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Superman Returns Superman
release date June 30th
Bryan Singer of the X-men and X2. He is also the producer of the Fox
movie is supposed to follow the original the first two Superman
movies. It has Superman returning to Earth after a long mysterious absence
where he has searched for the remains of Krypton.
Superman discovers that Lois Lane has moved on with her life, and
now has a son. Lois has a boyfriend but is not married. All of this
of course hits Clark Kent kind of hard.
Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes
back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new
chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes. While
an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman
faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane,
has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return
challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place
in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to
protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks
on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the
ocean to the far reaches of outer space.
The film stars Brandon Routh as
Superman, as well as Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Frank
Langella, and Parker Posey, and tells the story of the title character
returning to Earth after a five year absence. He finds that his love
interest Lois Lane has moved on with her life, and that his archenemy
Lex Luthor is plotting a scheme that will destroy the United States.
After a series of unsuccessful projects to resurrect Superman on the
screen, Warner Bros. hired Bryan Singer to direct and develop Superman
Returns in July 2004. The majority of principal photography took place
at Fox Studios Australia, Sydney, while the visual effects sequences
were created by Sony Pictures Imageworks; filming ended in November
2005. Preceded by an extensive marketing campaign at the cost of $44.5
million, Superman Returns was released to positive reviews and received
many award nominations, but Warner Bros. was disappointed with the $391
million worldwide box office return. A sequel was planned for a summer
2009 release, but the project was later cancelled. The Superman series
will be rebooted in 2013 with the film
Man of Steel
and will be directed by Zack Snyder with Henry Cavill as Superman.
Superman Returns Cast
Brandon Routh as Clark Kent / Superman: The Kryptonian superhero
who disguises himself as a journalist. Stephan Bender portrays teenage
Clark Kent in a flashback scene. James Caviezel expressed interest in
the role. However, Singer believed only an unknown actor would be
suitable for the part. Routh was chosen from thousands of candidates
interviewed at casting calls in the United States, United Kingdom,
Canada and Australia. He had coincidentally auditioned for Clark Kent in
the television series Smallville, but lost to Tom Welling. Routh had
also met director Joseph "McG" Nichol for the role during pre-production
of Superman: Flyby. Dana Reeve, wife of Christopher Reeve, believed
Routh's physical resemblance to her late husband was striking.To obtain
the muscular physique to convincingly play Superman, Routh underwent a
strict bodybuilding exercise regimen, just as Reeve had done for the
film that Richard Donner had directed.
Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane: A reporter who works with Clark Kent
at the Daily Planet, and former lover of Superman. Spacey recommended
Singer to cast Bosworth in the role because she co-starred with Spacey
in Beyond the Sea (2004) as Sandra Dee. Claire Danes and Keri Russell
were reportedly considered for the role. For inspiration on her
performance, Bosworth studied Katharine Hepburn's acting, particularly
in The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
(1967), as well as Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich (2000).
Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor: An evil sociopath armed with
vast resources and an extensive knowledge of science who is
Superman's arch nemesis. Because of his Academy Award-winning
performance in Singer's film The Usual Suspects (1995), and
friendship with the director, Spacey was the only actor
considered for Luthor. The writers specifically had Spacey in
mind for the part when writing the script. Spacey's version
of Luthor has the same comically exaggerated vanity and pompous
arrogance of the earlier Gene Hackman version as well as the
same strong interest in real estate, but Spacey's version is far
less campy and more serious. Spacey later said that director
Singer told him to play the character as "darker and more
bitter" compared to Hackman and not to use the earlier portrayal
as an inspiration.
James Marsden as Richard
White: The nephew of the Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White and
fiancé to Lois Lane. Marsden said Richard acts as an emotional challenge
for Superman, since the hero comes back to find that "Lois Lane picks
somebody who's very Supermanesque".
Parker Posey as Kitty Kowalski: Lex Luthor's henchwoman. She served as a
prison nurse and would give Lex his examinations The character is based
on Eve Teschmacher from the 1978 film, portrayed by Valerie Perrine.
Posey was the only actress considered for the role.
Marlon Brando reprises his role of Jor-El from the 1978
film with the use of previous footage combined with
computer-generated imagery. This required negotiations with
Brando's estate for permission to have his footage used. Singer
explained, "we had access to all of the Brando footage that was
shot. There was unused footage that had Brando reciting poems,
trailing off subject and swearing like a sailor."
Tristan Lake Leabu as Jason:
The son of Lois Lane. The question of whether Superman or White is
Jason's father is initially unclear, but it is eventually revealed that
he is the son of Superman, due to his display of superhuman strength and
discomfort around Kryptonite, amongst other things.
Other cast members include Frank Langella who plays Daily Planet
editor Perry White, a role originally attached to Hugh Laurie; Sam
Huntington as Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen, Eva Marie
Saint as Clark Kent's adoptive mother Martha Kent, and Kal Penn as
one of Luthor's henchmen, Stanford.
Larson, who portrayed Jimmy Olsen in the 1950s television series
Adventures of Superman, makes a cameo appearance as a bartender.
Noel Neill, who portrayed Lois Lane in the television series,
1948 serial and Atom Man vs. Superman, cameos as Gertrude
Vanderworth. Richard Branson cameos as the pilot of the space shuttle.
