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I love Superman movies and have watched them ever since I was a kid. I loved Christopher Reeve as Superman so it's strange to see a different actor playing the caped crusader but I have to say, Brandon Routh does a really good job playing Superman. It's quite uncanny that he looks so much like Reeve, especially when he's dressed up as Clarke Kent with his glasses and tie on. Routh's got that brilliant persona down, the slightly geeky but "there's something sexy about him," feeling that you get with the Clarke/Superman character.
From the back of the DVD box the synopsis is as such. "He's back. A hero for our millennium. And not a moment too soon, because during the five years Superman has sought his home planet, things changed on his adopted planet. Nations moved on without him. Louis 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."
Kevin Spacey plays Lex and he really is a scary villain. He has that creepy feeling about him and he's a good adversary for Superman. Louis Lane is played by Kate Bosworth and I think she does well too. She is quite plain looking with a work determination you always see in Lois but she is definitely in love with Superman like all Lois Lanes are.
There are some classic Superman moments in this film. My favourite part is when Lois and some other reporters are on an aeroplane test flight and it starts to break up in the air. Superman comes to save the day and manages to bring the plane to land in the middle of a baseball field where the whole crowd are astonished at first but then start clapping and cheering him as a well done.
The DVD is rated 12 as it contains moderate violence and it runs for 147 minutes approximately.
After a long time of fumbling around not knowing what to do with the incredible man of steel - there was no way Christopher Reeve was gonna make the part, and everything had gone downhill after Warner Bros thought it would be a splendid idea to throw Richard Pryor into the mix - Bryan Singer was hired to direct a brand new Superman film. One that would bring the series out of its sad slum and back into the ever-flourishing Superhero genre of film.
But we got Superman Returns.
Now while Superman Returns isn't a bad film, per se, it isn't particularly good. As the title suggests, the film is about Superman returning to Earth, after a five year absence. After saving her from a plane accident, Clark Kent (Brandon Routh), decides to rekindle his relationship with Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), but complications arise when it turns out she has a son (a FIVE year old son, hint hint), and a marriage to James Marsden and all of that. Also, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her article "Why the world doesn't need Superman". Heartbroken, and probably somewhat cheesed off by the article (I mean, seriously, what a cow), Clark Kent gets his job back at the news. However, the man of steel doesn't have time to worry about any of this much as it turns out the evil genius that is Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) is hatching a plan which begins with him inheriting a lot of money, and ends in him creating a continent of kryptonite. Stuff happens in the middle but no one's really sure what, and everything results in the usual.
So the plot is pretty much what you would expect, and it's not much else. Thing is, I didn't really find much of a connection between any of the characters, really, even though they did try the Lois-Clark thing really hard. It just didn't seem very natural. I didn't really feel for any of them either, although they did do a good job of making you feel bad for Clark.
However, the whole film just didn't seem right. The two leads were far too young to be playing 5-years-older versions of the people from the previous films, and Brandon Routh was great at looking like Reeves, but kind of bad as the Man of Tomorrow. He wasn't nearly buff enough or anything. He really did just look like some guy in a suit. I think the whole thing would have been better as a full reboot of the series instead of a sequel. They wouldn't have had to do a whole origins story, just something a little earlier, and possibly in a different continuity or something.
In its defense though, Bryan Singer was definitely trying when he made this film and its certainly better than his other outing with comic book films (I'm looking at you, X-Men 3), but really, I think he should just stick to Rush Hour.
This film is a bit of a mixed bag! I mean, the SFX are brilliant and it has a fair amount of action but what lets it down, quite majorly, is the fact they decided to continue on from the original 80's film series.
Brandon Routh looks too young as Superman. Christopher Reeve had a ruggedness about him that made him look the part but Brandon kind of looks like a young 17 year old who's pretending to be Superman. On the other hand, his performance as Clark Kent is brilliant! The first time I watched this, seeing him as Reeve's version of Kent sent chills up my spine because they both act and look so much alike!
