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Bryan Singer on what he would have changed about Superman Returns

Feb. 3, 2014by: Alex Maidy

I made no secret that I am a fan of SUPERMAN RETURNS. Both as an homage to the Richard Donner film and the classic version of Superman, SUPERMAN RETURNS is not the modern take of the Man of Steel that everyone was hoping for. Bryan Singer has always stood quietly behind the movie he made, but he recently made comments explaining what he would have done differently.

Empire interviewed Bryan Singer who said this about the fan backlash against SUPERMAN RETURNS.

"Half of that I understand and half of it I never will," Singer told them. "It was a movie made for a certain kind of audience. Perhaps more of a female audience. It wasn't what it needed to be, I guess. I think I could lop the first quarter off and start the movie a bit more aggressively and maybe find a way to start the movie with the jet disaster sequence or something. I could have grabbed the audience a little more quickly. I don'y know what would have helped. Probably nothing. If I could go again, I would do an origin. I would reboot it."

I am not sure if I would reboot Superman again, especially as a follow-up to SUPERMAN RETURNS, but Singer also shared that plans were in motion after the 2006 release of the movie to make a sequel he planned to call MAN OF STEEL. Singer envisioned Darkseid as the villain in the sequel, a major upgrade from the real estate mogul version of Lex Luthor. I would have loved to see that movie. Why didn't it happen? Singer went on to make VALKYRIE and the project lost steam at the studio.

Singer's film is not nearly as bad as most make it out to be and is still a fun watch after the mega-destruction of MAN OF STEEL. I still will wonder what would have happened to the Brandon Routh version of Supes if they had made the original MAN OF STEEL.

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10:14AM on 02/05/2014

X2

X2 is the only comic book movie he's made that's been any good. He should stay away from the and keep his mouth shut!
X2 is the only comic book movie he's made that's been any good. He should stay away from the and keep his mouth shut!
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1:07AM on 02/05/2014

Good

Superman Returns was an enjoyable movie. Calling it Horrendous, Terrible, etc is just fan-boy talk for 'the movie wasn't what I expected."
Singer should just stick by his film. Opinions aside. Artists should be proud of their work, learn from it and then move on. George Lucas couldn't leave his beloved story alone, and look what happened. How many versions are there of SW films now? JK Rowling is now regretting plot points from her own novels that are loved the world over.
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Superman Returns was an enjoyable movie. Calling it Horrendous, Terrible, etc is just fan-boy talk for 'the movie wasn't what I expected."
Singer should just stick by his film. Opinions aside. Artists should be proud of their work, learn from it and then move on. George Lucas couldn't leave his beloved story alone, and look what happened. How many versions are there of SW films now? JK Rowling is now regretting plot points from her own novels that are loved the world over.
This trend of re-booting, making an 'origin' stories, prequels, etc. are a product of artists second-guessing themselves because of the harsh criticism from know-it-all moviegoers who couldn't make a proper film if it was handed to them on a silver film reel. Enough already. Make your own "perfect satisfy everyone" film - then you can talk.
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9:30PM on 02/04/2014

Three Flaws

Superman Returns was a good movie with three fundamental flaws:
1.The Love Square: By adding Lois Lane's boyfriend (and making him a pretty nice guy) the love story got all f-ed up. Instead of a love triangle between Supes, Clark and Lois...we had this other dude in there. It just felt like an emotionally confusing waste of time to me.
2.Superman has a kid. Kudos for taking a shot at something new (lord knows it would be great if more movies actually took risks)...but I don't think audiences
Superman Returns was a good movie with three fundamental flaws:
1.The Love Square: By adding Lois Lane's boyfriend (and making him a pretty nice guy) the love story got all f-ed up. Instead of a love triangle between Supes, Clark and Lois...we had this other dude in there. It just felt like an emotionally confusing waste of time to me.
2.Superman has a kid. Kudos for taking a shot at something new (lord knows it would be great if more movies actually took risks)...but I don't think audiences were ready for that just yet. Also, nobody wanted to be like that kid. He's a weirdo. Why is Superman's kid such a weirdo?!
3.Superman speaks about 5 times. It was pretty obvious they didn't trust Routh to do more than stand there and resemble Christopher Reeve. If the lead character doesn't talk, then we don't care and we don't like the movie.

