Superman Returns (DVD, 2006, Widescreen Edition)
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- kooshmeister3Dec 12, 2013by
Superman Is Back!
Superman returns from a five year absence to start cleaning up Metropolis again. Features standout performances by Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor and Frank Langella as Perry White and quite a few exciting action sequences. To name a few: Superman saving a plummeting airliner, stopping a group of bank robbers armed with a humongous gatling gun, and lifting an entire island made out of Kryptonite out of the sea and tossing it into space. Good stuff.
- rock_star70Dec 20, 2010by
Superman Returns should continue its' sequals!
I very much liked how Brandon Routh portrayed and acted out Superman in a humble and mysterious way. This is how Superman was meant to be. I loved this Superman film as the special effects were 10x better than the earlier Christopher Reeves films. The scenes of Superman flying were much more mind captivating/persuasive regarding speed, power, and flight. I highly recommend this film.
- 2-thumbs-up!!Oct 23, 2008by
"I'm Always Around" Solid performace by Brandon Routh!
He's back. A hero for our millennium. And not a moment too soon, because during the five years (much longer in movie-fan years!) Superman sought his home planet, things changed on his adopted planet earth. Nations moved on without him. Lois Lane now has a son, a fiance and a Pulitzer for "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." And Lex Luthor has a plan that will destroy millions - no, billions - of lives. Filmmaker Bryan Singer (X-Men) gives the world the Superman it needs, honoring the legend everyone loves while taking it in a powerful new direction. Brandon Routh proves a perfect choice to wear the hero's cape, leading a top cast that includes Kate Bosworth as Lois and Kevin Spacey as Lex. And the thrills - from a sky-grapple with a tumbling jumbo jet to a continent-convulsing showdown - redefine Wow. "I'm always around," Superman tells Lois. You'll be glad he is. Makes a nice addition to your collection. Granted Christopher Reeves is the KING of superman in our hearts, but Brandon Routh is VERY convincing in this role!!Read full review
- sylverliningsApr 16, 2009by
A Credit to the Name 'Superman' (and Chris Reeve...)
So, where to start... Why, at the beginning, of course!
Superman Returns begins in a spectacular way with that same amazing music from the old Christopher Reeve movies (you know, that Superman theme that all your family members and friends seem to be humming or whistling even though you're supposed to be the Superman fan!). The original score may have been tweeked a little but it's still the same in so many ways (it's enough to leave you breathless at times). Amazing sound!
Next is the cast. I agree with everyone else; Kevin Spacey hands down takes the cake for best choice in casting. I thought Gene Hackman was good as Lex but Spacey outdid him by far. Brandon Routh, though, shows the most potential. As his first (and hopefully not last) appearance as Superman he did really good here. As a matter of fact, his Superman is a lot like Christopher Reeve's....I know, I know, we all miss Chris but I think Routh was paying homage more than replacing him. I've heard very little good said about Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane; she's either too young (what an idiotic complaint! young cast = sequels) or not a talented enough actress or...on and on and on. My opinion is SHE DID GOOD. She's not Margot Kidder, Erica Durance, or Noel Neill but she is LOIS. She may be the only actor here who made their character completely their own and nomatter what people's opinion happens to be of her portrayal, she's taking way too much flack for it. The other roles, including Jimmy Olsen, Perry White and Richard White, are also filled well (and be sure to watch this movie more than once; recognize anyone? there are a lot of guest appearances here! I think I mentioned Noel Neill earlier...). Surprisingly, the cast really works well together.
The story was excellent. It was pivotal but well timed, updated but reminiscent; it both reminded us of the past and gave a glimpse of the future. Still, I don't think it would have worked at all without the tone of optimism that Bryan Singer brings to a film (I mean, look at his X-Men movies. I don't even LIKE the X-Men and I LOVED those movies). All I can say is, I hope he directs the next one.
Visuals are pretty good in Superman Returns. The special effects are spectacular but don't overwhelm the story (examples overwhelmed stories: Spider-Man 3 and Fantastic Four 2; both good but a little much) and the lighting fits well. I do have a little pet peeve about the new Superman suit, though (usually I have more than one with even favorite movies and series). The cape looks like it's made of a rubbery plastic, the raised chest insignia doesn't work and the colors are off. Oh, and I kind of liked the oval belt buckle better (what can I say, I'm a Taxan). None of that really interferes with how much you enjoy the movie, though. It truly is a great movie but if you watch it and don't love it watch it one more time and I think you'll change your mind!
It is now 2009 and a sequel was set to come out this year along with a Justice League movie. Both were postponed until maybe 2011. There is talk of canning the entire cast and Bryan Singer and rebooting the franchise once again, while simultaneously 'going darker' on all future DC projects due to the success of The Dark Knight. Go darker? With Superman? I say let's revolt!Read full review
- dadinwiAug 06, 2008by
Another in the "Comic Book goes to the Big Screen" genre' that is so in vogue' these days. This version of the Superman story gives kudos to the original film starring Christopher Reeves in that original footage of Marlan Brando was used in the Fortress of Solitude scene. Of course, modern visual effects brought some amazing story board ideas to life. Not to spoil anyone's fun, but there are some events in the movie that lend themselves to the idea a sequel may be in the works. In my humble opinion, this movie franchise is not complete. I recommend seeing this movie if you are at all a fan of the comics. Superman's powers are not exaggerated nor are any added that are not disclosed in the comic books. His x-ray vision, heat vision, telescopic sight, super strength and flight ability as well as being bulletproof are all used extensively. I give it five stars.Read full review