Itís also important to mention that Singer completely ignores the existence of SUPERMAN 3 and 4, which is a good thing given how poor those films were. Singer pays homage to all of the other Superman films, the TV shows and especially the comics. Itís that respect for Supermanís history that makes me comfortable with Supermanís future. Another key point for SUPERMAN RETURNS is the incredibly impressive performance of Brandon Routh. Youíve heard he does a good job, but until you actually see him portray the Man of Steel, you just donít realize how great he really is. Not only does he have the physical presence of Superman and the bumbling factor of Clark Kent, but he just sounds like Superman. Christopher Reeve will always be Superman for most, but Brandon Routh deserves the role and kudos to Singer for finding him.
As much as I loved the film, I will say the weakest link was in the ďevilĒ plot hatched by Lex Luthor (played wonderfully by Kevin Spacey). I just never felt that impending doom necessary in a comic book film. I never bought into the plot because it really didnít make sense to me. I also didnít like the inconsistencies with Superman and his vulnerability to Kryptonite.
However, when it comes down to it, SUPERMAN RETURNS is everything you want in a quality superhero film. It has a charming lead actor, great human characters and a wonderful story weíre all familiar with. Despite a not-so-great evil plot, Returns entertains as an action film and delivers as a film.
Resurrecting Jor-El (4:03): In case you havenít heard, Marlon Brando reprises his role as Jor-El in this film despite the fact he passed on a while ago. This little featurette is dedicated to the steps they took and the effects they used to put him in the film. I would have liked an interview with a member of his estate to talk about the importance of using his likeness but overall itís a nice feature.
Deleted Scenes (14:44): These are all pretty good, but I hope the last scene isnít a set-up of the next Superman film. I really hope they go away from the crystal plot because it really didnít work. Other than that, fans of the film will appreciate these deleted scenes.
There are also some Previews.