Take those things away and you've got a way better Superman movie than the one currently giving birth to a Justice League that will be to Marvel what Go-Bots was to Transformers.
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3:33PM on 02/04/2014
I remember watching Superman Returns in the theaters when it first came out, and I had that urged to change the channel like I was at home watching it. Horrendous movie...
I remember watching Superman Returns in the theaters when it first came out, and I had that urged to change the channel like I was at home watching it. Horrendous movie...
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8:34AM on 02/04/2014
His movie was an homage to the Richard Donner movies - I can kind of appreciate why he wanted to do that, but that was also one of the things that really shot the project in the foot, even before you add in the whole super toddler / deadbeat dad aspects of the tale. There was a decent movie in there with the benefit of modern fx and Routh was fine as Superman, but I really think Singer should have totally rebooted instead of trying to hold on to themes from Donner's films - they were cool at
His movie was an homage to the Richard Donner movies - I can kind of appreciate why he wanted to do that, but that was also one of the things that really shot the project in the foot, even before you add in the whole super toddler / deadbeat dad aspects of the tale. There was a decent movie in there with the benefit of modern fx and Routh was fine as Superman, but I really think Singer should have totally rebooted instead of trying to hold on to themes from Donner's films - they were cool at the time, but are incredibly hokey to watch now - I still love them but they're kitsch as hell in parts. Man of Steel was maybe too much of a paradigm shift for some peoples' tastes, but if Singer had tried to make that sort of movie - I think, filtered through his filmmaking sensibilities - it could've worked.
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6:22AM on 02/04/2014

Real Estate.

Yeah. Don't do another "Lex Luthor is trying to make a killing in real estate" movie.
Yeah. Don't do another "Lex Luthor is trying to make a killing in real estate" movie.
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1:47AM on 02/04/2014

Slightly off topic but...

Aside from Zod,how have we not seen a villain who is a physical match for Superman? Lex is obviously his number one nemesis but theres a heap of other guys out there who would make a more interesting match (on film), besides Luthor over and over and over again...
Aside from Zod,how have we not seen a villain who is a physical match for Superman? Lex is obviously his number one nemesis but theres a heap of other guys out there who would make a more interesting match (on film), besides Luthor over and over and over again...
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8:50AM on 02/04/2014
Doomsday, Brainiac (with the right body), Metallo, Mongel
Doomsday, Brainiac (with the right body), Metallo, Mongel
8:41PM on 02/05/2014
This has been my complaint for years. Superman has as extensive a rogues' gallery as any other major comic book superhero, but Hollywood just keeps using Lex Luthor over and over and over.
This has been my complaint for years. Superman has as extensive a rogues' gallery as any other major comic book superhero, but Hollywood just keeps using Lex Luthor over and over and over.
1:12AM on 02/04/2014

A COMPLETE MISS

While Singer was paying tribute to Donner he completely missed the bus on humor and adventure. That's what made Donner a very unique director of the superhero genre. He took out the camp and served it with wit and a sense of scale. Singer had multiple ideas that would not pan out :
1. Why keep Superman away for years only to return empty handed (no plot on alien life form)
2.Lois has got bitter without being in love with Superman so there is no need for her.
3.Post 911 plot. Something I felt
While Singer was paying tribute to Donner he completely missed the bus on humor and adventure. That's what made Donner a very unique director of the superhero genre. He took out the camp and served it with wit and a sense of scale. Singer had multiple ideas that would not pan out :
1. Why keep Superman away for years only to return empty handed (no plot on alien life form)
2.Lois has got bitter without being in love with Superman so there is no need for her.
3.Post 911 plot. Something I felt was touched on this film was not needed.
4.Clarks absence never explained even in a simple manner.
5.Where is the action?
6.Lifting a Kryptonite laden island and not dying while he can't stand a simple stabbing. (However the part where the bad guys kick him to the ground is quite moving).
7. Why does the movie look so gloomy? You can hardly notice the vibrant colors or the costume. I kept thinking of the evil Superman in Superman 3.

John Ottman's score was the only redeeming factor in this over charged failure of a movie. Can't believe Singer left out Routh from his future movies after killing his career.
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11:26PM on 02/03/2014

The female crowd??!?

