Release Date: June 30, 2006
Cast: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Hugh Laurie
Director: Bryan Singer
Producer: Jon Peters, Gil Adler, Bryan Singer
Writer: Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots 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? Superman's 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.
Well, they finally found a Superman (virtual unknown Brandon Routh – just how do you pronounce that surname?) and a director, Bryan Singer who did the two X-Men movies.
Well, thankfully Nicholas Cage won't be Superman (remember that rumour?) and/or the director currently known as McG (who did the Charlie’s Angels movies). A pity though about Kevin Smith’s screenplay which I thought was pretty cool, but won't be used: Smith’s comic geek (like us!) and did a fun and clever take on the whole over-hyped “Superman is Dead” thing of a few years ago (if you remember this, then you’re probably too old for comics according to my old man).
Still, director Singer did a great job at the X-2 sequel and is probably just the right guy for the job. At one point I thought that they’re going to get the Wachawski brothers who rehashed Superman II fighting sequences in Matrix Revolutions in any case, but I guess the good brothers are still in hiding from irate movie-goers who paid good money to see the two disappointing and superfluous Matrix sequels . . .
So far, so good. But every time I see an excited small boy clutching a DVD copy of Superman – the Movie (1978) which his mum or dad has just bought for him, I realise what mighty big red boots Routh must fill...
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* Anthony Hopkins was set to play Jor-El of Krypton, but after Ratner left, Hopkins did the same.
* After the success of Charlie's Angels (2000), McG was tipped to direct the film in 2001. He left the project in 2002, went to do Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), and came back aboard the project in 2004, but left it again after disagreements over budget and filming location. Warner Bros. had wanted to move from New York City to Australia, but McG felt that "it was inappropriate to try to capture the heart of America on another continent."
* Johnny Depp auditioned for the roles of Lex Luthor and Jor-El.
* Since 1993, when Warner Brothers attempted to restart the franchise Superman, nearly $50 million has been spent trying to get the film going. This includes concept art and storyboards throughout the years, as well as having McG's version almost completely pre-visualized.
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