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Cool Videos: The $10M Superman Returns opening you never saw

Jul. 25, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Usually just any old deleted scene isn't worth posting, but when it's a five minute, fully produced, $10 million opening for a major blockbuster, I thought it might be worthwhile.

MAN OF STEEL may have been pushed back to 2013, but we can still have a bit of new Superman footage through this scene. It has Brandon Routh's Superman returning to Krypton to see that yup, it's super dead, and also full of Kryptonite. Surprise!

I'm a little unclear as to the giant "S" he uncovers. I get that it's the House of El, but why would it be that huge on some cliff face? And then what happens? Superman just sucks at driving his crystal spaceship so it splinters and he crashes back to earth? Just a very strange scene all around.

I see what made this sequence so expensive, but I also see why it was cut. but they probably should have figured that out before they fully rendered the entire thing.

Extra Tidbit: After the abomination that was SUCKER PUNCH, anyone just a touch worried about Snyder doing Superman?
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10:27PM on 07/26/2011
What the hell did I just watch?!
What the hell did I just watch?!
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4:38PM on 07/26/2011

Stop hating on Snyder!

Don't you idiots get it that as long as Nolan is producing it and guiding the movie to its fruition that it won't end up as another "Green Lantern" fiasco? So Snyder made a mediocre "LOTOR" meets owls movie. Yeah, "SUCKER PUNCH" was dizzying, psychedelic, senseless mess. That doesn't mean "Superman" will be.

"Watchmen" and "300" are examples of someone whom, if he truly loves the source material and wants to make the best damn movie/adaptation he can, then he has the power to do it. Have
Don't you idiots get it that as long as Nolan is producing it and guiding the movie to its fruition that it won't end up as another "Green Lantern" fiasco? So Snyder made a mediocre "LOTOR" meets owls movie. Yeah, "SUCKER PUNCH" was dizzying, psychedelic, senseless mess. That doesn't mean "Superman" will be.

"Watchmen" and "300" are examples of someone whom, if he truly loves the source material and wants to make the best damn movie/adaptation he can, then he has the power to do it. Have faith.
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5:21AM on 07/26/2011
that should have been resold as a daft punk music video.
that should have been resold as a daft punk music video.
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11:33PM on 07/25/2011

Why does everybody hate on...

Sucker Punch so damn much. It's a really good movie, and it's not the worst fuckin film ever made, I can name tons more, indies and regular h-wood films that are far worst. As for the S doesn't it spell the symbol for superman LOL. They should of kept that in, it was so cool.
Sucker Punch so damn much. It's a really good movie, and it's not the worst fuckin film ever made, I can name tons more, indies and regular h-wood films that are far worst. As for the S doesn't it spell the symbol for superman LOL. They should of kept that in, it was so cool.
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8:58PM on 07/25/2011

That was great.

I wish it had stayed in the film, but it's probably best it didn't. Most people already found the movie long and boring. I still love Superman Returns. It's truly fantastic. I think maybe somewhere down the road we could get another sequel, once people come around to how good it actually was and once Snyders is forgotten.
I wish it had stayed in the film, but it's probably best it didn't. Most people already found the movie long and boring. I still love Superman Returns. It's truly fantastic. I think maybe somewhere down the road we could get another sequel, once people come around to how good it actually was and once Snyders is forgotten.
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3:36PM on 07/25/2011

saw this a while ago

and I DEFINITELY think they should've kept it in the movie, it's a really cool scene and really makes sense with the film, makes it seem larger and more important on a whole.
They should've kept this in and added a couple more action scenes and voila, it would've been freakin awesome.

Can't wait for Man of Steel, but Brandon Routh is Supes, Brandon Routh > Henry Cavill
and I DEFINITELY think they should've kept it in the movie, it's a really cool scene and really makes sense with the film, makes it seem larger and more important on a whole.
They should've kept this in and added a couple more action scenes and voila, it would've been freakin awesome.

