LOVEFiLM Review: Superman Returns (2006)

The Man of Steel returns to the big screen with this continuation of the icon’s film legacy that picks up after the events of the first two Christopher Reeve films. Some time has passed since the events of Superman II and the world has gotten used to life without Superman (Brandon Routh) ever since his puzzling disappearance years earlier. Upon his return, he finds a Metropolis that doesn’t need him anymore, while Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has moved on with another young suitor Richard White (James Marsden) in the meantime. As the hero begins to tackle the fact that life on Earth has continued without him, he is forced to face his old arch-nemesis Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) and restore the life that was once his. Directed by Bryan Singer from a script by the writing team of X-Men 2, Superman Returns marks a return to the screen for the man in tights, whose production history has seen many failed attempts including a famous near-miss from Tim Burton and Kevin Smith with Nicolas Cage in the lead role, along with another from director McG and writer J.J. Abrams (Lost). Singer eventually won the prestigious gig when he pitched the idea to not tackle the origin story again, but continue with director Richard Donner’s original vision.

Seems funny how Bryan Singer didn’t direct the final X-Men films yet did Superman Returns. Would be amazing to see how Singer would of ended the X series, I mean, It couldn’t of been worse than it currently stands.

Superman Returns is a sequel from Superman II and ending the saga that was started from the brilliant Christopher Reeve as the man of steel.

There is much to like about this film. For 2006 the CGI is really impressive, probably on par with the second Matrix film. I thought it was well casted, everyone seemed natural in there respected characters. Even Brandon Routh as Superman.

My only gripe with it is that too damn long! 154 minutes felt longer whilst watching it but aside from that its a good film and worth a see.

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