Woah,woah, wait a minute! Did he say he made SR targeting a female audience?? I know most gay guys make good BFFs for chicks but if thats the case then it totally explains why I didn't enjoy the overall tone of the movie in addition to Superkid and him returning to Krypton (which supposedly blew up) and choosing to stop a traffic accident waiting to happen than interevening on a genocide, earthquake, wild fire, etc (jurisdiction..?)
I mean, c'mon when Katheryn Bigelow hits the audience with
Woah,woah, wait a minute! Did he say he made SR targeting a female audience?? I know most gay guys make good BFFs for chicks but if thats the case then it totally explains why I didn't enjoy the overall tone of the movie in addition to Superkid and him returning to Krypton (which supposedly blew up) and choosing to stop a traffic accident waiting to happen than interevening on a genocide, earthquake, wild fire, etc (jurisdiction..?)
I mean, c'mon when Katheryn Bigelow hits the audience with intense action, drama, and/or suspense she doesn't flinch or apologise for it so why did Bryan Singer felt like he needed to go-easy with SR? Seriously, superkid??
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11:24PM on 02/03/2014

Superman Returns sucks....

It was a very pretty movie, and had the requisite emotion, but there was absolutely zero action (minus the plane sequence). The plot was Lex AGAIN trying to accumulate real estate that he couldn't possibly hope to rule (you know, after the might of every power in the world decided they were pissed off about him killing tens of millions). He was the antithesis of what he was in the comics (seriously.....he was banging an old lady to get her fortune and boat so he could cruise to the Fortress
It was a very pretty movie, and had the requisite emotion, but there was absolutely zero action (minus the plane sequence). The plot was Lex AGAIN trying to accumulate real estate that he couldn't possibly hope to rule (you know, after the might of every power in the world decided they were pissed off about him killing tens of millions). He was the antithesis of what he was in the comics (seriously.....he was banging an old lady to get her fortune and boat so he could cruise to the Fortress Of Solitude????), and the Son Of Superman was just a crap storyline.

There is literally no way you could have made that into a better movie unless you played Superman III or Superman IV right before it to make the audience lower their expectations.
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10:10PM on 02/03/2014

superman returns....

SPOILERS

all i have to say is...
that part when that little kid shows up with lois and you're like "that better not be superman's son" then towards the end you're like "oh god, that is superman's son". i just... no thanks.
SPOILERS

all i have to say is...
that part when that little kid shows up with lois and you're like "that better not be superman's son" then towards the end you're like "oh god, that is superman's son". i just... no thanks.
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9:31PM on 02/03/2014

The premise

of Superman Returns also needed some work. Superman went to Krypton on what was basically a vacation and came back seven years later. They should have set that up better. Say a Kryptonian scientist was able to escape Krypton in his own ship and comes to Earth. Let's say he considers Superman a threat so he lures Superman onto his ship and activates the hyperdrive sending Superman to the farthest reaches of deep space. Superman returns to Earth and tracks down the Kryptonian scientist and
of Superman Returns also needed some work. Superman went to Krypton on what was basically a vacation and came back seven years later. They should have set that up better. Say a Kryptonian scientist was able to escape Krypton in his own ship and comes to Earth. Let's say he considers Superman a threat so he lures Superman onto his ship and activates the hyperdrive sending Superman to the farthest reaches of deep space. Superman returns to Earth and tracks down the Kryptonian scientist and also has to deal with the fact that mankind has been without Superman for many years and had moved on. If Singer had pitched to me a movie with Lex Luthor as the main villain I would have insisted he do something different.
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3:47AM on 02/04/2014
The mere existence of Krypton defeats the whole premise of the 1st two movies which Superman Returns is supposedly following. The planet blew up unless they meant a chunk of the planet drifted away....Oh no wait thatSuperGirl territory.
The mere existence of Krypton defeats the whole premise of the 1st two movies which Superman Returns is supposedly following. The planet blew up unless they meant a chunk of the planet drifted away....Oh no wait thatSuperGirl territory.
9:20PM on 02/03/2014
Singer's biggest mistake was trying to approach Superman Returns like a fanboy. He tried to replicate Donner's films, and that's when everything fell apart. I'll never completely forgive Singer for leaving the X-Men franchise to go on and make a ridiculously boring Superman film. Man Of Steel was far from perfect, but it was more original and exciting that Superman Returns. The one thing I loved about SR though, was the innocence and warmth that Superman brought to his scenes, and I'm hoping
Singer's biggest mistake was trying to approach Superman Returns like a fanboy. He tried to replicate Donner's films, and that's when everything fell apart. I'll never completely forgive Singer for leaving the X-Men franchise to go on and make a ridiculously boring Superman film. Man Of Steel was far from perfect, but it was more original and exciting that Superman Returns. The one thing I loved about SR though, was the innocence and warmth that Superman brought to his scenes, and I'm hoping that Snyder brings some of that to Cavill's part in Superman vs Batman.
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9:15PM on 02/03/2014
Am I the only one who thinks there is a middle ground between Superman Returns and Man of Steel, which would be the perfect modern day Superman film?
Am I the only one who thinks there is a middle ground between Superman Returns and Man of Steel, which would be the perfect modern day Superman film?
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8:45PM on 02/03/2014

