Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Brandon Routh, Stephan Bender,
Kate Bosworth, Sam Huntington, Marlon Brando, Frank Langella,
James Karen, Mike Massa, James Marsden, Kal Penn, Noel Neill,
Eva Marie Saint, Parker Posey, Peta Wilson
RunTime: 2 hrs 34 mins
Released By: Warner Bros
Official Website: http://supermanreturns.warnerbros.com/
Day: 29 June 2006
Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of
Steel returns to Earth in a new chapter in the powerful saga
of one of the world's best-loved superheroes. While dealing
with an old enemy’s plot to render him powerless once
and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization
that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her
life. Or has she?
bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between
them while finding a place in a society that has learned to
survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he
loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an
epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths
of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.
Positive Movie Review:
returns! And in a style befitting a worldwide pop cultural
icon easily recognizable from that distinctively red-yellow
S-shield. Being stuck in production hell for almost 2 decades
since the last movie installment, Bryan Singer has resurrected
the Man of Steel for the silver screen, with an all new cast
made up of fresh faces and veterans, even Marlon Brando, as
hands of lesser directors, it will be tempting to make a Superman
movie consisting of mindless slugfests, capitalizing Supes'
invulnerability. Early drafts of a new Superman movie wanted
to do just that. In the hands of unimaginative storytellers,
this same invulnerability will also prove to be a bane, and
therefore translate into a bore. Singer, based on his track
record of his successful X-Men movies, in massaging multiple
favourite characters and telling a compelling story, weaves
his brand of magic into Superman, giving us not only what
everyone would come to expect, but also an extremely important
factor that makes this movie a winner -
Superman. It's no easy feat, but he pulled it off wonderfully.
the last son of Krypton, sent here like a messiah with powers
to conquer, it is too easy to dismiss him as a boy scout on
a mission to save the world from evil doers and natural disasters,
and take for granted that he does what he does, because he
can. Singer worked plenty of emotions into Clark, as well
as Superman, in feeling the isolation of an alien in an adopted
home, in always trying to pretend to be what he's not. You
feel his pain that despite being around his loved ones, he
will never able to always be there for them, because of his
higher calling. There are scenes which makes you feel just
that - Here's Superman, but ok, now that you're safe and sound,
he has to go wrap things up, see you around later. A man yearning
to shut out the outside world for quality time, but not being
able to do so, for who he is.
almost invulnerable, Singer worked into the story, moments
where his invulnerability wanes. And I tell you, even the
most stoic critic of Superman, will feel pain and anger when
that happens. It's as if Superman was a fellow human being,
and seeing him subjected to the cruelties of nasty human thugs,
just makes the blood inside you boil. You want to help, but
obviously can't since it's just a movie. But you feel just
Routh, a relative unknown, filled the shoes well as the new
Clark Kent/Superman. He bore some resemblance to the late
Christopher Reeve, and at times even sounded like a youthful
version of Reeve too. He did a commendable job in not being
over-awed in a role which is under constant spotlight, and
he is believable both as the Man of Steel, and as the bumbling
Clark. I believe Routh will win fans approval worldwide for
his portrayal, and it should endear him as another definitive
cinematic Superman. I like the continuation of that bit through
conversation that Superman doesn't lie.
too did a great job continuing the film version of the tough
as cookie Lois Lane, though here the character has mellowed
somewhat because she's a mommy now. And it's always the little
things that count, that she still smokes, still is a klutz
at times, and an extremely nice touch to progress from the
first two Reeve-Kidder Superman movies, she finally won her
Pulitzer Prize, although it was for her story which stung
with a criticism on why the world doesn't need Superman. (Look
out for that explicit jibe about the Oscars too).
to forget, Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, criminal mastermind.
Brain over brawn. It's interesting that Superman's greatest
enemy has always been Lex, a mere human, but with a desire
to eliminate Superman, and here, Lex wastes no time by lapsing
into mindless monologues when going one up against our hero.
Spacey's Lex is slightly different from Gene Hackman's, in
that this one had a little more comedic flavour, though not
always intentional. Spacey hams it up a bit, and made it somewhat
scary - you'll never know what is going on inside his bald
head. And there are some scenes which just crack you up at
times, like the gig with the toothbrush (shan't say more).
scenes were slow to begin with, but builds up into a megalomaniac's
plot to become a landlord, again tipping the hat and staying
true to the Hackman version. That means that there is no LexCorp,
but that's just a minor upset. His array of wigs and headpieces
are also included, and his female companion in Kitty Kowalski
(Parker Posey) brought back shades of Eve Teschmacher from
the 1978 movie, in having a thing for Superman and humanity
in general. In reference to the earlier movies, Superman's
ability to see through lies was also mentioned, and it worked
into Lex's brainchild of an idea in having Kowalski put up
as a sort of bait.
of nice performances from the supporting characters, like
X-Men's Cyclops James Marsden (does he hold the honour of
starring in superhero movies from Marvel and Dc?) as Richard
White, the Superman alternative of a man who can always be
there for you, the family man with no cares of the outside
world other than his own family, and Frank Langella bringing
veteran clout as Daily Planet's Chief Editor Perry White.