Kevin Spacey steals the film with his performance, quite rightfully so, given the fact he's a veteran actor who's starred in plenty of great films.
What also takes away some major points from this film is the fact that Superman just tends to......fly around, sulking about Lois Lane for a big chunk of the film. They should have called him SuperWimp(!)
I won't give away the film's twist but I liked it, as long as it doesn't interfere with Superman's future adventure's if they are to make more and continue from the original franchise.
The pace is also surprisingly slow, mostly due to the fact that, as I already stated, Superman just flies around to "clear his head".
When the action finally gets underway, the scenes are great with superb CGI effects!
The one thing I was expecting was when Superman finally starts his first adventure in the film, that he would rip open his shirt to reveal the big S on his costume but they didn't - strange! It would have been fitting.
As a Superman film, it doesn't quite live up to expectations but when you try and follow on from the legendary Christopher Reeve, that's hard to do. A lot of the magic is missing!
See it but don't rush out to buy it.
I can still recall those childhood weekends spent at my grandparents house, where we would be allowed to choose a video from the local video shop. There were a couple of main titles that reared their heads many times, one of which was the original Superman films. The first Superman now looks extremely dated, but still a joy to watch on those cold Sunday afternoons, and the second one is one of the few superhero sequel's to be as good as the first one. Thankfully, this film omits the further 2 sequels from its memory and takes its cue from Superman 2.
When Scientists discovered that Krypton (home to Superman) might still exist somewhere out in the universe, Superman decided to go in search of it hoping to find some survivors. Five years later and Superman crash lands back on earth right in the middle of a lunatic plot by Lex Luther to replace Metropolis (and a large chunk of America) with new land that rises in the ocean after the deposit of Kryptonite. He plans to sell the land for billions of dollars to the governments around the world. Meanwhile, Lois Lane has married and has a son (who is eerily like Clark Kent), aged 5, all of whom find themselves in danger when Luther drags them into his ludicrous plan.
I remember the first time I saw this one at the cinema. There was a tingle of excitement when the thrilling intro music boomed throughout the theatre. This was an event movie, in terms of returning the much-missed Superman to the big screen after a near 20 year absence. Director Bryan Singer does his level best to create a certain continuity, whilst still managing to bring the story up to date. The minimal 5 years absence of Superman is slightly questionable, given that this instalment has all the technology of present day culture in comparison to a very obvious 70s culture in the first film, but mostly because Superman himself looks about 19 years old in comparison to a late 20-something Superman of the original 2 films.
What this film does benefit from is modern day special effects. The original film's tagline was "You'll believe a man can fly", and in this feature, you really will. The flying sequences are seamless, if not as spectacular as that original Superman / Lois meeting in the sky. Bryan Singer crafts an excellent story that puts in place all of the elements that made the original film's so good. If the film suffers from anything, it's the patchy pace. The pace of the film is all over the place, one minute soaring with Superman, the next dragging along through lengthy expose's and dreary bonding conversations.
The cast are top notch though. I cannot think of a better replacement for the late Christopher Reeves than the relatively unknown Brandon Routh. He completely capture's the spirit of the character and emulates Reeve's performance without slaughtering it. He looks just enough like Reeves in his be-spectacled attire to fit the bill, but without looking like a carbon copy. Kevin Spacey is also spectacular, bringing his own brand of quirkiness to the role of the Lex Luthor; Superman's most famous adversary. If there are any performances that slightly miss the boat, its Kate Bosworth. Her performance is slightly one note and she doesn't really capture the wily enthusiasm of the character in the way that Margot Kidder did.
The script is decent enough, but seems clunky with the film being stretched to a daft 2 and a bit hours. Kids (who you would imagine being the target audience) will likely be bored. This one is aimed squarely at the nostalgic adults who'll gasp in excitement at how far the effects have come to make Superman look like he genuinely can fly. A run in with a passenger flight is one of the effect highlights as Superman crashes a baseball game, literally. Singer thankfully remains true to the style of the original films, and it works very well. The film could well do with shedding a good half hour, which might up the ante on the pace a bit. However, visually, the film is near flawless, and with exception of Bosworth, the performances are near note perfect.
