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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Nearly 3 hours of exclusive in-depth documentaries including: Making Superman Returns: From script to screen; Designing Superman: From art and costume design to set construction ; The joy of Lex: Behind the scenes with Kevin Spacey; How filmmakers recreated Jor-El, Superman's Father, played by Marlon Brando; Over 10 additional scenes in 1080p high definition
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
It has been years since Superman Brandon Routh defeated the Kryptonian arch-villains and left Earth on a mysterious quest. When he finally returns, the Man of Steel finds that Lois Lane Kate Bosworth is a single mom engaged to Perry White's Frank Langella nephew Richard James Marsden, and that arch-fiend Lex Luthor Kevin Spacey is at it again, simultaneously plotting another massive real estate scam and Superman's demise. This sort-of sequel to Superman II, directed by X-Men's Bryan Singer, is predicated on the assumption that the events depicted in Christopher Reeve's third and fourth outings as the iconic superhero never happened. Singer, who has a decided affinity for the mythic underpinnings of comic book crime fighters, imbues Superman Returns with and epic sensibility; he also sprinkles humorous lines and situations throughout the film but never betrays any hint of condescension or self-parody. The result is an altogether satisfying addition to the Kryptonian canon. The Special Edition boasts more than three hours of bonus features, most of them clustered together under an umbrella title, "Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns." The film's production is documented with welcome specificity, and the actors are seen plying their trade in addition to contributing the usual talking-head promo-speak. Superman's background -- not only as a character but also as a cultural icon -- is explored thoroughly, and casual viewers might be surprised at the extent to which the documentaries' subjects took the project seriously. That the cast and crew approached the film with such reverence is, quite frankly, amazing. A separate featurette, "Resurrecting Jor-El," is narrowly focused on the CGI work employed in reutilizing footage of the late Marlon Brando as Superman's father, shot for the 1978 Christopher Reeve film.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Does the world really need a Superman? Bryan Singer tackles this intriguing question with grand and sincere strokes in Superman Returns, a mega-budget kick-start to a dormant franchise that represented some of the best and worst that big-screen superhero films have had to offer. Here, the director whole-heartedly tries to honor Richard Donner's original vision of the DC Comics hero while lending new emotional complexity to the world of this adopted alien savior. The result is an ambitious picture full of fervent emotion and nobility, yet missing the charming spark and energy that its predecessors had in spades. Of the things that work is the surprisingly wonderful new Man of Steel, Brandon Routh, who embodies the role in an uncanny performance that adds the right amount of depth for the direction that Singer and his young writing team laid out for the picture. As his nemesis Lex Luthor, Kevin Spacey has a ball delivering his own dry take on Gene Hackman's humorous antics that turns exceedingly more and more evil as the film progresses. Most notable is the supporting cast, starting with Sam Huntington, whose Jimmy Olsen nearly steals every scene he pops up in, as well as James Marsden as a human hero of high proportions who easily dwarfs all of his work in the X-Men series. Special mention goes out to Parker Posey, who would have made an incredible Lois Lane herself, which leads to the one contentious casting issue -- Kate Bosworth. Her fresh-faced 23-year-old visage would be more troubling if not for her lackluster portrayal that's filled not with spunk, but a cold frigidness that prevents her from having fun with the role, never mind embodying a nurturing, motherly model for her cute little five-year old tyke who ends up being a pushover despite his questionable inclusion. If anything, it's the story that dictates much of the character's detriments. By playing up the scorned romance and alienation, the filmmakers lose the sense of whimsy inherent in their beloved film series. Plus, no matter how thrilling the action or sumptuous the look of the picture, Superman Returns falls dead flat in its finale and epilogue, giving added weight to the undue two-and-a-half-hour running time. Add in the Christ-like imagery plus the heavy, late dramatics and viewers are stuck with a false artificiality that uses John Williams' returning rousing score to accentuate what is essentially a downbeat ending for a superhero picture. The world does indeed need a Superman, as Singer has proven -- now it's time to let him soar and do what he does best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • UPC: 085391181170
