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2000s, Superheroes

Superman Returns (2006)

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After an absence of five years Superman lands in his spikey spacecraft on the same farm as he did as a boy. The woman who became his mother is still the same, but back in the Daily Planet much has changed. Lois Lane is married and has a child, and has written negatively about Superman in the paper. More onerously Lex Luthor has plans for world domination and for the downfall of the Man of Steel. As Lex Luthor takes over the world can Superman overcome his own vulnerability and rescue Lois, her family and humanity.

Content.

Clark Kent goes to work at the Daily Planet, so stuff in the news room. Many action scenes as Superman overcomes disasters and fights crime, starting with a spectacular rescue of the craft involved in an aerial launch of a space shuttle. Lex Luthor does evil things and finds out about Superman’s vulnerability, and by chicanery becomes the owner of a large luxury yacht on which much of the story takes place. Lois Lane and her son are taken prisoner, resulting in much tension on the yacht. Could her son be the resault of a coupling between her and Superman? Maybe! No nudity or sex or drinking or smoking or drugs.

A View I thought it was time for me to watch something from the DC Comics Universe, since they seem, to have been a bit neglected recently. I am not much of a Superman fan, but nevertheless he was well portrayed as the man who can do absolutely anything, some of the set pieces being pretty spectacular. If I’m honest I have yet to be able to visualise any of the Supermen and any of the Loiss getting it on, but that could be just me. So probably a watch if you like slightly off focus superhero outings.
Duration 2h 34m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A screenplay using the information and characters from previous Superman films – but not all of them.
Director Bryan Singer
Writers/Script Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris ( story Bryan Singer and the writers, Jerry Siegel joe Shuster characters)
Starring Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Eva Marie Saint, Richard Branson
Additional Info This was a very expensive film at more than $200,000,000 in productions costs and a possible $50,000,000 for publicity, but it made money; according to the studio, not enough at about $400,000,000.

 

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