Can't wait for Man of Steel, but Brandon Routh is Supes, Brandon Routh > Henry Cavill
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3:11PM on 07/25/2011

Stop the Hate

I'm sick of all this hating on Snyder..has everyone forgot about Dawn of The Dead?..everyone thought it couldn't be anywhere near as good as the original but it ended up being one of the best zombie flicks ever...and Watchmen was the closest i have seen any movie get to the source material, and considering that it was considered "unfilmable" i think he did a fantastic job...i think he is perfect for Superman...he'll stay true to the material and add what we have never seen in a Superman
I'm sick of all this hating on Snyder..has everyone forgot about Dawn of The Dead?..everyone thought it couldn't be anywhere near as good as the original but it ended up being one of the best zombie flicks ever...and Watchmen was the closest i have seen any movie get to the source material, and considering that it was considered "unfilmable" i think he did a fantastic job...i think he is perfect for Superman...he'll stay true to the material and add what we have never seen in a Superman movie...him actually kicking some ass!
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2:56PM on 07/25/2011
Boring!
And the Sucker Punch lovers are back with their "I liked it for what it was" blablabla.
Maybe you guys could start some kind of club with the people who liked Green Lantern and talk about how great both movies actually were for what they were and that how the majority is wrong for not liking them.
Boring!
And the Sucker Punch lovers are back with their "I liked it for what it was" blablabla.
Maybe you guys could start some kind of club with the people who liked Green Lantern and talk about how great both movies actually were for what they were and that how the majority is wrong for not liking them.
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5:31PM on 07/25/2011
agreed.. I loved Watchmen and 300.. but Sucker Punch just plain sucked.
agreed.. I loved Watchmen and 300.. but Sucker Punch just plain sucked.
2:54PM on 07/25/2011
scene is beautiful as the rest of the movie, but just as boring, and also isnt superman only affected by kryptonite under the yellow sun as thats why it chemically reacts with him in that manner?
scene is beautiful as the rest of the movie, but just as boring, and also isnt superman only affected by kryptonite under the yellow sun as thats why it chemically reacts with him in that manner?
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2:54PM on 07/25/2011
scene is beautiful as the rest of the movie, but just as boring, and also isnt superman only affected by kryptonite under the yellow sun as thats why it chemically reacts with him in that manner?
scene is beautiful as the rest of the movie, but just as boring, and also isnt superman only affected by kryptonite under the yellow sun as thats why it chemically reacts with him in that manner?
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5:30PM on 07/25/2011
Havent heard that theory before on the whole Kryptonite thing. I know theres like a rainbow of different kinds that affect him differently. Silly imo. Scene not boring at all, I would use the word intriguing.
Havent heard that theory before on the whole Kryptonite thing. I know theres like a rainbow of different kinds that affect him differently. Silly imo. Scene not boring at all, I would use the word intriguing.
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2:42PM on 07/25/2011

Contrary to many...

I enjoyed Superman Returns as a sequel to Superman II, I enjoyed Suckerpunch for what it was, and I have full faith in Snyder as long as the Source Material is good.

Also, Nolan is God.
I enjoyed Superman Returns as a sequel to Superman II, I enjoyed Suckerpunch for what it was, and I have full faith in Snyder as long as the Source Material is good.

Also, Nolan is God.
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2:36PM on 07/25/2011
Meh. That's the reaction to a lot of Tassi articles nowadays: 'Meh'.
Meh. That's the reaction to a lot of Tassi articles nowadays: 'Meh'.
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1:48PM on 07/25/2011
my doubts over the effect of snyder are overcome by my trust in THE NOLAN!!!
my doubts over the effect of snyder are overcome by my trust in THE NOLAN!!!
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1:46PM on 07/25/2011
I may be wrong, or at least somewhat exaggerating, but I think that most of the people on this website have time and time again shown that they do not hold the same opinions toward Sucker Punch as the writers do.