  • Original Release: 2006
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 2:34:00
  • Format: HD-DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brandon Routh Superman/Clark Kent
Kate Bosworth Lois Lane
James Marsden Richard White
Frank Langella Perry White
Eva Marie Saint Martha Kent
Parker Posey Kitty Kowalski
Kal Penn Stanford
Sam Huntington Jimmy Olsen
Kevin Spacey Lex Luthor
Marlon Brando Jor-El
Tristan Lake Leabu Jason White
David Fabrizio Brutus
Ian Roberts Riley
Vincent Stone Grant
Jack Larson Bo the Bartender
Noel Neill Gertrude Vanderworth
James Karen Ben Hubbard
Stephan Bender 15 Year Old Clark
Peta Wilson Bobbie-Faye
Jeff Truman Gil
Barbara Angell Polly
Ian Bliss Shuttle Commander
Ansuya Nathan Shuttle Pilot
Richard Branson Shuttle Engineer
Warwick Young 777 Co-Pilot
Bradd Buckley 777 Navigator
Bill Young Mission Control Flight Director
Thomas W. Stewart Mission Control Officer
Patricia Howson Museum Guard
Mirren Lee Vanderworth Relative
Stephen Ostrow Vanderworth Relative
Hank Roberts Vanderworth Relative
Karina Bracken Hospital Ward Nurse
Raelee Hill Hospital Nurse
Lee James Doctor
Michael Duggan Doctor
Keegan Joyce Boy With Camera
Frederique Fouche French News Anchor
Julian Pulvermacher German Anchor
ReBecca Barratt German Reporter
Penelope Heath Sydney Reporter
Ted Maynard News Anchor
Ed Wightman News Anchor
Prue Lewarne News Anchor
Paul Shedlowich News Anchor
Barry Quin News Anchor
Francine Bell News Anchor
Genevieve Davis Reporter At Deli
Robert Meyer Burnett Cape Canaveral Reporter
Terrell Dixon Hospital Policeman
Kevin Fisher Security Guard
John Lucantonio Security Guard
Robert Flanagan Bank Gunner
Phillip Henry Police Sharp Shooter
Henry Browne Taxi Driver
Darin Rossi Home Plate Umpire
Technical Credits
Bryan Singer Director, Original Story, Producer
Erik Aadahl Sound/Sound Designer
Gilbert Adler Producer
Chris Alderton Sound Mixer
Billy Aziz Special Effects
David Brighton Special Effects
Paul "Salty" Brincat Sound/Sound Designer
Rodney Burke Special Effects
Willie D. Burton Sound Mixer
J. Andre Chaintrevil Set Decoration/Design
Chris Lee Executive Producer
Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Jennifer Cornwell Production Manager
Ed Cotton Set Decoration/Design
Aaron Cox Special Effects
David B. Chornow Sound Mixer
Michael Dougherty Original Story, Screenwriter
Damien Drew Art Director
Guy H. Dyas Production Designer
Marlene Efrem Special Effects
William Fay Executive Producer
Ray Ferguson Special Effects
Dalia Fernandez Makeup
Gregory C. Funk Makeup
Arran Gordon Special Effects
Elliot Graham Editor
Simon Harding Camera Operator
Dan Harris Original Story, Screenwriter
Catherine Hart Special Effects
Rob Heggie Special Effects
Larry Hubbs Art Director
Robert Johnson Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Jones Co-producer
Tami Lane Makeup
Michael Lantieri Special Effects
David S. Lazan Art Director
Georgia Lockhard-Adams Makeup
Josh Lusby Set Decoration/Design
Victor Martinez Set Decoration/Design
Scott Mednick Executive Producer
Louise Mingenbach Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Mussenden Casting
Lynne O'Brien Makeup
John Ottman Score Composer, Editor
Catherine Perez-Mansill Art Director
Jon Peters Producer
Andrew Powell Set Decoration/Design
David Pride Special Effects
John Pryce-Jones Art Director
Tracey Lee Reeby Makeup
Charlie Revai Art Director
Ann Robinson Casting
Corina Rosca Special Effects
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer
Thomas Tull Executive Producer
Michael Turner Set Decoration/Design
Jeffrey Wetzel Asst. Director
John Williams [composer] Songwriter
Gareth Wingrove Special Effects
Alan Young Special Effects
David Young Special Effects Supervisor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow It was Awesome and I hope that there are more Superman movies coming!

