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Superman Returns

Superman Returns

You’ll Believe A Man Can Fly Again!Jun. 28, 2006USA154 Min.PG-13
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Superman returns to discover his 5-year absence has allowed Lex Luthor to walk free, and that those he was closest to felt abandoned and have moved on. Luthor plots his ultimate revenge that could see millions killed and change the face of the planet forever, as well as ridding himself of the Man of Steel.

“Superman Returns,” the 2006 American superhero film directed by Bryan Singer, took flight as the sixth and final installment in the original Superman film series. This cinematic gem pays homage to its iconic predecessors, “Superman” (1978) and “Superman II” (1980), while charting its own course by sidestepping the events of “Superman III” (1983), “Supergirl” (1984), and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (1987).

A Familiar Hero Reborn:

In “Superman Returns,” the mantle of the Man of Steel is gracefully donned by Brandon Routh, who portrays Clark Kent and his superalter ego, Superman. The film also stars Kate Bosworth as the intrepid reporter Lois Lane and Kevin Spacey as the brilliant but nefarious Lex Luthor. James Marsden, Frank Langella, Eva Marie Saint, and Parker Posey round out the talented supporting cast. The movie’s central narrative follows Superman’s triumphant return to Earth after a five-year absence, only to discover that Lois Lane has moved on with her life. Meanwhile, his arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor, plots a diabolical scheme to eliminate Superman and reshape North America in his sinister image.

Resurrecting the Legend:

“Superman Returns” emerged as a beacon of hope for the Superman franchise after a series of failed attempts to resurrect the iconic hero on the big screen. Following the lukewarm reception and financial disappointment of “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace,” Warner Bros. Pictures turned to director Bryan Singer in July 2004 to breathe new life into the character. With a clear vision in mind, Singer embarked on the journey to craft a fitting tribute to the beloved hero.

From Australia to the Silver Screen:

The majority of principal photography for “Superman Returns” unfolded at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney. The film’s visual effects, a hallmark of the superhero genre, were expertly crafted by a consortium of studios, including Sony Pictures Imageworks, Rhythm & Hues, Framestore, Rising Sun Pictures, and The Orphanage. Filming commenced in March 2005 and concluded in November of the same year, ensuring that every frame radiated the essence of the iconic hero.

Critical Reception and Box Office Soar:

Upon its highly anticipated release, “Superman Returns” soared to positive heights with critics. The film garnered praise for its stunning visual effects, engaging storyline, and Singer’s masterful direction. However, some critics expressed reservations about certain aspects of the screenplay and the film’s runtime.

Financially, “Superman Returns” proved to be a force of nature, amassing over $391.1 million worldwide. Despite this impressive achievement, Warner Bros. was somewhat disappointed with the box office returns and decided to cancel a planned sequel originally scheduled for 2009.

A Rebirth and a New Era:

The legacy of Superman took a new turn in 2013 with the release of “Man of Steel,” directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill as Superman. This cinematic rebirth launched the DC Extended Universe, reshaping the superhero landscape. Brandon Routh reprised his role as Superman in the 2019 Arrowverse crossover event, “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” offering fans a nostalgic glimpse into the hero’s enduring legacy.

“Superman Returns” remains a testament to the enduring appeal of the Man of Steel, paying homage to the hero who continues to inspire generations of fans around the world.

Superman Returns
Superman Returns
Superman Returns
Superman Returns
Superman Returns
Superman Returns
Superman Returns
Superman Returns
Superman Returns
Superman Returns
Original title Superman Returns
IMDb Rating 6.1 288,832 votes
TMDb Rating 5.731 3,837 votes


Dan Bradley


Brandon Routh isClark Kent / Superman
Clark Kent / Superman
Kevin Spacey isLex Luthor
Lex Luthor
Kate Bosworth isLois Lane
Lois Lane
James Marsden isRichard White
Richard White
Parker Posey isKitty Kowalski
Kitty Kowalski
Frank Langella isPerry White
Perry White
Sam Huntington isJimmy Olsen
Jimmy Olsen
Eva Marie Saint isMartha Kent
Martha Kent
Kal Penn isStanford

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