishly chooses to use it for personal gain.
I don't care for an apocryphal super baby. Don't they know that marrying Spiderman is widely accepted as one of the main barriers between the character and his readers? Why get responsibility in the way of wish fulfillment?
I don't want to see Superman fight an Evil Continent. I want to see him trade blows with Darkseid, outwit Brainiac or Luthor, heck, I'd even take Mongul. Fighting an evil land mass managed to sink below the Hulk fighting a poodle in terms of sheer boredom.
And most of all: Don't EVER hire a young actor to impersonate an old actor. There is a reason Reeves was loved as Superman; he brought his own charisma into the character.
Things they got right:
Discreet and well paced story telling.
Kumar (Kal Penn) kicked Superman.
Kate Bosworth. Gotta thank her parents sometime.
- Finally a new movie
I have seen all the originals, all of Smallville, and most of the cartoons. This was a well made movie. Very much like the stuff mentioned above. There was a few twists they could have done without but still very good. Blu-ray totally the way to go looked amazing....more info
- Yeah, Not Likin It
After a horrid third film and a suprising fourth, superman returns for a fifth film. Dont get me wrong i am a superman fan. but i read the comics and was very disappointed with the suprising release of Superman Returns in 2006. I was one of the first into the theater and one of the first out. The Film focuses on special effects and not story OR superman. The story is short but they maneged to twist it to last two hours. Brandon Rauth does an OK job but is not believable as The Man of Steel. I was very disappointed with its release after waiting such a long time for a new age film. this time they did it to new age and took away story for Effects....more info
- I could have seen this in the Reeve films.
I mean, where's the super villians from the comics? It's Superman vs Luthor & kryptonite again..this isn't new stuff..its old! If Luthor's the villian again, why couldn't we get him in that armor or him & some super villians vs Superman? Geez.....more info
- Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its.. a colossal disappointment.
You gotta wonder what went through director Bryan Singer's head. After pretty much re-inventing the comic book movie wheel with the first two X-Men movies, he wisely stepped away from the franchise (resulting in the bloated dross that was X-Men: Last Stand), deciding to concentrate on a new superhero film, starring the world's best known hero.
And guess what? It's even WORSE than the film he walked away from.
For starters, Singer (along with seemingly the rest of the world) seems to think that the 1970s Superman movie, and in particular Christopher Reeve, are the only representations of the DC comic book. What's the first thing you read about new Supes Brandon Routh, what's the first thing people had to say about him? "Oh, he looks JUST like Christopher Reeve!" SO WHAT? Why is it so essential to stay fixated on those movies? Why do we never hear references made to the Kirk Alyn Superman? Or George Reeves, who (arguably) made an even bigger impact in the tights than his similarly named counterpart?
But I digress. So, Superman Returns, then. Taken five years after Superman II (with Superman 3 and 4 being nixed from continuity - hmmm, messing around with continuity and carelessly discarding what's come before it? Yup, it's based on a DC comic, alright), we find that, for no real reason, Superman flew away for five years and let Lois Lane grow both more attractive and several years younger. That was nice of him. And wouldn't you know it, he's not back five minutes and already Lois is in dire peril - how did she survive all this time without him?
While we're on the subject of Superman III and IV being wiped out because they were, well, crap, let's get one thing straight; the entire Superman FRANCHISE, including those holier than thou first two movies, aren't exactly perfect either. There are dozens of howlers in those movies, from Superman flying around the world so fast he turns back time (um, why not just do that for EVERYTHING bad that happens?), to Superman kissing Lois and WIPING HER MEMORY (it's Rohypnol Man!). Are we to pretend those things didn't happen as well?
Anyway, in this one, what follows is a plot so ludicrous and half-baked you often wonder whether you should laugh or feel insulted. True, Superman is the most boring, two-dimensional character in comics, but even he deserves a better story than this. Spacey, a great actor, thinks hamming it up and yelling is all you need to be a great villain (if we're going to be obsessed with the 70s films, Gene Hackman was a much, much better Luthor), the chemistry between Lois and Clark is non-existent, and let's get to the REAL one-fingered salute to the fans, the franchise and the comic books themselves. If you want to avoid spoilers, look away now..