Superman Returns Plot
Superman (Brandon Routh) has been missing for five years, since
traveling to the location where astronomers believed they had discovered
the remains of Krypton. During his absence, Superman's nemesis Lex
Luthor (Kevin Spacey) was released from prison and married a rich widow
to obtain her fortune upon her death. Superman, having failed in his
quest to find surviving Kryptonians, returns to Earth and, as Clark
Kent, resumes his job at the Daily Planet in Metropolis. He subsequently
learns that Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has won the Pulitzer Prize for her
article "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." Meanwhile, Luthor travels
to the Fortress of Solitude and steals Kryptonian crystals, which he
uses for an experiment that causes a power outage on the East Coast. The
power loss interferes with the flight test of a space shuttle to be
launched into space from its piggy-back mounting on an airliner,
occupied by Lois Lane, who is covering the story. Clark flies into
action as Superman and stops the plane from crashing onto a baseball
The world rejoices at Superman's return, but he has difficulty coping
with Lois' fiance, Richard White (James Marsden), nephew of Daily Planet
editor-in-chief Perry White (Frank Langella), and their 5-year-old son,
Jason (Tristan Lake Leabu). With Superman distracted by an
out-of-control vehicle (a diversion involving Luthor's henchwoman, Kitty
Kowalski), Luthor steals Kryptonite from the Metropolis Museum of
Natural History. Perry then assigns Lois to interview Superman while
Clark investigates the blackout. Lois and Jason inadvertently board
Luthor's ship and are captured after Lois decides to hold interest in
the blackout story, which she connects to Luthor's experiment. He
reveals to them his grand scheme of using one of the stolen Kryptonian
crystals, which he has combined with the Kryptonite, to grow a new
continental landmass in the Northern Atlantic Ocean that will cause sea
levels to rise drastically, killing billions of people.
Seeing Jason seemingly have a slight reaction to Kryptonite, Luthor asks
who Jason's father really is; Lois asserts that the father is Richard.
The crystal begins to create Luthor's new landmass, while Lois attempts
to escape but is attacked by a henchman. Jason throws a piano at the
henchman, killing him and showing that he is actually Superman's son.
Meanwhile, Superman is attempting to minimize the destruction in
Metropolis caused by the new landmass' growth when Richard arrives in a
sea plane to rescue Lois and Jason. Superman soon arrives to help and
then flies off to find Luthor.
Meeting Luthor, Superman discovers the landmass is filled with
Kryptonite, which weakens him to the point that Luthor and his henchmen
are able to beat him. Superman is stabbed by Luthor with a shard of
Kryptonite and falls into the ocean. Lois makes Richard turn back to
rescue Superman, whereupon she removes the Kryptonite from his back.
Superman, after regaining his strength from the sun, lifts the landmass
after putting layers of earth between him and the Kryptonite. Luthor and
Kitty escape in their helicopter; Kitty, unwilling to let billions of
people die, tosses away the crystals that Lex stole from the Fortress of
Solitude. She and Luthor are stranded on a desert island when their
helicopter runs out of fuel. Superman pushes the landmass into space,
but is weakened by the Kryptonite and crashes back to Earth. Doctors
remove more Kryptonite from Superman's wound, but after it is removed
they cannot penetrate his skin with their surgical tools. While Superman
remains in a coma, Lois and Jason visit him at the hospital where Lois
whispers a secret into Superman's ear and then kisses him. Superman
later awakens and flies to visit Jason, reciting his father Jor-El's
(Marlon Brando) last speech to Jason as he sleeps. Lois starts writing
another article, titled “Why the World Needs Superman”. Superman
reassures her that he is now back to stay, and flies off to low orbit,
where he gazes down at the world once again.
Design and effects
Superman Returns was shot using Panavision's Genesis digital camera.
Production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas was influenced by Frank Lloyd
Wright's Johnson Wax Headquarters for the design of the Daily Planet.
ESC Entertainment was originally set to design the visual effects
sequences, but Warner Bros. replaced them with the hiring of Mark
Stetson from Sony Pictures Imageworks as the visual effects supervisor.
A total of 1,400 visual effects shots were created. The script required
a scene of Superman safely delivering a Boeing 777 in a baseball park
where computer-generated imagery was used as it would have been
impossible to assemble the number of extras for the shots. A second unit
crew traveled to Dodger Stadium to photograph elements that were
composited into the final images. Using footage from the original
Superman (1978) film as a reference point, Marlon Brando was re-created
by Rhythm & Hues using CGI. The opening credits for Superman Returns are
presented in an intended recreation of the style used for Superman,
again to the accompaniment of
Williams' theme music.
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• Color, Widescreen, Dolby
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• Previously unseen footage added by Director Richard Donner
• 4 Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries:
• The Magic Behind the Cape (Special Effects)
• Making Superman: Filming the Legend (Production and
• Screen Tests (Casting)
• Taking Flight: The Development of Superman (Preproduction)
• Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Director Richard Donner and
Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz
• Superman and Lois Lane Screen Tests
• Audio Outtakes: Alternate Scoring for 8 Sequences
• Music-Only Audio Track (Dolby 5.1) showcasing John Williams'
• 2 Deleted Scenes