The film stars:
Brandon Routh as Superman / Clark Kent
Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor
Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane
James Marsden as Richard
Parker Posey as Kitty
Frank Langella as Perry
Sam Huntington as Jimmy
Eva Marie Saint as Martha
& Marlon Brando in a special appearance as Jor-El (in scene's originally filmed for the original film)
This film was originally commissioned when Bryan Singer was directing X Men 2. The film started filming in March 2005 and finally saw its way into theatre's in June 2006. The film met with generally good reviews with the film review site Rotten Tomatoes applying 77% positivity to the film. There are two separate DVD's available. I own only the one disc DVD which has no extras on it. The double disc featured numerous featurettes which I have never seen. The film runs for 154 minutes, and is available to buy from amazon for the price of £3.08 (for the single disc) and £4.98 (for the double disc edition) . The film is also available on blu-ray for £9.98
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Christopher Reeve is without doubt the definitive Superman and ultimately irreplaceable as the Man of Steel, but here, Warner Bros. have done a surprisingly good job in bringing Superman back to the screen, with a standout performance by newcomer Brandon Routh. Bryan Singer, who cut his comic book teeth on the first two great X-Men films also helps make this a strange, if brave and bold attempt at something different in the Superman mythos.
Loosely following on from Reeves' Superman and Superman II films (ignoring the dodgy third and fourth films he did), Superman Returns has the Man of Steel returning from a long absence, where he travelled into space to find the remains of his planet Krypton. In the interim, Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) has risen to power, and is planning to control the world's power lines via Kryptonian crystals. Superman returns to Earth and resumes his alter ego, Clark Kent, a reporter for the Daily Planet. Here he re-associates with Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), who has since negated Superman despite their previous relationship.
The film is a refreshing take because, while it still features perennial nemesis Luthor, it also takes a different trajectory, examining Superman's personal life, particularly his relationship with Lane, and the possibility that he has sired a child with her, who has now grown up while he has been away. It also features dazzling CGI effects, particularly in the brilliant opening homage sequence to the original film.
Yes, the film had a problematic plot, but Singer effectively captures the feel of Donner's 1978 Superman. The opening credits sequence alone is worth the price of admission. The effects are mesmerising, and Routh and Spacey in particular are excellent in their roles.
I recently reviewed all four of the original Superman films from the eighties. With the exception of the forth, these were all brilliant films that I grew up watching and still really enjoy. So when a new Superman came out I was quite interested to see how it would do.
I must also mention this is a film only review. I have not yet had chance to see the DVD so I can't really comment on any of the extras on there.
Superman Returns came out in 2006. The film was directed by Brian Singer and stars Brandon Routh, Kate Boswell and the brilliant Kevin Spacey. The film was a big hit at the box office as there was a huge fan base to draw on. The film was nominated for an oscar on won quite a few other awards and got lots of other nominations.
The film tells the story of Superman who has returned from his home planet to once again help out the people of earth in there time of need. Lex Luthor is upto his old tricks, this time played by Kevin Spacey, Lex has got his hands on some powerful crystals and is making a new continent that will sink half of North America below the sea. Superman must stop Luthor and save the earth once more.
I liked this film in a lot of way, but for me something was lacking. I think Kevin Spacey played an excellent role and really adds to the film but Superman himself is a little weak. Lois Lane played by kate Bosworth is also weak for me, she does not quite get the role right somehow.
Having said that there is plenty to enjoy in the film. Technology has come along way since the eighties and the effects in this film are great. The story is fast paced and there is plenty of action to enjoy. However the story just does not quite do it for me. Its good, but its not upto the standard of the originals.
The film runs for 154 minutes. This is way to long! The film really drags towards the end and I was looking at my watch wondering how much longer this was going to last. I think they could take half an hour out of the film and that would improve it no end.