With that said, although Superman does run the risk of being CGI heavy, too action oriented, and heartless... anything that is a change of pace from the Superman movies from the 70s couldn't be all bad to mix things up.
I may be wrong, or at least somewhat exaggerating, but I think that most of the people on this website have time and time again shown that they do not hold the same opinions toward Sucker Punch as the writers do.

With that said, although Superman does run the risk of being CGI heavy, too action oriented, and heartless... anything that is a change of pace from the Superman movies from the 70s couldn't be all bad to mix things up.
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1:31PM on 07/25/2011
Being one of the few that loved Superman Returns, I dig this scene alot. It explains the opening of the movie more and what exactly he was doing those years he took off after Superman II
Being one of the few that loved Superman Returns, I dig this scene alot. It explains the opening of the movie more and what exactly he was doing those years he took off after Superman II
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1:18PM on 07/25/2011

Another $250M down the drain

Absolutely am I scared for "Man of Steel". If you didn't get that Snyder was soulless from "300" or the ever-cold "Watchmen", you should have gotten a triple-scoop of the masochistic menagerie that was "Sucker Punch". "Man of Steel" already feels like a CGI disaster that I don't even think in Nolan's hands it could be saved.
Absolutely am I scared for "Man of Steel". If you didn't get that Snyder was soulless from "300" or the ever-cold "Watchmen", you should have gotten a triple-scoop of the masochistic menagerie that was "Sucker Punch". "Man of Steel" already feels like a CGI disaster that I don't even think in Nolan's hands it could be saved.
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12:51PM on 07/25/2011
Man, those crystal look is kinda campy...I like Superman Returns, but it used/copied too much of the Donner Superman.

Tidbit: I am not worried at all! If given the right source material Snyder can deliver. This time he also has Nolan as a producer and a script by Goyer and Nolan...Also he already got a great cast!

If you think about Sucker Punch, the movie isn't as flat as you think. It is no Inception or so, but there is something behind it if you give it a chance...also the visuals are
Man, those crystal look is kinda campy...I like Superman Returns, but it used/copied too much of the Donner Superman.

Tidbit: I am not worried at all! If given the right source material Snyder can deliver. This time he also has Nolan as a producer and a script by Goyer and Nolan...Also he already got a great cast!

If you think about Sucker Punch, the movie isn't as flat as you think. It is no Inception or so, but there is something behind it if you give it a chance...also the visuals are great like every Snyder movie.
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12:14PM on 07/25/2011
I think this scene would have fit in nicely, it's just as boring as the rest of the film.
I think this scene would have fit in nicely, it's just as boring as the rest of the film.
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12:13PM on 07/25/2011

Wow...

Boy was that boring and pointless.
Boy was that boring and pointless.
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12:07PM on 07/25/2011

Snyder

I would never call Sucker Punch an "abomination". Movies like House of the Dead or Date Movie are abominations. Sucker Punch had its flaws, but it also contained good acting, was visually impressive, and had some of the best action scenes of the year. Snyder's directing style is perfect for a comic book film.
I would never call Sucker Punch an "abomination". Movies like House of the Dead or Date Movie are abominations. Sucker Punch had its flaws, but it also contained good acting, was visually impressive, and had some of the best action scenes of the year. Snyder's directing style is perfect for a comic book film.
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12:01PM on 07/25/2011

Makes no sense

So, Superman knows Kryptonite is bad for him, to the point of using a crystal ship to fly home... and looks shocked when a whole damn planet of the stuff makes him weak. This movie sucked bad enough without this opening.

As for Sucker Punch, I thought it was pretty good for what it was: a fantasy movie. Nothing deep or world-changing, but fun and inventive in parts. The action was decent, and clear enough. Snyder's Man of Steel will be much the same.
So, Superman knows Kryptonite is bad for him, to the point of using a crystal ship to fly home... and looks shocked when a whole damn planet of the stuff makes him weak. This movie sucked bad enough without this opening.