The climax to Superman Returns

was boring: Superman lifts an island into space. Say what you will about Kal El snapping Zod's neck in Man of Steel but it wasn't boring.
was boring: Superman lifts an island into space. Say what you will about Kal El snapping Zod's neck in Man of Steel but it wasn't boring.
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9:11PM on 02/03/2014
If I had to say something about Man of Steel, its that it was earnestly mediocre and thus, BORING.
If I had to say something about Man of Steel, its that it was earnestly mediocre and thus, BORING.
9:18PM on 02/03/2014
Man of Steel isn't as bad as people make it out to be and Superman Returns isn't as good as Bryan Singer likes to think it is.
Man of Steel isn't as bad as people make it out to be and Superman Returns isn't as good as Bryan Singer likes to think it is.
9:36PM on 02/03/2014
I wouldn't argue that.
I wouldn't argue that.
8:06PM on 02/03/2014
I liked Superman Returns but what crippled it was its slavishness to what went before. Love it or hate it, Man of Steel pushed the Superman character forward - granted, not in the direction many fans would've liked. Honestly, I was really looking forward to Singer doing a sequel to Superman Returns, one that would be more action-centric. And in retrospect, Superman snapping Zod's neck isn't as bad as random super-son.
I liked Superman Returns but what crippled it was its slavishness to what went before. Love it or hate it, Man of Steel pushed the Superman character forward - granted, not in the direction many fans would've liked. Honestly, I was really looking forward to Singer doing a sequel to Superman Returns, one that would be more action-centric. And in retrospect, Superman snapping Zod's neck isn't as bad as random super-son.
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7:39PM on 02/03/2014
Nothing against they guy, but I just don't care for Brian Singer as a film maker. I caught wind that he was eyeing the reboot of Boorman's Excalibur and just dreaded the idea. I just don't enjoy for the look and feel of his stories.
Nothing against they guy, but I just don't care for Brian Singer as a film maker. I caught wind that he was eyeing the reboot of Boorman's Excalibur and just dreaded the idea. I just don't enjoy for the look and feel of his stories.
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7:20PM on 02/03/2014
Superman Returns...has one thing Man of Steel does not...and what the first and second Christopher Reeves movies had in abundance...a moment where you clap...and punch the air as if you were witness to the events unfolding right before your eyes. Yes...I'm talking about the plane catch.what a great Superman saves the day scene. Overall Superman Returns was a poor showing...but for that scene alone...I'm appreciative of it (loved the bullet in the eye scene too!)...even more so given Man of
Superman Returns...has one thing Man of Steel does not...and what the first and second Christopher Reeves movies had in abundance...a moment where you clap...and punch the air as if you were witness to the events unfolding right before your eyes. Yes...I'm talking about the plane catch.what a great Superman saves the day scene. Overall Superman Returns was a poor showing...but for that scene alone...I'm appreciative of it (loved the bullet in the eye scene too!)...even more so given Man of Steel was devoid of it - a movie where Earth's beloved hero to be destroys an American military asset for no good reason.
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11:28PM on 02/03/2014
I keep hearing people whine about the drone and I don't get it. The government is trying to uncover who he is and where he goes and you all think what.....that he should apologize for being sneaky?
I keep hearing people whine about the drone and I don't get it. The government is trying to uncover who he is and where he goes and you all think what.....that he should apologize for being sneaky?
12:45AM on 02/04/2014
@Des1

agreed, the drone argument is stupid. i mean, how much personal property damage did Batman cause in the Dark Knight? he straight up blew up people's cars to make a path on the Batpod.
@Des1

