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Superman Returns (2006)

Cast: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Parker Posey, Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Parker Posey, Kal Penn, Stephan Bender, Frank Langella, Sam Huntington

Director(s): Bryan Singer

Language: English

Genre: Action / Disaster


Superman - born on a planet which has long since died - has been raised by adoptive parents on the Kent farm in Kansas. The young boy Kal-El is renamed Clark Kent, and though he has grown up among humans, he is not one of them. Under Earth's yellow sun, he can do things humans can only dream of, but to co-exist with them he must live a dual life as mild, unassuming Clark Kent, secretly transforming into the Man of Steel when the world cries out for him.

But now, the world's crises have ... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on June 29, 2006, 3:53 pm
Well, I'll probably see it this weekend with my bro. Haven't read the reviews yet, but noticed that most are of the 2 star/mediocre variety.
Kevin Spacey as Luthor is enough of a selling point for me, so we'll see if this film was worth Bryan Singer directing instead of X-Men 3.
And hey! Parker Posey!

Papamikey wrote on June 30, 2006, 10:33 pm
I took the day off today to clean the homestead (as my folks are arriving from T.O. for Canada Day) and decided to pick up THE BOY from daycare to spend some daddy-son bonding time with him.

My PLAN was lunch at Boston Pizza (which I normally LLLLOOOOOAAATHE, but he had a coupon he had won for a free Kids' Meal at his Diabetes Walk-a-Thon), then we'd go see Superman at South Keys.

Well, we never made it to the theatre as he opted for Putting Edge mini-putt instead...alas. I was kinda jonesing to see it...

What I'm shocked of is no reports from Suave on this!!?? I thought he'd at least have had a geekgasm by now....no?


Papa Mikey!
MasterWoodsman wrote on July 1, 2006, 12:04 am
I haven't heard from suavey in days. Presumed to be watching Superman in constant loops. Hope for the best.
suaveay wrote on July 1, 2006, 10:57 am
No no no no no. I've been working, plain and simple. Yes, you'll be shocked to learn I've accepted a position at a scale company (Motto: We make scales!) in the machine shop/warehouse.

Haven't been to see it yet. The premiere was a Monday night when I have band practice, and tickets were only obtainable through a ridiculously hard quiz which even I had to admit was insane. (Think questions like, "Who was the inker for Superman comics in 1957-59?" and other insanely obscure details no one could possibly know.)

Monday I have the day off, so Monday you'll get yer stinkin' report.
Papamikey wrote on July 1, 2006, 2:49 pm
And then one time, at band practice...
MasterWoodsman wrote on July 1, 2006, 8:04 pm
And to think Suavey plays the tuba!
motleymitch wrote on July 2, 2006, 9:36 am

Superman? More like SuperMEH!
Or Superlame!
Or Superman Returns....to Melodrama!
You get the point.
This movie was uber-long and BOOOOORING!
It was essentially a shmaltzy love story tacked onto a would-be superhero film, and not even in a semi-trying way like Hulk or Spiderman (both which I hated).
Where is Superman? When he is on screen, it's not in much of an action sense. There is ONE good FX scene near the beginning involving a plane and shuttle mishap, but then lots of nothing for a looong time before we get to the Lex Luthor plan going into action. Spacey as Luthor is good, but I wanted more conflict between him and Superman, and it didn't deliver on that count. The dialogue throughout is just bad - we waited 20 years for THIS script? I have no doubt that Rob could've come up with a better story (that's a compliment, Rob) than the re-hashed crap stolen from the first two films.
Routh as Superman looks the part, but is wooden as an actor. Lois Lane was meh, and their chemistry lacks what should've been a compelling relationship.
There is a Superboy character introduced (his and Lois' son), which I saw coming for miles, and if you're introducing this aspect, why not use it?
Instead, Superman's solution to Luthor's problem is absolutely ridiculous (in the context of this story), and we rolling our eyes in disbelief. Is Superman suddenly over his Kryptonite allergy??
It seems Kryptonite is very easy to come by too.
Plus, Superman dies more than once here, and seems to revive....how? By the power of love, the strength in his heart, his sense of responsibilty, the ever-present curl on his head?
This was very disappointing donkey balls, considering the years spent releasing it, and Bryan Singer turning down X-Men 3 (a far better film despite its own flaws) to direct this instead. The flying scenes are doine well, and the look is decent, but this could've been SO much more....