Sam Huttington's Jimmy Olsen was a natural too, rounding up
our Planet's crew.
gave fan boys what we've come to experienced - Superman's
powers. As far as I know, most of the obvious powers were
covered, from heat vision - two techniques used, TV's Smallville
invisible swirls and the laser beams blasting, his invulnerability,
his ability of flight with nice details like sonic booms when
he breaks the sound barrier, the see all X-Ray vision, his
super eavesdropping ability, and his powerful breath. It's
a showcase of powers done to perfection with today's special
effects. And of course with technology, Superman is always
in a constant state of motion, seldom with his feet on the
ground (hey, if I can fly, why would I want my feet to be
planted firmly on the ground? I float!)
are plenty of exellent elements incorporated from the earlier
movies, like the opening credits scene, spruced up of course,
but you'll see touches of the original, and THAT all too familiar
fanfare theme composed by John Williams has been combined
into a new score as well. It's as if to signal an intention
to reboot the franchise, but keeping with it the good bits
from the earlier movies, saluting them, like in that final
flight around earth's orbit.
are also many signature scenes which have already become part
of the Superman mythos, put into the movie as well, like how
reliant he is from Earth's yellow sun as his source of power
- that flight into the sun rays to recharge, gave me the goosebumps,
as did the scene where he tips a car, right out from Action
Comics, as does his lifting of the globe scene, akin to Atlas
carrying the weight of the world on his broad shoulders. And
his constant staying in orbit to tune in to cries for help
like a police radar, is just pure classic, which brings him
to places around the world where his assistance is required.
might be premature, but if it's any indication, a World's
Finest movie, if done correctly with Routh and Bale in their
respective title roles, might just blow the minds of fans
worldwide. Until then, this Superman soars and epitomizes
truth and justice in a world that needs a beacon of hope.
I like to believe that almost everyone who has encountered
the Superman character, in print or in various media, is secretly
admiring and supports the character, whether they like to
admit it or not. Somehow a character who wears a cape and
saves the world is boring and unhip somewhat.
Superman might just bring all fans out in the open, and declare
that yes, that's the Man of Steel whom we have been so familiar
with, taking his rightful place amongst the better cinematic
versions of other superhero movies.
by Stefan Shih
A Negative Movie Review:
been 20 years and after such a long absence, can Superman
return to the glory status he once had during the 80s? Well
let me just start by if you loved the first two Superman movies,
this faithful homage follow up will most likely please you.
Everything that works during the first two Superman movies
in the 80s are back. But then, everything that didn't work
are back too.
plot has Superman (Brandon Routh) returning back to Earth
after a five-year traveling in space looking for the remains
of his planet. While trying to fit back into his old life,
he discovers that his love had moved on in life without him.
Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has earn a Pultzer Prize for a essay
on why the world doesn't need Superman and is living with
a 5-year-old son and a fiancé.
due to the absence of Superman, Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey)
was released from his jail term and hatched a new diabolic
plan to rule the world (or at least most part of it). In order
to do so, Lex and his henchmen returned to the Fortress of
Solitute to steal the technologies that Superman's dad had
left for Superman. Using this advance technology, Lex Luthor
begins his conquest for more land and soon crosses path with
Routh ace in the looks and mannerism department of Superman/Clark
Kent. One of the things that Bryan Singer did right for this
movie would be selecting Brandon Routh for this role as the
man of steel. He was able to hit the comical timing as the
clumsy Clark Kent and the presence of the world greatest superhero
at the same time. In short, he brought back memories of what
Christopher Reeves did for the previous Superman movies.
great part of this movie would be the special effects which
are commendable by the standards set in recent years. Most
if not all of Superman's power were showcase in an even more
realistic manner than it was ever possible and it was simply
exhilarating. To see how bullets bounce off Superman in slow
mo, to hear how super-hearing might really sound like and
how X-ray vision might have work was one of the perks of watching
the story left me emotionally detach in a couple of ways.
First off, it would be the lack of chemistry bit between Kate
and Brandon. Parts of the film were spend mucking around anguishes
and conflicts that Superman is experiencing for the love that
he still have for Lois Lane. It’s a commendable bid
to humanize Superman, showing that beside kryptonite, there
other ways that Superman could be hurt. But then nothing much
was effectively conveyed or expressed except the emotionless
gaze at his ex lover which leave viewers like me uninterested.
plot device that flopped was the master plan that Lex Luthor
had in gaining more power. It was illogical even in a fantasy
setting. Mastering technologies that are so advance was quite
a stretch but it would still be believable if Lex Luthor's
as brilliant as he made out to be. But the decision he made
with the technologies he had was simply naive and unfathomable.
In a way, it stayed true to the original Lex Luthor's master
plan but didn't anyone stop to ponder, what are the consequences
and will anyone actually want to move into a fortress like
there was the manner that Kevin Spacey was made to play Lex
Luthor which was a major disappointment. It's clear that it's
homage to the old superman movies and Kevin Spacey was hammering
up as the goofy Gene Heckman's version of Lex Luthor but we
have seen how effective Kevin Spacey could be in villainous
roles before and the version of Lex Luthor had been given
a sophisticated update in both the TV series and comics realm
that added layer of complexity to his character. But instead
of giving the character more bite, the direction was reverted
back to the old property hungry character and it just seem
such an awful waste of talent.
quite evident that Bryan Singer's objective is to pay homage
to the first two Superman movies and humanize Superman further
with the complexity of relationship problem. Audiences will
most likely split in two camps, some that finds his directions
satisfying and others who wished for more reinvention or reboot
instead of a renewal.
("Superman returns to the old glory days but perhaps
it's time for a reboot")
by Richard Lim Jr