agreed, the drone argument is stupid. i mean, how much personal property damage did Batman cause in the Dark Knight? he straight up blew up people's cars to make a path on the Batpod.
7:58AM on 02/04/2014
The only people who whine and complain about the drone are more than likely government personnel. For every complaint against a story grounded in FICTION, I can think of 10 issues with our budget in REALITY.
The only people who whine and complain about the drone are more than likely government personnel. For every complaint against a story grounded in FICTION, I can think of 10 issues with our budget in REALITY.
6:36PM on 02/03/2014
Everyone's expectations for Superman is to be grand and nothing short of epic, which this film was the opposite - it was boring. The only thing that got my attention in it was Parker Posey, but her character wasn't even good. Not to mention one of the most miscast characters of all time: Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane! She alone made it unwatchable.
Everyone's expectations for Superman is to be grand and nothing short of epic, which this film was the opposite - it was boring. The only thing that got my attention in it was Parker Posey, but her character wasn't even good. Not to mention one of the most miscast characters of all time: Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane! She alone made it unwatchable.
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6:29PM on 02/03/2014
Superman Returns just has too much Drama in it. Man of Steel has the right amount of action and drama.
Superman Returns just has too much Drama in it. Man of Steel has the right amount of action and drama.
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6:27PM on 02/03/2014
Superman Returns slightly underrated MOS highly over-rated. Neither really being what the fans wanted. At least Singer kept true to the mythology, Goyer and Snyder took a massive shit on it and might aswell have been another transformers movie.
Superman Returns slightly underrated MOS highly over-rated. Neither really being what the fans wanted. At least Singer kept true to the mythology, Goyer and Snyder took a massive shit on it and might aswell have been another transformers movie.
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7:56PM on 02/03/2014
MOS? Highly overrated? You kidding me?
MOS? Highly overrated? You kidding me?
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6:24PM on 02/03/2014
Has Superman Returns been playing on Lifetime yet?
Has Superman Returns been playing on Lifetime yet?
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5:44PM on 02/03/2014

MoS > SR

And for those that argue Superman Returns is a better film than Man Of Steel: I'm not saying MoS didn't have its problems, but it is a far superior version of Superman than the limp cinematic slice of oestrogen that Singer served us.
And for those that argue Superman Returns is a better film than Man Of Steel: I'm not saying MoS didn't have its problems, but it is a far superior version of Superman than the limp cinematic slice of oestrogen that Singer served us.
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5:41PM on 02/03/2014

Superman Returns is terrible.

It's just a bad movie. Period. It's wrong-headed in so many ways it would be impossible to describe them all. Character motivations are either confusing or overly simplistic. Nobody really learns anything. Superman is a borderline stalker. The son of Superman subplot was ridiculous. Everything about Lois Lane was wrong. The film itself was far too much of an homage to Donner & Reeves that it ended up crippling the film entirely. This film turned me off Parker Posey forever.
It's just a bad movie. Period. It's wrong-headed in so many ways it would be impossible to describe them all. Character motivations are either confusing or overly simplistic. Nobody really learns anything. Superman is a borderline stalker. The son of Superman subplot was ridiculous. Everything about Lois Lane was wrong. The film itself was far too much of an homage to Donner & Reeves that it ended up crippling the film entirely. This film turned me off Parker Posey forever.
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11:30PM on 02/03/2014
You mean Josie & The Pussycats didn't already do that? I can't watch her in anything without hearing that dialogue in my head.
You mean Josie & The Pussycats didn't already do that? I can't watch her in anything without hearing that dialogue in my head.
5:33PM on 02/03/2014
First time seeing that Superman Returns deleted scene. I've been looking forward to seeing it for years.

Unfortunately it's just as slow and turgid as the rest of the movie it was deleted from. How sad.
First time seeing that Superman Returns deleted scene. I've been looking forward to seeing it for years.

Unfortunately it's just as slow and turgid as the rest of the movie it was deleted from. How sad.
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5:23PM on 02/03/2014
Singer is a far better director than Snyder. It's just a shame that he let his love for Richard Donner's film cloud his judgement. And using Casablanca as inspiration didn't help either. Still, as pointed out below, Returns was a better film than Man of Steel.
Singer is a far better director than Snyder. It's just a shame that he let his love for Richard Donner's film cloud his judgement. And using Casablanca as inspiration didn't help either. Still, as pointed out below, Returns was a better film than Man of Steel.
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5:05PM on 02/03/2014
Superman Returns isn't a great film, but it's still better than Man of Steel. Watching it again I noticed how beautiful the cinematography and the score were, and that Routh is a better actor than Cavill. He's able to convey a lot with just his eyes. Also, when the movie is good, it's really good. The climactic moment where he's getting beaten up by Lex and his men outshines any dramatic moment in Man of Steel.