MasterWoodsman wrote on July 2, 2006, 12:14 pm
Deril wrote on July 3, 2006, 8:06 pm
I think Mitch is being rather generous actually.

Again, SPOILERS *****************

Not much more I can add to MItch's review, but we were VERY dissapointed. My biggest complaint is that it takes place 5 "Earth years" after Superman II, so the writers just said that right up front in writing on the screen, and then didn't feel the need to develope any characters assuming that we all knew there was a bad history between Lex & Seuperman etc etc. They basically did't write a story. I could come up with something better than this...AND I LIKE EVRYTHING!

From the very frist scene I thought the casting was awful. every character was under developed, and the acting was pathetic (Spacey is the only exception here). I think Spacey did the most he could have with the lack of writing support he was given.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SUPER-DOO DOO!!

Where are the white women at??

motleymitch wrote on July 3, 2006, 11:14 pm
Half-way through the film, we're thinking, "This would be SO much better with Richard Pryor!".
Papamikey wrote on July 4, 2006, 9:09 am
Haven't yet read your reviews as they're chalk full of Spoilers...but...OUCH!

The general concensus among critics is that it was good...I'm STILL waiting to hear from Suave, though...
Jefferygn wrote on July 4, 2006, 10:55 am
I guess I missed a few posts... I just noticed now:

Rob has a job?!! What the?

Rob: Expand. Details. Please.
Papamikey wrote on July 4, 2006, 11:57 am
Oh yeah, I keep forgetting that you guys don't read Rob's blog....this is old hat to me.
Jefferygn wrote on July 4, 2006, 1:59 pm
So... then since we don't, please give us a brief fill-in on the scales situation.
suaveay wrote on July 5, 2006, 6:29 am
I work in a machine shop in Lachine, making scales. *shrugs* It's a living.

Mitch and Deril: You are shrivelled up bitter old wretches.

This movie was filled with joy and childlike wonder. Oh, now I see why you didn't like it: It requires that you have a heart and a soul.

Wonderful. Routh is entirely believeable as Clark Kent, and makes a very good Superman. Spacey is of course brilliant. Music and special effects are also very well done, and plenty of references to the original film.
motleymitch wrote on July 5, 2006, 8:15 am
**Sputters a la Charles Lindsay, falls over backwards***

Childlike wonder?? Perhaps because a child wrote it?
References to the originals and iconic poses holding cars does not a great movie make.
I guess this is where we disagree on Spiderman as well, but even though I didn't like Spiderman, at least it tried to be exciting.
Would like to sit and discuss this with you some day.

Deril wrote on July 5, 2006, 9:55 am

Mitch has it right here. It doesn't take much for me to love a good superhero flick, but this was just lame. It's cleaning up at the box office though. There were so many times when MItch & I looked at eachother and rolled our eyes. GARBAGE!
There were also several times when we were saying..."When are they gonna get to the fireworks??"


"Get to the MONEY!!"

Anyways, I won't re-hash my review, but this could have been SO much more.
motleymitch wrote on July 5, 2006, 10:02 am

suaveay wrote on July 5, 2006, 8:14 pm
You all suck.

For the sake of our friendships, I'll be spending less time on this site. Because I'm getting tired of being angry at you all.

Sorry, guys.
Deril wrote on July 5, 2006, 10:54 pm
Why you angry?
Just post your opinion, and we'll do the same.
No need to get all bent out of shape over it.

"This is supposed to be a happy occasion!"

MasterWoodsman wrote on July 6, 2006, 2:01 am
C'mon Rob!