The film is rated 12. There is some mild language and some violence but nothing really to serious and I don't think many people will be offended by this film.
Overall this is a good film but a little bit of a disapointment for me. If you take on a massive project like this you have to do it justice and for me they didn't quite get upto standard. If you have seen the originals and enjoyed them there is no reason you won't enjoy this but it just feels very different. So if you like this kind of thing go and check it out, but don't expect anything to special.
This movie was a huge let down.
Superman is an icon, and he needs to be treated with utmost respect. I know the director (Bryan Singer) attempted to do this, and it is no more apparent than with his massive parallels with the first two (forget three and four) Superman movies by Richard Donner.
Brandon Routh was quite an inspired choice to play Clark. Notice I say Clark, not Superman. In the Clark image, he is spookily reminiscent of Christopher Reeve, even down to the mannerisms. When it comes to Superman though, you get the feeling he is too young... too slight, to carry off the persona of the most mighty man on Earth.
The film..... the film is kinda boring. Nothing really happens. Basically, Lex Luthor, played by the perfectly cast Kevin Spacey, gets himself some Kryptonite, and decides he's going to grow a new continent with it, which will destroy a lot of America. That's it.
Along the way, we are treated to a revelation that will make most Superman fans sick, and stuffed up any chance Singer would have had of making another Superman movie.
The film looks, and sounds, fantastic. Great effects and great acting, both let down by a lacklustre plot, and bad pacing.
Fans of Alex Ross' art will be very happy with this movie however, as many of his iconic pieces of art are brought to life on the screen.
Loads of documentaries included, and ten or more deleted or additional scenes.
Not the Superman movie we wanted, but a nice bit of film making. Boring.
In the super-hero family, Spider-man would be the quiet, intellectual one. Batman, the moody teenager. The X-Men would be an assortment of weird cousins. And Superman would be the loud, slightly irritating older sibling, who probably goes to drama school. Personally I prefer the humanity in Spider-Man and the dark streak in Batman. Superman is a bit too super for my liking. The only streak of humanity in him is through his love of Lois Lane, but even when this isn't reciprocated he doesn't get mad. He just goes off and saves a few folk. He's a bit of a goody-two shoes really. But hey, that's the character, and that's what Bryan Singer's had to play with. And he's done a bloody good job.
Superman Returns is a loud, brash, fun summer film. It doesn't matter if you've seen the original two (this is set after Superman II, ignoring the dire third and fourth efforts) or are new to the franchise. Through a couple of flashbacks and snippets of dialogue you get the general idea about who Superman is and what he can do.
There's some great nostalgia with the original theme tune and crappy 70s effects on the credits. Singer handles the pace very carefully, slowly building up the story and characters, holding back instead of just rushing in and doing 'super' things. But when he does let go the fun really begins. The plane sequence is fantastic, and there're some way cool 'Superman impervious to harm' moments. There's also a welcome slice of humour throughout, especially some tongue-in-cheek winks at the franchise's gaping flaws.
Brandon Routh steps up to the super mantel, and does a damn good job. He definitely looks the part, and easily plays the bumbling goofball mixed with the quiet alien who's so in lurve. Kate Bosworth plays Lois reasonably well, but it's a case of 'she's an intelligent woman... and now she's sprawled on the floor in a dress split to her thighs.'
As for Kevin Spacey. Lordy, he puts the 'ham' in 'hamming', clearly enjoying his role as Lex Luthor. He's great fun to watch, and his melodramatic campness makes his utterly ludicrous evil plot (creating a new continent out of magic crystals...) easy to take onboard. Now, ludicrous is a word you can apply to this film. It is ridiculous. But that's why it's so much fun. And it's been setup for sequels that could take the plot in a very interesting direction. My main criticism would be that it dragged a little at the end - Superman saves the day but then there's another twenty minutes of film.
Well Superman returned, but which Superman was he?
