Superman Returns is a 2006 superhero film starring Brandon Routh as Superman, Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, and James Marsden as Richard White, the nephew of Daily Planet writer Perry White. Marlon Brando makes an appearance in digitalized form since he died a few years earlier. The film was released on June 28, 2006. The film was made after Warner Brothers made multiple unsuccessful attempts to make a new Superman film after Superman IV: The Quest For Peace failed at the box office.
Superman returns to Earth five years after leaving to search for remnants of Krypton in deep space. Lois Lane has moved on in Clark Kent's absence and a newly-resurfaced Lex Luthor is plotting to destroy Superman once and for all.
Why It's Better Than Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace
- The film feels somewhat like a continuation of the second film, except in a present day universe.
- The story is better than Superman III and IV and it completely ignores the events of those films as if neither of those films even existed.
- The actors do a good job (especially Brandon Routh).
- We see a digitalized appearance by Marlon Brando reading speeches that weren't in the original film with Christopher Reeve.
- The film was dedicated to Christopher Reeve (the original Superman) and his wife Dana Reeve.
- Much better fight scenes than those in III and The Quest For Peace.
- The special effects are far better than those in III and The Quest For Peace.
- Good musical score, especially the original John Williams score from the openings of the previous films.
- Kevin Spacey made an excellent modern Lex Luthor since Gene Hackman retired from acting a few years earlier and is too old to play Lex Luthor.
The film holds a 76% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.