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?