    I enjoyed Brandon Routh as Superman so very much and hope that he will be our next Superman. All of this movie was great, exciting and Awesome. The special effects we GREAT and the Direction, Story, had me on the edge of the seat. It was so professionally done. I hope to see more and keep all the actors in all of them. AWESOME111

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A very well done sequel

    The movie, Superman Returns, finely written by Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, shows Superman (Brandon Routh) going to Krypton and returning. Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth)is now engaged and has a young son. And evil Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) and his assistant (Parker Posey) are up to no good.

    Thomas Sigel (breathtaking cinematography), production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas and costume designer Louise Mingenbach mix many different elements for a stunning look all its own. Composer John Ottman creates an epic score.

    It is to the credit of director, Bryan Singer, who not only is the wonderful story teller, but also brings together and choreographs all of these elements, including the casting, along with Spacey and Posey, of Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Sam Huntington and of the unknown Brandon Routh. All excellent choices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    REALLY GOOD way to reboot Superman!! Nuf Ced!!!

    Superman Returns was wonderful!! Since Christopher Reeve is a)too old, and b)he's dead:(, they had to find a really good Superman. Brandon Routh was 1/2 an inch shy of filling Reeve's shoes. But don't let that stop you! He was magnificent!! Kate Boswell was great as Lois Lane, filling Margot Kidder's shoes! And Kevin Spacey took over Lex Luthor from Gene Hackman. Spacey was 10x better than Hackman!! SEE THIS MOVIE NOW!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    4 Stars

    Superman Returns I thought would be something of a reboot to the character like they did with Batman Begins and knowing how well that turned out for their other iconic hero (Batman) I was very excited about this Superman movie. Now although it isnt exactly a reboot I liked it simply for the fact that the movie makers didn't change the characters personality or beliefs or story. This is a very good superman movie but unfortunently those looking for a clash between Superman and another super powered villain your gonna have to wait for another movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Big Red Boots to Fill

    For those looking for a wholly original Superman movie, you'll just have to wait longer. The point of this film was to pick up where Superman II left off, incorporating the same basic characters that had been so boldly drawn by Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman. Brandon Routh obviously spent hours watching Reeve, aping the actor-- who, for many of us, is the one and only Superman--with a great deal of success, particularly as the oafish Clark Kent. Routh is both endearing and virile as Clark/Superman, showing real tenderness and longing as he peers in to Lois's home checking up on his love. I didn't find this scene to be voyeuristic in the slightest, it seemed to be to be a device used by Singer to show us Superman's resolve to fight evil for Lois, rather than for the good of the entire planet, thereby making him more accessable to the audience, because, hounestly, who can relate to wanting to save billions of lives--but one life, one love to live and work and sacrifice for? That is something everyone can relate to and strive for. Kevin Spacy is brilliant as Lex Luthor. I don't feel Gene Hackman (incredible actor that he is) was ever truly menacing and diabolical as Luthor. Spacey takes Lex down the evil-genious path with a touch of serial-killer thrown in and creates a villian we believe rather than one we giggle at. The only real disappointment acting-wise is the pitiful Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane. Katie Holmes for all the flack she got about her performance in Batman Begins would have been a much better choice for Lois. Bosworth's Lane is a helpless, stuck-up, belligerent heroine completely incapable of taking care of herslef. Lois Lane gets into situations from which she needs rescuing because she is tough and gritty and unafraid of danger. Bosworth gives us a typical damsel-in-distress portrayal with none of the fire of Margot Kidder or even the Lois Lane of the WB animated series. Lois Lane would never ask "how many s's are in catastrophy?" (or whatever dumb thing she asks), she's way too smart. I mean, she's supposed to have won the Pulizer for goodness' sake! A major disappointment. The film itself is visually stunning, particularly the sequence with the airplane. The score is magnificent. John Ottman uses just the right blend of the classic Williams themes and his own original material. I can remember exiting the theatre when I was a kid hearing those famous 5ths that make up the Superman Theme and hearing them again 30 years or so later at the close of Superman Returns brought tears to my eyes. Yes, less attention was paid to the plot and the character development, but what do you want from a superhero movie? But until we get a movie made in which Superman has a physical equal (the reason Superman II was so good), I'm afraid we'll still be left wanting more. I vote for the Death of Superman...bring on Doomsday! All in all, if you enjoy Superman and take the movie for what it is, you'll have a good time. PS--the reason the prop-plane was such a struggle for Superman to handle was because he had been stabbed with a shard of pure Kryptonite making his exposure to the radiation (what actually kills him) immediate. When he was lifting the island the radiation was being absorbed through his skin and not directly into his bloodstream, therefore he was able to summon the necessary strength to toss the island in to space. Wow...I totally geeked out there...sorry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    A amazing sheer joy of adventure and romance.Brandon Routh is the pefect subsetut for Christopher Reeve.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I paid $5 to see this movie and thinkin it was going to be great. WRONG. THe movie was all about SUperman trying to win back Lois Lane because she moved on with her life. Hey Superman, shes married, go find another woman. THis movie should have been called Superman: The Man of Desperation. I almost gave this movie one star, but i didn't because I really enjoyed the special effects and Kevin SPaceys performance was great also. If one day a sequel is in the works, here is a little advice to the director: MORE ACTION SEQUENCES.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The "Modern Superman" is great, but we will never have Christopher Reeve

