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Superman Returns
(2006 Film)


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Cast:

Brandon Routh as Clark Kent/Superman
Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane
Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor
Sam Huntington as Jimmy Olsen
Frank Langella as Perry White
Parker Posey as Kitty Kowalski
Eva Marie Saint as Martha Kent
Marlon Brando as Jor-El [archive footage]

Director- Bryan Singer
Writers- Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, Bryan Singer.

Superman Returns (2006)
:  I like this movie, but there's just one problem:  The guy they got to play Superman looks all of 12.  He's not a bad actor, but he looks way too young to be Superman.  If they were making a Superboy movie, he'd be top contender, but Superman?  Uh, uh.  Especially since this movie is about an older, experienced Superman.  They should have at least cast a man in his thirties, or they could have made Brandon look more buff...something is needed.  But that's why the movie did "sort of okay" at the box office and wasn't the tremendous blockbuster spectacular everyone was expecting.  I also thought Kate Bosworth was too young to play a thirty-something Lois Lane.

    It seems Warner Bros. wants to bury this movie under the rug, pretend it doesn't exist, and reboot the Superman movie franchise.  I think that's a bit harsh.  This was a really good movie except for the casting of Superman, himself.  And it wasn't even terrible casting, just misguided.  I thought Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor was AWESOME!  I'm not a huge Kevin Spacey fan by any measure, but he's improved over the years, and his role as Lex Luthor is proof.  He does justice to the role practically invented by his predecessor Gene Hackman.  He acts enough like Hackman's Lex Luthor to give us what we expect to see, while putting enough of his own personality in it to make him a fresh character.  Great job, Kevin!

    The movie itself gives us all the grand spectacle and epic storytelling we've come to expect in a Superman movie.  I even like the basic idea of the movie.  Superman has been away for a long time (5 years) and returns to Earth.  Things have changed, and not for the better.  His true love Lois Lane has a young son and a fiance.  Lex Luthor is out of prison and causing serious trouble again.  The world is in worse shape than when Superman left it and he feels bad about that.  Superman has a whole mess of super problems to work out!

    "Superman Returns" is a loose sequel to the Christopher Reeve "Superman" films.  Director Bryan Singer has publicly stated that this movie follows up on "Superman" (1978) and "Superman II" (1980), but entirely ignores "Superman III" (1983) and "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" (1987).  Perhaps it would have been wise to acknowledge Superman III and IV, as those movies are also well-liked.  What I think is silly is that they still acknowledge Marlon Brando's performance as Jor-El in the original "Superman" movie, but rewrote that Clark Kent's adoptive mother Martha is still alive.  Singer and the writers just kind of followed what they wanted to in the first two Superman movies, and did what they wanted to the rest of the way.  And why was Lex Luthor completely bald in this movie instead of partially bald?  How do they explain that?  It was actually a good thing, though, as I prefer Lex Luthor to be entirely bald; most people do.  The point is that this isn't an entirely faithful follow-up to the classic "Superman" films of the 1970s-80s.

    This movie is worth watching.  It's a fun superhero movie with a new idea that's never before been tried on Superman.

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