Superman Returns

Superman Returns

Bryan Singer (2006)

12A Certificate
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Prepare to marvel at more death-defying feats as X-Men director Bryan Singer resurrects the Man of Steel for a new millennium. Newcomer Brandon Routh dons the cape as Superman and he carries two-and-a-half hours of preposterous plot with sheer charm, growing in confidence even as the plausibility of Clark Kent's dual existence is stretched to breaking point. Routh's eerie resemblance to Christopher Reeve is a bonus that also reflects Singer's back-to-basics approach: the film is tinged with nostalgia for the original franchise, from the cheeky humour to John Williams's trumpeting score. But Singer also takes advantage of new technology to create even-more breathtaking special effects, as when Superman balances an aeroplane on its nose. Kevin Spacey is adeptly sinister as Lex Luthor, although Parker Posey steals his thunder as sassy gangster's moll Kitty Kowalski. And, while Kate Bosworth might be a little too timid for Lois Lane, her thorny relationship with the long-absent Superman provides a nice counterpoint to all the world-saving exploits.


The Man of Steel returns to Earth after an absence of several years to find his lost love Lois Lane has moved on with her life. Meanwhile, arch-villain Lex Luthor is out of jail and about to wreak havoc on the world with technology stolen from Superman's home planet of Krypton. Comic-book adventure from X-Men director Bryan Singer, with Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth and Parker Posey.

Cast & Crew

Superman / Clark Kent Brandon Routh
Lex Luthor Kevin Spacey
Lois Lane Kate Bosworth
Kitty Kowalski Parker Posey
Richard White James Marsden
Jimmy Olsen Sam Huntington
Martha Kent Eva Marie Saint
Perry White Frank Langella
Stanford Kal Penn
Bo the bartender Jack Larson
Gertrude Vanderworth Noel Neill
Jor-El Marlon Brando
Shuttle engineer Richard Branson
Director Bryan Singer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Jul 2006