Superman Returns Movie Review



Superman Returns Features
U.S. Release Date: 6/28/06 (wide)
Running Length: 2:37
MPAA Classification: PG-13 (Violence)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Cast: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Sam Huntington, Eva Marie Saint, Marlon Brando, Tristan Leabu
Director: Bryan Singer
Screenplay: Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris, based on characters originated by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel
Music: John Ottman, Original theme by John Williams
U.S. Distributor: Warner Brothers

Superman Returns is the sequel fans have been waiting for. Yes, there were four movies starring Christopher Reeve, but only the first two were actually worth watching. Superman Returns is the long lost Superman III.

However, Superman Returns is a weird jumble of Superman, and Superman II, and doesn’t exactly count as a sequel. Superman Returns begins somewhere in between the first two movies. For about half of the movie I was thinking “Doesn’t Lois Lane know that Clark Kent is Superman?” The answer is yes in Superman II, but during Superman Returns she seems to have no clue! Many oddities of this type occur throughout the movie, and it is best just to pretend they aren’t there.

Unfortunately for Superman Returns, a $200 million budget wasn’t enough to come up with an original storyline. If you are familiar with the original movies at all, many parts of the movie will seem like regurgitations with better graphics. Also, there are many dialogue nudges at the original, such as “I hope this experience doesn’t discourage you from flying, statistically it is still the safest way to travel…” and the drawn out father to son speech about living their lives through each other.