    I am a huge fan of the Christopher Reeve moves. (Just the first two!) I love the cast, John William's score, the story- all of it. What I really enjoyed about Superman Returns was how it was somewhat a sequel to Superman II: John Ottman incorporated John Williams score, the opening titles were the same as the original film, and many references were made to Superman I and II. As for the actual movie, Brandon Routh is ok but for me he isn't strong enough to play Superman. I don't like the new costume. I honestly think Kate Bosworth was not the right choice for Lois Lane- I like Margot Kidder from the 70s, and going with the theme of the original movies but putting a tough Lois Lane in there made her not fit. I really enjoyed Kevin Spacey's Luthor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A new Superman has arrived!

    Superman Returns is directed by Brian Singer who directed the first and second x-men movies and he did a great job on this movie.This movie is supposed to leave of after the second movie because of the third and fourth movies were not that successful,but the films were not that bad.But this is way better then the other two films.This film is a change because Superman is not Christopher Reeves,but this movie is a unique one because of that and it has been years since the last movie and Cristopher Reeves is to me the only Superman.But this movie is not to be hated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Unnecessary Adventures of Superman !

    Let me get this off my chest first: Parker Posey, amazingly enough, both sucks and blows. How she has gotten the reputation she has astounds me. The reality of it is this - you could, literally, cut every shot of her out of the new Superman movie, every line of dialogue, and it wouldn't change the film one bit. Her part is not only completely superfluous, but is utterly pointless. And that may be the only thing "super" about Superman Returns. Superman Returns isn't a bad movie. Not at all. But it is a BORING one. And that's a special kind of sin when it comes to superhero movies. That being said, it's the sheer amounmt of duplication from the 1978 Superman movie that take you `out' of the movie experience. Here are the Grand Annoyances that make up this film... At 2 hours and 34 minutes, it is way, way too long. To say you could cut an hour out of this movie would be generous. With the amount of "plot" involved, this could easily have been a 1-hour TV show. Seriously. While it's not exactly a remake of the 1978 Christopher Reeve movie, it's about as close as you can get sometimes. While one line is very close to a line in that film, two others are repeated verbatim. Lex Luthor, and his gal pal (who doesn't like him, and longs for/is sorry for Superman) plan to kill millions of people and then make millions in real estate. A piece of Kryptonite from Addis Ababa plays a key role. Which film? Both !! The young actor playing Superman? He's not bad at all, really. But he doesn't play Superman he does an impression of Christopher Reeve doing Superman. Don't get me wrong, he does it well. But did we need that? Speaking of which, did we need Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane? About as integral as Katie Holmes or whoever it was in latest Batman movie, this 'sleepwalk' role of a now ‘nothing’ character could have been played by anyone. Even that Marsden guy (who sleepwalked through three X-Men movies, turning team leader Cyclops into a nothing character), could've played Lois Lane. Oh, but wait. He was busy sleepwalking through the role of Lois Lane's husband ! Darn. Frank Langella, who hasn't been good since he played Dracula 30 years ago, is equally useless. Daily Planet boy scout in residence, Jimmy Olsen, however, manages to both drink a beer and say "pissed." Which is a nice step forward for that character. But let's face it, unless you're waiting for a Spin Doctors reunion tour, no one cares about Jimmy Olsen's Blues. Superman Returns is not a bad film. It's a long, sometimes boring, exercise by someone who really wanted to make a Superman movie. You won't laugh, you won't cry. You'll just kiss 20 bucks goodbye. And then wonder . . . Why...? It's a C +.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The fun is back!

