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. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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What can I say about this dull, boring movie...hmmm...maybe that I could recommend it to someone else? Most certainly not!
But, because it is a fantasy, and comic book setting, I give it one star. But for the acting? Zero stars. But I also have to admit that Kevin Spacey is amazing in his villainous role. I think, without him I wouldn't have even chose this movie.
Yes, it was a little long and slow, but I thought Brandon Routh was decent in the role. I think the problem is that audiences are used to characters being extremely intense and movies having constant action. Well, Brandon can't be edgy when portraying Clark Kent, who is supposed to be a mild-manner reporter. He could have been more intense, however, as Superman.