Lois has a son from "another guy." Who, after playing piano with the nicest kidnapper in the world, suddenly reveals he has SUPER POWERS TOO. That's right - it's actually Superman's son! Not only would this be a biological impossibility, (wouldn't Clark's Super Sperm, just, you know, blast right through Lois?) but it also kills the entire series STONE DEAD. So, what, are we going to have SuperBoy in the next film (and make no mistake about it, Superman Returns is an obvious attempt at a franchise starter)? So we're basically going to ignore decades of continuity and just make stuff up for no reason?
And then there's the fact that Superman isn't exactly, well, Super in this film to begin with. Yeah, he does some (nice looking) stuff like catching airplanes and having bullets bounce off his eyeballs, but when it really comes down to it, all he does it sulk, pick things up, and then get the snot beaten out of him by Luthor. Um.. awesome.
It's a mess. A boring, pretentious, worthy mess. Which, in the days of spot-on comic book adaptations like Spider-Man 2 (and most recently Iron Man) is simply unacceptable.
Send it to the Phantom Zone....more info
- it takes more brains to be batman,it`s more fun to be superman
Superman Returns is a very good film that could have been better.It is a very spiritual,emotional and magical film.Superman has the POWER OF THE GODS.He is like an angel from heaven wth superhuman strength and power that he uses to protect himself, save people and fight evil.Superhuman strength and power come from a SUPERNATURAL GOD.The airplane sequence is exhilerating and spectacular.Brandon Routh is perfect as superman,Kevin Spacey is excellent as Lex Luthor.Bryan Singer is a genius film director.I wish Kate Bosworth looked like Victoria Silvstedt or Elle Macpherson or Bollywood Indian film actress Ishaa Koppikar then Superman would have a very beautifull and attractive Lois Lane.Superman returns is very romantic and entertaining.The part when Superman tells lois she says "the world doesn`t need a savior",but every day" I keep hearing them cry out for one" is touching.Superman Returns is a great supernatural,fantasy film.Highlander,Wishmaster 4,and Superman Returns satisfy people`s hunger for spiritual entertainment.Superman is immortal,invincible and more powerfull than the HULK.
- SUPER CAMPY!
When I saw Superman Returns in the theaters, I had hopes that it would be Superman with a more realistic edge to it (to reflect the darker Superman suit), basically a character driven drama with action in it kind of like Batman Begins. What we got was more of the same campy, unrealistic, nonsensical approach that produced Superman III, IV, & V and the last 2 Schumaker Batman movies that almost killed the franchise. I actually heard people groan several times DURING the movie and afterwards there was DEAD SILENCE. I haven't heard that kind of lack of response from a packed theater for a Super hero movie since I saw the last Hulk movie. To put it bluntly, IT STUNK!!! AND now I'm hearing that there is another one in the works? I would tell anyone who is interested in this not to waste their money, unless, that is if you like campy movies and a good laugh. Buy either the first TWO Superman movies (both are on blu-ray), or better yet, buy BATMAN BEGINS (coming to Blu-ray in July) and see how a REAL super hero movie SHOULD be....more info
- I miss the REAL Man of Steel!
I wanted to love this movie, I really, really did. But I can't say that I do. First I'll examine the plot. Okay, Superman leaves Earth for 5 years searching for Krypton...hold on...why would he be searching for Krypton in the first place? He KNOWS it was destroyed thus this aspect of the plot makes zero sense. Next, Lois Lane has a child that is seemingly his yet she doesn't seem to know that Superman is Clark Kent. This totally destroys Superman's character as the all american boy scout and once again leaves me scratching my head wondering why. Next, Lex has a plot to make himself rich that sounds suprizingly like what happened in the first Superman movie when Luthor caused half of California to drop into the ocean.
Now, on to the cast. Who are these people? They cast not one role correctly in this entire movie. I'm sure Tom Welling and the rest of the Smallville cast had contractual obligations that prevented them from starring in this movie but that doesn't excuse the poor choices made for all these iconic characters. Where is Christopher Reeve, may he rest in peace, when you need him? Or Tom Welling for that matter. I say go buy the original Superman movie and the Richard Donner cut of Superman 2 if you want to see some good Superman movies. Don't waste your time on this one. The only reason I own it is because I bought the Ultimate Superman collection which includes all the Superman movies....more info