    "Superman Returns" in style!Bryan Singer has put the fun back in this series.While the movie is too long(a common problem these days),it moves along briskly and holds the interest throughout.The script is lively and amusing.The production is top-notch in every area.The sets,photography,special effects, and John Ottman's score are outstanding. Bryan Singer once again shows why he is the best action director in the business today. He keeps a firm grip on the material at all times and really ratchets up the suspense. And he gets brilliant performances from a fine cast.Eva Marie Saint,Frank Langella, James Marsden,and Kal Penn are excellent. Parker Posey and Kevin Spacey are deliciously hammy.Kate Bosworth is wonderful. But the movie's biggest surprise-and best asset-is its star.Brandon Routh is simply magnificent here.Yes,ladies.he looks GREAT in those blue tights.But there is so much more to his performance than good looks. He brings charm,charisma,conviction,a quiet strength,and great dignity to Superman.He is every inch the equal of Christopher Reeve,to whom he bears a striking resemblance.This is the breakout performance of the year.And it comes in one of the year's best movies.Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He may be the Man of Steel but his morals are made of a more malleable metal

    Yes, it was visually stunning. A great Lex Luthor, scary bad, an okay Lois Lane (if you like your women tepid) and a son? My Superman does not have premarital sex. My Superman is not a peeping tom. My Superman does not abandon his child to be raised by another man. My Superman is not this Bryan's Superman. My Superman has morals of Steel and a heart to gold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superman a stalker...?

    Pretty disappointing. Superman does some questionable things in this movie that make him a somewhat ambiguous hero... making moves on a married Lois, following her home and peering at her with xray vision. I like Bryan Singer's screen shots, excellent action, beautiful CG effects. Story was a little illogical at times, like how does he lift a kryptonite island that almost killed him previously, if he was able to pick up a huge island like that how come a little errant passenger plane is such trouble, etc. Story is predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a reviewer

    I thought this was a wonderful addition to the Superman collection. Brandon Routh was excellent as both the strong, noble Superman and his goofy, bumbling alter-ego Clark Kent. I wasn't sure anyone else could ever play Superman, but he was great. Even my comic-writer husband loved it. We both appreciated the little tributes to the first Superman movies, which are sprinkled throughout, for example, Marlon Brando's speech to his son and the fact that Superman thinks "flying is the safest way to travel" and tells people that after he saves their plane from crashing in both this movie, and the first one. Kevin Spacey was wicked as Lex too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding movie! *****

    this movie is by far the best movie of the year. My favorite part is the plane scene.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Off tha hook!!!

    In continuing the Richard Donner Superman vein, Bryan Singer has succeeded!!! This movie was great, and to see Superman fly like I've always envisioned in my imagination was awesome. Recommended!!!!!!!! Oh yeah, don't miss Kevin Spacey's best performance since American Beauty.

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