Superman Returns: 10 Years Later

This week marks the 10 year anniversary of Superman Returns. A movie that was directed by Bryan Singer, the man who brought the X-Men to the big screen and helped kick off the comic book movie renaissance. However what was supposed to be the grand return of Superman turned out to be more of a dud. So what went wrong? A popular and well received director headlining a movie about the premiere superhero should have succeeded.

Plot: This movie is bizarre as it is a continuation of the Christopher Reeves movies. It ignored the events of Superman III and Superman IV as it supposed to take place after Superman II but even then it doesn’t make sense continuity wise. Superman has an illegitimate son with Lois Lane but has been gone for five years. Lex Luthor is in the movie but really doesn’t do anything until the last thirty minutes and once again his plan involves land, this time made of kryptonite. The movie is underwhelming in this aspect as it is a little too familiar and plays it safe to it’s detriment. 

Cast: There is nothing really wrong with the cast barring one exception. Brandon Routh does an admirable job as Clark Kent/Superman. The only thing that I can say that does him no favors is that he plays Christopher Reeeves version of Superman. He doesn’t really get a chance to make anything his own. Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor suffers the same fate as he is stuck playing Gene Hackman’s version of Lex Luthor. There is a bit more menace to his Lex as he isn’t as much of a blowhard compared to Hackman’s. Then there is Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane which was a perfect example of miscasting. This Lois Lane is supposed to be a veteran reporter but Bosworth never exudes that band is far too young for the role.

It’s easy to see where this movie went wrong. Warner Bros. had been trying to make a new Superman movie for over ten years. Now that they had finally gotten back on track, why not remind people of the Christopher Reeves movies since two of them worked so well beforehand. But this is ultimately to the movies detriment. It doesn’t establish as to what makes Superman tick circa 2006. The action is hardly there either. There is a scene involving a crashing airplane that is riveting but that is how far it goes. The movie isnt bad but it is pretty dull. 

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