The problem is, much like Hulk, Superman fans only care about action and
Superman Returns isn't a great film, but it's still better than Man of Steel. Watching it again I noticed how beautiful the cinematography and the score were, and that Routh is a better actor than Cavill. He's able to convey a lot with just his eyes. Also, when the movie is good, it's really good. The climactic moment where he's getting beaten up by Lex and his men outshines any dramatic moment in Man of Steel.

The problem is, much like Hulk, Superman fans only care about action and destruction. Singer wanted to tackle the character from a more psychological point of view, which I admire.
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5:53PM on 02/03/2014
Really? I didn't like the cinematography. It was too... brown. It was like they were tying to make it look like BATMAN BEGINS.
Really? I didn't like the cinematography. It was too... brown. It was like they were tying to make it look like BATMAN BEGINS.
5:02PM on 02/03/2014

3 Words: Kevin Fucking Spacy!

...'Nuff said!
...'Nuff said!
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11:32PM on 02/03/2014
Too bad they had him banging Grandma Moses as his master plan to wreak revenge.
Too bad they had him banging Grandma Moses as his master plan to wreak revenge.
4:50PM on 02/03/2014
I was so convinced he'd have talked about his desire to give Supes a black leather outfit.
I was so convinced he'd have talked about his desire to give Supes a black leather outfit.
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4:48PM on 02/03/2014
I liked the homage aspects of Superman Returns. I HATED everything about the Lois Lane character from her storyline with the kid to her portrayal by Bosworth. It turned Superman into a stalker and absentee father (seriously he couldn't hear a kid growing inside Lois?) and forced a stupid Cyclops love triangle! I could live with the rest of the movie even though Lex's real estate scheme was tired.
I liked the homage aspects of Superman Returns. I HATED everything about the Lois Lane character from her storyline with the kid to her portrayal by Bosworth. It turned Superman into a stalker and absentee father (seriously he couldn't hear a kid growing inside Lois?) and forced a stupid Cyclops love triangle! I could live with the rest of the movie even though Lex's real estate scheme was tired.
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4:27PM on 02/03/2014

I liked it as a nice homage to the Donner films, yet...

I really don't get what he means by saying it was intended for a female audience. Or is it a bad excuse? To me, his worst choice in that film was Bosworth. What is sad is that in the DVD extras you can see his team advising him against choosing her, yet he ignores them just for the sake of going against their opinion.
I really don't get what he means by saying it was intended for a female audience. Or is it a bad excuse? To me, his worst choice in that film was Bosworth. What is sad is that in the DVD extras you can see his team advising him against choosing her, yet he ignores them just for the sake of going against their opinion.
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4:20PM on 02/03/2014
The biggest problem that movie had was its homage aspect. It's not the only problem, but when all is said and done, it's still a call-back to the Donner period in overt ways. Other than that, Lois Lane and her kid were kind of annoying (though I didn't harbor quite the hatred for Kate Bosworth's interpretation as some people did).

What I did like about it was the same thing I liked about X2, that Singer used the super-hero template to address actual political situations going on in the world
The biggest problem that movie had was its homage aspect. It's not the only problem, but when all is said and done, it's still a call-back to the Donner period in overt ways. Other than that, Lois Lane and her kid were kind of annoying (though I didn't harbor quite the hatred for Kate Bosworth's interpretation as some people did).

What I did like about it was the same thing I liked about X2, that Singer used the super-hero template to address actual political situations going on in the world at that time (when he returns they say he's been gone five years - five years from 9/11 - and a time when Superman felt like the most improbable of heroes). There might've needed to be more action, too, but at least that movie remembered the cardinal rule of Superman - save people.
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4:03PM on 02/03/2014

