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991 Ratings

Superman Returns

Directed by Bryan Singer
United States, 2006
Sci-Fi, Action


Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel returns to Earth. While archenemy Lex Luthor plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the realization that Lois Lane has moved on with her life.

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Superman Returns Directed by Bryan Singer

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2007 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Visual Effects

BAFTA Awards

2007 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects

Empire Awards

2007 | Winner: Best Male Newcomer

2007 | 4 nominations including: Best Film

Few films look as different a decade after their birth as Superman Returns does now, but then few find their territory so seismically altered. For one thing it’s the handsomest superhero film so far, not just classicist but actually classical… But the indigestible issue – then anyway – was the premise, yoking the film directly to Richard Donner’s 1978 film while casting Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth as a Clark and Lois who were impossible to square with the templates.
May 13, 2016
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Trouble is, Singer can’t decide whether he’s making a sequel or a remake. New plot details notwithstanding, Superman Returns follows the ‘78 Donner film almost beat for beat, even to the point of recycling a lot of its dialogue. This wouldn’t be so terrible if the new film could brook the comparison; sadly, it only serves to underscore the inadequacy of Routh and Bosworth in the central roles.
June 29, 2006
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Mr. Singer’s Superman, played by Brandon Routh, is a hero of rather different emotional colors, most muted. Like Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins,” Mr. Singer’s effort reworks the legend against a vaguely modern, timeless backdrop that blends the thematically old with the technologically new… It’s too bad that Mr. Singer and his colleagues don’t really do anything substantial with the good-guy-bad-guy routine.
June 27, 2006
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