I grew up on the Reeve films and his Superman remains my boyhood idol. When I heard that a new movie was being made I was concerned as I felt that nothing could ever replace those movies. When I learned that Bryan Singer was on board and he was looking to stay faithful to the original Reeve films I was very happy. I thought this was the way to go rather than reboot as the earlier movies were sacred ground (well, maybe not Superman IV!).
Superman Returns turned out to be a rather curious animal. It wasn't quite sure what it wanted to be. It was a follow up, but then actually it wasn't because of some glaring mistakes. My feelings are as follows:-
Brandon Routh was perfectly cast. He looked and behaved like Reeve, but didn't play copycat. I thought he did very well and using someone who looked so much like Reeve was inspired as for many people Reeve is the image they associate with Superman. However, Routh simply isn't given enough to do and Superman feels a bit like a bystander in this movie.
I also didn't like the costume. The original Reeve version only needed minor refinements. It didn't need hot pants, logos on belts, logos ripped off the cape and marron colours. That spoiled it tremendously for me since we were being told that this was the same Superman as Reeve's, but in fact it wasn't.
Oh dear. This can only be described as a train wreck of casting. Bosworth is far too young and certainly doesn't have what it takes for the role. When I watch the film I assume Lois isn't in it since she is so much of a departure from Margot Kidder.
I felt sorry for Kevin Spacey as he is a truly fine actor, but he had to follow another truly fine actor. A lot of people say that Spacey was the better Lex Luthor, but I just don't agree. Hackman breathed real life into the villan and to me Spacey's version seems a different person all together. Still, he delivers a solid performance.
Frank Langella, although a good actor, was woefully miscast as Perry White, partly because he simply didn't resemble Jackie Cooper's version in any way whatsoever. How could this be the same character? The actor playing Jilly Olson was ok. The Richard White character though? Unwanted if you ask me.
Why did we need to see Superman's son? Was it really necessary? It advances the plot in no way whatsoever and I felt it was a complete waste of time....and what of any sequel? Will we also have to put up with Superkid?
The look of the film
Strange. Some of it looks like Superman The Movie, such as the Fortress of Solitude, Brando's ghost, Glenn Ford's picture, Clark Kent's costumes and so
on, yet some look completely and utterly different, such as the Daily Planet.
A liked the fact that the film had heart, but this was a movie that was trying to introduce Superman to a new generation and in that respect Singer should have included more action scenes and given Supes more chances to show off what he can do. I partially blame the script writers for the rather lackluster finale.
This film doesn't know what it wants to be. Its half sequel, half reboot and I think thats where it falls down, at least for me. If they were going to do a follow up to the Reeve movies then they should have gone the whole hog. Eiether that or just try and reboot.
Its a shame that Singer won't get a chance of a sequel as I think he could have remedied a lot of the problems. Still, its great to see the tributes to the Reeve films.
28th June 2006
Six years ago, Superman left Earth to explore the remains of is home planet of Krypton. He returns to Earth to find a world that has moved on without him, including Lois Lane.
It was going to be impossible to make a new Superman movie without drawing comparisons to the Christopher Reeves / Richard Donner films. They're too well loved, and Bryan Singer seems to be very aware of this.
In an age of reboots and remakes Singer has chosen instead to respectfully embrace what had come before him placing his film squarely in the middle of the saga (set after Superman II but at the same time doing away with III and IV...yeeeey).
But this was never going to work if he couldn't find the right man to become the Big Blue Boy Scout. All the big names were thrown about, but Singer landed on unknown Brandon Routh, who puts in a performance that would make Reeve proud. Fair to say, playing Superman is a relatively easy role. Clark Kent however is a different kettle of fish. Awkward but never clownish, Routh displays the same knack that Reeve did of becoming a totally different person when in his Clark persona. Look carefully and you'll notice that he's only really the awkward type when around Lois.
And so on to Lois Lane. Kate Bosworth seems an odd choice, and something always seems a little off. Not to belittle her performance though. She plays her part well, and her classic looks fit right into the artful world that Singer crafts. Probably more of a case of good actress, wrong role.