As for Sucker Punch, I thought it was pretty good for what it was: a fantasy movie. Nothing deep or world-changing, but fun and inventive in parts. The action was decent, and clear enough. Snyder's Man of Steel will be much the same.
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12:13PM on 07/25/2011
Maybe he used to crystal ship because it had GPS navigation systems, and not because it might protect him from Kryptonite. (It didn't.) Maybe he looked shocked because he didn't expect such huge chunks of Krypton still there, especially with so much of it turned radioactive.

Obviously Singer wanted to use the crystal ship as a tribute to the first Donner film's intro. (Yeah, I get that the ENTIRE MOVIE was his love letter to Supes I and II.)
Maybe he used to crystal ship because it had GPS navigation systems, and not because it might protect him from Kryptonite. (It didn't.) Maybe he looked shocked because he didn't expect such huge chunks of Krypton still there, especially with so much of it turned radioactive.

Obviously Singer wanted to use the crystal ship as a tribute to the first Donner film's intro. (Yeah, I get that the ENTIRE MOVIE was his love letter to Supes I and II.)
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11:45AM on 07/25/2011
Thats a pretty cool opening, i like the fact that theres a more alien feel to superman. For Man of steel Im not worried one bit. I've loved synders past work from 300, dawn of the dead and watchmen and while sucker punch was a boring and dull flick I dont think its the abomination alot of people claim it is. I have my trust in him.
Thats a pretty cool opening, i like the fact that theres a more alien feel to superman. For Man of steel Im not worried one bit. I've loved synders past work from 300, dawn of the dead and watchmen and while sucker punch was a boring and dull flick I dont think its the abomination alot of people claim it is. I have my trust in him.
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11:43AM on 07/25/2011
Brandon Routh needs to play Superman again. Bring back Legends of the Superheroes if we have to.

ET: Snyder is a great choice for Man of Steel. Snyder did well 300 and Watchmen. His visual style suits comic book adaptations. And, most importantly, he knows what loyal fans want--the comic book on-screen.
Brandon Routh needs to play Superman again. Bring back Legends of the Superheroes if we have to.

ET: Snyder is a great choice for Man of Steel. Snyder did well 300 and Watchmen. His visual style suits comic book adaptations. And, most importantly, he knows what loyal fans want--the comic book on-screen.
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11:41AM on 07/25/2011

Re Snyder

"He sure knows how to make visually cool-looking movie"

Yeah but visuals aren't everything. You also need to have a handle on plot, character, narrative. Snyder might as well just do commercials and music videos for a living
"He sure knows how to make visually cool-looking movie"

Yeah but visuals aren't everything. You also need to have a handle on plot, character, narrative. Snyder might as well just do commercials and music videos for a living
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11:52AM on 07/25/2011
I think ur second point is a reason why Nolan and Co. are doing the script. Nolan's plot with Snyder's visuals. Yes please.
I think ur second point is a reason why Nolan and Co. are doing the script. Nolan's plot with Snyder's visuals. Yes please.
2:47PM on 07/25/2011
@justbink07:
You just nailed exactly why this will work. Quality script writers combined with a guy who knows action and style means it should definitely work. Fingers crossed!
@justbink07:
You just nailed exactly why this will work. Quality script writers combined with a guy who knows action and style means it should definitely work. Fingers crossed!
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11:37AM on 07/25/2011

It was a'ight

And it explains the beginning of the theatrical version better (i.e., why Superman crashed near the Kent farm).
And it explains the beginning of the theatrical version better (i.e., why Superman crashed near the Kent farm).
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11:31AM on 07/25/2011
That opening looks cool but I can see why it was cut. However, contrary to many reviews, I like Sucker Punch and I have faith in Snyder. He sure knows how to make visually cool-looking movie.
That opening looks cool but I can see why it was cut. However, contrary to many reviews, I like Sucker Punch and I have faith in Snyder. He sure knows how to make visually cool-looking movie.
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