Superman Returns Mini-Review

There are several ways to watch Superman Returns. One way is dwell on the sheer triumph with which the story of a man in blue tights has been updated to 2006; everything from the great music to the tacky intro sequence to final wink to the camera. Another way is to simply enjoy a $200 million action extravaganza gone right.

Which ever way you choose to see it, Superman Returns is eminently watchable. With the wealth of mythology, the “last son of Krypton” twist, the power of the sun and the whole saviour metaphor, it quickly becomes clear that Superman is the original hero, even if he appears dated. Superman Returns is a small part of a whole, that whole being a superhero opera.

By the way, did anyone else notice a film reporter early on mentioning the city “Gotham”—as in Gotham City?

12 thoughts on “Superman Returns Mini-Review”

  1. Nicole says:

    By the way, did anyone else notice a film reporter early on mentioning the city ?Gotham? — as in Gotham City?

    Yes! My sister and I squealed in delight at that little tidbit!

  2. Joen says:

    I suppose that means Batman vs. Superman could still happen …

    I’m not really sure whether that would be cool, to be honest…

  3. Sid Upadhyay says:

    I got a bit jumpy at that too, but I really don’t think that would go over too well, guess we will just have to wait. Oh by the way, the movie was pretty good, too.

  4. Nicole says:

    Batman vs. Superman frightens me. It sounds like a bad idea to me. A bit too much like Alien vs. Predator or something along those lines.

  5. Yeah, the Gotham detail was great 😀

    I loved the movie, but honestly thought it would have done itself a favor by turning down the family side of the story a bit and upping the ‘GO GET ‘EM!!!’ side of it.

    But man, Superman basking in the sun, pan to his hand, making the fist and WHAAAAMM the sonic booms as he zooms down to earth. Yes. Please.

  6. Joen says:

    I loved the movie, but honestly thought it would have done itself a favor by turning down the family side of the story a bit and upping the ?GO GET ?EM!!!? side of it.

    Maybe… I’m scouring my mind to think of what they could’ve done differently to spice things up.

    But man, Superman basking in the sun, pan to his hand, making the fist and WHAAAAMM the sonic booms as he zooms down to earth. Yes. Please.

    Amen. Those moments I almost forgot he was wearing a really lame suit.

  7. Did you notice the pattern of the lame suit? The S-logo 🙂

  8. Joen says:

    Michael Heilemann said:

    Did you notice the pattern of the lame suit? The S-logo 🙂

    Nooo… you mean the stitching of the blue cloth? You can’t be serious… too cool. I’ll have to close-up when I get the DVD.

  9. Saw Superman Returns today.

    You’re right, it is immensely viewable and the pacing throughout the film is fantastic (although it does dip at the end). Yes, I heard Gotham too and all the little details (is it a bird? A Plane…) (except the stitching..ahem) really did add to the experience, without ruining the pacing. Acting was solid all round, eventhough Kevin Spacy’s character (Luthor) was quite as fleshed out as I’d like him to be.

    So it wasn’t a super film, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

  10. Parm Mann says:

    Glad to see somebody else enjoyed it as much as I did! 🙂

    I also noticed the mention of Gotham, but according to people like Singer, anything with both Batman and Superman is a long long way away as we’re likely to see many more independant Batman and Superman films before hand.

    I’ve always been a huge fan of Superman so I did a pretty long write up on Superman Returns on my blog if you fancy a read Joen: http://www.parmmann.com/2006/07/25/superman-returns-bring-it-on/

  11. bramick says:

    I didn’t notice the Gotham mention. Overall I liked the movie:

    My Review:

    http://www.blakeramick.net/journal/superman-returns-review/111

    I posted a link to you as well Joen.

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