People are entitled to their opinions. That's the beauty of this site.

Okay, you loved it and the bummer twins did not. Is this a surprise?? They bomb most good movies.

There's a reason why they belong to PLONT. Just like me. We all suck big hairy moosecocks in the end.

motleymitch wrote on July 6, 2006, 2:38 am
Yeah geez, just cuz we hated the movie doesn't mean it's the end of the world...though if it WAS the end of the world then Superman could fly around the world really fast and turn back time to 1980 when Superman movies didn't suck. Kneel before Zod!

Deril wrote on July 6, 2006, 4:39 pm
Deril wrote on July 6, 2006, 4:40 pm
MasterWoodsman wrote on July 6, 2006, 4:41 pm
Wow is this a cheery thread!

For a momement there I was alomost optimistic about this site. Thanks for setting me straight.
Papamikey wrote on July 6, 2006, 3:47 pm
It's the natural evolution of Derek's websites:

1) Derek creates web-site.
2) Friends visit, enjoy, post like mad.
3) Cousins arrive, get slandered by friends in (2) and leave insulted.
4) Strangers arrive, repeat (3)
5) Derek gets bored of updating the site, it begins to stagnate somewhat, he stops posting regularily
6) Rob gets fed up of being the butt of all the jokes, leaves in a huff.
7) Mitch, Mikey, Deril and Jeffay are left holding their pride in their hands with no-one left at the circle-jerk but themselves.

We're currently standing at stage 6.5
suaveay wrote on July 6, 2006, 7:03 pm
I'll tell you why it's a big deal.

(And this is not a huff. If I leave in a huff, believe me, you'll know.)

Because I see these posts and we get into stupid arguments about something so inconsequential and unimportant as films and all I can think of is how much we've all changed, how far apart we're growing, and how little we have in common any more beyond a few shared memories (and Derricco not even that). And it depresses me, because then it inevitably leads to, 'So why am I bothering' sort of questions.

I would rather be excited and happy at the prospect of seeing you guys the few times a year we get together, instead of looking at it from the perspective of 'oh hey, now we'll get to argue in person instead of online'.

Honestly guys, I'm not leaving the site - but I'm limiting myself to once a week, and won't be commenting on everything like before. Because our friendships mean more to me than this website.

Yeah, yeah, I know, mushy Brokeback crap, yadda yadda yadda.
motleymitch wrote on July 6, 2006, 8:30 pm

3) Cousins arrive, get slandered by friends in (2) and leave insulted.

Wrong! I believe said cousins did all the 'you guys are so gay' slandering and bombing movies out of spite. Prove me wrong Atomheartmother.

4) Strangers arrive, repeat (3)

Again, wrong. No strangers were insulted, rather, they were welcomed. I think they were put off by our inside jokes and such.

6) Rob gets fed up of being the butt of all the jokes, leaves in a huff.
7) Mitch, Mikey, Deril and Jeffay are left holding their pride in their hands with no-one left at the circle-jerk but themselves.

Really guys, this site is fun and SO inconsequential with anything important in life. NOT to be taken seriously! Y'know? Ha ha?
I get the feeling if Deril and I liked this movie, then none of this would be getting brought up now.
It's just a movie! Geez.
Jefferygn wrote on July 6, 2006, 8:41 pm
Maybe Mikey and I will have to go see this shite to be the final arbiters of this BS...

Will Jeff be able to save PersonsofTaste?

Only a shitty remake of Superman can save us now!

Um Rob. Sorry dude. Lighten. the. fuck. up.

It's all inconsequential stuff, even if we're not all hardcore "if it had its origins in a comic book, it is good by definition."


MasterWoodsman wrote on July 7, 2006, 6:33 pm
These are truly dark times for the Persons Of Taste.

