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Superman Returns

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2006
  • Bryan Singer
  • 147 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Blockbuster fantasy adventure starring Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth. Superman returns to Metropolis after a five-year mission to look for his home planet Krypton, only to find that his former sweetheart Lois Lane has a new boyfriend and a young son. Meanwhile, Superman's arch-foe Lex Luthor is out of prison and plotting his next evil scheme.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Superman / Clark KentBrandon Routh
Lex LuthorKevin Spacey
Lois LaneKate Bosworth
Kitty KowalskiParker Posey
Richard WhiteJames Marsden
Jimmy OlsenSam Huntington
Martha KentEva Marie Saint
Perry WhiteFrank Langella
StanfordKal Penn
Bo the bartenderJack Larson
Gertrude VanderworthNoel Neill
Jor-ElMarlon Brando
Shuttle engineerRichard Branson

Crew

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DirectorBryan Singer

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2006-07-14
Languages
English | German | French
Guidance
Contains violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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