Superman Returns (2006)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Sci-Fi

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Superman returns to Earth after spending five years in space examining his homeworld Krypton. But he finds things have changed while he was gone, and he must once again prove himself important to the world.


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11 August 2020 | jamesrupert2014
| Fun, old-style superhero action
After searching space for the ruins of his home-world, The Man of Steel (Brandon Routh) returns to Metropolis to find Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) a mother and Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacy) once again on a search for prime real-estate regardless of the cost. The film is very much a follow-up to the first two Christopher Reeve films (Superman, 1978 and Superman II, 1980) and has the same winning blend of action-adventure and whimsical fantasy. Routh, who strongly resembles Reeve, plays the dual role of super-hero and nebbish alter-ego with the same dead-pan earnestness that Reeve did, which I found to be a welcome change (when rewatched recently) from the current crop of flippant or morose characters the people the DC or Marvel cinematic universes. The story, script and special effects are quite good and the film reprises John Williams's magnificent score. The plot, which finds Luthor (ab)using Kryptonian technology to sire a new continent off the Eastern seaboard (at the expanse of flooding most of North America) is well developed and Spacy does a great job of reinterpreting Gene Hackman's fun spin on the callous, bald megalomaniac criminal mastermind. While not as memorable as 1978's Otis (the great Ned Beatty) and Miss Teschmacher (Valerie Perrine), Luthor's various expendable hench-folk are fine, as is Bosworth's take on the intrepid Lois. Most of the time the film bounces along from crisis to crisis at a brisk pace but does drag a bit at the end. Having nondescript memories of the film, (which I first saw when it came out) I was surprised how much I enjoyed 'Superman Returns' during my recent re-watching on Netflix (although perhaps I have hero-fatigue from all of the over-the-top, trendy-preachy CGI extravaganzas that are being dished out these days). Fans of current blockbusters may find 'Superman Returns' a bit soft, nostalgic, and technically underwhelming but I encourage them to give it a look (along with the late Chris Reeve's fun and irony-free contributions to the canon (but just the first two!)).

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Bryan Singer wanted Christopher Reeve to make a cameo appearance in the film but Reeve died before filming began. Singer then decided to dedicate the film to him.


Jor-El: You will travel far my little Kal-El. But we will never leave you. Even in the face of our deaths. You will make my strength your own. You will see my life through your eyes as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the...


Inconsistencies with Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) are not being counted as goofs. Bryan Singer stated that Superman Returns (2006) ignores the latter two film and is a loose sequel to the concepts of the first two, with chronology and other story details adjusted. Therefore IMDB is treating this film as a separate entity.

Crazy Credits

When the Warner Bros logo appears, the opening bars of the John Williams "Superman" theme are heard.

Alternate Versions

In the IMAX presentation, four scenes (totalling about 20 minutes) were converted from 2D to 3D: The flashback to Clark Kent's youth on the farm, the Shuttle/777 rescue, the rescue of the sinking ocean liner, and the final flyover before the credits. Bryan Singer developed a cue featuring an icon of Clark's glasses flashing in green at the bottom of the screen when it is time to put them on, and then with a red circle/slash over when it is time to take them off.


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Written by
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Action | Sci-Fi

Box Office


$270,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,535,096 2 July 2006

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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