And of course every film needs a bad guy and it's clear here that the short list for Lex Luthor wasn't much longer than Kevin Spaceys name.
The main complaint about this film centres around it's lack of action, which isn't really a justified claim. There are several action set pieces, only none of them involve Superman wailing on a Big Bad Guy, which is part and parcel of most superhero films these days. But that's not what Superman is about.
At the same time, the film does tend to have some slightly overlong scenes of exposition but this is only down to Singers interest in injecting humanity and personality into his characters, something that worked well in the two X-men films he helmed.
Whilst it's not hard to see why many didn't like this, it certainly isn't the train wreck that many would make it out to be. In fact, it's a beautifully shot classical piece of film making, a brave move when all the studios want at the end of the day is a fat cheque to show for their efforts.
Elegant, and at the same time powerful but most off all, from the moment the classic John Williams theme tune kicks in, most definately a Superman movie.
Firstly I'd just like to note that I own the single disc edition of this film and can not comment on any of the special features on the two disc edition. With that in mind I'll focus on the film.
Superman Returns was something of an event for me back in 2006, I'm usually a fan of Superman in all its forms but I think the early Christopher Reeve films really take the gold for best interpretation. Superman Returns attempts to pick up roughly after Superman: The Movie but borrows a bit of continuity from Superman II. The approach creates a follow up to the style of the first two films but never strictly follows the story. I was eagerly anticipating this film but I had distinctly mixed reactions.
The plot itself is fairly original. As we join the film Superman has been absent for some years (a brief blurb at the start tells us he's gone to space to look for traces of his home planet.) Arriving rather suddenly, we see Clark Kent and his alter ego attempt to fit back into the world he left behind. Unfortunately life has carried on without him and he is forced to reflect upon whether the world needs him at all.
This take on the Man of Steel's role in society is interesting but ultimately proves to be poorly executed. The film chooses to explore most of these themes through Kate Bosworth's spurned Lois Lane. Superman Returns gives us a world in which Lois Lane has been forced to grow out of fantasy and live in a world without superheroes. When Superman comes back into Lois Lane's life, Kate Bosworth just seems petulant. Brandon Routh is wooden even by Superman standards though I think that a more dynamic supporting cast would have really allowed his performance to stand out. As it is, Routh's Superman is little more than a body builder with angst. Even the proven actors feel wasted here with Kevin Spacey's Lex Luthor the single bright spot.
The film does have its strengths. Its few actions scenes are wonderfully paced and excellent visually and it is brave enough to place Superman in a position of uncertainty but it cannot change the fact that Superman Returns is attempting to pick up a thread we all left thirty years ago. Times have changed and so have the characters, Superman needs to return to the 21st century.
This is a worthy re-make of the earlier, inflluential, 'classic' Superman series, and it retains much of the qualities of them, whilest updating the special effects and overall power of Superman. The special effects make it very worthwhile.
The hero is played by an actor who succeeds aptly in re-capturing the absolute strength but simultaneous vulnerability that Christopher Reeve originally achieved.
One wonders if this film could exist the way it does, without the influence of the earlier films. Thankfully, they kept the original music too.
Small criticisms extend to the overall length of the film (where death-defying tension can be quite prolonged) and the underused quality of Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor. The humor is not as strong as it could be either, since Gene Hackman's original Lex had a humorous side too, as well as a menacing. Spiderman was a lot more fun.
However, the emphasis is placed on the spirituality of Superman, and it handles this with refinement and understatement. It reminds us of the veiled Christianity behind the comics, and the atmosphere inherent in the original movies.
As a huge fan of the previous Superman films, the excitement I felt in the build up to the release of this DVD was second to none and for the large part that excitement was fully justified.
What I love in the previous versions is fact that I grew up watching them and they feel like Superman, or should I say Christopher Reeve feels like Superman. Brandon Routh does just about as good a job as anyone could have done filling those boots, but it just doesn't feel like Superman to me. Maybe in a couple of sequels time it will do.
