Superman Returns DVD: Review By Adam Frazier

Superman Returns is an authentic, artistc comic adaptation. See this film.
  • OVERALL
    4.5
    SUPERB
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
Superman Returns is an authentic, artistc comic adaptation. See this film.
THE BAD
Superman doesn't kick enough ass in this film. I want him to fight huge aliens or monsters or something sweet like that.
THE FEATURE
Let me preface this review by saying that, ever since I was old enough to criticize films and characters in stories, I've had a strong dislike for Superman. He's a badly-drawn character who has way too many super powers and only one weakness, which is radioactive fragments from a planet that's been destroyed (and millions of light years away) and is, for all intensive purposes, hard to come by.

He also, in my opinion, has terrible villains. Lex Luthor isn't even suitable to fight Batman (who, like Lex, has no powers), yet he goes head-to-head with the strongest, most powerful being ever? I don't buy it.

Okay, so now that all my hate and anger towards DC Comics is out of the way, I can tell you that Bryan Singer changed my mind - he made me believe in Superman. This film is the best Superman can ever get (as a still obviously flawed character, in my opinion).

The film begins with a terrific opening sequence that's right out of the '80s - the signature score of John Williams bellows from speakers as we're taken through a journey through space. What a wonderful way to reintroduce the character - I was instantly hooked.

The plot goes like this: After eliminating General Zod & the other Kryptonian arch-villains (See Superman I and II), Superman leaves Earth to search for answers on Krypton after Earth's astronomers found it.

After a five-year hiatus and only finding remnants, Kal-El returns to Earth, only to find Lois Lane engaged to a relative of his boss, and Lex Luthor free from prison. Luthor, whose plans to destroy California failed because of Superman's heroics, vows vengeance against the Man of Steel and contrives a new plot - using the crystals of Krypton to build a continent that will wipe out North America! Embedded in the continent's structure is Kryptonite - the lethal substance that is Superman's only weakness.

Now Superman must race against time to stop Luthor before millions - possibly billions - are killed.

The acting is flawless all around - I had my doubts about Kate Bosworth as Lois, but she handled the character nicely and gave Mrs. Lane more personality than she's ever had. On top of that, her son Jason (as she is now with Richard White (James Marsden), nephew of Perry White) is portrayed wonderfully by Tristan Lake Leabu.

Brandon Routh embodies Superman and obviously channels Christopher Reeves in his performance. Superman didn't seem like just some heartless Alien with no attachment to humanity - instead I felt incredibly attached to him and the situations he was in. The best parts of this movie are when Kal-El is dressed as Clark Kent and is forced to interact with Lois and Richard in awkward situations.

Even supporting roles like Posey Parker as Kitty Kowalski and Sam Hunington as Jimmy Olsen (look for a cameo of the "original" Jimmy Olsen as a bartender when Jimmy and Clark go out for a drink) are terrific and give the film more depth.

I really enjoyed Superman Returns - I was all smiles and that's all you could ask for from a boy who, as a child wore Superman pajamas and a velcro cape.

I believe, I believe.
THE EXTRAS
This DVD is packed with some great special features. The 2-disc Special Edition is definitely worth picking up, just look at all of this stuff:

Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns": a comprehensive 3-hour doc*mentary including:

Secret Origins and First Issues: Crystallizing Superman

The Crystal Method: Designing Superman

An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman (Superman on the Farm, Superman in the City, Superman in Peril)

The Joy of Lex: Menacing Superman

He's Always Around: Wrapping Superman

Resurrecting Jor-El

There's also an abundance of deleted scenes:

The Date, Family Photos, Crash Landing/X-Ray Vision, Old Newspapers, Are You Two Dating?, Martinis and Wigs, I'm Always Right, Jimmy the Lush, Language Barrier, Crystal Feet, New Krypton

The DVD also features an Easter egg: "Wrong!" and Theatrical and video game trailers
THE VIDEO
This film is presented in Widescreen format and is simply stunning - the colors are crisp and surreal.
THE AUDIO
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
THE PACKAGE
Superman Returns comes in your standard keepcase with an embossed cardboard sleeve over it, featuring Brandon Routh as Superman flying across the Metropolis skyline.
THE FINAL WORD
Bryan Singer has done to Superman what Christopher Nolan did to the Batman franchise. If you haven't seen Superman I or II, you may need to do some catching up before checking out Superman Returns. It's not necessary, but it will only add to the enjoyment

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