Thursday, August 20, 2009

#496: Superman Returns (2006)

Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth & Kevin Spacey

Superman's back from his vacation to Krypton, and he's found that Lois has turned her back to him. She decides that the world doesn't need a Superman, and neither does she. Lex Luther is back, as well, with a brand new diabolical scheme.

There's really not much to say about this film, besides it's a pretty entertaining Hollywood blockbuster-type film. It has some good special effects, and the acting isn't bad. The score - aside from the original themes, of course - is ridiculously cliché. A fun film, nevertheless.

This film definitely doesn't belong on the top 500 films of all time. I'll still recommend it to anyone who gets a chance to see it on the big screen. For cheap, anyway.

Fun Trivia (Stolen from IMDB):

  • "Alias" (2001) creator and writer J.J. Abrams wrote a complete shooting draft of the script, which both Brett Ratner and McG were planning to shoot when they both left the project for both creative and budget reasons.
  • The chemical name of Kryptonite is given as "sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide with fluorine." In 2007, Dr. Chris Stanley of the London Natural History Museum discovered the very same mineral, albeit without fluorine, in Jadar, Serbia and named it Jadarite. In reality, it is a white powder rather than a green crystal.
  • The crew in Tamworth grew their own corn. It took twelve weeks for them to get the corn just right.
  • The last line of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) (the one before "Returns") is Superman saying to Luthor, "See you in twenty." That scene was filmed in 1986. Coincidentally, twenty years later, in 2006, the next Superman movie was released.
  • In an interview on "Larry King Live" (1985), director Bryan Singer said that had he not had access to John Williams' original music, he would not have done the film.


  1. Gotta say, Richie. I was kind of underwhelmed at Superman Returns.

  2. It definitely wasn't great, but I think it would've been a lot more fun on the big screen. I actually thought some of the special effects were kinda lame.. you could easily see where it switched from CGI to .. erm... not.

    I always liked the idea of Superman, though. The whole All-American good guy thing. I think I just sorta missed him!