Papamikey wrote on July 7, 2006, 6:59 pm
Oh for a voice like thunder, and a tongue
To drown the throat of war! - When the senses
Are shaken, and the soul is driven to madness
Who can stand? When the souls of the oppressed
Fight in the troubled air that rages, who can stand?
When the whirlwind of fury comes from the
Throne of God, when the frowns of His countenance
Drive the nations together, who can stand?
When sin claps his broad wings over the battle
And sails rejoicing in the flood of death
When souls are torn to everlasting fire
And fiends of hell rejoice upon the slain
Oh who can stand? Oh who hath caused this?
Oh who can answer at the Thone of God?
Kings and nobles of the land have done it
Hear it not, Heaven, thy ministers have done it!
motleymitch wrote on July 7, 2006, 7:56 pm
Oh cheer up!

Papamikey wrote on July 7, 2006, 8:09 pm
Hey, I'm cheery.


MasterWoodsman wrote on July 9, 2006, 1:38 am
Just for your own infomation.....

So far, this site has the following statistics......

90,637 page views
859 different people have visited
Hits from just about every country in the world
791 pages in the Google cache
1,287 movies posted
6,481 reviews

I'd say we're off to a good start!
motleymitch wrote on July 9, 2006, 8:58 am
I raise a toast!

MrTTT wrote on July 10, 2006, 11:52 am
Mood: sleepy
I saw the movie in Imax and it was o.k.
motleymitch wrote on July 10, 2006, 12:15 pm
OMG!! Teeee lives!!
If Adam finds out he's beating him in points on this site, he'll be furious!
MasterWoodsman wrote on July 10, 2006, 12:58 pm
TTT is in the house!
Papamikey wrote on July 10, 2006, 1:08 pm
That COMPLETES T's trifecta of reviews.

For your valliant effort, the organizers of this site have decided to allow YOU to return all their cases of empty beer bottles (actual retail value of prize: $1,768,932CDN)

Keep you mono-sentence, single idea reviews coming!


LemonOh wrote on July 13, 2006, 9:55 am
I loved Superman, and I've decided that he is the man I will marry. Sorry Tarek.
MasterWoodsman wrote on July 29, 2006, 12:22 pm
Don't fee too bad, TTT, he's a hard man to beat!

Papamikey wrote on June 19, 2007, 8:34 am

FINNNNAALLLLLY watched this movie last night and am reluctant to RE-OPEN this thread line...DAMN, reading back through the posts and perusing the "DARK AGES" of PLONT, when factions devided and totems were cast (Stoneskin! Magmablast!)

In all, I REALLY enjoyed the film, thought it was a great retro-re-telling of Superman and didn't mind all the melodrama. Though, I can TOTALLY see where Mitch and Deril were coming from, if you go in expecting a WHIZZZ-BANG! action summer-popcorn hero movie, then this will sorely disappoint. Luckily I wasn't and was greatly pleased.

My ONE complaint is that it was TOO melodramatic (WHHAAAAA?) and DARK to show a child my son's age whom it SHOULD be geared towards!! This movie was for ADULT fans of the comic, which is fair, but if the franchise hopes to survive past this generation then they must appeal to the kids as well and I would be reluctant to show my child Superman being stabbed repeatedly in the back.

It's kinda like religion, only old people seem to like it and it's having trouble recruiting the youth and therefore is a self-defeating mechanism.

Ah well...I give it a thumbs UP!!
motleymitch wrote on June 19, 2007, 10:43 am
Oy! Indeed Mikey, you have mellowed and gotten sappier with age. I repeat: BOOOORING.
Where are the Geraldos?
Where are the Eubankseses?

'Dead and Breakfast' and 'The Gingerdead Man' are available at my local rental place - they will be brought to your front door, next visit, and we shall re-install your PLONThood.

Deril wrote on August 18, 2011, 4:30 pm
HA HA !!
Just re-read this entire thread and laughed my ass off.

I wonder what will happen if Mitch & I bomb Superan 4 - The Quest For Peace tonight?

I ecourage everyone to start at the top and read everything posted here (sides aching from laughter)

What's your rating of this movie?


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