I agree that Singer's film was too much an homage to Reeves

but I thought Brandon Routh was a far better Superman/Clark Kent than Henry Cavill. Routh has a warmth and charisma that Cavill doesn't quite have, and that would have stood him well if and when DC started putting together the Justice League.
but I thought Brandon Routh was a far better Superman/Clark Kent than Henry Cavill. Routh has a warmth and charisma that Cavill doesn't quite have, and that would have stood him well if and when DC started putting together the Justice League.
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3:52PM on 02/03/2014
Way better than the stupid Zack snyder's version.its like zack snyder and David Goyer are on a mission to ruin the DC Superheroes
Way better than the stupid Zack snyder's version.its like zack snyder and David Goyer are on a mission to ruin the DC Superheroes
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3:47PM on 02/03/2014
The problem with Singer's Superman Returns was it was made for an audience who had seen the Reeves' films. Instead of rebooting the brand, he merely attempted to make his own version of Superman 3. Of course there are some things not to be liked about Man of Steel (most a fault of Goyer's writing), but it was a lot better than Superman Returns in almost every regard--but specifically the action department.
The problem with Singer's Superman Returns was it was made for an audience who had seen the Reeves' films. Instead of rebooting the brand, he merely attempted to make his own version of Superman 3. Of course there are some things not to be liked about Man of Steel (most a fault of Goyer's writing), but it was a lot better than Superman Returns in almost every regard--but specifically the action department.
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3:42PM on 02/03/2014
The movie sucked. Period. The story made no sense, Superman was stalking Lois Lane, he was an absentee father, there was no fighting, Lex's plan was stupid as hell, and the S was too small. I didn't mind the casting I guess and the plane sequence. Other than that it was boring. I can forgive many things, but boredom in a superhero movie I cannot. He should've stuck with X-men (at least X2 was entertaining). So by leaving he ruined Superman and X-Men at the same time!
The movie sucked. Period. The story made no sense, Superman was stalking Lois Lane, he was an absentee father, there was no fighting, Lex's plan was stupid as hell, and the S was too small. I didn't mind the casting I guess and the plane sequence. Other than that it was boring. I can forgive many things, but boredom in a superhero movie I cannot. He should've stuck with X-men (at least X2 was entertaining). So by leaving he ruined Superman and X-Men at the same time!
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5:50PM on 02/03/2014
"Superman was stalking Lois Lane, he was an absentee father". So was ROBOCOP. That's what superheroes do. Well, the 2nd thing.
"Superman was stalking Lois Lane, he was an absentee father". So was ROBOCOP. That's what superheroes do. Well, the 2nd thing.
3:37PM on 02/03/2014
The film had ups and downs. What I like most was how small the S was on the suit. For some reason, I liked it.
The film had ups and downs. What I like most was how small the S was on the suit. For some reason, I liked it.
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3:26PM on 02/03/2014
I loved Superman Returns and thought Singer did a great job of directing it and Routh made for an awesome Clark Kent/Superman.

But as much as I loved Superman Returns, Man of Steel is a superior Superman film in every way. Especially when it comes to action and building a universe where we finally have the other members of the Justice League coming aboard. And Cavill is the perfect Superman (excluding Reeves) and one of the best casting choices for a superhero ever.
I loved Superman Returns and thought Singer did a great job of directing it and Routh made for an awesome Clark Kent/Superman.

But as much as I loved Superman Returns, Man of Steel is a superior Superman film in every way. Especially when it comes to action and building a universe where we finally have the other members of the Justice League coming aboard. And Cavill is the perfect Superman (excluding Reeves) and one of the best casting choices for a superhero ever.
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3:42PM on 02/03/2014
And despite all the shit it gets, the film did have a great story and alot of heart. Especially the scenes with Costner.
And despite all the shit it gets, the film did have a great story and alot of heart. Especially the scenes with Costner.
3:25PM on 02/03/2014

Never hated it

I never hated Superman Returns but it was not a film I wanted to revisit much. It was very long and boring at parts and Kevin Spacey's Lex was WAY too comical. However I still enjoyed it when it came out and even more so after Man of Steel. I thought I wanted more action in a Superman film but Man of Steel proved that doesn't make a good movie. Honestly there is not a single scene in MoS that can even touch the awesomeness and excitement of that Jet crash sequence in Returns.
I never hated Superman Returns but it was not a film I wanted to revisit much. It was very long and boring at parts and Kevin Spacey's Lex was WAY too comical. However I still enjoyed it when it came out and even more so after Man of Steel. I thought I wanted more action in a Superman film but Man of Steel proved that doesn't make a good movie. Honestly there is not a single scene in MoS that can even touch the awesomeness and excitement of that Jet crash sequence in Returns.
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