I won't go into the plot and spoil things for those who haven't seen it but suffice to say it is Superman vs Lex Luthor and that is perhaps how Superman movies should be. Lex is superbly portrayed by Kevin Spacey and Louis by Kate Bosworth. The whole love interest thing between Clark/Superman and Louis rears its head again and is well tackled.
The special effects have obviously moved onto another level, or planet you could say, since the previous movie and that can only be a good thing. The scene with the airplane backs that point up.
For fans of Superman, this will be great. Go buy it now.
yawn! The new age film of superman concentrates so much on making brandon routh look the spit of christopher reeve that once they acheived that they obviously didnt have enough funding to come up with a plot. never ending and tedious it lacked everything the previous films brought to life. The franchise was probably ruined with the release of superman three but this film finishes it completely, there is no explanation how supermans absense has made him younger and Luthors comedic actions which made the original series are no more. superman was always a family film but some scenes would terrify a younger audience and while other films such as batman and spiderman have managed to rebrand to a new age superman has failed miserably lacking enthusiasm, plot and ultimately christopher reeve' magic. superman was a film of the 1980s it is not a film for the new century. shame
I cannot figure out why I love this film, I think my initial connection with it was the opening credit sequence. The superman story is one of my favourite comic book stories and I can't get enough of it in any of its formats. Whilst not the weakest offering from the franchise, I think most would agree that that is Superman 4, it is a weak film.
Its main weakness is in its casting, particularly of the leads. Kate Bosworth is no Lois Lane certainly not in comparison with her contemporaries. Even Smallville's Erica Durance makes a better Lois. As for Brandon Routh he looks a bit like Christopher Reeves which is probably all they cast him for. His dialogue seems minimal. Kevin Spacey plays Lex and is good but not as good as Gene Hackman. It is a real shame that the cast is so weak, thankfully they rehash superman regularly enough for us to look forward to another offering in the next 30 years. I sincerely hope they've learnt enough from this film to know not to bother with a sequel.
As I said though I still really enjoyed this film. Probably because its so easy to forget the actors are there and you concentrate on the story. I think a fault with the film is its length it spends a long time before you really get into the plot which basically consists of Lex creating land (because land is a major asset) from crystals he finds in the fortress of solitude. This film is so long that everytime I watch it I find myself missing bits due to sleep. Its probably for this reason I enjoy watching it over and over again.
It's fair to say that Superman Returns probably wasn't quite the blockbuster many were expecting. It concentrates its action on a handful of dazzling, audacious sequences, it spends time working with its characters, and it deliberately pays homage to the heritage of the source material. Knitted together by Bryan Singer, the man behind the camera for the first two X-Men features, it's some distance away from the last time the Man of Steel appeared on the big screen. But that's very much a good thing. Whilst it doesn't quite, and nor did it need to, perform the major surgery that Batman Begins had to undertake on the Dark Knight's adventures, Singer nonetheless leaves distance between his film and some of its predecessors (although there are respectful tips of the hat to the first two films, not least the nostalgia-inducing credits sequence). The plot finds Superman returning to Earth after several years away, to discover that the world has moved on in his absence. It's not as safe, Lex Luthor is out of prison, and Lois Lane now has a family. Which is the cue for a lot of soul searching, slower, tender moments and character development that divided some sections of the cinema audience. Yet, thanks to a stirring cast, led by newcomer Brandon Routh, the end product gels extremely well. Routh's performance is a fitting tribute to the late Christopher Reeve, while Kevin Spacey chews up anything he's allowed to as key villain Lex Luthor. Further, credible, support comes in the form of Parker Posey, James Marsden and Kate Bosworth. It'd be remiss to call Superman Returns a flawless film. After all, the running time could use fifteen minutes taking off, there's not enough Kevin Spacey and there are occasional moments when the pacing feels a little off. But it is a superb return to form for the classic superhero, with the modern day blockbuster ingredients of some meat to go with the action firmly in place. Further instalments, Mr Singer, will be more than welcome. --Simon Brew