The Man of Steel returns to the big screen with this continuation of the icon's film legacy that picks up after the events of the first two Christopher Reeve films. Some time has passed since the events of Superman II and the world has gotten used to life without Superman (Brandon Routh) ever since his puzzling disappearance years earlier. Upon his return, he finds a Metropolis that doesn't need him anymore, while Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has moved on with another young suitor Richard White (James Marsden) in the meantime. As the hero begins to tackle the fact that life on Earth has continued without him, he is forced to face his old arch-nemesis Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) and restore the life that was once his. Directed by Bryan Singer from a script by the writing team of X-Men 2, Superman Returns marks a return to the screen for the man in tights, whose production history has seen many failed attempts including a famous near-miss from Tim Burton and Kevin Smith with Nicolas Cage in the lead role, along with another from director McG and writer J.J. Abrams (Lost). Singer eventually won the prestigious gig when he pitched the idea to not tackle the origin story again, but continue with director Richard Donner's original vision.~Jeremy Wheeler
Disc 2 - Special Features:
Nearly 3 hours of exclusive in-depth documentaries including: Making Superman Returns: From script to screen
Designing Superman: From art and costume design to set construction
The Joy of Lex: Behind the scenes with Kevin Spacey
How filmmakers recreated Jor-El, Superman's Father, played by Marlon Brando
After numerous failed scripts and numerous directors, finally a story to bring Superman back into theaters, and directed by Bryan Singer of the X-men and X-men 2 movies.
Yes, it could have used a bit more action, but the personal story shined through to give Superman an extra dimension.
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Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
This movie is OK. It is not as good as Superman, The Movie from 1979 nor is it as good as the follow up in Superman II. It strives to forget Superman III and Superman IV. It also tries to have more of a development of character then action. While the parts are played well (Brandon Roth is very good at communicating the spirit of Christopher Reeves) the movie still seems to lack a connection.