Saturday, August 31, 2019

Superman Returns (2006): The Man of Steel Enters the 21st Century


     Superman Returns (2006), released some 28 years after the first Christopher Reeve Superman film, is in many ways just as good, if not better, than the original. The cinematography is stunning, with great shot composition and Crucifixion symbolism and imagery adding unique visual elements. Naturally, technological advances have increased the realism of the special effects, but Superman Returns is great in other areas as well... namely acting. Brandon Routh is an excellent Superman, bringing a bit of humanity to the superhuman role. Kate Beckinsale is a lovely Lois Lane. Even Kevin Spacey, who many doubted could fill Gene Hackman's shoes, is sadistically fun as Lex Luthor. Old Hollywood is present as well... with Eva Marie Saint making a nice appearance as Mrs. Kent, and Marlon Brando (who died two years prior, in 2004) reprising his role as Jor-El, Superman's father, via stock footage.
     When astronomers thought they had discovered the remains of the Planet Krypton, Superman left Earth to go see what was left of his birthplace. He found nothing, was gone five years, and has now returned... 

Superman Returns. 2006

     Just in time, as it turns out, too. Lex Luthor is scheming once again. This time, he wants to use crystals to grow a new continent on Earth. A continent on which, naturally, he will be ruler. When the new land mass is formed, the sea will be displaced, killing billions of people... 

Superman Returns. 2006

Superman Returns. 2006

     Meanwhile, Superman (as Clark Kent) has gotten his old job back at the Daily Planet newspaper. He is still awkwardly in love with Lois Lane... 

Superman Returns. 2006

     And Lois Lane is still in love with Superman... 

Superman Returns. 2006

     Superman still flies around, heroically saving people around the World... 

Superman Returns. 2006

     But, priorities must be had, and Lex Luthor must be stopped...

Superman Returns. 2006