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Published:July 9th, 2006 09:11 EST
Superman Returns shows why the world does need the Man of Steel

Superman Returns shows why the world does need the Man of Steel

By Garrett Godwin

Director Bryan Singer took a huge gamble by taking on Superman Returns instead of X-Men: The Last Stand.  But after seeing this long-awaited, much anticipated movie about the Man of Steel, the gamble paid off.

Newcomer Brandon Routh (ex-Seth, OLTL) takes up on the mantle where the late, great Christopher Reeve left off.  The film follows Superman returning to Earth after being gone for five years.  When he comes back, he finds out that the world has changed, and everyone has moved on without him.  By everyone, that includes soul mate Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), who wrote an award-winning article called "Why The World Doesn't Need Superman".  She now has a son and is engaged to Richard White (James Marsden), nephew of the Daily Planet editor Perry White (Frank Langella).

But things will get even worse when archenemy Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) once again plans to take down the Man of Steel and further his own ambitions.  Now, it is up to our hero to prove to humanity-- and Lois -- that the world does need Superman.

Superman Returns truly picks up where Superman II left off, erasing the last two installments that were made during the Reeve era in the 80s.  It has the famous Superman theme, and the movie completely is in tune with the vision of both the first and second, but still holds its own throughout the film.  Like Batman, Superman Returns has definitely resurrected the movie franchise.  Like the Dark Knight, the Man of Steel is born again on the big screen.

Routh embodies both Clark Kent and Superman very well.  Bosworth brings beauty, vulnerability, intelligence, and smarts as Lois Lane. Marsden is surprisingly good as her long-suffering and understanding fiancée.  Spacey makes Luthor more ruthless and sinister, making us love to hate him even more.  Parker Posey makes Miss Kitty bubbly, likable, and sympathetic.

The movie has everything: a great story full of multi-layered characters, action, adventure, humor, drama, and a complex romantic soap opera.  Superman Returns is breathtaking, wonderful, and incredible. 


If Smallville is the series that shows Clark Kent becoming Superman, then Superman Returns is the movie that shows the Man of Steel rediscovering his true calling: to fight for truth, justice, and the American Way.  Superman is clear for take off to save the day.

Rating: *****