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Superman Returns [2006]

Director:Bryan Singer
Writer:Dan Harris
Michael Dougherty
Composer:John Ottman
Length:154 minutes
(2 hours 34 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:77%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: After a five year absence, Superman returns and finds that he may not be welcome all of those closest to him.

Reaction: This is a return to what makes Superman stories great. A believeable villain as a serious threat to the safety of mankind.

Personal Rating: 9/10

Bryan Singer => Director
Dan Harris => Writer
Michael Dougherty => Writer
John Ottman => Composer
Jerry Siegel => Characters
Joe Shuster => Characters
Brandon Routh => Superman / Clark Kent
David Fabrizio => Brutus
Eva Marie Saint => Martha Kent
Frank Langella => Perry White
Ian Roberts => Riley
Jack Larson => Bo the Bartender
James Marsden => Richard White
Kal Penn => Stanford
Kate Bosworth => Lois Lane
Kevin Spacey => Lex Luthor
Marlon Brando => Jor-El (archive footage)
Noel Neill => Gertrude Vanderworth
Parker Posey => Kitty Kowalski
Peta Wilson => Bobbie-Faye
Raelee Hill => Hospital Nurse
Richard Branson => Shuttle Engineer
Sam Huntington => Jimmy Olsen
Stephan Bender => 15-Year-Old Clark
Tristan Lake Leabu => Jason White
Vincent Stone => Grant

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Actors McG was screening before his departure include [?] Jason Behr and [?] Jared Padalecki for the role of Superman, Scarlett Johansson for Lois Lane, and Shia LaBeouf for Jimmy Olsen.
  • Director Bryan Singer decided on using stock footage of Marlon Brando that was originally shot by Superman director Richard Donner for the Singer version. Brando and Christopher Reeve were once filmed interacting with one another to be used in Superman II, but due to a lawsuit against the Salkinds for a percentage of the sequel, the scenes were deleted and re-shot with Susannah York as Kal-El's mother Lara.
  • Johnny Depp was considered for the roles of Lex Luthor and Jor-El when McG was attached to the project.
  • Kevin Smith's original script, to which Tim Burton was immediately attached, was based on a 1993 story arc in the comic books in which Superman was killed by a creature named Doomsday and then brought back to life more powerful than before. After a lengthy development process, Warner Bros. chose not to go with Smith's script and hired other writers, such as [Alias] creator J.J. Abrams, to revive the series.
  • The role of Lex Luthor was always intended for Kevin Spacey. The production schedule was adjusted to accommodate Spacey's six week break from his duties as the Old Vic theater director.
  • Actresses being considered for the role of Lois Lane when McG was to direct included [?] Elisha Cuthbert, Claire Danes and Keri Russell.
  • Jack Larson, who plays Bo the Bartender, played Jimmy Olsen in the 1952 [Adventures of Superman] TV series.
  • The appearance of Superman in the silver suit right after crashing back to Smallville is a direct nod to the Kryptonian costumes of the 1978 Superman film which were made out of a screen material that, despite it's glow, appeared dark gray when not properly lit.
  • Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey signed on without having read the script.
  • [Alias] creator and writer J.J. Abrams wrote a complete shooting draft of the script, which both Brett Ratner and McG were planning to shoot when they both left the project for both creative and budget reasons. When offered the director's chair, Bryan Singer rejected J.J. Abrams script as too far a departure from the source material. Abrams story re-imagined Superman as a Kryptonian prince sent to earth as a baby to avoid an impending civil war between king Jor-El and his brother Kata-Zor. Raised as Midwestern teen Clark Kent, and in love with his high school sweetheart Lois, Superman becomes humanity's defender when Kata-Zor invades Earth, aided by CIA Agent Lex Luthor, who is actually a Kryptonian in disguise. The film ended with Superman returning to Krypton to rule over his people after the death of Jor-El. Singer disagreed with these changes to one of America's most well-known characters, and decided instead to pursue a storyline to act as both a sequel and a re-make which would honor the character's history, as well as the popular films by Richard Donner.