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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25 June 2006 | crobarj1
Superman Lives!
Saw an advance screening yesterday...

Brandon Routh pulled it off beautifully. He resembles Christopher Reeve's Superman so much it's uncanny. The first time he smiles as Clark Kent, back at work at the daily Planet, it felt like it was Christopher Reeve again.

Kevin Spacey is an excellent Lex Luthor. His role was written much better than Hackman's role in the original films. He didn't seem to be coming up with plans that could only work under comic book logic. Admittedly, they could only work in Superman's comic book universe, (Fortress of Solitude, Krypton, Kryptonite, etc.) but the logic of his plan is sound. His character's obsession with real estate resembles Hackman's Lex, but Spacey's Lex is a much less silly version of the role. Hackman is a great actor, but his Lex Luthor was very badly written, IMHO. Nobody could have saved it.

The effects were great, the story was great, the acting was overall very good. There were, however, numerous errors in the reality of real things. The end of the scene involving the Mustang (no spoilers here) defies the reality of cars, as an example. Sure it's not the first time a Superman movie, or indeed any comic book adaptation, has made these type of errors, but it would have been better if they did little things like that right, instead of using the "Eh, it's just a movie" excuse.

Ultimately, I loved this film. It's a great story well told. It doesn't need to be anything else.

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the two writers of the screenplay make an appearance as school kids making notes as Lex Luthor arrives to steal the meteorite and shoos them away.


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...


Clark returns to the Daily Planet and talks to Jimmy. Perry White calls Jimmy into his office. Jimmy tells Clark he has to go, but he'll be back to check on him in a sec. Jimmy turns toward Mr. White's office to walk away. In the next shot, Jimmy faces Clark again, then turns around again to walk away. Between shots, the extras in the background disappear.

Crazy Credits

The credits contain this statement: "Clarke's Third Law - Profiles of the Future (1973) by Sir Arthur C. Clarke which is a reference to the paraphrasing of the law ["Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"] twice in the movie.

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.


from Carmen
Written by
Georges Bizet
Performed by Slovak Royal Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Rahbari, Conductor
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Action | Sci-Fi


Release Date:

28 June 2006


English, German, French

Country of Origin

USA, Australia

Filming Locations

Cnr Auckland & King Streets Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Box Office


$270,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,535,096 2 July 2006

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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