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Superman Returns
- Kevin Spacey

Overview - For five years, Superman (Brandon Routh) has been away from Earth, coaxed into space by a belief that Krypton may still exist. Finding nothing, he comes back to a changed world--not only has terrorism become rampant, but Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has married, started a family, and won the Pulitzer for her piece "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." After a stop in Smallville to see his adopted mother (Eva Marie Saint), Superman is back in Metropolis, and Clark Kent has his old job back at the Daily Planet, with everyone still incredibly oblivious to his alter ego.  Read more...

 
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Overview

For five years, Superman (Brandon Routh) has been away from Earth, coaxed into space by a belief that Krypton may still exist. Finding nothing, he comes back to a changed world--not only has terrorism become rampant, but Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has married, started a family, and won the Pulitzer for her piece "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." After a stop in Smallville to see his adopted mother (Eva Marie Saint), Superman is back in Metropolis, and Clark Kent has his old job back at the Daily Planet, with everyone still incredibly oblivious to his alter ego. But where there's Superman, there's Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey), and he is likely to be planning something dastardly--in this case, using a piece of pilfered kryptonite to grow an entirely new continent that he will control. Bryan Singer (X-MEN 1 and 2), armed with a script by Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, approaches the red cape with reverence for the lore of the character, and respect for Richard Donner's SUPERMAN (1980) and Richard Lester's 1980 sequel, films that ushered in the era of the modern superhero film. Singer's SUPERMAN is filled with melancholy, and not so subtly suggests the notion of Superman as a Christ figure, sacrificing himself to save mankind. But there are still laughs, mostly courtesy of Spacey (clearly having a blast) and Parker Posey as his moll, Kitty Kowalski, as well as plenty of gasp-inducing set pieces, including a spectacular and terrifying almost-plane crash and a sinking boat. While modern visual effects have allowed Superman to go to entirely new realms, Singer keeps them from becoming the film's raison d'être, thus keeping the Man of Steel's gigantic heart intact--heavy though it may be.

Cast List

Thomas Tull - Executive Producer, SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006)
John Ottman - Composer/Editor, SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006)
Guy Hendrix Dyas - Production Designer, THE BROTHERS GRIMM (2005)
Guy Hendrix Dyas - Production Designer, THE BROTHERS GRIMM (2005)
Guy H. Dyas - Production Designer, THE BROTHERS GRIMM (2005)
Chris Lee - Producer, FINAL FANTASY (2001)
Bryan Singer - American director
Kevin Spacey - American actor
Eva Marie Saint - American Actress
Elliot Graham - Editor, SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006)
Daniel Harris - Screenwriter
John Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
John Towner Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Johnny Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
James Marsden - Actor, DISTURBING BEHAVIOR
Parker Posey - Actress
Newton Thomas Sigal - Cinematographer, SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006)
Scott Mednick - Executive producer, SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006)
Jon Peters - Producer/Executive
William Fay
Michael Dougherty - Screenwriter, X2 (2003)
Frank Langella - American Actor
Kate Bosworth - Actress, SUPERMAN RETURNS
Stephen Jones - Co-producer, SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006)
Gilbert Adler - Producer/"Certain Fury"
Gil Adler - Producer/"Certain Fury"
Marlon Brando - Oscar winning american actor/director, THE GODFATHER (1972)
Marlon Brando Jr. - Oscar winning american actor/director, THE GODFATHER (1972)
Brandon Routh - Actor, SUPERMAN RETURNS (2005)
Louise Mingenbach - Costume Designer, THE RUNDOWN (2003)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 154
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 012569723511
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for some intense action violence.)
  • Release Date: September 2010

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Related Keywords:
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Reviews:
3 stars out of 5 -- "Spacey powers the movie with ripe, nasty fun....All the actors serve Singer's vision." - 07/13/2006 Rolling Stone, p.124


"Routh and Bosworth have a puppyish connection that grows on you, and it's tapped by a shrewd romantic story." -- Grade: B - 06/30/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.135


4 stars out of 5 -- "It's the deftness with which the director walks this line between classic and contemporary that makes SUPERMAN RETURNS a success." - 08/01/2006 Total Film, p.28


5 stars out of 5 -- "The performances are all outstanding, especially Bosworth, who is fetching and interesting as Lois Lane, but the biggest key to the film is Routh's excellent performance in the title role." - 08/01/2006 Ultimate DVD, p.80


4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[The] elements -- the casting, cinematography, design and score -- ultimately serve Singer's greatest achievement, which is the storytelling." - 08/01/2006 Box Office, p.40


"As in the X-MEN films, Singer keeps coming up with interesting ways to demonstrate superpowers....A satisfying installment which goes beyond soap to show a genuine development in the life of its heroes." - 09/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.76


4 stars out of 4 -- "For all the digital dazzle, it harks back to a more innocent age....This is a good old-fashioned romantic fantasy." - 09/01/2006 Uncut, p.121

 
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